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Kathayoon Khalil
Portland, OR

Upper Northwest Region
Appointment Effective: May 14, 2021
Term Expires: May 13, 2025

Kathayoon Khalil, PhD is the Director of Engagement for Zoo Advisors. Prior to joining Zoo Advisors, Kathayoon was the Conservation Impact Manager for the Oregon Zoo and the Principal Evaluator for the Seattle Aquarium. She received her PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford University, her Masters of Environmental Science from the Yale School of the Environment and her Bachelors in Organismal Biology from Claremont McKenna College.

Kathayoon is a conservation psychologist and a social scientist. As such, Kathayoon collaborates with colleagues from around the world on research projects to advance our understanding of learning in zoos and aquariums. Kathayoon started her career as a teen volunteer at the Oregon Zoo and quickly developed a passion for wildlife and conservation. Through over a decade of work in informal education, Kathayoon has implemented authentic approaches to evaluating visitor learning, including attitude and behavior changes that may have resulted from their visit. Kathayoon is an alumna of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program as well as an instructor for Project Dragonfly at Miami University of Ohio and a member of the editorial board for Zoo Biology. Outside of work, Kathayoon runs an art and jewelry business called Otter and Ink Designs. She enjoys yoga, running, gardening, and hanging out with her friends, family, and kitties, Catniss and Cuzco.


Becky Hatfield-Hyde
Paisley, OR

Southwest Region
Appointment Effect: November 25, 2019
Term Expires: November 24, 2023

Becky Hatfield-Hyde is a rancher, writer and consultant who splits her time between the southeast and central Oregon communities of Beatty, Paisley and Brothers. She has spent the past 20 years working with Tribes, NGOs, elected officials and the agricultural community on water issues in the Klamath Basin, helping design the first Tribal water settlement in the Upper Basin on her family’s Yamsi Ranch. She has worked to sustain fish and wildlife on her ranch properties, including a current effort to enhance sage-grouse habitat on her family ranch near Brothers. She and her husband, Taylor, have five children.

Gregory Wolley

Dr. Leslie King
Portland, OR

Upper Northwest Region
Appointment Effective: November 19, 2021
Term Expires: November 19, 2025

Dr. Leslie King obtained her Medical Degree in her home state at the University of Virginia. Over the years, she also received Master's level training in environmental health (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies), public health (Johns Hopkins) and tropical health (Gorgas Institute). These seemingly disparate areas of expertise are in fact linked by her love of the outdoors and recognition of the human connections to nature-- she has written numerous OpEd and Features heralding the potential catastrophic impact of climate change on human health for nearly twenty years.

Dr. King moved to Portland in 1997 for employment, but she has since traveled throughout the state in her medical practice serving rural/remote, resource-poor communities. Recent overseas medical work included working with the Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia where she witnessed the devasting effects of climate change on human health during Black Summer 2020, the wildfire crisis that threatened the entire Australian continent immediately prior to the CoviD- 19 pandemic. This transformative experience led to Dr King's interest in joining the ODFW as a Commissioner upon learning about their unique Climate Initiative.

Dr. King is a Master Hunter, Angler and Trapper but spends lots of time outdoors doing none of these things as she is also an avid hiker, mountain biker and snowboarder. She is also very passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoors and hopes to serve as an ambassador to welcome traditionally under-represented groups afield. She currently lives in Portland with dreams of building and living in an off-the-grid treehouse.

Mary Wahl

Mary Wahl
Langlois, OR
Chair of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission

West Central Region
Appointment Effective: May 15, 2019
Term Expires: May 14, 2023

Mary and her siblings are 4th generation ranch owners on Oregon’s south coast. She managed the Watershed Services program for the City of Portland for a decade, and managed toxics cleanup programs for Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality before that. She has a BA in Education from OSU, and a Masters from Harvard University.

Mary retired from her work in Portland to focus on Oregon’s south coast conservation efforts.  Her current work is conserving Oregon’s land base for agriculture and habitat, integration of conservation and ranch operations, and protecting one of Oregon’s last coastal old growth forest watersheds.  She is currently on the board of the Wild Rivers Land Trust, and served as the Kalmiopsis Audubon Society’s representative on ODFW’s Conservation and Management Plan advisory group.

Bob Spelbrink

Robert (Bob) Spelbrink
Siletz, OR

West Central Region
Appointment Effect: May 15, 2019
Term Expires: May 31, 2024

Bob Spelbrink is a lifelong Oregonian, recently retired (2015) Dungeness crab fisherman and an active Oregon licensed salmon sport fishing guide. He has fished and crabbed in offshore waters from California to Alaska and also holds a 100-ton Coast Guard license. He received a degree in Business from Oregon State University and was then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, later serving in both the Oregon National Guard and Army Reserve before his honorable discharge with the rank of Captain. Spelbrink has previously worked in advisory capacities with ODFW on a variety of both commercial and recreational fishery and crabbing issues, including as the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Commission delegate and ODFW Dungeness Crab adviser representing the Newport fleet. He also worked with ODFW on development of the Yaquina Basin Fish Management Plan, Cascade Head Marine Reserve, and the recent Coastal Fish Management Plan (CMP) for the mid coast region.


Mark Labhart
Sisters, OR

North Central Region
Appointment Effect: July 1, 2019
Term Expires: June 30, 2023

Mark Labhart is a former Tillamook County Commissioner where he served for 12 years. Prior to that he worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry for 34 years with 20 years as the Manager of a majority of the Tillamook State Forest. He was an Incident Commander on one of Oregon Fire Teams for 11 years. He has served terms on the Fish Restoration & Enhancement Board, the STEP Advisory Committee, the Oregon Hatchery Research Center and the ODFW External Budget Advisory Committee. He chaired the Legislative Task force to find alternate funding sources for ODFW. Labhart sits on the OSU Sea Grant Advisory Committee as well as the OSU Extension Statewide Advisory Committee. He was a founding member of the Salmon Super Highway Project that looks to restore salmon access to tributaries in Tillamook County. He was chosen as Tillamook County’s Citizen of the Year and volunteer of the year previously and Forester of the Year for Oregon by the Society of American Foresters. His passion is fly fishing in the central Oregon lakes and deer and elk hunting. He and his wife moved to Sisters to be closer to children and especially their grandchildren.

East Region – VACANT


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