RaDonna was hired in the Environmental Studies Program August 2006, but her relationship with the University of Oregon dates back to 1998. She has over 30 years of budget and accounting experience with the past 26 years spent working in education. RaDonna is the person to talk to if you have questions about budgets, payroll, grants, travel, and class scheduling. When she is not handling daily inner workings in the Environmental Studies Office she can be found enjoying her pets, gardening, riding bikes, or camping with her family.
Graduate Programs Coordinator
Gayla is the first point of contact for any questions about our Master’s and PhD programs. She shares information with prospective students, coordinates the administrative admissions process, and shepherds our graduate students through their programs, ensuring they meet all requirements for obtaining the degree. Gayla also coordinates the GTF (graduate teaching fellows) appointment process. She came to the university in 1999 via a circuitous route that lead from her home state of Vermont to the island of Kauai and then to Oregon. She has worked in various capacities in manufacturing, direct mail advertising, human resources, retail, public relations, and higher education, which is where she found she belonged all along. Gayla has been the graduate programs coordinator for over eleven years now, which is her absolute record for job longevity. As an adult learner, she obtained her BA in Humanities from Johnson State College in Vermont and her MA in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills. Gayla is a poet, vegan, walker, spiritualist, animal lover, forest dweller and former motorcycle mama whose secret wish is to live in Europe.
Travel and Events Coordinator
Alison Rajek is an alum of the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program, graduating with a BA in 2002. She has extensive experience coordinating travel and events and had been working for community non- profit organizations in Eugene since 2003. Alison is happy to assist for course field trip travel details, questions, reimbursements, or reservations. She will also help you schedule, make room reservations, and order catering services for ENVS related events. In her free time, you can find Alison pouring beeswax candles for her small business, Casper Candle Company, enjoying the Willamette River Trail, or exploring Oregon’s high mountain lakes in a canoe.
Raj is the link between the undergraduate students in the Environmental Studies program and the Office of the Registrar. He works with our undergraduates to navigate the seas of graduation requirements, get enrolled in courses, and manage other academic questions that begin with “How do I…?” He received his MS from our program in 2012 and is happy to be on the other side of the desk. Raj is also working on two startup companies. One sells tea to support conservation-based livelihoods for rural Indian farmers, and the other self-publishes engineering textbooks written by his father.