Board of Directors

Ellie

I believe that our work can be our healing. I work with everyone from college students to the C-suite to brainstorm new experiments, manage projects, write and edit books and documents, lay out ads, slide decks, and websites, and ultimately, to ask better questions. I have worked with universities, nonprofits, small businesses, and multinational corporations, always (well almost always) anticipating my clients’ needs with humane, strategic, artful, and cheerful collaboration. Passionate about human rights and elegant solutions, I am a multi-faceted cultural creative whose graduate studies focused on graphic design, writing, and film.

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Jessica Klinke has been living in the Rogue Valley with her family in the hills above Talent for the last 10 years.  

Having grown up in the rolling hills of California’s Bay Area, Jessica learned at a young age a deep appreciation for the environment, a sense of place, and a love of all things wild. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz, she found a passion for mission-driven work and honed her skills in fundraising, grant writing, and database management working in the non-profit sector. Never losing a sense of adventure and desire to do something completely different, Jessica moved to Chapel Hill to earn a Masters degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina where she practiced ethnography, worked in the Southern Folklife archive, and studied audio documentation. 

After moving to Talent, she served seven years as a board member for Rogue Farm Corps, supporting the next generation of farmers providing greater food security throughout Oregon. She is currently Communications Director for the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild) where she serves on the Leadership Council, co-chairs the Change Team moving the organization toward greater equity and inclusion, and manages all digital content and supporter communications for the organization including producing a podcast on wildfire and climate change in the West.

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A VP Business Lender for Craft3, a regional nonprofit that makes loans in Oregon and Washington to strengthen the resilience of businesses, families, nonprofits, and the environment including those without access to traditional financing. She is responsible for generating and underwriting new mission based commercial loans in Southern Oregon. Prior to joining Craft3, Stephanie served in banking and commercial finance roles since 1998. Stephanie received her BA in Business Management from Southern Oregon University and grew up in the Phoenix-Talent school district.

Stephanie is a mom and enjoys spending time camping and traveling with her family.

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Kevin has spent over 20 years focused on the intersection of people and planet. In 2004 he founded the Natural Builders who’s work in environmental construction has supported and inspired communities around the world to build with nature. Projects have included work with dozens of NGO’s, UN agencies, building code development, and development of cutting edge commercial and residential properties around the world.  In 2017 he founded WikedOps a cross sector network of advisors, advocates and amplifiers determined to shift economies toward benefiting planet and people over profit. The network rallies expertise to help actors influence policy and find ways to effect positive change from their positions inside governments and institutions. His work and articles have been featured in papers such as the New York Times, Home Energy (a building industry magazine), and documentaries that include the full length documentary “Dirt” alongside environmental activists Vandana Shiva, Majora Carter, and Wes Jackson. His offerings at industry conferences and universities, such as Mcgill University, U.C. Berkeley, SoCap and Transform series, are about engaging the audience to act on behalf of our planet, while providing powerful ways to engage communities locally and globally to create a more sustainable and peaceful world.He worked as Program Director and served on the Board of Kleiwerks International as they supported permaculture and natural building programs with affiliates from Laos to Argentina, North Carolina to India, and many places in between.

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Bannigan is President of Sutro Li, a tech-forward cloud-based accounting services firm serving over 60 US-based nonprofits, including me too. and The Center for Humane Technology.
Bannigan has over 20 years of experience as an activist and has spent the last 15 years as a finance professional. He was trained in nonprofit finance at Peace Action, and later developed a passion for business strategy working as a CFO in San Francisco’s competitive startup sector. Now he is merging the best of both worlds, and brings efficient facilitation and a keen eye for strategic growth to Sutro Li and Sutro Li’s clients. Bannigan has left behind the big city life, and now resides in Ashland, Oregon, enjoying small town life and frequent hikes in the wilderness. When he’s not working to bring efficient accounting to nonprofits, you’ll catch him at the local cafe working on a sci-fi novel.
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Douglas has been an experience designer, event producer, community organizer and most recently a web and technology consultant. His company Rogue Media is helping the RT effort with web design as well as helping explore and implement digital services that organize logistics and community efforts.  Our RT team couldn’t have done this without him!

Staff & Interns

tucker

As a second generation Talentonian with a 20-year history managing rapidly-deployable temporary infrastructure projects around the world, the heart behind this vision runs deep. He has directed builds, procurement, and budgets for large music festivals in five countries (as well as contributing his skillset to New Orleans’ relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina). He has worked with government agencies to temporarily transform bridges into parks, turn commuter arteries into public gathering spaces, and create constituencies for large public projects. In defining a successful approach to projects, Tucker values a collaborative approach. Tucker is Executive Director of Remake Talent—which has already completed a container housing prototype, is designing an ecovillage incubator for displaced businesses, and is now working to create critical organizational capacity—all in the wake of the Almeda Fire.

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Nickole is the Administrative Manager and Assistant to the Executive Director for Remake Talent. Her attention to detail and passion for systems management has allowed Remake Talent to expand in an organized way to meet the  organizational goals within our long-term mission. Nickole’s background in event production and project management has fostered a flexible and dynamic skill set for disaster relief and long-term recovery planning. She lives in Talent with her lovely dog, “Artoo” and on her days off she enjoys baking, taking walks, and listening to Dolly Parton. 

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Sabra is a Senior at Southern Oregon University majoring in Environmental Sciences, and is Remake Talent’s GIS intern, provided through our partnership with SOU and the Local Innovation Labs. She is focused on utilizing her GIS skills to expand our Almeda Fire Recovery Map in collaboration with ESRI, as well as creating points of community engagement through the Zone Captains Program and Social Pinpoint. Her interests also include post-fire bioremediation efforts, clean energy, and sustainability.

Finlay

Finlay is a junior at Southern Oregon University studying theater and business. He is interning with Remake Talent through our partnership with SOU and the Local Innovation Labs. He is working on visual arrangements of organizations and community leaders working on relief efforts in the wake of the Almeda Fire.

Advisory Council

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Jack Latvala is the owner of Star Properties, the premiere real estate firm in Talent for over 25 years. A deeply caring and involved member of the Talent community, he has made every available resource available to provide direct relief to displaced residents since the Almeda Fire, providing immediate office and storage space to displaced relief organizations like Rogue Climate, Rogue Action Center, as well as housing the distribution point set up by Talent Maker City. He owns and manages multiple lots in downtown Talent that can function as landing grounds for temporary housing and container pop-up shops.