Governor Kate Brown's Press Office

March 29, 2017

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Governor Brown Announces New Appointees to the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission 

(Salem, OR) — Governor Brown today announced the appointment of three new members to the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC). Ms. Kathleen George, Mr. Wade Mosby, and Dr. Molly Kile will be submitted for confirmation by the Oregon Senate, and if confirmed, will begin serving as EQC members on May 3. The Senate hearing is scheduled for April 26.

Governor Brown thanked Morgan Rider, Colleen Johnson, and Melinda Eden, for their service to the State of Oregon and released the following statement:

“The Environmental Quality Commission, now more than ever, has a critical role to play to protect Oregon’s clean air and water resources. As an oversight body, Oregonians expect the EQC to take decisive action to create rules and guide policies that are protective of human health and preserve vital habitats of diverse species by ensuring our air and water is clean and available to future generations of Oregonians. Amid uncertainty at the federal level, these goals could be at risk. It’s essential that the EQC work collaboratively with the Governor’s Office in meeting these new challenges. I appreciate the service of all EQC members, and I welcome new perspectives and leadership to move the EQC forward.”

The EQC is a five-member panel appointed by the governor of Oregon to four-year terms. Commission members serve as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) policy and rulemaking board. In addition to adopting rules, the commission also establishes policies, issues orders, judges appeals of fines or other DEQ actions, and appoints the DEQ director. Sam Baraso and Ed Armstrong will continue serving their terms as EQC members, while the following will be considered by the Oregon Senate for confirmation:

Ms. Kathleen George is an elected member of the Grande Ronde Tribal Council. Prior to serving in public office, Kathleen was the Director of the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. She is a Grand Ronde tribal member and helped tribal governments accomplish their goals for most of her career.

Having worked for Oregon's tribes for 20 years, Ms. George has engaged with state and federal government to support healthy rivers, a clean environment, and the communities that who depend on them. Previously, she owned a natural resources consulting firm, Cedar Consulting, and worked for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in Pendleton.

Ms. George grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon, and as a graduate of Dominican University with a B.A. in Environmental Biology, she is the first of her family to graduate college. 

Mr. Wade Mosby was born in Sweet Home, Oregon and is a fifth generation Oregonian, with both branches of his family dating back to the 1840s and 1850s in Oregon. Mr. Mosby is the former Senior Vice President for Collins, a family-owned, integrated forest products company that practices sustained yield forestry. He is a graduate of Willamette University and attended the MBA program at the University of Portland on the G.I. Bill. He served in the military as an Army officer from 1969-1971.

Mr. Mosby served on the Roseburg Planning Commission beginning in 1986 and was chair from 1988-1990. He has an extensive public service background, including having served as a board member on the Pinchot Institute for Conservation in Washington, DC, and as a member of Business Oregon's Finance Committee.

Additionally, Mr. Mosby was a founding member of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in 1993 and Collins was the first US company to adopt FSC forest certification. Collins was also one of the 12 original World Wildlife Funds Climate Savers companies. Mr. Mosby's business experience includes executive experience managing issues related to water and air resources, carbon sequestration, and pesticide issues.

Dr. Molly Kile is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis. Her major research interests are environmental, molecular epidemiology, and global health. Specifically, Dr. Kile's research interests include understanding how exposure to chemicals in the environment influences maternal and child health. Her research includes study of how environmental factors link to health risks, including how chemical exposures in utero may alter epigenetic mechanisms that could contribute to chronic diseases later in life.

She is also the director of the community engagement core of OSU’s Superfund Research Center. In this role, she works with Native American Tribes in the Pacific Northwest to investigate their concerns about environmental pollution.

Dr. Kile received her doctorate from Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Health. She continued her postdoctoral training at Harvard in molecular epidemiology.
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