Past Board Members

Su Rolle, Chairperson

Su Rolle graduated from Texas A&M in 1976 with a BS in Agronomy. She was one of the first women from that university to receive a degree in soil science and the first woman to be hired as a soil scientist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Texas. She later transferred to the Forest Service working in Idaho and southwestern Oregon in a variety of positions: soil scientist, resources assistant, timber manager, special projects leader, forest planner, public information officer. For five years she was the Applegate District Ranger on the Rogue River National Forest.

Keen interest in collaboration led Su to work with sociologists and others researching mediation and collaboration in natural resources including Drs. Victoria Sturtevant, Kevin Preister, Jonathan Lange, Margaret Shannon, Julia Wondelleck, Steven Yaffe, George Stankey, and Roger Clark. She has been a speaker at numerous national and international workshops and has served as a consultant exploring natural resource collaboration, institutional barriers to collaboration, and relationships between managers, researchers, and communities. Su authored the USDA Forest Service Research Station Measures of Progress for Collaboration: Case Study of the Applegate Partnership (PNW-GTR-565, 2002).

Rich Stem

Richard C. Stem

Rich Stem is a highly respected professional US Forester with 28 years of resource management experience in government organizations. Rich brings his lifetime of experience in program management including engineering, biology, geology, archeology, construction, finance, administration and logistics, as well as developing external partnerships and conflict resolution.

Jessica Piekielek

Jessica Piekielek, Ph.D.

Jessica Piekielek is associate professor of anthropology at Southern Oregon University and adjunct faculty in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. She has research and teaching interests and experience in applied environmental anthropology, including conservation and development in the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, and Latin America. Jessica lives with her spouse and son in Medford, Oregon. View CV Email: