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 has been a volunteer with 350 since its beginning, serving formerly as bookkeeper and now chapter treasurer.

Carolyn Partridge

Carolyn Partridge

Secretary

Carolyn was born and raised in Ohio. After graduating from college, she developed a keen desire to leave the Midwest and explore new horizons. She moved to California and then Oregon where she has lived since 1981. Camping and hiking have always been favorite pastimes and she feels blessed to live in Oregon with its many opportunities to experience the natural world.

Carolyn has worked in the natural foods business, as a social worker in the inner city, and as an elementary school teacher. Along the way she has also worked a variety of low wage, low prestige jobs which opened her eyes to the many injustices endured by those on the lowest rungs of society.

While she and her husband were raising their son in the 1990s, scientific evidence of the escalating climate crisis became overwhelming and indisputable. This was a clarion call to action since the future of her son, his generation, and all other planetary life was under serious, existential threat. When asked what any of us can do to help solve the climate emergency, Kathleen Dean Moore advises, “Stop being one person.” Taking this advice to heart, Carolyn began volunteering with the Eugene Chapter of 350. Over the last five years she has participated in rallies, lobbying, nonviolent direct action and many other group efforts. She can’t think of a better way to spend her life than protecting what she loves - planet earth with its wondrous web of life.

Elliott Grey

Elliott Grey

Director