Candidates for Board of Directors 2021
The Ashland Chamber Board of Directors has approved the following slate of new Board members for our membership final approval.
(Bios provided by nominee)
First Interstate Bank Manager
Debra has completed her first three-year term of service on the Board and will now be serving her second term. She has been in the Ashland area for the past 30 years as Manager of First Interstate Bank and their successors. Debra is committed to our Ashland community with a distinct passion for small business having served most recently on the Financial Literacy Committee, as well as, numerous other Chamber committees and as a sponsor of events and programs.
On a personal note, she has been married to her Oregonian husband Greg for the past 47 years, they have 1 daughter and 2 beautiful granddaughters, Brynnly and Willa and feels truly blessed that they live local.
Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library
Following a career in music and theater production in the SF Bay Area, Jordan Pease relocated to Ashland in 2001 and founded Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library. RVML is a nonprofit lending library, event center, and media exchange providing easy access to titles on all subjects.
For 20 years, Jordan and the RVML staff have produced hundreds of events, lectures, and classes in Ashland; including their “Idea Contest” providing incentive for high school students to imagine their life’s purpose.
In 2015, Jordan founded Architects of the New Paradigm Conference Series (ANP) as an extension of RVML’s services, and recently is producing events with The Observation Deck virtual campus, a global platform addressing the world’s critical challenges, co-founded by Jordan.
Community Involvement roles: Co-founder and past Steering Committee member of Ashland Food Project, Talent Food Project, and Project Development Team of Neighborhood Food Project. Mission: “Sharing food, building community.” Author of a monthly interview column “Local Spotlight” for Locals Guide Magazine. Co-founder of Love Ashland Network, providing services to low-income families. Mission: “Supporting a community network dedicated to anonymous giving.”
Jordan is also the owner of Harmony Properties where as a property developer, he has rehabilitated over a dozen residential and commercial properties in Ashland, and currently manages 11 tenants.
Jordan earned a AS degree in electronics in 1996 and studied psychology and communications at Sonoma State University and Southern Oregon University. Since 2004, he has attended many of the weekly Chamber meetings, and he continually supports community-benefit projects such as the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club, United Way, Family Solutions, OHRA, Ashland Food Angels, and other organizations serving children and families. Beyond his community service roles, Jordan enjoys time with family and friends, outdoor recreation, travel, and music performance.
Mt. Ashland General Manager
Hiram is an active Chamber member, having served on the Travel Ashland Committee, two years as the Chair. His support for tourism and the outdoor industry has helped fuel more engagement and growth in this area with Travel Ashland. Hiram was closely involved with the 2021 extensive visitor analysis conducted through Travel Ashland and rebranding. He serves on the new Economic Diversification Steering Committee and will continue his active participation with Travel Ashland. Hiram came from Bethel, Maine where he sat on many committees and boards including serving as President of their Chamber Board of Directors.
Hiram was born in Northern Maine and grew up in Southern New Hampshire. His father was a ski patroller at a small ski area called Crotched Mountain and began his lifelong love of skiing and snowboarding at just 2 years old. In 1988 Hiram joined a high tech company where he rose through the ranks from the warehouse to running a satellite location for the Toronto-based systems integrator. His experience there provided great exposure to the inner workings of a variety of different industries from small family run businesses to Fortune 500 clients. In 2002, he and his wife Jeannine moved to Maine to pursue their dream of “working where they play” and Hiram joined the management team at Sunday River in Maine, the second largest resort in New England. With a desire to someday leave the corporate ski business and run a small ski area like the one where he grew up, his time there was spent learning all the inner workings of a ski area. He led teams in several departments in Mountain Operations and spent his last few years mastering indoor operations with hotels, food and beverage, and guest service. In 2014 Hiram moved to Ashland with his wife Jeannine, and son Hiram (the 5th) to lead Mt. Ashland into a more sustainable and prosperous time. Since then, Hiram and his team alongside a highly effective Board of Directors have brought Mt. Ashland to one of the most stable times in its history.
Southern Oregon University
Susan Walsh is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Communication at Southern Oregon University. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication and Society from the University of Oregon. Dr. Walsh is a member of the Southern Oregon Regional Development, Inc. (SOREDI) Board of Directors, and is the current Chair of the Governing Board for Southern Oregon PBS.
She has most recently worked closely with the Chamber on the 50th Sister City Anniversary Celebration with Guanajuato, Mexico and will be actively involved with the Chamber Economic Diversification Strategy. Prior to moving into administration in 2010, Provost Walsh taught for 25 years in SOU's Department of Communication. Her teaching and research interests have focused on the social construction of race and gender within various forms of human and electronic communication.
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