Meet Our Staff

Larry Ojua
Larry Ojua

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Larry is responsible for overseeing district operations, finances, staffing, risk management, property management, and land protection programs at the District.  He works with the Board of Directors on annual budget development, planning, and various policy issues relating to the district programs, services, and management of local natural resources in Yamhill County.

Larry received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Oregon State University in 1985. He has worked for the district for 15 years.   During his first tenure with the district from 1987 to 1999, he served as a Soil Conservationist and District Manager, and worked closely with landowners to help design and implement conservation practices that reduced soil erosion, protected water quality and improved wildlife habitat.

From 1999 to 2009, Larry worked for the Oregon Department of Agriculture as the State Program Manager for Soil and Water Conservation Districts, overseeing grant programs, district training, risk management, policy development, and other issues relating to conservation districts.  From 2009 to 2012, he worked in agricultural finance as a loan officer for West Coast Bank.

In June of 2012, Larry returned to the district as Executive Director.  He is continuing to enjoy working with a wide range of conservation partners, community groups, an engaged Board of Directors, and dedicated district staff.

Contact Me About:  District Operations and Policy, Budgeting, Conservation and Community Partnerships, Long-term Land Protection and Conservation Easements, and Board of Directors Relations.

Phone: 503-376-7609 Emaillarry@yamhillswcd.org

 

Amie Loop-Frison
Amie Loop-Frison

Habitat Conservationist

Amie has been with Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District since 2004. Currently, Amy is working with landowners interested in prairie and oak habitat restoration. She has been working on developing a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for Fender’s blue butterfly on privately owned lands within Yamhill County for the past four years. She assists landowners with a variety of wildlife issues including habitat enhancements as well as advising on native plant topics. Prior to working on the HCP, Amie spent six years as the Riparian Specialist with the District.

Amie received her Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University in 1995 and worked as a trainee for the Natural Resources Conservation Service before heading to southern Oregon to work as a biological technician for the Bureau of Land Management. This is where she began working with threatened and endangered wildlife species focusing on the northern spotted owl. She then worked for Willamette Industries, which eventually became Weyerhaeuser Corporation, as their Wildlife Coordinator for Oregon. She was responsible for coordinating surveys, inventorying and monitoring all company ownership for sensitive and rare wildlife species including spotted owls and marbled murrelets.

Contact Me About: Wildlife, habitat enhancement/restoration, plant identification, rare and endangered species

Phone: 503-798-8611 Emailamie@yamhillswcd.org

 

Keith Nasman
Keith Nasman

Conservation Technician

Yamhill SWCD would like to announce the appointment of Keith Nasman as Conservation Technician. Keith grew up in the exurbs of New York City amongst towering sugar maples and white pines. He spent much of his youth exploring the hills and forests and was encouraged by his high school biology teacher to take field biology. The class focused on doing an environmental survey of the little stream behind the school. This work resulted in the state upgrading the stream from a trout stream to a trout breeding stream, changing how future development would impact the area. This led Keith to pursue a biology degree at Lewis & Clark College. He settled in Portland and raised a family while working in many capacities at a scientific distribution company. With the kids grown up it was time to find a second, more meaningful career. Volunteering at Miller Woods led to an opportunity for the summer as Assistant Land Steward and now the Conservation Technician role. Outside of work, Keith is an avid sailor and boatbuilder.

Phone: 503-798-5221 Email: keith@yamhillswcd.org

Allison Schwister
Allison Schwister

Office Administrator

Allison joined Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District in November.  Her position is responsible for office management, bookkeeping, board and committee reports, written communications, and supports the Director’s position with financial reporting, grant management, and event and activity planning.

Allison received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communications from Concordia University in Wisconsin. More recently she received her Master’s in Business Administration from Concordia University in Portland in April 2020.

In her prior experience, Allison worked in office management in various healthcare settings and operated her own small CSA business.  As relatively new members of the Yamhill community, Allison and her family are enjoying meeting new people, experimenting in their garden, and raising milking goats on their small farm.

Phone503-376-7600 Emailallison@yamhillswcd.org

 

Josh Togstad
Josh Togstad

Protected Lands Coordinator

Josh has been with the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District since 2010. Josh is responsible for coordinating restoration work on District owned properties and easements to enhance fish & wildlife habitat. This involves controlling invasive species, operating equipment, monitoring property access and use, working with contractors, and other duties related to land management. He also helps coordinate the District’s annual Native Plant sale. Prior to working on District Properties, Josh spent 8 years as a Riparian Planner with the District.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fish & Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. Before coming to work at the Yamhill SWCD, Josh worked for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife where he conducted stream habitat surveys and helped oversee salmonid fin marking operations at hatcheries throughout the state. When not at work, Josh enjoys spending time with his young family, hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors.

Contact me about: District Properties, habitat enhancement/restoration, weed control recommendations.

Phone: 503-798-5036 Email: josh@yamhillswcd.org