The governing Board consists of five members, confirmed by the Senate and appointed by the Governor. The Board works at the pleasure of the Governor. The Board also guides the Director in setting state boating policy and has the authority to enact rules for boat operation.
terms. These are volunteer positions. All Board members are also recreational boaters.
|Val Early (Chair)
|Jas Adams (Vice-Chair)
Member Val Early -Chair (Term: 2016-2020
Board member Early’s love for the waterways happened at a young age. While sitting on the front steps of the family farm home, she witnessed her father helping rescue neighbors to higher ground by using his tractor to tow whatever belongings he could salvage. This event would later become known as the “Great ’64 Flood,” where many rivers became mini-oceans, engulfing everything in their path. This situation instilled her lifelong respect and fascination with waterways.
Early’s father, Cal Wade, held a seat on the Marine Board in the 1970’s, and through his service, she was exposed to boating issues in Oregon, while becoming proficient in operating drift boats and other watercraft on the Rogue River.
Early holds a U.S. Coast Guard Uninspected Passenger Vessel License. She also is an owner/operator of Early Fishing, Inc., a fishing guide service that is registered to operate in Oregon, California and Alaska.
In addition to Early’s boating experience she has volunteered with many organizations on river conservation and habitat including the ODFW Fall Chinook Conservation Plan, USFS National Center for Wild and Scenic River Excellence Working Group, Chetco Watershed Council, Brookings Harbor Safe-N-Sober, and other outdoor events that promote fishing, conservation and safety.
Early hopes that through her role on the Marine Board, she’s able to inspire current and future generations to take responsibility for their behavior, become stewards of the waterways and to increase participation in clean boating programs. Early desires working cooperatively to resolve issues between boating groups and would like to be a part of the conversation that seeks solutions through education or other interventions before asserting more regulations.
Member Jas Adams -Vice-Chair (Term: 2015-2019)
Jas. Adams is an adjunct law professor at Willamette University College of Law, where he has taught Wildlife Law since 2002. Jas. also teaches Administrative Law and will teach an advanced legal writing seminar course offered in the spring of 2016. A graduate of Reed College and Boalt Hall Law School, Jas. focused on environmental and natural resource law for much of his legal career. He retired from the Oregon Attorney General’s Office in 2014.
In the 2011 session, Jas. conceived and helped Legislative Counsel draft HB 3399, which created an administrative search model to allow mandatory roadside inspection and decontamination stations for aquatic invasive species (AIS), without criminal liability for those motorists cooperating with the check stations when transporting injurious wildlife. For this achievement he was a recipient of the Oregon Invasive Species' Council's award entitled the "Ten Fingers in the Dikes" award for governmental contributions to invasive species control.
As a representative of the Oregon Attorney General in 2013-2014, Jas. served as a member of a national working group to craft model state provisions to help overcome the patchwork of state and local laws on invasive species. He was a featured speaker on AIS at the June, 2014 annual meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General on Mackinac Island in Michigan.
Jas. was also involved on behalf of the Oregon State Marine Board in responding to challenges to the Marine Board’s administrative rule prohibiting internal combustion motorboats and seaplanes on Waldo Lake.
In addition to his new role on the Marine Board, Jas. also serves on the Department of Environmental Quality’s Ballast Water Task Force and is also an appointed member of the Oregon Invasive Species Council.
Boating is at the heart of how Jas. experiences the outdoors, and he has been an avid canoeist for 30 years. It all began with exploring the inland lakes on Sauvie Island (the largest freshwater island west of the Mississippi River, with its own river flowing into the Multnomah Channel). Jas. learned to sail on Lido 14’s at a University Sailing Club in his early 20’s and learned to sail larger boats on the Columbia River a few years later.
Jas. currently owns a vintage 28' sailboat with inboard diesel engine, which he keeps on the Columbia River in a cooperative boat club, where he also serves as Clubhouse Chair. With friends he has sailed up the Washington coast, in the San Juan and Gulf Islands, on the eastern seaboard and in the Bahamas. He has sailed his sailboat from Astoria to Hood River and he recounts that he greatly values the tremendous recreational resource of the mighty Columbia River.
Jas. and his spouse Diane Rosenbaum canoe in his 16.5' lightweight Malecite canoe, modeled after a birch-bark tribal design. They have canoed on many lakes throughout Oregon, including Waldo Lake, and also extensively in British Columbia and Washington, including the Bowron Lake Chain. Jas. joined colleagues on a recent trip to Montana's Missouri Breaks, mentioned in Meriwether Lewis's journal written on the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Jas. has also rafted on the lower Owyhee River and the Deschutes and Rogue Rivers.
Jas. notes that his primary objective in serving on the Marine Board is to help it make sound policy decisions that impact the future of recreational boating in Oregon.
Member Cliff Jett (Term: 2014-2017)
Cliff Jett retired after serving 24 years with the Nevada Department of Wildlife including as a boating officer on Lake Mead, and the Region III law enforcement supervisor, which included Lake Mead, Lake Mojave, and 15 miles of the Colorado River.
After retiring and relocating to Oregon, Jett also served as a seasonal marine deputy in Sherman County for 10 years and taught boating safety courses to the general public and high school students. Additionally, Jett served as an instructor with OSMB's Marine Academy for two years.
Mr. Jett is active in local government and regional councils. He is the current mayor of Rufus, is a member and has served as chairman of the Lower John Day Partnership, Mid-Columbia Council of Governments and Mid-Columbia Economic Development Council.
With Jett's experience in law enforcement, education, local governments, and the general public, we're very excited to have him as a member of the Marine Board, representing the needs of eastern Oregon boaters. Not only does Jett understand the agency, he's also an avid angler and experienced jet boat owner/operator.
Member Jen Tonneson (Term: 2011-2019)
Jen Tonneson is co-owner of Rocky Point Marina and Boatyard on the Columbia River. Tonneson has served as a board member for the Waterfront Organization of Oregon, involved with the Multnomah County River Patrol on crime and wake issues and has worked with the U.S. Power Squadron of Beaverton to organize annual Vessel Safety Checks at the Rocky Point Marina.
Tonneson's experience also includes developing and implementing fire safety training and partnering with the ABYC to educate boat owners about electric shock drowning and prevention. Tonneson's interest in serving on the Marine Board stems from "being driven by my vested interest in healthy waterways, a thriving maritime industry and the safe accessibility for all users."
Member Vince Castronovo (Term: 2017-2021)
I still remember that
day my Dad brought home our first boat. It was an eight-foot row boat but to me
and my four siblings, it was the Queen Mary!
We had a pond across the street from our home and we spent many summer days
out in that boat. A few years later, Dad surprised us with our first runabout.
I still remember getting to drive it on
our test run. From that day on, my love for the water was born!
As I've grown
older, boating remains a very special part of my family’s life and the memories
we create. It didn’t take long for me to
realize that having a boat is a great tool of fellowship and I began to
volunteer with a few of the local youth group camps and retreats, offering to
take kids out on the water. I found that
providing kids the same opportunity given to me and teaching them about
different watersports fueled a new desire in me. Fast forward to 2012, I saw a Facebook post
about a guy from North Carolina who created a program called “Wake the World,” which
took kids from children’s homes out boating for a day to expose them to
watersports. His story was so inspiring;
I decide to start a chapter here in Oregon! Starting out with 24 boats, Wake the World
Oregon was born and our volunteer flotilla treated 125 foster kids for a day on
the water they would never forget. Just
like me, others who were a part of our original event were so inspired they spread
the “Wake the World Oregon” events to other areas of the state on their own! We currently have nine events each year, all
over Oregon and Washington, serving hundreds of foster kids and their families.
With the added responsibility of being a
coordinator for these events, I want to make sure that boating safety is a high
priority. I decided to become more involved with the Marine Board to learn the ins
and outs of boating laws, policies, and planning. I started out volunteering as a member of the Marine
Board’s Watersports Boat Oregon Advisory Committee in 2016. With over 45 years of boating experience and a
passion to help keep boating safe for all who use our waterways, I hope to offer
my voice and experience to the Board in making decisions that impact
recreational boating. I look forward to representing
the watersports community and finding ways to improve boating enjoyment for
works as a Project Manager for a flooring company (over 29 years) and in
addition to riding waves, also serves as a pet rescue to nine critters.