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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 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

Russell Stauff

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.​
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.
Jonathan Bilden was elected to the Eagle Point City Council in 2010. Prior to that he served on the City Budget Committee and Economic Development Commission. Jonathan is a past Board Chairman for Eagle Point School District 9, and has served as the president for the Eagle Point & Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of the Upper Rogue and School District 9 Foundation. He is currently the City Council liaison to Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) Board of Directors. Jonathan is currently an executive with a national marketing company as well as the head of a regional holdings company. He graduated from Eagle Point High School in 2000 and attended SOU and RCC for Business Administration. He is married to Elizabeth, a local teacher and high school coach.
Rick Dyer was elected in November of 2014 and sworn into office on January 5, 2015. Commissioner Dyer serves as the Vice Chair of the Board for 2015. Commissioner Dyer came to Southern Oregon when he was in junior high and graduated from Hidden Valley High School in 1982. At Southern Oregon University, he received a BS in Business Administration/Accounting in 1987. From there, Rick received his Juris Doctorate degree from Concord Law School. In 2011, Rick passed the Bar Exam on his first attempt in July of 2011. Today Rick combines his love for sports and concerns for area kids by coaching football, basketball, and baseball as well as volunteering in the classroom. He loves helping and feels that this will keep kids busy, learn valuable life lessons and keep them out of trouble. Rick has also been elected twice to the RVTD Board of Directors. Rick has excelled wherever he has worked. After rising to senior management in the automotive industry, in 2008 he started a general contracting company. This allowed the flexibility to go to law school and continue to support his family. Not the best time to do anything in the construction business, yet he still found great success. He loved sitting down with people in their homes, finding energy savings, and what works best for them. This business will continue to serve Southern Oregon residents with new managers running the day-to-day operations while Rick turns his full attention to the Job of Jackson County Commissioner.
Committee Appointment: Commissioner Lily Morgan, Josephine County​
Committee Appointment: John Roberts, Oregon Water Resources Commission​
Committee Appointment: Dr. Linda Schott, Southern Oregon University