Team

Dave Downing District Manager

Dave was born and raised in Lane County and has been with the Upper Willamette SWCD since April of 1998. Prior to joining the District as the Watershed Technical Specialist, he was an owner/operator of a family farm north of Eugene. Since joining the District, his primary focus has been to assist ag… Read more

Lily Leitermann Conservation Programs Manager

Lily joined the Upper Willamette SWCD in September 2015. Her work focuses on water quality protection with the Pure Water Partners Program (drinking water source protection) and the Camp Creek Strategic Implementation Area in the McKenzie Watershed. Lily holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources w… Read more

Victoria Fischella Conservation Technician

Victoria joined the Upper Willamette SWCD in 2021. Victoria works with agricultural producers to improve water quality and natural resource concerns. Her work focuses on agricultural operations within the Bear Creek and Camp Creek Strategic Implementation Areas. Victoria received her BS in Forest Ec… Read more

Daniel Dietz Conservation Technician

Daniel joined the Upper Willamette SWCD in 2021.  He has worked in natural resource management for almost 25 years having done everything from running a no till drill in restoring native prairies with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to working on a prescribed fire crew with The Nature Conse… Read more

Sasha White Restoration Specialist

Sasha brings a wide range of experience to her work as a Restoration Specialist with the UWSWCD. Prior to joining the District in 2021, she completed an MS in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon in June 2021, where she developed an interdisciplinary project focused on the ecological an… Read more

Meridith McClure Restoration Specialist

Meridith joined Upper Willamette SWCD in May 2022. Originally from Tennessee, Meridith has worked with nonprofits and federal agencies in New Mexico and Oregon doing seed collection, vegetation monitoring, and restoration work. Meridith has a B.S. in Organismal Biology from University of Tennessee a… Read more

Clarissa Berndt Fiscal Manager

Born and raised in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country, Clarissa joined the District in November 2017. After attending Lane Community College and University of Oregon with a major in Accounting, she moved to the Midwest with her husband. While there, she began working for the local soil … Read more

Leslie Owens Administrative Specialist

As a 6th generation Oregon native, Leslie has a love for exploring the beautiful PNW. She is passionate about community outreach and spends her free time volunteering for local animal rescue groups. She recently joined the Upper Willamette SWCD in September 2021 in an administrative capacity and is … Read more

Nayt Boyt Media & Outreach Specialist

A Michigan native, Nayt was born and raised on the shores of the Great Lakes and the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. After graduating, he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and has hiked many miles since. He has worked in water law and policy since 2016. In 2022, Nayt relocated to Eugene and joined the Dist… Read more