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​​​Southern Region: Jackson and Josephine Counties

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Alex Campbell, Southern Oregon Region Coordinator


Alex has lived in Southern Oregon since 2011 when he became the Executive Director of The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County. Previously, he led the resource and economic development efforts at the City of Milwaukie in Clackamas County. In addition to working in the public and non-profit sectors, he has worked in the private sector in real estate development and corporate research. Prior to moving to Oregon, he was a Faculty Research Associate at the University of Maryland, College Park, and performed public policy research for several small think tanks and advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C. 

Alex was born in England, but grew up in Maine and Massachusetts. He received a BA in History from New College of Florida, and a Masters of Public Policy at University of Maryland, College Park, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.​​​
Southern Regional Solutions Center 

Southern Region Economic Recovery Team 

Southern Regional Solutions Team

Governor’s Coordinator

Alex Campbell

Agriculture, Department of

Amy Gilroy

Business Oregon, Regional Development Officer

Marta Tarantsey

Business Oregon, Regional Project Manager

Tawni Bean​

Environmental Quality, Department of

Kate Jackson

Fish & Wildlife, Department of

Mark Vargas

Housing & Community Services

Kim Travis

Land Conservation & Development, Department of

Josh LeBombard

State Lands, Department of

Kirk Jarvie

Transportation, Department of

Art Anderson

Southern Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Mr. Thorndike has served as President of Medford Fabrication since 1987 and as Chairman since 2004, and is the former Director of the Oregon Business Council.​
Katherine "Kathy" Bryon serves as the Executive Director of the Gordon Elwood Foundation whose mission is to invest in southern Oregon’s youth, individuals, families and communities. (Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Curry counties.) In addition to awarding small grants the foundation supports community and leadership development in alignment with the foundation vision and goals, as well as promotes four regional learning communities that continue to impact thousands of residents of southern Oregon, if not the state: Jefferson Regional Health Alliance, Southern Oregon Success, Rogue Valley Food System Network, and Jefferson e Funders Forum. Kathy brings to her position multiple decades of working and volunteering in the non-profit sector, which in turn is influenced by her educational background in Public Health and Biology.​
Steve is the general manager of Roe Motors. For over 45 years, Steve has worked in nearly every department of this second generation, family owned business. Under Steve's leadership, Roe Motors earned the 2010 Better Business Bureau Business of the Year for Oregon and SW Washington as well as the 2011 Cadillac Master Dealer award. Since earning the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager, Steve has been personally committed to community organizing and contribution. Examples include work with the Chamber of Commerce, Asante Health System board, Rogue Gateway Rotary, and Crater Lake Boy Scout Council. Steve has an Automotive Marketing and Accounting degree from Northwood University and a Masters in Management degree from Southern Oregon University.​​

Criss has served as a City Councilor for 6 years and acts as liaison to the City Budget Committee. He is currently a Population Program Health Manager with Asante, where he previously worked in IT. His prior work experience includes work managing the IT system for City of Ashland utilities and as a technology startup co-founder. He holds a University of Oregon MBA, and a BA in Biology from U. of Montana.​​

Bob Strosser was elected to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in November 2016. He has spent most of his adult life as a public servant. Commissioner Strosser retired from the Pasadena Police Department in 1990, after 24 years of service, finishing his career as a Commander.  Shortly after retirement he relocated to Medford and two years later began a career in real estate.  Through the years he has served in many positions of leadership in the real estate community including President of the Rogue Valley Association of Realtors. Bob served on the Medford City Council for 16 years and also served with the Medford Water Commission in various capacities. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Management and Administration from Pepperdine University.​​

Darin Fowler has lived in Josephine County for 47 years, starting a successful electrical contracting business and raising his family there. For 25 years he has volunteered as a coach, Sunday school teacher and in local government. Commissioner Fowler was elected to County Commission in 2018 after previously serving as both a City Councilor and Mayor of Grants Pass.​​​
Committee Appointment: John Roberts, Oregon Water Resources Commission​​
Committee Appointment: Dr. Linda Schott, Southern Oregon University