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Commissioner Biographies

Chad Allen, Tillamook

Farmer and Rancher Representative
Second term: 2020 - 2024

Chad Allen was raised in Tillamook, Oregon on a dairy farm and graduated from Tillamook High School in 1994. He then worked in Australia until attending Oregon State, where he graduated in 2000 with a Bachelors of Animal Science. Chad then returned home to follow his dream of continuing his father’s hard work and partnered with him to form Victor Dairy. Dairy farming has been Chad’s passion for as long as he can remember. In 2003 he married his wife Adrienne and they now have one daughter and four sons.

Sam Angima, Corvallis

Oregon State University Extension Representative
Second term: 2020 - 2024

Dr. Sam Angima is the Assistant Dean at OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and the Extension Agricultural Program Leader for OSU Extension. Sam oversees activities and duties of all Ag Extension faculty (over 150) across the state, working with faculty teams to meet the needs of Oregon farmers and ranchers. As an agronomist, Sam values agriculture and encourages dialogue and resource commitment to spur agricultural innovation, productivity and profitability.

Ken Bailey, The Dalles

Farmer and Rancher Representative
Second term: 2019 - 2023

Ken Bailey is part owner and Vice President of Orchard View Farms, a family corporation that grows packs and ships fresh sweet cherries throughout the world. Ken grew up and continues to live on the family farm near The Dalles, which was founded by his grandparents in 1923. The farm now includes 3,000 acres of orchard. Ken and his wife Shirley have three grown children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mark Bennett, Unity

Natural Resource Value Interests Representative
Second term: 2020 - 2024

Mark Bennett is a rancher and County Commissioner in Baker County, Oregon. Along with his wife Patti, Mark manages an 8,000-acre ranch near Unity, Oregon. Mark believes that raising quality natural beef and conservation go hand in hand, and has made improvements on his property to improve water and forage quality, and fish and wildlife habitat, including habitat for the Greater sage-grouse.

Barbara Boyer, McMinnville

Ex officio OWEB Board Member
2019

Barbara Boyer is chair of Oregon's Soil and Water Conservation Commission and thus a member of the State Board of Agriculture. Her interests and experiences go far beyond conservation issues. She's involved in a small business, community-supported agriculture, nutrition issues, and the local farmers' market. She is an organic producer but has grown conventionally, and is a passionate supporter of farmland preservation through land use efforts. Born and raised on the east coast, Boyer graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in plant science. She was a scholarship athlete as part of the women's gymnastics team. After graduation, Boyer set her sights on Oregon's nursery industry. Barbara and her husband Tom took over the family farm's operations in 1999 and created 2 businesses from their farm: a company called Gourmet Hay and a small community-supported agriculture operation.

Nathan Jackson, Myrtle Creek

Indian Tribal Interests Representative
First term: 2018 - 2022

Nathan Jackson is an enrolled member of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, President of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, and General Manager, S&A for K Bar Ranches Corp. Nathan is a native Oregonian, and cares deeply about the future of agriculture and the environment. He and his family live, work, and play in the Myrtle Creek area.

Derek Johnson, Portland

Conservation Easement and Similar Land Transfer Expert
First term: 2018 - 2022

Derek Johnson oversees all aspects of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC’s) land acquisition, ownership and stewardship in Oregon. He also provides leadership for TNC’s Zumwalt Prairie initiative, located in Wallowa County. Derek’s 19 years at TNC have primarily focused on real estate transactions with private landowners, including many conservation easements. In 2017, Derek led the completion of the first National Resource Conservation Service Agriculture Land Easement (ALE) in Oregon. He has a passion and energy for working with landowners and partners to find common ground and solve problems. He also sits on the Board for the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts.

Doug Krahmer, Chair, St. Paul

Farmer and Rancher Representative
First term: 2018 - 2022

Doug Krahmer has been an outspoken advocate for conservation in Oregon and Marion County for many years. He has served the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District since 2001, serving as chair, vice-chair and secretary/treasurer during his service. He is the owner of Berries NW, and has previously served on both the Board of Agriculture and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

Lois Loop, Salem

Agricultural Water Quality Representative
First term: 2018 - 2021

Lois Loop was raised on a dairy farm in Klamath County and then went to Oregon State University, obtaining a BA. In 1983 she began work for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Polk County, later becoming County Executive Director. In 2003 Lois became a Program Specialist in the Oregon State FSA Office administering federal programs, including conservation. Retiring after 30 years of federal work she is involved with the family farm outside of Salem.

Bruce Taylor, Vice-Chair, Portland

Fish and Wildlife Habitat Expert
First term: 2018 - 2021

Bruce Taylor is a Portland-based coordinator for two regional bird habitat conservation partnerships: the Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture and the Intermountain West Joint Venture. A former congressional staffer and newspaper reporter, he began working for the joint ventures in 1992. He also worked for Defenders of Wildlife from 1993 to 2014 as manager of the organization’s Oregon biodiversity program.

Mary Wahl, Langlois

Fish and Wildlife Habitat Expert
Second term: 2019 - 2023

Mary Wahl and her siblings are fourth generation ranch owners on Oregon’s south coast. Mary managed Portland’s watershed services for a decade, and toxics cleanup programs for Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality before that. She retired from her work in Portland to focus on Oregon’s south coast conservation efforts, including integrating conservation and ranch operations. Her current work is conserving Oregon’s land base for agriculture and habitat, finding ways to integrate conservation and ranch operations, and protecting one of Oregon’s last coastal old growth forest watersheds.

Woody Wolfe, Wallowa

Farmer and Rancher Representative
First term: 2018 - 2021

Woody Wolfe is the fifth generation to farm and ranch his almost-2,000 acres of Wallowa County. He has placed permanent conservation easements on portions of his property in partnership with the Wallowa Land Trust. Woody dedicates his service to the OAH Commission because of his belief that that working lands can benefit conservation and help farmers and ranchers meet their bottom lines at the same time.

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