Meet the Ambassadors

Jake Attebery

Jake Attebery
  Forest Management  |  Weiser, ID

“I’m a nontraditional student. I spent six years working as a white-water raft guide and hotshot fire crew member before perusing higher education. I attended Linn-Benton Community College first, and my advisors at Oregon State made my transfer experience easy.

I’m excited about forest management because I want to learn the skills necessary to grow and maintain sustainable forests that provide forest products and other resources for the next generations.”


                                                         Max Carter
                                                                Natural Resources  |  Riverside, CA

"I was born in Riverside, California, near Los Angeles and the San Gorgonio mountain range.  I study Natural Resources in the College of Forestry, and am particularly interested in collaboration and decision making pertaining to wildfire management. In addition to my time in school, I have participated in a few conservation and trail crews with the Student Conservation Association.  In 2012, I spent eight months in the Mojave desert, and in 2016, I participated in a 10 month program in New Hampshire teaching environmental science to elementary students and doing various conservation projects, including: Adirondack shelters, chainsaw work, invasive species removal, new trail construction, and rock work on the Appalachian trail.  In my final year at Oregon State, I hope to inspire my fellow classmates to step outside the norm and discover the beauty of this world in a new light. I also hope to visit a hot spring, hike along the Corvallis to Coast trail, and summit one of the Sisters in Bend."



Spencer Dalton
  Recreation Resource Management  |  San Diego, CA

"My name is Spencer Dalton and I am 3rd year student studying Recreation Resource Management (now called TRAL). Growing up in Southern California, I enjoyed doing anything outdoors. When it came to picking a school, I found OSU and specifically the College of Forestry to be the perfect place to combine my interests with my education. I am excited to be an Ambassador because I love getting involved and meeting new people. In my free time, I like to go backpacking, surfing, or watch college football."   




Jenna Deibel
Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership, University Honors College  |  San Rafael, CA

"My name is Jenna Deibel and I am a second-year TRAL student at the OSU College of Forestry. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and have grown up surrounded by nature my entire life, which is what inspired me to pursue a career in the outdoors. I love hiking, playing bass-guitar, and meeting new people!"


                                                  Chloe Ericksen
                                                  Renewable Materials  |  Puyallup, WA

"Hi! My name is Chloe Ericksen, I’m a junior, and my hometown is Puyallup, Washington. I transferred to OSU last winter from Pierce College. I’m majoring in Renewable Materials, with an option of Science and Engineering, in the College of Forestry. I chose this program to study and to be a part of the future of plant-based materials and wood products. In my free time, I like to do anything from biking and hiking to painting and sewing. I also enjoy spending time with my cat and my dog, who is a miniature schnauzer."

Austin Finster
Forest Operations Management  |  Hillsboro, OR

“I’m a fourth-generation manager of my family’s tree farm. Forestry, reforestation and harvest has been in my blood since day one. Studying forest operations management is the perfect combination of my interests and talents in the outdoors, project management and business.”






Lindsay Golly
Forestry  |  Dallas, OR

"I grew up in a family with an 80-year history of working in the timber industry. During my college search, I found the College of Forestry and instantly knew that it was the right fit for me, given my background and my interests. My time as a student here has only made me more sure that I made the right choice.  Here at Oregon State I am a member of the Society of American Foresters Student Chapter and Xi Sigma Pi, the forestry student honor society.  My goals for the not-so-distant future are to manage timber harvesting operations, and to become a licensed surveyor. I also have a special interest in timber industry public relations and communications!  In my free time, you can find me out for a hike, reading a book, or trying a new recipe!"






                                                                        Mike Kennedy

Natural Resources │ Las Vegas, NV


“My interest in natural resource management came from my father who introduced me to the outdoors at a young age. My father and I would travel to northeastern Nevada to fish and hunt for an escape from the city. These experiences have influenced me to pursue a career in natural resource management. I have served three and a half years on active duty with the United States Army and continue to serve in the United States Army National Guard.”





Joe Matteo
Natural Resources  |  Sutherlin, OR

"Growing up in Douglas County, I naturally became fond of the outdoors; I have always enjoyed  hunting, fishing and hiking. Coming from a rural community has shown me the importance of properly utilizing our natural resources. My interest in stewarding our natural resources led me to one of the greatest forestry colleges in the nation. The Policy and Management option provides me with a scientific foundation that is applicable to social, economic, and political issues. Working alongside other students and professors who vary in their backgrounds and interests has given me a broader perspective on the forestry industry. Our natural resources are constantly evolving, allowing me to confront new challenges every day. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I plan pursue law school with the goal of positively influencing responsible natural resource and economic policy. As an CoF Ambassador, I look forward to helping prospective and current students take advantage of all that OSU has to offer. I believe that the work of our Ambassador will support the College and OSU in maintaining its reputation as one of the premier land grant universities in the country. Go Beavs!"


 Danica Ruud
Forest Engineering, University Honors College  |  Portland, OR

“The forest engineering program at Oregon State as well as the University Honors College were a perfect fit for me. I’m proud to represent a place that feels like home. I’ve always loved being outside. My mother, a forestry educator, really encouraged that. In high school, I loved math and science, and I think forest engineering will allow me to combine my academic interests with my passion for the outdoors.”




Corinne Walters
Forest Engineering, University Honors College  |  Roseburg, OR

“I’m excited about Forest Engineering because it will help me understand the connection between people and the environment. I will also be able to ensure sustainable timber practices and a sustainable future for the environment. I hope to spend most of my time workout outdoors.

At Oregon State, I participate in marching band, pep band, Kappa Kappa Psi, student government and intramural sports.”





College of Forestry Ambassador Coordinator                                                        

 Kira Hughes