Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Site Image

OWRD Commission Biographies

West Central Region
Carol Whipple  
Carol Whipple
Term Expires: 2017
Residence: Elkton
Owner/CEO of Rocking C Ranch in Elkton.  Current board member on the Whipple Foundation – an advised fund of the Oregon Community Foundation; Director of the Douglas Timber Operators; member of the Oregon Chapter of Senior Fellow American Leadership Forum; and member of the Oregon State University College of Forestry Forest Products Lab Advisory Council.  Served as a board member of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.  Received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Farm Crops and a Master of Science Degree in Ruminant Nutrition from Colorado State University. 

Southwest Region
John Roberts  
John Roberts (Chair)                          
Term Expires: 2016
Residence: Jacksonville 
Retired in January 2008 as Senior Vice-President after 33 years with Harry and David.  He currently serves on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) as a voting member representing the Water Resources Commission and Water Resources Department. In addition, he serves on the Oregon State University College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Committee and the Jackson County Budget Committee for the local OSU Extension and Research Station.  Retired from the USAF Reserve in 1988 as a Lt. Colonel.  Received a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from Oregon State University.

Northwest Region
Robert Baumgartner
Term Expires: 2021
Residence: Tigard 
Current manager of the Regulatory Affairs Division of Clean Water Services in Hillsboro. Former Environmental Engineer, Water

Quality Manager and Deputy Administrator with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.  Developed the State’s first TMDL program along with the first water quality based NPDES permit evaluation process.  Received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Fisheries Science and a Master’s of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering, both from the Oregon State University.

East Side at Large
Ray Williams  
Ray Williams (Vice-Chair)               
Term Expires: 2017
Residence: Milton-Freewater
Irrigated farmer and dairy heifer raiser from Milton-Freewater.  Current president of Williams Dairy Heifer Raising.  Formerly served as Commissioner on the Umatilla County Planning Commission.  He currently serves as a board member on the Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council; board member on the Hudson Bay District Improvement Company (an irrigation district);  board member on SOLV; and is a member of the Oregon State Bar.  Received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University and a law degree from the Northwestern School of Law.

Eastern Region
Bruce Corn
Term Expires: 2021
Residence: Ontario 
Full time row crop farmer and irrigator in Ontario.  Current owner and operator of Corn Farms.   Served as chairman of the Owyhee Irrigation District; Nyssa/Napa Beet Growers Board; Snake River Sugar Company Board; American Sugar Growers Board; and Nyssa Co-Op Board.  Attended Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon.

North Central Region

Eric Quaempts
Term Expires: 2021
Residence: Adams

Current Natural Resources Director for the Conferated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR).  Former Wildlife Biologist for CTUIR and the US Forest Service in the Umatilla National Forest.  Served as Co-Chair of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; Athena-Weston School Board; SB 93 Seasonally Varying Flow Governance Task Force; Integrated Water Resources Strategy Policy Advisory Group; and the Yakima Indian Health Service Unit.  Attended Colorado State University for fire and land management; and received a Bachelor of

Degree in Wildlife from Oregon State University.

West Side at Large

Meg Reeves
Term Expires: 2020
Residence: Corvallis

Recently retired as General Counsel of Oregon State University.  Served three years as Deputy Director for the Water Resources Department, and 10 year as Assistant Attorney General for Oregon Department of Justice with a focus on natural resources.  Received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from State University of New York at Oswego, and a Law Degree from the University of Oregon.