Staff and Board of Directors

The Mt. Adams Resource Stewards staff and Board of Directors bring years of experience that reflects stewardship of our natural resources and passion for community causes.


Jay McLaughlin, Executive Director

Jay has been working with communities and natural resource issues since 1995, including stints as a forester with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, forestry consultant, the Peace Corps in Panama and as a high school teacher in Glenwood. Jay has a master degree in forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a bachelor degree from Whitman College, and is the founding director of MARS.

Sharon Frazey, Stewardship Monitoring Coordinator

Sharon leads efforts to measure and monitor the impacts of forest restoration, stewardship and management associated with the community-based forestry activities at MARS.  She joined our team in Spring of 2016 after working throughout Washington and Oregon in fisheries and aquatic ecology for various government agencies and non-profit organizations, spending nearly a decade at the BLM on the Rogue River. Sharon looks forward to connecting and communicating with community members on the stewardship monitoring program at MARS.


Lucas King, Stewardship Crew Project Lead

Lucas oversees our stewardship crew program that involves leading a seasonal field crew in implementing a variety of projects that he works with MARS staff and partners to develop. He joined MARS after several years with Washington DNR as a wildland fire and forest health specialist, as well as a firefighter. Lucas grew up in Trout Lake with Mt. Adams and the surrounding forests as a playground. He is also an artisan cheesemaker!

Robyn Reeder, Invasives Control Project Lead

Robyn’s primary responsibility is to lead efforts through the Bullfrog Removal Action Team to eradicate the introduced American bullfrog from Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge and the Glenwood Valley. She joined our team in March of 2020 after working a season at Conboy Lake NWR. With five years of experience working on conservation projects abroad and in the U.S., she is excited to focus her efforts on invasive species removal work to preserve and protect native species in the Glenwood Valley.

Board of Directors


The Mt. Adams Resource Stewards Board is fortunate to be able to count on a diverse group of individuals, representing different ideas, values and communities in the Mt. Adams region, while generously volunteering their time to better our organization. They include:

Chair: Jim White – Retired Silviculturist, USFS, and former manager, Underwood Conservation District
Jeanette Burkhardt – Biologist, Yakama Nation Fisheries
Doug Comstock – Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Jim Dean – Owner, James Dean Construction
Emily Jane Davis – Assistant Professor, College of Forestry, Oregon State University
George Hathaway, Jr. – Hathaway Farms
Karen Black Jenkins – Professional Arborist
Tom Reynolds – Retired Klickitat County Judge/Attorney
Nina Vinyard – Glenwood community member