Board of Directors

Patty Hine

President

Patty was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After college, she joined the U.S. Navy, traveling and working in leadership / financial management positions. She retired from the service in Eugene in 1998. She lives on five acres in rural Lane County with her partner of 26 years, Deb McGee, where they raised their three children. Seeing the effects of ever hotter, drier summers on the forests and in her gardens, she began to study global warming and became increasingly alarmed. As a lay leader at First United Methodist Church in Eugene, starting in 2001, Patty became a leader in local interfaith organizing around social justice and climate change. With the advent of Occupy Wall Street in 2011, and the Keystone XL Pipeline crisis, Patty volunteered with Deb to be Eugene’s KXL Action Leads to train citizens for civil disobedience actions if the pipeline was approved. It turns out that was a perfect place to apply both military and teaching skills. In 2013, Patty and Deb met Mary DeMocker, a local writer and “Climate Mom,” who suggested we work together to start a local 350.org chapter to fight for a stable climate future. In the last six years, the group has grown and expanded its work through local, state and regional climate justice efforts. During this pivotal moment in human history, Patty is dedicating the rest of her life to protecting the planet we all need and love.

Deb McGee

Director

Deb McGee has lived in Lane county for 40 years. She retired from careers as a K-12 public school counselor, a non profit mental health provider and a University instructor. She raised two daughters in their 800 square foot log house on five acres in the country. Deb has always been an avid homesteader, subsistence farmer, and is chief engineer on the farm she shares with partner, now wife, of 26 years, Patty Hine. She lives daily with the breakdown of the climate on her farm. Together, with Patty, she is dedicating the last chapter of her life to mobilizing the community to confront climate collapse and bring into being the just transition to clean renewable energy. She has been significantly less depressed about the climate crisis since her peaceful, non-violent civil disobedience and arrest, blocking tar sand oil trains in 2016.

Mary Addams

Mary Addams

Treasurer

Mary grew up in New Jersey. Mary graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Accounting, and worked in the field for over 25 years, both in New Jersey and Oregon. Before retiring, Mary was employed by the Oregon Department of Revenue as a tax auditor. She and her family were looking for a place where they could live more harmoniously with nature, and for that reason, moved to Oregon in 1996. They lived in an environmentally-friendly community in Cottage Grove for a number of years, before moving to Eugene.

Mary took part in the Great Climate March of 2014, walking from Los Angeles to Phoenix AZ, with the goal of bringing awareness to the climate crisis. Mary belongs to various environmental groups, and joined 350Eugene in 2016. She is a volunteer with 350 Eugene, currently serving as the organization’s bookkeeper.

Laurie Powell

Laurie Powell

Secretary

Laurie serves as the secretary to the Board and is also a member of the Resilience/Regeneration work group. Reading the book “Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet”, an interview with Mary DeMocker and Kathleen Dean Moore, and the passing of Laurie’s beloved mother in 2013 inspired her to take an active role in fighting the climate crisis. She attended 350 Eugene’s inaugural meeting in January 2014 and has been involved in one capacity or another ever since. Laurie and her husband enjoy spending time with her 94-year old father (a proficient climate banner painter), their dogs, chickens, and growing and preserving much of their own food while trading gardening tips with beloved friends and family. In her professional life, Laurie works for the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training at the University of Oregon, conducting research, development, and advocacy projects in the service of adults who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.

Elliott Grey

Elliott Grey

Director