Over the last 20 years Bobby has enthusiastically planned, designed and hosted numerous parties and events; including graduations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retirement and holiday parties for family and friends. Since 2006, Bobby has been planning and hosting political parties and introductions where candidates, government officials, business leaders, as well as state department directors, have come to Umatilla, Morrow and Wallowa Counties to get to know and be known by the people of Eastern Oregon. Bobby is passionate about rural Eastern Oregon and sharing information and successes with all of Oregon.
Bobby received her MBA from Portland State University in 1995, as well as an MTE from Eastern Oregon University in 1999.
She is one of the five founding members of Eastern Oregon Women's Coalition. Bobby is the past Chair of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission, serving an eight-year term on the commision. Bobby has served on numerous boards and committees and is a member of the Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce and the Hermiston Government Affairs Team, as well as a member of the Umatilla County Budget committee. She is a past member of the Umatilla County Housing Authority Board. In addition to her work with EOWC, Bobby also raises sheep and Large Breed Guardian dogs for predator protection for sheep producers in the Northwest. Along with her business partner Joe Benner, BJ's LGD Spike Collars, she is producing and selling spike collars to LGD owners all over the US and Canada for predator protection.
Debbie Pedro works for the Columbia Development Authority located at the Port of Morrow. She is involved primarily in Economic Development. Debbie served 14 years as the Executive Director for the Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, as well as in other capacities at the Hermiston Chamber for over 19 years.
Debbie attended George Fox University and graduated from Western Association of Chamber Executives.
Debbie is past President for the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Region 12 Workforce Investment Board, the City of Hermiston Business Advisory Committee, Hermiston Altrusa Club, Hermiston Leadership Alumni. Debbie received Hermiston Woman of the Year for 2016. She served on the Port of Umatilla Budget Committee, as well as one of the Founding Members of the Eastern Oregon Women's Coalition.
She has also been instrumental in starting and participating in various
philanthropic projects for the past 30 years. Debbie has served on the Festival of Trees Committee, American Cancer Society Relay for Life Board, Hermiston Little League Board, past Chairperson of the Hermiston High School Parent Teacher Group and past Foundation President of Hermiston Altrusa.
Debbie and her husband Ed have operated a custom farming business in the Hermiston area for over 25 years and previously operated Aerial Perspectives, an aerial photography business. Debbie was a former business owner of a Home Decor store in Hermiston.
Fran is the Facilitator for Leadership Hermiston, a 10-month program with full-day classes each month designed to network local business people while exploring the many unique facets of life that contribute to making Hermiston and Eastern Oregon a growing, thriving area. Fran is a graduate of the Ford Leadership Program through Rural Development Initiative. She is on a team that is instrumental in bringing Global Leadership Summit, a two day simulcast conference, to the area. She is one of the five founding board members of Eastern Oregon Women's Coalition and a member of the Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Team.
Retired from 25 years of homeschooling six successful children, she has owned and operated two small businesses and is actively involved with her church.
Hospitality is a way of life for Fran and her husband, Don. Their home has been a welcoming place for new and old friends from near and far. Internationally connected through Don's work and Fran's involvement with Ambassadors in Sport, it is not unusual for them to entertain people from every continent. Building relationships and connecting people and ideas are natural for them.
Cynda Cook is a graduate of Stanfield High School in Umatilla County and works in two capacities to provide service and support to the citizens of Northeast Oregon. She has assisted her former husband in forming and administering Cooks' Land and Water Consulting and runs a home-based business through Arbonne International which promotes and sells natural beauty and home health products. She balances these efforts with her commitment to her family and two children, as well as to the citizens of Umatilla County with developmental disabilities, continuing her membership and commitment to the ARC of Umatilla County for over 15 years.
Cynda attended college at Blue Mountain Community College and the International Air Academy while working various jobs to support her education. Cynda is one of the five founding members and she is proud of her involvement with the partners of Eastern Oregon Women's Coalition. Cynda is also proud to be able to be a part of the regional story of what it takes to raise a family who have the pride, commitment and passion that it takes to make the quality of life better for the next generations in the region she calls home.
Dr. Camille (Cam) Preus is the Executive Director of the Oregon Community College Association, where she represents the 17 Oregon community colleges as the primary voice on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level, and advocates for state level leadership for student success and fosters partnerships to further community college interests.
She is the former President of Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) from 2013-2018. She serves on numerous regional/national boards that champion and advocate for increasing opportunity for post-secondary education. Cam has held other leadership roles in Oregon in community colleges & workforce development at both state and local levels.
Cam graduated from Cumberland College (TN), Middle Tennessee State University, earned an MSBA from Indiana University and received her doctorate in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.
Sally is a Hermiston native and deeply proud of her rural community. She strives to make it an even better place to live, work, and play for everyone.
Sally and her father own the Hermiston law firm Anderson Hansell PC. She specializes in agri-business, property, estate planning and probate law.
Sally and her family live on the multi-generational Hansell farm located west of Hermiston. She and her husband, Tyler, enjoy hosting friends hailing from both local and far-flung places into their home to experience rural life
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Marika was born and raised in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School in 2011. She completed her four-year degree at Stanford University, receiving a B.A in Human Biology in 2015. Following graduation, Marika spent one year working at Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West before returning to Eastern Oregon to take a job at the Oregon Water Coalition in 2017.
As the coordinator of the Oregon Water Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Marika worked to advance education and outreach about water and agriculture issues in northeastern Oregon. She is driven to support agriculture and economic development in rural regions and is currently in her second year of law school at the University of Oregon School of Law.