Gray Family Foundation Staff
Gray Family Foundation Board
After receiving his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from the University of Oregon, Jay settled in Central Oregon and managed Sunriver Nature Center for 30 years. His focus for the last decade has been amphibian research, and he has authored a number of scientific papers on topics related to declining amphibian populations, amphibian deformities, and the ecology of the Oregon Spotted Frog. Jay continues to be involved in and passionate about raising public awareness of good science, and he looks forward to helping MNCH expand its research role and share new scientific knowledge with broad audiences.
Maria Elena Campisteguy
Ms. Campisteguy works as an Executive Vice President/Principal for the Metropolitan Group, designing and implementing public will building campaigns and programs to increase participation and engagement, change attitudes and behaviors and amplify the power of voice of traditionally hard-to-reach communities. She holds a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in international marketing from PSU and a Bachelors in Languages from Georgetown University. She recently moved back to Portland after opening and leading MG’s Washington, D.C. office for ten years.
Mr. Schild has served as superintendent of Tillamook Schools for the last 16 years. After graduating from Tillamook High School and Northwest Nazarene College, he began his career in education as a business teacher at Tillamook High School, followed by serving as a High School principal in the Neah-Kah-Nie School District. He has been highly active at the state level where he has served on numerous executive boards, been the president of the OSAA, acted as the advisor to the state board of education for an unprecedented three terms, and was named the 2015 Oregon Superintendent of the Year. Randy has committed his professional life to improving the quality of education for the kids of Tillamook, including his four grandchildren who are currently in his schools.
Mr. Vernier is a former high school physics teacher. In 1981, he founded Vernier Software & Technology along with his wife, Christine. Vernier Software produces and distributes science software, laboratory interfacing hardware, and books for high schools and colleges, employing 100+ people. David and his wife are involved in a number of educational, environmental and progressive political groups. The Verniers live in Portland.
Mr. Walrod is a principal of 3×5 Special Opportunity Partners, a venture capital firm, and he is also executive director of the Yarg Foundation, a private family foundation focused on Oregon land trusts. He and his wife also own Dancing Moon Farm, an organic vegetable and flower farm in Hood River. Mr. Walrod has served on many non-profit boards including the Board of Governors and Pacific Northwest College of Arts and is the founding board member of Gorge Grown Food Network and Oakland Leaf, an organization dedicated to community transformation through creative education for youth and families. He holds an A.B. in public policy studies from Duke University. He lives in Portland with his wife and three children.
Ms. Walrod is a Portland based writer, educator, and creative consultant. She is a creative writing instructor at Portland Community College, and has been a writer-in-residence in high school and middle school classrooms around the state, both in rural and urban settings. Currently, she serves on the board of the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, a workshop and residency program on the Oregon coast, and on the National Advisory Council of Gray Wolf Press, an award-winning, independent publisher. She has an A.B. in public policy studies from Duke University and an MFA in fiction from Antioch, LA. She has worked as an arts–in-education facilitator and coach, as well as a literacy, arts, and education advocate. She is completing her first novel.
Janet Webster was born and raised in Oregon, one of John and Betty Gray’s five children. Following the completion of her geography degree from the University of Chicago, Ms. Webster returned to Lincoln City, Oregon. While there she held many positions including a volunteer role at a local library. This spurred her idea to earn a library science degree and build a career as a library administrator. In 1985, Ms. Webster and her husband moved to New York City where she earned her degree at Columbia University in library studies. Eventually, she found herself once again on the Oregon coast, where she began a position at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, a leading marine laboratory for Oregon State University, in Newport, OR. In 2006, Ms. Webster was promoted to a full professor, and soon after, the head librarian for all of OSU’s branch libraries (2009). She has received numerous awards including the OSU Professional Development Award, the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Oregon Award for Excellence, and the Oregon Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award. She retired from OSU in January 2015, and resides in Newport, OR. She currently serves on the Oregon Library Association’s Library Development Legislation Committee and on the board of the Oregon Humanities.