Wallowa Resources' Board

Brad Stephens - Board Chair

bradstevensIn 1975, when his family moved to La Grande, Brad came to Eastern Oregon to start his practice of Orthopedic Surgery. Although Brad grew up and studied in New England, he always wanted to live in the West. During those busy years in La Grande, Brad treated many patients from Wallowa County and went to Wallowa Memorial Hospital each month for a clinic and to do minor surgery. In 1993, after his sons went to college, he moved to Lake Placid, New York, to become the Medical Director and Orthopedic Consultant of the United States Olympic Training Center, where he enjoyed caring for and traveling with many Olympic athletes. He also started the Lake Placid Sports Medicine Center.

In 2007, Anne and Brad followed their hearts and returned to Eastern Oregon, settling in Joseph. Brad maintained a part-time orthopedics practice at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Over the years, Brad got to know and appreciate the wonderful hardworking people of Wallowa County. He also enjoys the outdoor opportunity found in this beautiful natural landscape. Brad feels privileged to be a board member and to help with its mission of maintaining our working community in this special natural setting.

Mike Hayward – Vice Chair

mike hayward Mike Hayward currently works for Grain Growers. He was Chairman of the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners, a position he has held for 12 of the 16 years he served on the County Commission. Prior to taking public office, Mike served as the Executive Director of the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce, owned and managed the Eagle Cap Chalets at Wallowa Lake, and was Acting Manager for Les Schwab Tire Center in Enterprise. Mike is originally from Pullman, WA and received a forestry degree from Washington State University. Despite significant reductions in forest revenue, the Wallowa County econmy remains dependent on natural resources. Wallowa Resources attracted Mike because it addresses the challenges of a resource-based economy.

Mike’s wife Beverly works for the Wallowa Health Care District. They have two kids, one of whom lives and works in the county.

Paul Arentsen - Board Member

Paul Arentson

Paul Arentsen, Owner and Lead Guide of Winding Waters River Expeditions, has been guiding (backpacking, river, backcountry skiing and troubled youth) since graduating from Indiana University in 1995.  He was introduced to “The River” in ’95 and has not been able to leave it since.  Paul resides in Joseph, Oregon with his wife, Penny, and children Linden and Britton.  He’s passionate about skiing, fishing for steelhead and looking forward to the next river season. 

In addition to being on Wallowa Resources’ Board, Paul volunteers with Ferguson Ridge Ski Patrol as a Director and Patroller, he’s the President of the Mount Joseph Water Association, he’s a board member for Wallowa Avalanche Center and Eagle Cap Ski Club, and is a member of the Enterprise-Joseph Lion’s Club. 

Kelly Birkmaier - Board Member

Kelly and her son JosephKelly Birkmaier is a mother and rancher's wife. Kelly joined the board because Wallowa Resources focuses on land conservation and significantly contributes to county employment. She truly supports the Wallowa Resources mission. Because her husband is a fourth generation rancher, and because she worked as a Range Specialist, Kelly connects with Wallowa County. She loves its beauty- its gorgeous mountain peaks, breathtaking canyons, and passionate people working to conserve the land.

Joe Dawson – Board Member

joe dawsonJoe is the President of Diamond D Farm and Ranch Inc, a farming operation that specializes in crop production and harvesting. He currently operates on family property owned by the Dawson family and the Boyd family. Joe was born and raised on the farm and graduated from Joseph High School. He received a B.A from Gonzaga University before returning home.

Gail Hammack - Board Member

gailhammackGail volunteers for the board because of her concerned with the health and well-being of both land and the people who make a living from it. Wallowa Resources work greatly impacts both in very positive ways.

Gail has extensive corporate business experience and brings a wealth of knowledge to the board. She currently lives on a ranch in Lostine, OR.

Natashya Hays - Board Member

Natashya Hays Bio photo

Natashya Hays came to Wallowa County as a child in 1977 and moved into her great grandparents’ house on Alder Slope. As her great, great grandparents settled here, she and her family have always had a connection to Wallowa County.

For the past 30 years, Natashya has pursued and developed a passion for education, teaching in different places around the world, including; Oregon, Ghana, Switzerland, and Indonesia. Living and working in many different places has presented her with many opportunities to see different perspectives and ways of living - of which she is extremely grateful. From sharing a campsite with Hyenas, hiking the Swiss Alps, snorkeling coral reefs and hiking with komodo dragons, the adventures have been enriching.

In 2017, Natashya moved home, to Wallowa County, with her husband and two daughters. Seeing the way that Wallowa Resources supports the community and brings people together to develop creative solutions for sustaining rural communities, Natashya felt compelled to be a part of this organization and to be a helpful participant on the board. When she is not abroad consulting in International Schools sharing her passion for literacy, she is raising her two daughters, enjoying the outdoors, and rediscovering Wallowa County again.

Maureen Krebs - Board Member

maureen krebsIn 2011; Maureen Krebs and her husband Clint returned to Wallowa County after having lived in Wallowa almost thirty years ago. Together with their son and daughter in law; they operate Krebs Livestock in Wallowa and Morrow counties. This fifth generation family operation is proud to produce food and fiber from renewable natural resources. Maureen is a graduate of Oregon State University.

Maureen feels the land is a working landscape and is passionate about preserving and improving the land for future generations. She feels it is important to have a cooperative approach to sustaining the rural lifestyle through education, resource management and stewardship. Maureen considers it a true privilege to serve on the Wallowa Resources Board.

Kendrick Moholt- Board Member

kendrick moholtKendrick Moholt has always loved the outdoors and natural sciences. He spent the summers of his youth and early adult life learning and teaching natural history at a central Oregon natural science field station, where he . worked as a back county instructor in many remote parts of the West, including the Eagle Cap Wilderness. After receiving a Zoology BS from Oregon State and an Ornithology MS from Idaho State, Kendrick and his wife Leslie started a biological consulting business, for which they travelled the West doing field work. Remembering the Wallowa Mountains as a favorite spot, they picked Wallowa County as home in 1991.

The Moholt family lives south of Lostine on their 240 acre ranch. Kendrick continues to run a biological consulting firm based in Enterprise. He also travels the world as a professional outdoor photographer specializing in fine art prints. Due to this passion for art, he has also served as a board member for the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph. After traveling on all seven continents, Kendrick still feels his favorite place to enjoy the outdoors, photograph landscapes and wildlife, and raise a family is Wallowa County, Oregon. His dedication to a rural, resource-based economy and wide-open spaces makes him proud to be a board member for Wallowa Resources.

Larry Nall - Board Member

larry nallLarry and Sharon moved their family and forest management business to Wallowa County in 1990. Because their business activity was all over the Northwest, they opted to live in the finest community they’d found in their travels. When Wallowa Resources was born in ’95 in the back room of Cloud Nine Bakery, Larry agreed to be part of the founding Board.

After graduating from Washington State University, Larry took a forester position in Sisters and four years later started his forest management business, doing tree thinning, tree planting, and presale preparation contracts on both sides of the Cascades. After the move to Wallowa County, the business focused on forest inventory on public and private forests in the tri-state region of the Pacific Northwest. When the woods recession turned forest management upside-down, Larry found a niche providing Forest Stewardship Council certification services through Wallowa Resources’ Community Solutions, Inc., the North American representative of Soil Association Woodmark, an FSC certifying body based in Great Britain.

Tara Porter - Board Member

Tara Porter shrunkenTara Porter grew up on her family farm in Burley, Idaho. She worked in the research department at Boise State University while receiving her degree in Botany. After receiving her degree, Tara spent her next few years in Idaho managing an agriculture seed laboratory. Passionate about natural resources and eager to always live in Eastern Oregon, she ended up in La Grande as the Director of Tri-County CWMA. She fulfilled her long-time goal of moving to Wallowa County in 2014 and now runs TRP Creative Resources, her own natural resource service and creative design business. Growing up in an agricultural and rural community connects Tara with Wallowa County and it’s working landscapes. She loves to be active and in the outdoors, and to grow and create great food.

Mike Williams - Board Member

mike williamsMike is a first generation Wallowa County Rancher, raising natural beef in the north Zumwalt and north Prairie Creek country. After graduating from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo he worked in the Biomedical Engineering field, both in industry and academia, for 27 years. During this time he invented and developed leading edge technologies in the cardiovascular, neurovascular, surgical and other life science fields. As an entrepreneur he was a co-founder and chief science and technology officer of multiple companies. He also served as a member of FMWW, a community of neighbors and supporters working to protect, restore and sustain the Upper Mark West Watershed in Sonoma County, CA. He believes in sustainable stewardship practices and strives to improve and maximize the rangeland and riparian health of his operation. Mike is proud to be a part of Wallowa Resources and hopes to help represent the local ranching community.

Jim Zacharias- Board Member

jimzacharias 1Jim Zacharias runs a small sawmill business (JayZee Lumber) in Joseph, Oregon.

His family first settled in Wallowa County in 1896 to work as farmers and loggers. After graduating from Joseph High School, Jim worked for his father for a couple of years and then started his own logging company that grew to 30 employees and subcontractors. He was one of the first to introduce mechanical logging to Northeast Oregon.

When the major local mills closed, he downsized and sold his business to his sons Tom and Seth. Three generations of the Zacharias family, as well as many relations, are still working in the woods of Wallowa County.

Jim and his wife Julie live just outside of Joseph. In their spare time, they hike, ride horses, hunt and fish in the neighboring mountains and canyons.

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