UGI Board of Directors

M J Cody, Chair: M. J. Cody is an author and editor. She is a regular contributor to The Oregonian, Northwest Palate, Travel Oregon, Horizon Air, Audubon, and other publications. She has also written for television and produced two conservation-focused audio driving tours. An Oregon native, M.J. grew up in Estacada on the Clackamas River, where “green” was not a concept but a certainty. After 13 years in L.A. writing for television, she returned to Oregon with a fervent understanding of the need for wildness in a city.

Bob Wilson, Secretary/Treasurer: Bob Wilson has worked for urban greenspace conservation for over 20 years, working at the Portland Audubon Society to manage the organization’s finances, and editing The Urban Naturalist, Wild in the City, Wild on the Willamette, and other publications.

Mike Faha is a landscape architect and founder of GreenWorks. He is a LEED-accredited professional and member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Mike’s primary professional interest is in creating livable, sustainable communities that balance economic, ecological and social needs. Toward that end, Mike leads a diverse array of planning and design projects that integrate urban ecology and green development, on behalf of city and private corporate clients.

Mel Huie is the regional trails coordinator for Metro, and has served Metro (or it’s predecessor CRAG) for over forty years. Mel helped develop the first Metropolitan Greenspaces Program and Master Plan in 1992.

Tom Liptan is a registered landscape architect and a retired environmental specialist for the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. Liptan has assisted numerous municipalities, developers, consultants, multi-state corporations and government agencies with acceptance of ecoroofs and other landscape approaches used for stormwater management and healthy city development. His leadership on ecoroofs and green streets has also had an international impact. He has lectured and published widely, and is the author of the 2017 book Sustainable Stormwater Management.

Steffeni Mendoza Gray has extensive professional experience in executive nonprofit management including her current role as the Vice President of Operations for All Hands Raised. She serves on numerous public and private sector policy advisory committees and boards focused on children/family policy, community/economic development, urban design/planning (with a focus on the integration of nature and the built environment), and education equity. Ms. Gray is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.

Kelly Punteney worked as a landscape designer/planner on behalf of Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department for over 35 years. Currently, he serves as the board chair of the Clark County Parks Board. He helped start the City of Vancouver’s urban forestry program, and has led historic preservation and urban trail projects in and around Vancouver, Washington including Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway and the update for Clark Count Region Trail and Bikeway Ssytems Plan. Kelly brings a bi-state regional perspective to the Institute’s Livable Cities Initiative.

Jim Rapp is environment and resource management marketing manager for HDR Engineering in Portland. Jim helped lead new ambitious floodplain and wetland habitat protection policies in the City of Portland, create the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, and has served on the boards of Washington County Parks, Wetlands Conservancy, and Portland Audubon Society.

Ruth Roth was born and raised in Portland, and early on experienced the magic of Forest Park, Sauvie Island waterways, and neighborhood empty lots with tall trees to climb. She has been a long-time supporter of the Coalition for a Livable Future, 1000 Friends of Oregon, and Friendly House. Ruth is active in historic preservation, low-income housing and social services issues.

Judy BlueHorse Skelton is an educator, herbalist and Tribal Ecological Knowledge activist and practitioner. Judy has worked for the Portland Public Schools Title VII Indian Education program, Portland Community College, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, and now serves as a senior lecturer in the PSU Indigenous Nations Studies Program. She is also an author and shares widely her passion for native plants, healing through gardening, and traditional foods and health.