Board Members Pass the Torch

Mar 12, 2012
The Land Trust welcomes two new board members while three more retire.

With all the activity at the Land Trust this winter, we have been remiss in announcing our two newest board members, as well as acknowledging and thanking several Board Members who’ve recently completed their terms on the Board and been released back into society.

The Land Trust is pleased to welcome Jim Nicol and Win Francis to our Board.

Jim Nicol is the founder and Managing Principal of McKinney Butte Consulting, an advisory company assisting forestland owners and investors on a global basis.  A forester by training, Jim has worked extensively across the US, New Zealand and Brazil.  As a champion of maintaining healthy, working forests, he has facilitated a number of conservation easements in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast. 

Jim and his wife Lisa joined the Sisters community in 2000 along with their collection of dogs, horses and donkeys, and became permanent residents in 2009. Jim is an active volunteer for the Sisters Trails Alliance and the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in addition to the Land Trust and you can often find him biking, backpacking, running, cross-country skiing and fly-fishing with his trusty Chesapeake Bay retriever.

Win Francis is a partner in the Bend law firm of Francis Hansen & Martin LLP,  a full service law firm consisting of seven lawyers. Win concentrates his practice on business, real estate, and estate planning. He graduated with a degree in history from Stanford University and received his law degree from Lewis & Clark College. Win spent 23 years on the Board of Directors of the High Desert Museum and was a founding member of the Tower Theatre Foundation and the Deschutes Land Trust. He is a native Oregonian whose family came to Oregon in 1852. Win enjoys all things outdoors and has a strong belief that the State of Oregon is defined by place and geography that deserve recognition and protection.

We also want to recognize and acknowledge Don Bauhofer, Collins Hemingway and Bill Rainey for their time, dedication and commitment to move our conservation work forward.  The fundraising responsibilities, fiduciary oversight and various “hands on” activities require an extraordinary commitment to the mission of the Land Trust and are critical to successful conservation work. Consequently, it’s no small matter when a Board Member reaches the end of their term or needs to step away to deal with other responsibilities. 

Don Bauhofer joined the Board in 2002, bringing with him a wealth of experience in complex land transactions and a passion for the outdoors.  Between his legal and real estate development experience, as well as his experience on the board of Oregon’s chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Don’s phone number quickly found its way onto speed dial for the Land Trust’s transaction staff. As an avid fly fisherman and hunter, Don intuitively understood the importance of healthy wildlife habitat and used his business experience to advance our conservation work.  Despite and often hectic schedule, Don was always willing to jump in and lend a hand.

Collins Hemingway first became involved with the Land Trust as a fundraising volunteer during our campaign to purchase the Metolius Preserve and quickly found himself on the Board in 2003.  His previous experience as a senior marketing executive at Microsoft and as a published author and business consultant, meant that Collins brought a new and tremendously important voice to the Land Trust’s outreach and marketing efforts.  Collins also served two terms as the Land Trust’s Board President, overseeing the Land Trust’s successful national accreditation effort.

Bill Rainey, joined the Board in 2010, having retired to Sisters, following an extensive career as a general counsel for several national corporations.  Upon retiring to Sisters, Bill immediately immersed himself in the Land Trust and countless other non-profits and community-based projects. Bill's experience with other nonprofits and his legal background greatly aided our effort to update the Land Trust's bylaws and policies.  As an active, Sisters area member of the fundraising committee, played an important role in helping to raise the funds to purchase what is now Whychus Canyon Preserve.

Since Don, Collins and Bill have each served their time, we want to say thank for all you’ve given to the effort and don’t go far, as we’re counting on the fact that you’ll stay involved and continue building a legacy for generations to come.  Thanks so much, guys!