350Deschutes is part of the Global Network of 350.org.
We are a separate nonprofit organization from 350.org, yet follow a similar purpose to build awareness, educate, organize, stop NEW fossil fuel infrastructure and further actions for climate stability:
Our mission is to address the greatest threat to human lives, 350Deschutes engages in Climate Advocacy, Climate Education, developing climate policy that serves all people, including a JUST TRANSITION for affected workers to transition to a clean low carbon economy, with special consideration for the needs of the most vulnerable communities, such as the elderly, families with children, rural residents, people of low income and people of color.
Our Key Volunteers and Staff:
Executive Director, Diane Hodiak CONTACT
In addition to being the co-founder of 350Deschutes, Diane started 3 other nonprofit organizations. She has worked in various management positions for nonprofit organizations, from program director, to public relations and executive director. After she completed her MBA, she became a management consultant to nonprofit organizations in management, planning and fundraising. At that time she was a regular conference/seminar presenter, and co-authored two books for nonprofits. She is currently the volunteer host for CarbonFreeda’s Powerup, a radio show about climate change for KPOV 88.9, Central Oregon.
Laurie Harrer, Volunteer and Program Coordinator CONTACT
Laurie has work experience in everything from research to customer service to warehouse operations and teaching experience from kindergarten to college aged students. She has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and a graduate certificate in college and university teaching. Her passion for wildlife started as a child and has been the driving force for her life and career choices. At 350 Deschutes, Laurie can help the community become educated about environmental concerns and actions they can take to provide a healthy planet for generations to come.
Paula Latasa, CPACE, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, Manager CONTACT
Paula ‘s career spans 30 years of success working for non-profits, government, and the private sector to promote sustainability and social justice. She has extensive experience in land use, development & agriculture; renewable energy, climate change; materials management; wildlife, forest and water protection; health and alternatives to toxics. She has worked at the cutting edge of alternative building, including design and project management for Oregon’s first Platinum Earth Advantage Home. For 13 years, Paula worked for 3Degrees to coordinate Pacific Power Blue Sky renewable energy program in Central Oregon while helping 3Degrees develop similar utility renewable energy programs across the nation. Paula is a realistic optimist who believes permaculture and regenerative agriculture are promising ways to achieve a healthy and abundant future with food security for all.
Treasurer, John Reuland
John is an avid volunteer for many birding and environmental organizations. Addressing climate change is also among his many passions and concerns. Retired now, his career experience includes many years in the financial industry working in operations and as a consultant to financial investment operations within the banking industry. Born with an affinity for detail and numbers, John sees this volunteer opportunity as an ideal fit
Jeff Rola- Secretary
Jeff was the founder an CEO of Community GoBio, an alternative fuel company that collected waste oil from 200 participating restaurants to be made into cleaner biodiesel. He serves his community through service on the boards of 350 Deschutes, the Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District, and recently as the Chief Financial Officer of the Nikua Training Center. Jeff seeks and prefers work that sustains, conserves, and enhances our quality of life.
Jeff German-At large Board Member
Jeff German is a solar and renewable energy professional. Jeff’s experience spans over three decades and includes new equipment, technology roll-outs, sales and marketing and citizen advocacy throughout the US and the world. Jeff has dedicated his career to working with traditional industries such as construction, banking, industrial and design industries to facilitate the practical application and smooth transition to renewables. Currently Jeff operates National CarCharging which provides electric vehicle charging systems to commercial facilities and energy storage solutions for grid-tied installations. The storage solution repurposes EV batteries to provide a lower-cost alternative to new batteries while keeping the batteries out of the landfill.
Eileen Kiely-At Large Board Member
Eileen Kiely is the Democratic candidate in the 2020 election for Oregon Senate District 27. She is a retired executive from Daimler Trucks North America, working in Finance, Distribution, Pricing, and Global Supply Chain. She relocated to Sunriver in 2015, to take up her “retirement career” as an outdoor leader and educator. She is currently the Secretary of the Democratic Party of Oregon.
Kay Whiting Watanabe
As a committed advocate of sustainability, Kay served as a Managing Director for the Billion People Project (501c3), an innovative social network seeking to mobilize people around the world to preserve the environment through small, everyday actions. As a member of 350Deschutes she is bringing not only a passion for our environment, but understands the urgency of taking action. Kay also brings over 30 years of marketing and communications experience in the information technology industry, most recently as Global Head of Digital Transformation Communications for the international conglomerate ABB. Kay served three terms as commissioner (five years as Chair) in Redwood City, CA and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from St. Mary’s College of California.
Jonathan W Smith
Small business owner, Vice Chair CTWS-Land Use Planning Committee, CTWS Fish and Wildlife Committee, CRITFC Commissioner, Warm Springs Community Action Team Board of Directors.
Professor and Director of Automotive Technology at Central Oregon Community College. Developed a new degree – AAS Automotive Technology in Electronics and Diagnostics Degree at COCC. Helped to form Advanced Vehicle Training Group NW, a regional consortium of automotive industry representatives and community college instructors, whose mission is to (a) address the growing technician readiness gap and (b) improve in-service technician continuing education participation through utilization of best practices and industry leading curriculum. Serving as the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation / Advanced Technological Education award titled Northwest Engineering and Vehicle Technology Exchange (NEVTEX), with the purpose of creating advanced vehicle training standards for technicians working with electric drive systems. Included in the NSF / ATE Grant will be a discussion about required licensure for technicians working with which includes high voltage and high pressure systems. Ken is involved with multiple organizations and colleges to collectively address the need and preparation for hybrid and electric drive technicians as the transportation technology explosion continues to escalate.
Greg was raised on a small farm in Sahuarita, Arizona by an economically disadvantaged family . His parents instilled in him a strong sense of compassion and desire to work hard for the people in his community. Over 10 years ago Greg moved to Bend and became involved with Jobs with Justice and CAUSA after seeing first hand the abuses of workers. During his time as a community organizer, Greg has developed extensive relationships with labor unions, the Latino community, and elected officials across the state. Greg has fought tirelessly on behalf of his community for Drivers Cards, Organizing Hospital Workers, Ban the Box Legislation, A Better Oregon Revenue Campaign, and Protection from Racial Profiling Legislation. He looks forward to carrying on his work on the campaign trail and in the Oregon State Senate.
Kyra is a high school student at Summit High School in Bend. She is the recipient of a 2016 Climate Champion Award from 350Deschutes for her exemplary work on the development and passage of the Bend Climate Resolution, passed in 2016. She is also actively involved in environmental work, and growing the group BENDYOUCAN, a student group dedicated to working towards climate policy and implementation.
Gabby G Gonzales
Gabby is an Environmental Sciences student at Oregon State University-Cascades. She was raised in Portland and strives for equality, sustainability, and empowerment of all people. She moved to Bend for school, but fell in love with the environment surrounding it. Shortly after moving, she joined 350Deschutes to get involved with the community to create a healthier Bend. she wants to create a sustainable world not only for today, but for future generations.