Our team

Holly Dye Purpura, Executive Director

Holly joined MRWC as its Executive Director in September 2018. Within this role, she brings years of experience in nonprofit leadership, fiscal administration, grant writing, project management, watershed-wide restoration, and environmental education. She also brings with her a fierce passion for the Earth and a love of working with the community. Prior to joining the Marys River team, Holly was the Executive Director of Friends of Deckers Creek based in West Virginia, and she also previously worked for National Geographic Education and The Hunger Project UK. Holly is a graduate of the West Virginia University Geography Department.

Kathleen Westly, Education and Restoration Program Director

Kathleen has worked with MRWC since 2010, first leading our education programming, and then later also taking over the MRWC restoration program. Kathleen is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and a 25+ year resident of the Marys River watershed. When she isn’t working, Kathleen loves to be on the water canoeing or rafting, and she is also an avid gardener.

Aubrey Cloud, Project Manager

Aubrey joined the Marys River Watershed Council as Project Manager in June 2020. Aubrey moved to Oregon from Denver, Colorado in 2011 to pursue education in Natural Resources and Ecosystem Restoration at Oregon State University. He has been working to restore the Willamette Valley’s native habitats since 2016. Starting as a crew member doing boots on the ground restoration work, Aubrey has since worked as a Crew Leader and Project Coordinator, improving riparian and floodplain forest habitat for a wide range of clients and sites throughout the Valley. In his free time, Aubrey loves gardening with natives and leading volunteer restoration projects. Aubrey also serves as an Project Manager for the Luckiamute Watershed Council.

Blaine Schoolfield, Project Manager

Blaine joined the Marys River Watershed Council as Restoration Project Manager in March 2023. Prior to her work with MRWC, Blaine worked as Program Manager of Oregon State University’s Molluscan Broodstock Program, a collaborative partnership between State and Federal agencies and the West Coast aquaculture industry. Blaine’s background also includes work in instream and riparian restoration in the Klamath and Trinity River basin, environmental education and biological consulting in aquatic and terrestrial environments. She has a degree in Biology from Meredith College and enjoys backpacking, scrambling up mountains, gardening and traveling in her free time.

Jazmin Garcia-Lawson, Project Manager

Jazmin holds a Master of Science in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University. Her overarching interests include behavioral ecology and wildlife conservation. She has worked on various research projects including bottlenose dolphin behavioral ecology, sea turtle migration studies, and water systems parasitology.  Jazmin is also enthusiastic about science education, and previously, she also served as a science teacher at Waldport High School. She enjoys strengthening science education and enthusiasm for students of varying grade levels and abilities. She looks forward to reaching more students through MRWC’s education programs. In her free time, Jazmin enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing with her two dogs.

Nina Dominici, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Nina is the Education & Outreach Coordinator for MRWC. She earned her Masters degree in Natural Sciences, with a focus on ecological research in tropical and subtropical forests and science education. She has over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages in formal and informal educational settings, including as a high school teacher, college biology instructor, nature center educator, dyslexia tutor, and homeschool community teacher and leader. Nina is passionate about engaging people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in activities to expand their knowledge and appreciation of the natural world.

Mark Dameron, Prairie Restoration Field Technician

Mark joined Marys River Watershed Council in spring 2023 as a prairie restoration technician. They are pursuing a B.S. in Natural Resources at Oregon State University specializing in Fish and Wildlife Conservation. In their free time, Mark enjoys tree and rock climbing, birdwatching, camping, playing music, and hanging out with his dog.

Camille Shokrian, Intern

Camille joined the Marys River Watershed Council team in Summer 2022 as part of the Mid-Willamette Beaver Partnership summer ground-truthing efforts. Since then, they have continued to work alongside MRWC staff to assist with everything from knotweed treatment, our Upper Muddy SIA monitoring, and other efforts.

Corey De La Cruz, Intern

Corey joined the Marys River Watershed Council team in the summer of 2022 as part of the Oregon State University New Beginnings for Tribal Students program to help with the Mid-Willamette Beaver Partnership summer ground-truthing efforts. Since then, he has continued to work alongside MRWC staff to assist with everything from knotweed treatment, our Upper Muddy SIA monitoring, IT systems management, and other efforts.