Meet the Ford Community Fellows

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Ford Community Fellows

Suzanne Adams portrait

Suzanne Adams

Ford Community Fellow, 2013
North Bend, Oregon

An avid supporter of arts education and youth, Suzanne has lived in the Bay Area for 37 years. Her volunteer activities include work at Lighthouse Charter School,... Read More

Sally Bartlett

Ford Community Fellow, 2013
Prairie City, Oregon

Sally has lived in Prairie City for five years, and is currently the Grants County economic development coordinator and an active community volunteer. She is a graduate... Read More

Kathryn DeBone

Ford Community Fellow, 2013
La Pine, Oregon

Kathryn spent much of her life in Hawaii before moving to La Pine nine years ago with her husband and son. She is a small business owner whose company was recognized in... Read More

Jonathan Fost

Ford Community Fellow, 2013
McMinnville, Oregon

Jonathan has a rich  background in public education, particularly focused on the support of English as a Second Language curriculum. He has lived in Yamhill County for... Read More

Rebecca Goehring

Ford Community Fellow, 2014
Florence, Oregon

Rebecca grew up in Sonoma, a rural town in Northern California, as the daughter of a Lutheran minister. After working as a newspaper editor, teacher and innkeeper in... Read More

Jeannette Hook

Ford Community Fellow, 2014
Yreka, California

Jeannette has spent the last 25 years working in local government service and currently provides technical and administrative support to the city of Yreka, where she... Read More

George A. Letchworth

Ford Community Fellow, 2014
Blue River, Oregon

The first in his family to graduate from high school, college and graduate school, George and his wife were in the first wave of two-career couples, balancing academic... Read More

Brian Little

Ford Community Fellow, 2013
Columbia City, Oregon

Brian, a graduate of Columbia County’s Ford Institute Leadership Program Cohort One, has lived in Columbia County for 24 years. He has worked as St. Helens planning/... Read More

Jo Ann McQueary

Ford Community Fellow, 2013
Sweet Home, Oregon

Jo Ann has experience working in both the education and human services sectors, and has lived in eastern Linn County for more than 50 years. Her community service... Read More

Ann Mehaffy

Ford Community Fellow, 2014
Baker City, Oregon

Ann was recognized as Oregon Main Street Manager of the Year in 2010, an honor that highlighted her commitment to the community of Baker City as much as her managerial... Read More

Kristin Reese

Ford Community Fellow, 2014
Parkdale, Oregon

Kristin has spent her life as a community organizer, working for nonprofits, political campaigns and elected officials. A resident of the Columbia Gorge area for the... Read More

Jane Reid

Ford Community Fellow, 2013
Estacada, Oregon

Jane has lived in Estacada for nearly 40 years. She has worked as a freelance editor and grant writer. Her community service career includes being a founding member and... Read More

Paulette Roden-Jones

Ford Community Fellow, 2014
Myrtle Creek, Oregon

In 2005, Paulette and her son visited her brother in Myrtle Creek, and fell in love — with the town. “It was love at first sight,” she says today, eight years after... Read More

Harv Schubothe

Ford Community Fellow, 2013

Harv, a longtime coach for youth sports, has lived in Bandon for seven years. He has worked as an administrator in the public sector for 29 years, and has served as the... Read More

Linda Woodley

Ford Community Fellow, 2014
Malin, Oregon

Linda brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “longtime resident.” She has lived in Malin for more than 60 years, with most of her large family choosing to remain in... Read More

Ford Community Fellow Alumni

Amy Callahan

Ford Community Fellow Alumna, 2013
Cottage Grove, Oregon

Amy works as the executive director of the Cottage Grove Community Hospital Foundation, and has lived in that town since 2003. She has been involved in Cottage Grove as... Read More

Kelly Poe

Ford Community Fellow Alumna, 2013
Ontario, Oregon

Kelly has lived and worked in the western Treasure Valley area since 1995. Her community service career began early as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and leader; she is... Read More

Amy Reiersgaard

Ford Community Fellow Alumna, 2013
Tillamook, Oregon

Amy has lived near the Oregon Coast since 2003, moving there to raise her son in a rural area and to give back to the community just as she had been raised. Currently... Read More

Kathy Rementeria

Ford Community Fellow Alumna, 2012
Hines, Oregon

Kathy moved to Harney County in 1980, and is currently a community development coordinator for Oregon Department of Human Services. She is a graduate of Harney County’s... Read More

Janet Zalewski

Ford Community Fellow Alumna, 2013
Mt. Shasta, Calif.

Janet has lived predominately in Siskiyou County for the past 14 years, and is retired after a 11-year stint as the executive director of the Siskiyou Family YMCA in... Read More

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