Our Board Members

Shannon Souza P.E.

Executive Director

Sol Coast Consulting & Design, LLC, Principal Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association, Board Member/ Policy Chair Governor Brown Office of Resilience, Councilor Resilience Mitigation Activity Council Professional Engineers of Oregon, Board Member Independent Practitioners National Society of Professional Engineers, Sustainability Platform Contributor Coos Housing Action Team, Chair

Kyle Stevens

Board Member

Executive Director of the Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment, Board International Port of Coos Bay Commissioner, AYA Board Member, Oregon Center for Nursing Board Member, Douglas County Partners for Student Success Board Member, OCATE Board Member, CCEC Board Member, Oregon Workforce Partnership member, Coos Bay School District Budget Committee, SCESD Budget Committee, Blistered Feet Running Club President, RAC Member, Curry CHIP Member.

Captain Jeff Hill

Maritime Commerce Chair

Sause Brothers Towing, General Manager of Towing Operations, Senior Port Captain Coos Watershed Association, Past Board Member Humboldt Bay Harbor Safety Committee, Past Board Member Connect Oregon Advisory Committee, Past Member: Marine State marine task force for review of the wreck of the M/V New Carissa

Alissa Pruess

Board Treasurer

Research Consultant/Web Design, Vice President Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area, Coos Bay Library Board, Former Coos History Museum Board, Campaign manager and treasurer Committee to Elect Brett Pruess

Samuel J. Schwarz

Vice President, Public Outreach Chair

Coos Bay Boat Building Center, Board Member Surfrider Foundation, Chair, Coos Bay Chapter, Habitat for Humanity Coos Bay, Board Member, Nor’ Gale LLC Albacore Fishing, Owner SAMIO Lighting, LLC, Owner

Knute Nemeth

Board Member


U. S. Navy, commercial fisherman, Sause Brothers Ocean Towing, research vessel captain University of Oregon, the Charleston Community Enhancement Corp., Charleston Fisherman’s Memorial Association, Charleston Marina Advisory board/Port of Coos Bay, Octoberfish.

Bill Gorham

Environmental Chair

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, Co-Facilitator Marine Biologist Environmental Investigation & Permitting energy projects, retired Author BOEM Whitepaper: Incorporating Benefits of OSW into NEPA documents

Robert Westerman

Economic Development Co-Chair

IBEW Local Union 932 (central & south coast), Business Manager Oregon State Association of Electrical Workers, President of Southwestern Oregon Investment Board, Vice Chair Boost Southern Oregon, Treasurer Pacific Inside TAC Electrical Apprenticeship Committee, Chair Oregon State Building and Construction Trades. Executive Board member Cascade Pension Trust, Secretary and trustee Oregon Prevailing Wage advisory committee, Past Chair United States Navy, Veteran

Jamie Fereday

Board Secretary

Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Councilor, Coos Bay Public Schools Science Teacher, Retired / South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Commissioner, Education seat, (retired)

Bill Bradbury

Board President, Policy Chair

Former Oregon Secretary of State as well as former Council to the NW PPCC,
Oregon Secretary of State from 1999 to 2009, Northwest Power and Conservation Council appointee by Governor Ted Kulongoski, 2010