Wally Hicks - Legal Counsel, Josephine County
Wally Hicks presently serves the community as Josephine County's elected Legal Counsel. Following service as a U.S. Marine in the Iraq War, he completed law school and prosecuted criminal cases as a Deputy District Attorney. He then served in the Oregon House of Representatives for two terms. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and of the University of Oregon School of Law.
Jessica Kampfe - Public Defender and Executive Director
Jessica Kampfe, received a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 2002. She earned her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2006 and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in September of that year. She began her practice as a criminal defense attorney at Metropolitan Public Defender in Washington County and Multnomah County from 2006 until 2009. In 2010, Ms. Kampfe joined the Public Defender of Marion County. As a trial attorney she represented hundreds of clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. In her advocacy Ms. Kampfe strives to provide clients with high quality representation and to always treat her clients with dignity while empowering them to make informed decisions in their cases. Ms. Kampfe became the executive director of the Public Defender of Marion County in 2015. As the executive director Ms. Kampfe overseas the public defenders office and collaborates with state and local public safety stakeholders to improve criminal justice systems while protecting the rights of the accused.
Jessica Beach - Yamhill County Department of Community Justice Director
Jessica Beach received a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Correctional Administration from Western Oregon University. She began her career with the Marion County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Parole and Probation Officer working primarily with sex offender and high risk special needs caseloads. In 2017, Jessica became the Director of Yamhill County Department of Community Justice, overseeing an Adult Parole and Probation Department, Juvenile Probation Department, 24-bed youth Detention Facility and Pretrial Justice Program as well as Parks and Work Crew Divisions.
Jessica is pleased to have been given a tremendous opportunity to participate in the Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative (EBDMI) technical assistance grant through the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) when Yamhill County was selected as one of seven sites nationwide, commencing local work in Pretrial Justice and SMART Sentencing alternatives.
Jessica is currently the Secretary for the Oregon Association of Community Corrections Directors (OACCD) and the Northwest Regional Director representing eight states on the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) Board. She also represents Oregon on the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Pretrial Executive Network.
Duane Stark - Representative, Grants Pass
Representative Stark is a Pastor of Local and Global Outreach at River Valley Community Church in Grants Pass. Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Representative Stark went on to complete a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon and master's from Multnomah University. He is a community advocate and planner, coordinating volunteers and non-profit organizations to work with local governments.
Representative Stark's professional background includes Community Service Supervisor for Josephine County Parks and Recreation, Inner-City At-Risk Youth Director for World Impact, Supervisor for Kairos Residential Psychiatric Treatment Center, a fitness club manager and sheet metal fabricator.
In the community, Representative Stark has conducted seminars for Josephine County focusing on crime prevention and emergency preparedness. He has also served on the FireWise Advisory Committee in the Grants Pass area to prevent losses from wildfires. He was an organizer for a community wide program called SERVE GP, Director of A.C.T (Abolish Child Trafficking) Southern Oregon, and leader for K.I.D.S in Uganda to help rescue orphans. In addition, Representative Stark was involved in CAFAY, the Community Alliance for At-risk Youth. He has participated in the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Eagle Point and the Upper Rogue Chamber.
Representative Stark has been married to his wife for more than 10 years, they are the proud parents of three children and have been certified foster parents for several years.