Our Team

Board of Directors

CARTER MACNICHOL

CARTER MACNICHOL

Carter is recently retired as President and Managing Director of Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc., a Portland-based project management and development consulting firm. In addition to managing the practice, he spends his time on project management, design management, and development and financing strategy for complex mixed-use, residential, commercial, and civic projects for public, private and not-for-profit clients. Carter has been involved in the management of the design and construction of many landmark Portland projects.

Mr. MacNichol is active in the community and currently serves on the boards including Transition Projects, Western Rivers Conservancy, Oregon for Climate Action, and Oregon Business for Climate.

GUN DENHART

GUN DENHART

Gun Denhart is the founder of Hanna Andersson, a children’s clothing company. Through her leadership, the company became known for its quality cotton clothing, family-friendly employee policies, and innovative contributions to the community through nonprofit and school partnerships.

She serves as Co-Chair of Ecotrust, and the foundation of her alma mater, the University of Lund, Sweden.

Gun co-authored the book Growing Local Value, about the importance of business involvement in the local community.

ROBERT BALL

ROBERT BALL

Robb Ball was a founding partner of Ball Janik LLP, a Portland, Oregon law firm.  His principal areas of practice were real estate and business law. Mr. Ball was listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1986, was a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and for many years co-edited the Oregon State Bar multi-volume treatise Real Property.

In addition to other civic activities, he has served on the boards of directors, and chair, of Oregon Public Broadcasting, Whitman College and The Nature Conservancy.  He is currently Chairman of EC Company and serves on the board of Classroom Law Project.

DAVID VERNIER

DAVID VERNIER

Dave Vernier founded Vernier Software in 1981, when he was a high school physics teacher. As small computers first became available for school and home use, he started using them immediately and saw tremendous potential for what they could do to help science teachers. Soon he bought an Apple II of his own. He wrote programs for his own class and started to sell them to other physics teachers. The company, now Vernier Software & Technology, has grown for 38 years. They employ about 120 people in Beaverton. They produce sensors, interfaces, software, books, and related equipment for science teachers. Vernier products are using in over 130 countries.

JESSE BEASON

JESSE BEASON

Jesse Beason is Northwest Health Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He leads the Foundation in pursuit of its vision of health for everyone in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Before becoming President in 2019, Jesse served as the foundation’s Vice President of Strategy & Public Affairs. He has also served, among other roles, as Executive Director of Proud Ground and a Senior Policy Director for then-Commissioner Sam Adams. Jesse keeps saying yes to serving on boards – too many, really. It’s a dangerous habit. He moved from Denver, Colorado to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College two decades ago. Jesse is a proud guncle, a semi-closeted sci-fi geek and a middling beekeeper.

BRIAN CHESEBRO

BRIAN CHESEBRO

Bio coming soon

Staff

TIM MILLER - DIRECTOR

TIM MILLER - DIRECTOR

Tim brings over 30 years of management and senior leadership experience to his work at Oregon for Climate Action, working across multiple functions (manufacturing and operations, marketing, sales, and general management), in sectors ranging from low-tech manufacturing, to high-tech (Intel), to internet businesses. After 15 years in the for-profit sector, Tim opted to make a more direct impact in sustainability, energy and climate – providing strategic consulting for over 30 clean-tech companies, non-profits, and agencies, along with launching his own clean-tech start-up in the transportation sector. For 8 years he co-ran and ran one of the nation’s leading non-profit residential energy efficiency retrofit programs, Enhabit, helping create equitable clean energy jobs, support contractors, and advance policies while improving 5,000 homes in Oregon.

Tim’s view of the role of business, and its importance in addressing climate change, has roots in his formal background, an economics degree and an MBA, both with honors, from Stanford University. He also serves on the Board (previously as Board President) of Climate Solutions, the leading climate-focused policy organization in the Northwest, and on the Board of Forth, one of the nation’s leading non-profits accelerating transportation electrification.