Welcome to our Board!

This year we are excited to welcome four new members to our Oregon Wildlife Foundation Board of Directors. We want to take a moment to introduce you to our newest leaders.


Karin Barber

Why did you decide to join OWF's Board of Directors?

So many of the memories I treasure involve the outdoors. I admire OWF’s long standing commitment to a wide array of projects and partnerships focused on conservation work and habitat preservation, which help to make Oregon such a special place to live, play, and work. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of that effort.

What is your favorite outdoor sport or activity?

I can’t name one! I love hiking, skiing, mountain biking, fishing and simply reading a book perched alongside a river.

What project, conservation work, or wildlife/habitat are you most excited in supporting in Oregon?

There’s so much I need to learn about the areas of most need in this regard, which is why I’m eager to be a part of OWF. I will say that Oregon’s rivers and the protection thereof is an area of particular interest to me.

Describe Oregon in 3 words:

A Natural Beauty


Karin Barber is a Senior Managing Director and Senior Trust Officer at First Republic Trust Company. Prior to joining First Republic in 2006, Karin worked as Vice President and Trust Officer for U. S. Trust Company, where she was employed since 1994. Prior to her tenure at U.S. Trust Company, she worked in Puget Sound Bank's Private Banking Division, in Tacoma, Washington. Karin has over 25 years of service in the wealth management industry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and a Master's in Business Administration from City University in Washington. As a graduate of Cannon Financial Institute, Karin holds the professional designation of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor.

On a personal note, she and her husband, Brian, have two older children and are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and fishing.

Matthew Tabor

Why did you decide to join OWF's Board of Directors?

I decided to join OWF because I know first-hand of the beauty of this state and it’s wildlife. Because of that, I am excited to partner with OWF in both protecting and increasing access to that beauty.

What is your favorite outdoor sport or activity?

I am an avid hunter, fisherman, camper, and backpacker.

What project, conservation work, or wildlife/habitat are you most excited in supporting in Oregon?

I am most excited about salmon/ steelhead habitat restoration and developing wildlife underpasses.

Describe Oregon in 3 words:

Flowing with opportunity


Matthew Tabor is a Portland native, hunting and fishing enthusiast, and passionate business development and advisory professional. Matthew grew up in the outdoors learning the art of backcountry fly fishing from his father. He has been an avid shotgunner, shooting trap, skeet, and sporting clays since the 5th grade when his grandfather gifted him his first gun: an Ithaca 20 gauge. Matthew has been known to use the local gun clubs as venues for getting to know professional partners, vendors, and clients.

A graduate of Willamette University College of Law, Matthew uses his skills in issue spotting, risk assessment, and contingency planning for those around him, both client and friend alike. Matthew is a natural team player regularly sacrificing his informational advantage if doing so would advance a relationship, meet a need, or serve a worthy cause.

Blaine Dickason

Why did you decide to join OWF's Board of Directors?

I’m excited to have joined OWF’s Board of Directors because I believe it will be a wonderful opportunity to support and help develop a wide variety of projects covering a diverse range of wildlife species statewide.

What is your favorite outdoor sport or activity?

My favorite outdoor activity is any time I get to spend on the water including fishing, windsurfing, or river-running.

What project, conservation work, or wildlife/habitat are you most excited in supporting in Oregon?

I have a strong interest in conservation work and wildlife projects targeting both coastal estuaries and the beautiful river corridors throughout our state.

Describe Oregon in 3 words:

Beautiful, Green, Fun.


After growing up in and around New York City, Blaine moved to Portland to attend Reed College where he earned his B.A. in Biology with a Secondary Study in Economics. His senior thesis examined wild salmonids and efforts to preserve them. Blaine was a member of the Reed Rugby team and was its captain his senior year. After graduating, he took seasonal jobs with ODFW surveying spawning habitat on the southern Oregon coast and with OSU researching the downstream barging of chinook smolt on the Columbia River. Returning to live in Portland, Blaine began a career in capital markets and is currently an analyst and trader on the fixed income team at Ferguson Wellman Capital Management.

Besides fishing, Blaine enjoys a variety of human and wind-powered water sports. He currently lives in NE Portland with his wife and 10 and 12-year old daughters.

Nick McDonald


Nick was born & raised in Portland, Oregon.

He attended the University of Montana as well as Portland State University. Nick is the President of the Irwin-Hodson Company, a Portland-based company founded in 1894 specializing in: printing, promotional items and metal manufacturing. He lives in southwest Portland with his wife Summer, 10 year old daughter Paige Marie, and yellow labrador, Mia.

Nick is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys waterfowl/upland bird hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling.

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