New board president named

September 18, 2017

Arch Cape resident John Mersereau has been named president of the board of directors of North Coast Land Conservancy. John has lived on Oregon’s north coast for more than 40 years and has been an NCLC board member since 2010.

“John has a passion for the mission,” said NCLC Executive Director Katie Voelke. “As an avid fisherman, hiker, and gardener, he has a deep connection to this place. As we launch into conserving the Rainforest Reserve, his leadership will help bring together all the voices of the communities around the Reserve, rallying us to a common vision.” Many of NCLC’s newest supporters got to meet John when he hosted a rest stop for CoastWalk Oregon 2017 at his home alongside the Oregon Coast Trail.

John succeeds Doug Green of Portland and Seaside. Doug served on the NCLC board for eleven years, the last seven of those as president. “Doug took us through seven years of growth and was a calm and supportive leader for the board and for me during every moment,” Katie said. “He sees the strength that lies between a great staff and a great board, and he nurtured and respected the individuals and the team. We are so grateful for the years he dedicated to NCLC.”


  1. Leslie Ryan says:

    Such excellent news. Congrats to both NCLC & John!

  2. Thanks John for stepping up your participation in protecting what we love here on the North Coast. Congratulations too NCLC for successfully recruiting and sustaining a solid board whose depth of commitment brings local knowledge and great heart to the work you do.

    PS John. I’m still available to go fishing if you find any spare time.

  3. Jim Stewart says:

    John and I have been close friends and musical good buddies for over 44 years. He is EXACTLY the right guy for this. Good move, NCLC.

  4. Susan Peterson says:

    Congratulations John!

  5. Stan Geiger says:

    Thanks for stepping up John. I don’t know you but from your photo and remarks about you I’ll wager you’ll do a great job for NCLC! Best to you and the Board.