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Board of Directors

Commissioner Court Boice, Societal Benefits Co-Chair                   

Curry County Commissioner– – Lifetime resident Southern Oregon Coast

Association of Oregon Counties, Board Member

Association of O & C Counties, Member

Travel Southern Oregon, Member

Coos Curry Douglas Business Development

Governor’s Fire Response Council

Southern Oregon Workforce Investment 

Oregon Coastal Zone Management

Oregon State Marine Board, Past Board Member

Bill Gorham, Environmental Chair

Bill Gorham is a PhD marine biologist who started his career in academia then spent three decades in environmental consulting. As a consultant, he specialized in assessing impacts from and preparing permit applications for large energy development projects. Since retiring in 2017, he has been serving as co-facilitator for Coastal SOCAN (Southern Oregon Climate Action Now) and is heading up OCEAN’s Environmental Subcommittee. He is leveraging his experience with the federal environmental review process for marine-focused energy projects with his marine biology training to help facilitate the collection of sufficient and appropriate data for properly informed decisions on OSW.

Mark Healy, Board Treasurer

Mark Healy currently works for Coquille Indian Tribe as a Water and Environmental Specialist. He is a member of the BOEM/Oregon Task Force on Offshore Wind. Active member of the West Coast Ocean Alliance and WCOA Tribal Caucus. Provided input to BOEM on Offshore Oil and Gas Leases and Offshore Wind, in addition to serving as a cooperating agency contributor to FERC on the Jordan Cove project. Advisory Board member for NOAA OAP Resilience Project. Member of the ORCCEO Shakealert committee(earthquake warning). Provided input to Oregon Ocean Acidification Action Plan. Organized Tribal Environmental Forum for Oregon Tribes . Assisted ATNI prepare response to congressional Climate Action Plan. Mark has prior government experience as Water System Specialist for the Bureau of Reclamation, working on infrastructure O&M, dam security, emergency action plans, and SOPs. Mark also worked for the Confed. Tribes of Warm Springs, Bureau of Land Management, NOAA, NMFS, Western Research Institute, and the City of Corvallis in various positions such as a Hydrologist, Fisheries Biologist, Water Quality Analyst, Groundwater Monitoring Technician.

Captain Jeff Hill, Existing 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

David Petrie, Board President

David Petrie is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, and Business Development Manager for DB Western, Inc. His background includes brokering timber products into Asian markets, grant writing for tribal economic development and cultural projects, tribal Cultural Director and founder of Coos Waterkeeper, a sanctioned chapter of Waterkeeper Alliance. Throughout his adult life  he has made a conscientious effort to bridge the cultural divide and offer solutions for the benefit of fellow citizens and the planet. Currently he is committed to incorporating Traditional Indigenous Knowledge (TIK) into processes to develop offshore wind energy in an effort to deliver renewable energy onto the grid in a commercially and environmentally responsible way. TIK input involves interacting with all sectors of OSW development in a spirit of good faith seeking mutually beneficial outcomes as we evaluate environmental impacts to our ocean. He has a long history of successfully facilitating community and corporate relationships, offering viable solutions to difficult problems, while focusing on environmental protection and economic development opportunities that benefit all citizens.

Mark Petrie, Cultural Preservation Chair

Mark Petrie is a Hanis Coos citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians, and currently serves as the Tribal Council Vice-Chair for the sovereign nation. He draws from his strong cultural ties from his Indigenous roots to guide him forward in a holistic way. He has over 10 years' experience in education and outreach for his Tribe focusing on culture, ethnobotany, and history. He serves on the Tribe's Culture, Education, and Budget Committees. He serves as a representative for Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) Renewable Energy Task Force, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and National Congress of American Indians.

Michael Mitton 


Now retired, Michael Mitton was a co-founder and CEO of Synthetech, Inc.  He led the biotech company through several rounds of financing, an IPO, listing on NASDAQ and the acquisition of its manufacturing facility in Oregon. Synthetech was subsequently acquired by a Fortune 500 company.  Afterwards, he started and served as the first executive director of a trade association for Oregon’s fledgling biotechnology industry now called Oregon Bioscience Association.  He also served on the Governor’s Task Force for Technology Transfer.  His prior business experience includes working in management capacities for 2 multinational companies.  He also worked with 3 small companies from startup.

For the past 30 years he has been also been active in climate-related issues as a volunteer. He evaluated environmental technology business plans for venture capital investors. He has volunteered with 350.org and other similar organizations.  He is currently a member of the steering committee for OLCV-MCAT (Metro Climate Action Team) and a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

Chris Natenstedt, Environment Subcommittee Member

Chris spent 35 years as a geoscientist, offshore project development manager, and business executive in the global oil and gas industry. His priority is on helping Oregon communities and other stakeholders make responsible, well informed decisions around the development of renewable energy sources. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology. His scientific work was focused on nearshore to deep water sedimentary processes, structural geology, and geostatistical modeling. In subsequent roles as a major projects program manager and technical director, he specialized in front-end appraisal data capture and analysis, technology assessment, and concept selection for large construction projects including bottom-attached, floating, and subsea offshore structures and pipelines. Chris is an active contributor to Coastal SOCAN (Southern Oregon Climate Action Now).

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