Board Members

Laura Roll, Board Advisor


Laura holds a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University and is a Registered Dietitian. She worked as a clinical dietitian in the Rogue Valley prior to starting a family in 1999. Her continued interest in the area of wellness has lead to a study of yoga and the sister science of Ayurveda. Laura is the mother of two wonderful children, Shea and Bryn, and currently works managing the home and pursing the 500 hour yoga teacher training. She enjoys spending time with her children, cooking and merging with nature. Her personal experience with CTSN has opened the door to a far deeper understanding of personal wellness as it relates to mind, body and spirit; this has inspired her to help others gain such a perspective.

Steve Kem, Board Member

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Steve's work in outdoor education began after a life-changing month long course with Outward Bound over twenty years ago. Having experienced a deeply felt connection with the natural environment, he was inspired to go on to work with organizations including OB, The Wild Rockies Field Institute and the Outdoor Adventure Leadership program at SOU that help foster a strong connection with the natural environment and a desire to contribute to sustainability. He lives with his family in Ashland, OR.

Carol Jensen, Board Member


Carol has more than 30 years of experience in community education and recreation, with extensive experience in budgeting, administration, oversight, and grant writing for youth programs. For the past 22 years, she was Director of Pre-College and Youth Programs at Southern Oregon University. Programs included:  administration of academic competitions for Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties; the Advanced Southern Credit program for high schoolers to earn college credit; and extensive summer programs and residential camps.  Under her guidance, SOU developed such programs as Academia Latina for Latino/Hispanic students, ACADEMY for talented and gifted kids, Konaway Nika Tillcum for Native American students, and AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics) for middle school girls. Much of her career has been dedicated to helping children develop a vision for themselves for higher education. Prior employment includes Executive Director of the Ashland Family YMCA and Executive Director of the San Luis Obispo Family YMCA. For many years, she served on the Board of Directors of the Ashland Independent Film Festival and as an interviewer for Ford Scholars, the Ford Family Foundation program for awarding college scholarships. Carol was born and raised in Ashland, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Education, Recreation and Park Management from the University of Oregon.  

Amy Thuren, Board Member


Amy has spent the past 13 years working with nonprofit organizations in many different roles, developing a thorough understanding of their work on local, regional and national levels. She is currently Executive Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon in Medford. Her strengths in community engagement, collaboration and team-building have led to many successful projects and outreach campaigns. She enjoys contributing to the betterment of her community in many ways, including recently leading her Chamber Leadership class project of funding and building a natural playground in Hawthorne Park. Amy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives with her family here in the Rogue Valley and considers it the perfect place to enjoy lakes, mountains, trails and soak up all the natural beauty this corner of the world has to offer.    

Dr. Jesse Lopez, Board Member

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Dr. Jesse Lopez is a practicing physician and surgeon of 27 years in Overland Park Kansas.  As a father of 7 children, he knows the importance of exposing children to avenues of creativity other than videogames and other typical electronic means.  Through Coyote Trails, his own children have  experienced growth in their personal development and self-esteem by challenging themselves.  Because of the profound change that he has seen, not only in his own children, but in others who have been touched by Coyote Trails, Dr Lopez felt it was a great honor to be part of the Board of Directors of Coyote Trails School of Nature, to assist its great leadership and staff with its sacred mission of reaching our communities through the concept of education in the great outdoors.  The concepts of stewardship for the environment and compassion towards one another is a foundational premise of Coyote Trails, which he strongly believes in.  Dr. Lopez's experience in assisting the community involves previous experience on the Board of Directors of various philanthropic institutions, such as the United Way. He has also served on the school board of his children's school and has served in the community in various ways, such as Little League coaching for many many years.  Additionally, he has been involved in charitable medical mission trips to countries such as Ecuador, Mexico, and Tajikistan.

Hani Hajje, Board Member


Hani Hajje has attended multiple Coyote Trails’ overnight programs with his family over the years. His favorite activities include tracking, nature awareness, medicinal and edible plants, yoga, and climbing. Hani has more than 20 years of business management experience including e-commerce, financial management, startup, and consulting.  He serves on the Board of Apparent Energy Inc. of Ashland, a new startup focusing on the research and development of high efficiency electric motors and motor components.  Past experience includes Portfolio Manager at Merchant e-Solutions, managing the company’s e-commerce portfolio; President of Power Solutions, Inc. where he was responsible for starting up and funding the company; President of eMedia Branding, consulting with businesses on their product marketing; and Board President at Lake County International Charter School where he managed cash flow, debt reduction and vendor negotiations, and focused on sustaining the publicly funded school during a time of budget cuts.  Hani has a BS in Engineering Physics from Eastern Michigan University.