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

North Central Region Coordinator
​ ​​​​North Central Regional Solutions Office 

North Central Region Economic Recovery Team

North Central Regional Solutions Team

Governor’s Coordinator


Business Oregon, Regional Development Officer

Carolyn Meece

Business Oregon, Regional Project Manager

Matt Mattia

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

Maui is a retired three term Hood River County Commissioner, and community entrepreneur. He is the Managing Partner at Copper West Real Estate, in Hood River, as well as a co-owner of Celilo Restaurant, in Hood River.  His focus in public work is leadership and community building in Rural Agricultural Economies. Currently he has been concentrating on housing reform, and irrigation modernization. He is on the board of Farmers Conservation Alliance, and Rural Development Initiatives. ​​​

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.​

Nicole Bassett is the co-founder of The Renewal Workshop, the leading provider of circular solutions for apparel and textile brands.  Prior, Nicole has applied her passion for environmental responsibility and human rights in consumer products.  She has served as Director of Sustainability for prAna, Social Responsibility at Patagonia and Head of Human Rights at Specialized Bicycles. Nicole received her Master’s in Environmental Studies with a focus on Business Strategy and Sustainability from York University in Toronto, Canada. ​
Mayor Blackburn has lived in Hood River for 19 years. He and his wife Kristen have 2 grown daughters. He enjoys recreating in the Gorge, exploring opportunities for more equitable government and society, and playing the banjo. He is the President of the United Way of the Columbia Gorge, Teacup Nordic Ski Club, and a worship and pledge leader at his church.​
AOC Representative: Commissioner Scott Hege, Wasco County​
I, Ken Bailey, am a third generation member Orchard View Farms, a family owned cherry grower/packer/shipper in The Dalles that is now operated by the fourth generation.  Orchard View owns and leases over 3,200 acres of cherries in the Columbia River Gorge area.  I have been a member of the Oregon State Farm Bureau Board, Oregon Board of Agriculture and Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers.  I am a current director the Wasco SWCD and serve on the OACD Board as Treasurer.  I also currently serve on The Dalles Watershed Council, Oregon Ag Heritage Commission and the Oregon Soil and Water Conservation Commission.​

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: Carol Von Borstel
Andrea has been Port of The Dalles Executive Director since 2006 and was previously its Marketing Director for seven years. During that time, the Port went from having a projected 100-year supply of industrial land to having all but about 10 acres sold. Andrea is also involved with the Oregon Public Ports Association, Business Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority, and a number of local and regional economic development councils​.
Committee Appointment: Judge Joe Dabulskis, Sherman County​​​
Committee Appointment: Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, Columbia Gorge Community College​​​
Committee Appointment: Commissioner Rich McBride, Hood River County​​​
Keith Mobley has a regional law practice based in Dufur. He has a long history of work in economic development, starting with his time as assistant to the president of Oregon State University. His work there also revived an interest in telecommunications, something that began with his service as a Navy communications officer. He was instrumental in improving access to broadband in The Dalles, and more recently, in Maupin. While at OSU, one of his roles was as lobbyist, and he later served as a lobbyist for the Oregon Office of Educational Policy and Planning. A strong supporter of public broadcasting, he recently served as a member and board chair of OPB. He grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch near Shaniko in Wasco County.​