Faculty Profile

Lisa Jo Frech
Biography: 
Lisa Jo is an independent consultant providing board and organizational development, collaboration/facilitation, public relations services, and executive coaching to public and private clients in the fields of natural resources and the environment. Lisa Jo is dedicated to the success of nonprofit environmental organizations and brings to her clients a broad base of experience tempered with enthusiasm, humor, and straight talk. Lisa Jo most recently served 6 years as Executive Director of Raindrops to Refuge in Sherwood, Oregon. Prior to that, she founded the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, a regional environmental consortium of 36 diverse organizations spanning two states and five counties, and served as its Executive Director for 12 years. She also worked as an environmental planner for the State of Virginia, the State of Delaware, and the National Park Service, Rivers and Trails Program; and founded two local land trusts, which continue to thrive. In addition to consulting, Lisa Jo teaches several environmental courses at Marylhurst University in West Linn, Pacific University in Forest Grove, and Portland State University. Her courses include: Introduction to Environmental Mediation, Environmental Ethics, Introduction to Sustainability, Starting a Nonprofit Organization, Senior Capstone, Our Global Environment, Grant Writing for Environmental Advocacy, and Field Studies courses. She received her certificate in mediation from Marylhurst. She’s been a speaker at the National River Rally hosted by River Network. Other speaking engagements include: Keynote - 6th Annual Virginia Watershed Conference, Harrisonburg, Va.; Maryland State Planners Association; Eastern European Environmental Journalists Tour, Environmental Health Center, Washington, DC; Watershed '96 Conference, Baltimore, Md; National Watershed Coalition ‘99 Conference, Austin, Texas; Sierra Club; The Nature Conservancy; and Delmarva Discussions. Ms Frech is trained in Myers Briggs Personality Type and in Situational Leadership. Lisa Jo is a contributing author of several publications, including "The Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River Public Access Guide", "Covering the Coasts", a reporter's guide to coastal and marine resources, and "Delaware's Coastal Heritage Greenway Auto Tour". She has produced several films; the most recent is "Partnerships for Clean Water." The following awards have been bestowed upon Lisa Jo: 2010 Excellence in Academic Service and Teaching Award from Marylhurst University, 2001 Delaware Adopt A Wetland Service Award, 2000 Outstanding Cooperator Award from The Nature Conservancy and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 1999 J. Millard Tawes Award from the State of Maryland for enhancing Maryland’s environment, 1996 National Conservation Partnership Award from the National Park Service, 1994 Environmental Award from the Nanticoke Watershed Preservation Committee. These awards recognize Ms. Frech for her dedication to watershed health and her ability to help diverse and conflicting constituents find common ground. Lisa Jo holds a masters degree from Temple University. Her home is on Chehalem Mountain.