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Office Staff

Monica Guy

Office Manager | (541) 346-5081


Gayla WardWell

Graduate Programs Coordinator | (541) 346-5057

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 fourteen 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.

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Travel and Events Coordinator | (541) 346-5203

Alison Mildrexler 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.

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Undergraduate Coordinator | (541) 346-5084

Taylor West graduated with a BS in Environmental Studies in spring 2014 and is thrilled to continue being a part of the ENVS Program. She works with undergraduate students to navigate the journey to academic and personal success, and is your go to girl for any questions or concerns regarding undergraduate affairs. While pursuing her ENVS degree, she also studied Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Economics, and developed an interest in sustainable food systems and environmental health issues. Taylor enjoys biking around Eugene, reading amongst the trees, and making elaborate pizzas.

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