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North Central Region: Hood River, Sherman, and Wasco Counties

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Nate Stice, North Central Region Coordinator



​Nate Stice joined Regional Solutions in July of 2016. He spent the previous five years working in government relations at the University of Oregon. Nate grew up in Umatilla on the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge.
​​​​North Central Regional Solutions Office 

North Central Regional Solutions Team

Governor’s Coordinator

Nate Stice

Business Oregon, Regional Development Officer

Carolyn Meece

Business Oregon, Regional Project Manager

Ami Kieffer

Environmental Quality, Department of

Greg Svelund

Housing & Community Services

Kim Travis

Land Conservation & Development, Department of

Scott Edelman

Transportation, Department of

Brad DeHart

Agriculture, Oregon Department of

Erick Garman

State Lands, Department of

Nancy Pustis

North Central Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Mr. McArthur served as Sherman County Judge from 1992 until joining AOC and serving as President, representing AOC as a director of the National Association of Counties Board, and finally serving in his current role as Executive Director since 2004.

Celeste Hill-Thomas has been an active participant in The Dalles community; she is Past President of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Board, participates on The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, Community Meal Board of Directors, OSU/Wasco County Extension 4H Leaders Association, and the Stewardship Commission at Calvary Baptist Church. Celeste was born in Everett, Washington and raised in John Day, Oregon. She earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Business/Economics from Eastern Oregon University. She lives in The Dalles and enjoys the small community. In the past, Celeste had worked in the Financial Services field with emphasis in Project Management, Investor Relations, and Marketing.​

Mr. Reynier served as Hood River City Councilor from 1999-2003, and became President of Columbia River Insurance in 2012 where he has been a partner since 1994.

Elected Mayor of The Dalles in 2012, Mayor Lawrence has served in many capacities, including with the City of Portland, Tri-Met, and the Oregon State Bar.

Mr. Runyon has served as Wasco County Commissioner since January 2011, served 8 years as Commissioner to the Port of The Dalles, and served on the City of The Dalles Planning Commission. Mr. Runyon operated an insurance and financial services agency for 25 years, and is also well known for a parallel career in radio and TV that spanned more than 3 decades. While recognized for his broadcast career in the Mid Columbia, he also worked for stations in Medford and Coos Bay, and facilities in Idaho and California.
Committee Appointment: Ken Bailey, Orchard View Farms​

Amanda Hoey is the Executive Director for Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD). Prior to MCEDD, Amanda worked in small business development, developing youth entrepreneurship opportunities. Amanda graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Whitman College. She serves on the boards of the Rural Development Initiatives, The Dalles Riverfront Trail, and Old St Peter’s Landmark Church.

Committee Appointment: Maui Meyer, Copper West Properties​​
Committee Appointment: Mayor Carol MacKenzie, City of Wasco​​
Committee Appointment: Andrea Klaas, Port of The Dalles​
Committee Appointment: Judge Gary Thompson, Sherman County​
Committee Appointment: Dan Spatz, Columbia Gorge Community College​​
Committee Appointment: Commissioner Rich McBride, Hood River County​
Committee Appointment: Keith Mobley, Attorney​
Committee Appointment: Mayor Paul Blackburn, Hood River​