Staff and Board of Directors


Council Coordinator: John Speece

John Speece is Council Coordinator for the Middle Deschutes Watershed Council. He has a Master of Natural Resources from Oregon State University and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies/Biology from Southern Oregon University. Prior to working with the Watershed Council, he worked as the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program planner for Central Oregon and as a fisheries biologist for the Bureau of Land Management. John has over 12 years of experience in environmental restoration, biological field surveys and project management. Skiing, hiking, working on shop projects and spending time with friends and family occupy his free time.

Board of Directors

The Middle Deschutes Watershed Council is organized and governed by watershed landowners, residents, government agencies and other stakeholders. The Council strives to convene a broad representation of the watershed’s community and interests through its board membership and partnerships.

Officers of the Council are elected biannually and consist of a chair and vice chair elected from within each Council. The Council meets every other month to report on activities, discuss broader issues, plan project proposals, and coordinate actions. These meetings are open to the public.

First Name Last Name Representing
Jon Burchell City of Madras
Guy Chitenden At Large
Lloyd Forman Trout Creek Landowner
Kirk Holcomb North Unit Irrigation District
Robert Marheine Trout Creek Landowner
Jennifer Mickelson United States Forest Service
Tom Nelson State of Oregon Natural Resources Department
Tom Norton Willow Creek Landowner
Jeff Rasmussen Jefferson County