Matt Krumenauer, MBA – OTL Chief Executive
Over the last two decades, Matt Krumenauer has served in public, private and non-profit sectors. This has included stints as a Project Manager for American Transmission Company, a Conservation Biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Director of Government Relations for the Cooperative Network and Senior Policy Analyst for the Oregon Department of Energy. He is currently appointed as Vice President Special Projects for the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities and in this role also serves as the CEO for Oregon Torrefaction, LLC. Through his varied career he has focused on the critical nexus of renewable biomass energy development, forest health and the economic well-being of rural communities and is a published author in this area. Matt holds the BS from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Carlton Owen – OTL Chairman
President and CEO, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc.
Owen has served as the senior executive of the Endowment since its creation in 2006.  He has rich experience in the forest sector having served as an executive with The Environmental Edge, LLC (2000-2006); Champion International Corporation (1990-2000), American Forest Foundation/American Forest Council (1985-1990); Potlatch Corporation (1978-1985); and Mississippi Wildlife Federation (1976-1978).  He was among the creators of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® Program where he also served as its first independent executive (2000-2002).  Owen holds degrees in Wildlife Ecology (MS 1976) and Forest Management (BS 1974) from Mississippi State University.  He has served on the advisory boards of five of the nation's forestry schools (Mississippi State University; State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry; University of Arkansas at Monticello; University of Georgia; and University of Tennessee).  He currently serves on the boards of directors of the North American Forest Partnership and privately held CEI Capital Management and SynTerra Corporation.  

Members and Board

W. Dennis Carroll, PE – OTL Chief Engineer
After serving nearly 30 years in the corporate environment with Engineering and Construction firms, Dennis established an independent project support and consulting firm in 2006.  His prior experience has been with utility non-regulated businesses and national Engineering, Procurement & Construction organizations in the energy field. Throughout his career, he has been heavily involved in renewable and alternative energy projects beginning with municipal waste-to-energy projects during the early 1980’s while in recent years focusing efforts on biomass.  Dennis specializes in Project Management, Program Management and Design, he has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama and an MBA from Georgia State University.  Licensed in multiple states, he has worked on both national and international projects.

John Rowell - Senior Manager, Operations and Quality Control
Over a 30-year career, John Rowell has worked in almost every aspect of the wood products industry. He manages Ochoco’s wood processing and fuel pellet production line covering Production, Quality control, Sales and Customer Engagement. Never afraid of a new challenge in a different setting John served previously as Plant Manager for Ochoco’s lumber mill in Lithuania and occupied this position for over ten years before coming back to John Day Oregon where the elk hunting is much better.

Benefit Corporation

Wayne Lei, PhD – OTL Chief Technical Officer
Wayne Lei retired recently as Director of Research and Development at Portland General Electric - a function he led for over 10 years. Notable R&D projects included installation of a grid-scale, 5 MW, 1.25 MW-hr lithium ion battery in Salem Oregon and leading the internal PGE effort in obtaining 5,000 tons of torrefied, renewable biomass for a successful test burn to replace the coal used at PGE’s Boardman Power Plant.  Prior to this, Lei was Director of Environmental Policy at PGE and, before that he served in the nuclear industry for ten years.  He still serves on the Reactor Operations Committee at Reed College. In the past, he chaired the Industry Advisory Committee for ABET accreditation to the Renewable Energy Systems degree at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Wayne holds a doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences from New York University; MS from Oregon State University; and BA from Oberlin College. Since 1986, he has been certified in the comprehensive practice of Health Physics by the American Board of Health Physics.

Bruce Daucsavage – OTL Board Member
President, Ochoco Management, Inc.
Bruce Daucsavage is the President of Ochoco Lumber Company, formed in the 1920’s. He was first hired as a CPA-Controller by the Shelk family 33 years ago. Today, Ochoco Lumber Company employs about 105 people, and owns a sawmill, biomass facility, timber lands, land development projects, and trading companies. The company also has years of experience operating in Lithuania and the Russian Far East. Bruce is currently a member of the Federal Forest Working Group (formed to advance collaboration in the active restoration of federal forest lands); Oregon Forest and Industries Council, Wood Products Association (an economic and grading services organization); Oregon Business Council (statewide organization of CEO’s); a State community board member of Regence Blue Cross; and a former member of Economic Development of Central Oregon. For the past few years, he has been working on collaboration in the Blue Mt. Region to advance biomass projects utilizing forest restoration products. He has been asked to help, through collaboration with the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities in the construction of a torrefaction plant and has had the opportunity to publicly speak about our unhealthy forest plight in front of the Administration, Senate and Congressional committees in Washington, D.C.

Angus Duncan – OTL Board Member and Benefit Governor
President and Founder, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
As the Founder of BEF, Angus has been pivotally involved in the renewable energy market and policy development for more than three decades. In addition to his duties at BEF—which have included developing wind, solar, and biomass generating projects—Angus chairs the State of Oregon Global Warming Commission and helped create the West Coast Governors Global Warming Initiative. Angus represented Oregon on the Northwest Power Planning Council for six years, serving as its chairman 1994-1995. In 1979-1980, he was Director of Energy Policy for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Angus has taught at the university level, appears regularly at professional conferences throughout the country, has written numerous published articles, and has won many awards for his service. He holds a BA in Government from Harvard College.

Staff

Wanda Rasmussen -  Controller
Wanda Rasmussen serves as Oregon Torrefaction’s Controller. Concurrently, she is a Senior Accountant for the Ochoco Lumber Company and affiliated companies in Prineville, Oregon. She has been with Ochoco since 2012 taking on increasingly more responsible positions while providing back office support especially in the area of new ventures.  Prior to coming to Ochoco, Wanda served for over twenty years as a Licensed Tax Consultant with Stevens & Neuman, CPA’s.

Joe Koerner, P.E. ChE – Operations Manager
Joe has spent the last 20 years managing chemical production facilities.  In this capacity, he has been responsible for all aspects of plant operations including development and implementation of safety programs and policies, environmental permitting and compliance, quality control and ISO 9000/14000 certifications, engineering oversight, staffing, and coordination of all production activities.  His broad operational experience, engineering background, and hands-on approach to managing his team, make him an ideal operations manager for a startup company.  Having been raised in western Idaho and having earned both a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Washington State University, Joe has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest and has a particular attachment for Eastern Oregon.

As a Benefit Company, Oregon Torrefaction seeks to create a material, positive impact on society and the environment. To learn more, check out our 2016 Oregon Torrefaction, LLC Annual Benefit Report.