The Mazamas Executive Council is a nine-member Board of Directors for the organization. Three members are elected to three-year terms annually on the first Monday in October. 

The Mazama Executive Council has, among other duties, three obligations to fulfill:

  • To efficiently govern and manage the organization’s activities to responsibly meet our mission.
  • To maintain the highest standards of fiscal integrity and accountability.
  • To ensure stewardship of funds which are granted to outside organizations and individuals.

Interested in the Executive Council

If you are interested in serving as a member of the Mazamas Executive council, please fill out this form and a member of the Nominating Committee will contact you. If you have questions, please email  See the current list of Nominating Committee members at the bottom of this page.

Information on the 2021–2022: There is a vacancy on the board due to the resignation of Lori Coyner who was elected in 2020 and would have served until 2023. The current EC is working to fill this vacancy. 

THANK YOU to our outgoing board members: Joe Eberhardt, President; Judith Baker, Lori Coyner (resigned), and Rick Amodeo (resigned June 2020)


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Jesse Applegate, President

Jesse Applegate

Term: Oct. 2019– Oct. 2022

Like many Mazamas, I joined with the intention of learning new skills and meeting new people. What I found was an amazing community and a life-changing path of personal growth and discovery. I started with taking the Ski Mountaineering class in 2013 followed immediately after by BCEP, ICS, ASI, and AR as soon as I could take them. I always laugh at how for most of my life I thought climbing was just ridiculous and definitely something I would never do—turns out it's quite amazing. I also like long distance trail running and flying airplanes for fun.

Much of my volunteer experience to date in the Mazamas has been in the education programs. I've instructed for BCEP, ICS, and AR. I served on the Intermediate Climb School Committee from 2016-2019, and in 2018 became a Climb Leader. When not involved with Mazamas activities I stay pretty busy as a field-deployable member of Portland Mountain Rescue, and as the "plane captain" responsible for owner-authorized maintenance on the Hillsboro Flying Club's Cessna 182P. I've served on the Hillsboro Flying Club board since 2013 managing its small fleet of airplanes and their operational expenses on behalf of the non-profit's membership.

To keep food on the table and to buy more climbing gear I run a business as an engineering consultant.

I want the Mazamas to be leaders in the community as experts in their interests, progressive ambassadors, and stewards. As an organization I want the Mazamas to be viewed as an asset to the outdoor community that is inclusive, provides opportunity for personal growth, and is a community in which everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging.

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Aimee Filimoehala, Vice President

Aimee Filimoehala

Term: April 2020–Oct. 2022

Vice President: 2020–2021

Serves on Board Bylaws Subcommittee

With a deep appreciation for the mountains, I joined the Mazamas in 2017 and quickly fell in love with the mission of the organization and the people.  I was so impressed by the numerous volunteers that were freely sharing their knowledge for safety in the mountains, I knew this was an organization I wanted to be a part of.

I have been fortunate to be able to advance my skills by taking BCEP 2017, ICS 2019, and AR 2020 (prior to it being canceled).  I have actively volunteered with BCEP, and have been a committee member with ICS and Portland Alpine Fest.  I am currently chipping away at becoming a climb leader in the Leadership Development Program.

In my professional life, I’m the owner and Director of Operations of a company that designs and manufactures crafting products that we distribute to companies and consumers all over the world.  

Note: Aimee was originally appointed to fill an open EC position in April 2020 with a term ending in October 2021. When another EC position was left vacant in July 2021, the EC voted for Aimee to fill that slot, extending her position on EC to October 2022. As the upcoming election for EC was uncontested (with only 3 candidates for 3 slots) the EC was responsible for filling the open slot.

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Greg Scott, Secretary

Greg Scott

Term: Oct. 2021–Oct. 2024

Growing up I spent a lot of my time outdoors, camping and fishing with my father, and backpacking with the Boy Scouts.  I moved to Portland in 1999, and took BCEP in 2002.  I became a Mazama member shortly thereafter.  I remember the sense of accomplishment as I built my climbing resume that first summer after BCEP. I continued nurturing my climbing career enrolling for every class the Mazamas had to offer, while exploring my newfound community.  I obtained my Mazamas PhD (ICS, AR, ASI) and became a climb leader in 2008.  It wasn’t just the climbing that kept me engaged, but the people I met.  I want to be a part of taking the Mazamas into the future while preserving its rich history.  To me this means building an inclusive organization, adapting our education programs to current best practices, continuing our advocacy for the environment, building a non-judgmental risk management culture, and inspiring new members young and old to preserve and love the mountains.

Professionally, I am a paralegal at a Portland-based commercial litigation firm, Markowitz Herbold, PC. Over my 24-year career, I took on leadership roles, whether it was managing large groups of attorneys and paralegals in high-stakes cases, or mentoring younger professionals.

I live in SE Portland with my wife Bonnie, my nine year old daughter, Alison, and our dog Otter.  Alison, Bonnie, and I are enrolled in this year's FM101 where we look forward to meeting new people and launching new adventures. 

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David Urbaniak, Treasurer

Term: Oct. 2021–Oct. 2024

David Urbaniak

Bio coming soon.

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Charles Barker

Charles Barker

Term: Oct. 2021–Oct. 2024

Serves on Board Bylaws Subcommittee

I joined the Mazamas in 1980 after signing up with Mazama Climb Leader Edward Johann.  I was completely hooked on both the excitement of climbing mountains and exploring the outdoor.  This led me joining the Mazama Explorer post that was led by Keith Mischke who spent over a decade teaching young adults how to  safely climb, Nordic ski, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing.  During this same time I started volunteering at Mazama Lodge, taking the the old Trailways Bus to Govy spending time on the Mountain and even volunteering  to cook over the holidays after former Lodge Manager Bill Head passed away just prior to the lodges busy holiday rush.  My two teenage kids have joined the Mazama and are 6th generation Mazama members.

When I’m not hiking or enjoying the outdoors I’m always cooking up a new business venture.  I currently own Oscars Vegan restaurant in Portland.  I have owned, brokered, and or operated nearly half a dozen food business in the Portland area. 

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Bob Breivogel

Bob Breivogel

Term: Oct. 2020– Oct. 2023

Serves on Board Finance Committee

I grew up in the New York-New Jersey metro  area, but moved west to Silicon Valley after college in 1974 and later migrated north to Oregon in 1980. I have always been drawn to the outdoors and high places.  

While living in the Bay Area I learned to climb in the Yosemite Valley and High Sierras with the Sierra Club.   Moving to Oregon, I felt I needed a new organized group to climb with. I joined Mazamas in 1982, and began leading climbs in 1988. Currently have 300+ Mazama climb leads, including all the 16 NW peaks. I also have led many Mazama trail trips, street rambles, and numerous outings. I have previously served on Executive Council 2007–2010 and several committees (publications, outings, trail trips, strategic planning, and bylaws).  I have also taught BCEP, ICS, and ASI classes. 

Managing by consensus within groups has always been a goal of mine.  I like to plan and work towards realistic goals and anticipate problems before they arise.

I formerly worked at Intel Corp for 21 years as a process engineer and later did consulting work. Co-founder of Microvision inc – a machine vision systems integrator.  Holder 10 US Patents. 

Some other of my interests include nature photography, natural history, gardening, long distance road biking, and  travel.

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Reena Clements

Term: Oct. 2020– Oct. 2023

Reena Clements

I became involved with the Mazamas in 2015 on an AYM backpacking trip, and immediately knew I’d come upon an amazing community of outdoors enthusiasts. After a few hiking trips, I quickly became a hike leader and have been getting involved in different ways since. I’ve been a member of and chaired both hiking committees (Trail Trips/AYM), taught First Aid/CPR & Hike Leader Training, amongst various other involvements. I am passionate about providing diverse outdoors experiences, and am known as a hike leader for bringing participants to new and out-of-the way places that they might not have otherwise experienced. 

I trained as a scientist and now work in project management. Of all of my work, I am most proud of my involvement with DEI. I’ve spent over ten years working with underrepresented groups and the general community to provide everything from basic science education to college prep skills for first-generation high school students. I am excited to bring my passion for outdoors stewardship and experience with DEI work/increasing access to direct Mazamas operations from the Executive Council. 

When I’m not volunteering with the Mazamas, I’m off somewhere in the world hiking, when not hiking, I’m climbing, when not climbing, I’m backpacking. For the rare moment that I’m actually in town, I’m swooning over my fluffy cat, Artemis, swinging kettlebells, cooking something new, solving puzzles with friends, or finding some other exciting thing to pass my time.

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Amanda Ryan-Fear

Term: Oct. 2019–Oct. 2022

Secretary: 2019–2021

Amanda Ryan-Fear

My relationship with the Mazamas is somewhat new, having joined in 2015. I participated in BCEP in 2016 and was hooked. I truly appreciated the group of volunteers dedicated to helping us develop the skills to be safe in the mountains and loved connecting with new friends with interests similar to mine. I'm grateful for this opportunity to give back to the organization so that we can continue to inspire a love of the mountains and develop our outdoor community.  

The bulk of my career has been spent in public education. I have served as a high school teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, graduate-level instructor and hold a doctoral degree in educational leadership. Prior to my teaching career I was an executive director for a non-profit therapeutic equestrian program for people with special needs and have served on the board of a local organization that brings art and music to Portland schools. I currently run a coaching and retreat business for female leaders and look forward to using my background and various skill-sets in service to the Mazamas. 

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Nominating Committee

Sue Dimin, 2021–2024

Lynny Brown, 2019–2022

Claire Tenscher, 2019–2022

Barbara Weiss, 2019–2022

Ardel Frick, 2020–2023

John Rettig, 2020–2023

Kaitlyn Rupert, 2020–2023

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