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​​​​​​Southern Region: Jackson and Josephine Counties

Southern Oregon Region Coordinator​

Southern Regional Solutions Center 

Southern Region Economic Recovery Team 

Southern Regional Solutions Team

Governor’s ​​Coordinator


Agriculture, Department of


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


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.​​
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.​​​