Meet the Original Founders

Bringing decades of experience in forestry, engineering, renewable energy, the forest products industry, and community development to the table.

PAUL SPENCER
Founder and Board of Director

  • Retired Engineer
  • B.A. Mathematics – University of Texas
  • Materials Science graduate study

BOB SOUREK
Founder, President and Board of Director

  • Forester (at heart)
  • B.S. Forest Management/Business Management – University of Montana
  • US Forest Service Timber Management
  • Founder (and past President) of Bear Mountain Forest Products
  • Founding Member of Biomass Thermal Energy Council
  • Past Member of Oregon Governor’s Biomass Working Group
  • Past Board Member of Lignetics, Inc.

TOM LINDE
Founder

  • Retired US Forest Service (Recreation and Silviculture)
  • Horticulture Degree – Clark College
  • Gifford Pinchot National Forest Timber Stand Management
  • Federal Forest Enforcement Officer

NORMAN WARD
Founder

  • Retired Professional Lansurveyor
  • B.S. Physical Education / Land Survey – University of New Hampshire
  • 32 Years with US Forest Service

Meet the Co-Founders of Gorge Greens


ELONA TROGUB
Co-founder of Gorge Greens

  • Organic Farmer, Chef, Educator, Community Herbalist and Facilitator
  • Culinary Management Degree – Kendall College (Chicago)
  • Systems Science and Conflict Resolution Degree – Portland State University
  • Excited to develop Gorge Greens into a powerhouse of healthy, fresh and delicious foods.

RYAN CRIST
Co-founder of Gorge Greens

  • Organic Farmer, Biochemist, Mechanical Engineer, Aquaponic System Designer and Consultant
  • Educator and Ski Enthusiast
  • Biochemistry Degree – University of Minnesota
  • Mechanical Engineering Degree – Portland State University
  • Looking forward to growing the aquaponics industry with innovation and sustainable methods.

MICHAEL HANNA
Co-founder of Gorge Greens

  • 25 Years working in Data and Software
  • Specialization in databases, data warehouses, data analytics, application and data integration, networking, and web applications
  • Passion for healing with plants and has experience with FDA dietary supplements; exciting to apply these skills to the realms of indoor agriculture and manufacturing.