The Natural Resources Team

  • Natural Resources Team
  • Culture
  • GIS
  • Grants
  • Forest Management Program
  • Water and Environmental Resources Program
  • Wildlife
  • Tribal Gardens

Meet the Natural Resources Team

Jason RobisonJason Robison was appointed as the Director of Natural Resources in July 2014. He holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Oregon State University. He has been actively involved in Tribal Environmental Programs for more than 10 years. Jason has worked in the fields of fisheries and wildlife management, environmental management, and forest management. Jason also has extensive experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and developing intergovernmental agreements between Tribes and local, state, and federal agencies and organizations. Jason has participated in federal forest management policy development, legislative development, and forest operations planning and implementation. In 2012 Jason received the Intertribal Timber Council’s Earl Wilcox Memorial Individual Achievement Award for his dedication to Tribal Forestry. Jason is an avid outdoorsman and in his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and mountain biking with his family.

Tim VredenburgTim Vredenburg is from the Roseburg area and graduated from Georgetown College with a B.S. degree in Environmental Science.   He went to graduate school at Oregon State where his area of emphasis was wildlife management and silviculture.  In 2000 he joined Biological Information Specialists as a wildlife specialist.  For the last ten years, Tim has planned, Coordinated, Conducted, and offered quality control for spotted owl, Marbled Murrelet and Bald Eagle surveys. He has consulted with state, federal, private, and tribal landowners on issues involving threatened, endangered and special status species and advises landowners on management related activities.   He has conducted ESA section 7 consultations on projects ranging in scale from small local timber sales to large retail developments on the Columbia.Currently he serves on the Southern Oregon Provincial Interagency Executive Committee and Level 2 Team. He served as a member of the Governor’s Federal Forest Advisory Committee and continues working on the Federal Forest Advisory Adoc Workgroup. In the fall of 2012, he went to work for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, as their Director of Forest Management.   He currently resides in Roseburg with his wife, Darcy, and their three young children, Owen, Emma and Asher.

Rhonda MaloneTribal Member Rhonda Malone has worked for the Tribe for 24 years. She has been dedicated in her previous position as the Human Services Director and is now continuing on her path as the Cultural Development Coordinator. It has been a long-time passion for Rhonda to continue her career in the Cultural field. She is working alongside the Natural Resources Team. Rhonda has been involved in various committees and projects throughout the years such as: JOM, POW WOW, Drumming, and many other Tribal events. The revitalization of the Takelma Language has become the main focus of developing the culture for our Tribal community.

Brian MladenichBrian Mladenich is the GIS Operations Manager for the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe.  He first started working with GIS in the early 1990’s and has a B.A. and M.A. in Geography from California State University Northridge, with an emphasis in GIS and Cartography.  His Master’s thesis was “A Bio-Geographical Study of Endangered Plant Species Habitat Using a Geographic Information System”.   He was also the GIS Manager for the Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation for 5 years.  Other GIS working experience includes over 10 years as a GIS Supervisor for Lane County Public Works.  He is proficient with the ESRI product line. His experience includes spatial analysis, thematic mapping, global positioning system (GPS) to GIS conversion, database design, and implementation, GIS quality assurance, quality control, and many years of project management.

Heather BartlettHeather Bartlett is working for the Tribe as the Tribe’s Environmental Specialist. Heather grew up in Roseburg and went to Roseburg High School graduating in 2003. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon where she focused on conservation biology of endangered species. She has worked for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers before taking a position with the Tribe in October 2011. Her work experience includes water quality monitoring, fish barrier assessments, ArcGIS map making, spawning surveys, radio telemetry and riparian/forest habitat assessments. The programs she works on for the Tribe include water quality, air quality, wetlands and invasive species. Often times you will find Heather on the tennis courts after work and on the weekends. GO BEAVERS!

Scott Van NormanTribal member Scott Van Norman is the Wildlife Technician for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe. He is a lifelong resident of the area and began working for the Tribe in September of 2012. His studies in Criminal Justice were completed at Lane Community College, then continued at Linn-Benton College. In 2013, he attended Colorado State University, where he obtained his Wildlife Management Certificate. His working experience includes the capturing and immobilization of black tail deer (GPS collaring), invasive wildlife control, wild land fire control, fisheries, and habitat improvement work. In 2014, he was appointed a chair to serve on the Rogue/Umpqua Advisory Committee for the National Forest. His current position consists of administering and overseeing the hunting programs on Tribal lands, conducting wildlife surveys, wildlife nuisance control,  habitat improvement, and fuel reduction projects. He works together with federal and state agencies on managing wildlife within the Tribe’s Ancestral Territory. Scott is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys coaching youth sports. In his free time, you can find him roaming the mountains and rivers of the Umpqua Valley. He currently resides in Roseburg with his wife and two kids.

Kelly Crispen CoatesTribal member Kelly Crispen Coates is the Water and Environmental Resources Program Manager for the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe.  Kelly Has a Bachelor’s Degree in Aquatic Wildlife Biology and a Master’s Degree in Organismal Biology and Ecology, both from the University of Montana. She has previously worked for the University of Montana as a research specialist in an environmental chemistry lab, and for the Pacific Rivers Council, where she worked on aquatic conservation issues in the Umpqua Basin. Her fisheries experience includes working in remote field camps, conducting spawning surveys, juvenile fish counts, as well as marine derived nutrient, water chemistry, flow, and benthic invertebrate sampling. Kelly has worked for the Tribe since November of 2011. She coordinates with federal and state agencies to manage aquatic and environmental resources within the Tribe’s Ancestral Territory and is the lead for Tribe’s lamprey conservation program.

Jessie PlueardJessie Plueard is the Cultural Programs Manager and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) and has been with the Tribe since joining the Natural Resources Department in March of 2009. She started her career with the Tribe as the Archaeologist, was appointed as THPO by the Tribal Board of Directors in 2013 and was promoted to her current position in 2015. As the Cultural Programs Manager she oversees the Cultural Education Program and the Cultural Resources Program which promote the protection, preservation, and perpetuation of Tribal history and culture.  Jessie is of Cow Creek Umpqua and Chinook descent. She was born and raised in Douglas County, graduating from Sutherlin High School. She received her Associate’s degree from Umpqua Community College and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology and a minor in Native American Studies from Southern Oregon University. Jessie is currently completing her Master’s degree in the Anthropology at the University of Oregon with a concentration in Cultural Resource Management and Geographical Information Systems. Other areas of interest include indigenous archaeology, historic preservation law, and museum collections care and management.

Megan Taddei Megan Taddei is the new Cultural Programs Assistant. After working in education for 12 years as an Instructional Assistant, She decided to make a change and took on a position at The Cow Creek Education and Workforce Center. She now has transferred to the Natural Resources Department. Megan grew up in California, but moved to Oregon in 2003 and loves all the beauty that the state has to offer. She has 2 amazing children her daughter is 15 and her son is almost 11. Megan and her family enjoy camping, swimming and spending time on the coast. When enjoying time at home as a family they enjoy watching movies, barbecuing and playing games. She is very excited to be a part working in the Culture Department as part of the Natural Resources Team!


Brittany JonesBrittany Jones is the Cultural Arts Outreach Specialist for the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe.  Brittany earned her Associate’s degree from Umpqua Community College and is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Southern Oregon University.  She is also pursuing her degree in nursing, from Oregon Health & Science University.   Brittany moved to Roseburg in 2006 with her spouse, tribal member, Jacob Ansures.  It was then she began her passion for the Cow Creek cultural arts.  She has been involved in many tribal activities through the years including, drumming, POW WOW and JOM.  On her spare time, she devoted herself to creating tribal regalia.   Brittany and Jacob have two beautiful children, Gavin and Berlin.  As a family they enjoy many outdoor activities such as camping, fishing and motor sports.


Jeremy JohnsonJeremy Johnson is the archaeologist for the tribe. As the archaeologist, he is responsible for overseeing archaeological investigations on tribal lands as well as the monitoring of undertakings within the ancestral lands. He has extensive experience with the National Historic Preservation Act particularly Section 106 & 110 projects. Jeremy started working in archaeology in 2011 in the Boise area in Idaho working with the Idaho Army National Guard, Boise State University, and the Idaho State Historic Preservation Society where he has held many positions including archaeological technician, archaeological crew chief, and field director. Jeremy joined the Natural Resource Department of the Cow Creek Band in April of 2016. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Anthropology at Boise State University with emphasis in hunter-gatherer prehistory, human behavioral ecology, and geoarchaeology. His other interests include GIS and use of advanced technology in archaeological investigations.


Brandi KnutzenBrandi Knutzen is a Tribal Member working as the Cultural Resource Technician for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. She is a lifelong resident of the area and began working for the Tribe in June of 2013. Brandi earned her Associates Degree from Umpqua Community College in 2014. She has been involved in many Tribal activities through the years including, Pow Wow, JOM, Culture Camp, and many other tribal events. In her spare time, she is committed to her family. Brandi is married to Loy Knutzen III with a total of five children: Mya, Bryan, Eazeekiel, Jack, and Emma. She and her husband have also opened their home to help house tribal children within the foster care/ICWA system. Brandi and her family enjoy hunting, camping, fishing, hiking, and driving the backroads of the Umpqua Valley.


Jennifer BryantJennifer Bryant is a Tribal member originally from the Sutherlin area who has taken up the job of Cultural Activities Specialist for the Cow Creek Tribe. She has worked in banking for Umpqua Bank for most of her career. However, as her five girls are approaching the teen years, she felt like she wanted to help them become involved in their Tribal heritage, and took the position. Now she will be heavily involved in the planning and execution of upcoming cultural events that emphasize traditional methods and beliefs.


Janet CooperJanet  Cooper has been working for the Tribal Government Office since 2008. Janet assists the Natural Resources Department and multiple other departments with day to day tasks and projects. Janet and her family enjoy spending time on the North Umpqua River and areas around Douglas County exploring the many beautiful waterfalls and forest trails.