Peg comes to us with a wealth of experience and passion for working lands. She and her husband, Mark moved their family of three boys from Sauvie Island where they were involved with a family farm to Wallowa County fifteen years ago. Mark was hired on to spray weeds for the county road dept. and she stepped into the Wallowa County Director to the Commission on Children and Families and later the Eastern Region Coordinator to the State Commission on Children and Families, where she learned the ins and outs of managing grants. Desiring to get back to their farming roots, Mark left the county spray job to pursue farming and during that transition contracted with Wallowa Resources to spray weeds. Peg accompanied Mark and sons on some of the spray trips so she knows what it's like to walk in "blue boots". Their farming operation has grown with the help of their oldest son, who is now in partnership with Mark. They grow grain and hay and perform custom hay and grain harvest work with the help of their other two boys who assist when they can through the spring and summers. Peg loves the idea of being a part of an organization that is working to help people get jobs that improve our land. And, to be able to do the behind the scenes work so people who want to perform the ground work don't have to worry about all the paperwork that it takes to get the money in for the jobs.
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Sarah has strong family ties to Wallowa County. She works in Agriculture and natural resource management every day – in the work she does for Wallowa Resources and WR Community Solutions Inc., and hands-on operating the cattle/hay ranching operation she owns with her husband. As well as owning and operating a cattle/hay ranch with her husband, Sarah assists with WRCSI's suite of technical writing services for individuals, businesses, governmental agencies, institutions, organizations and other entities. Among these "community solutions" are grant and funding proposal preparation, reporting, technical writing, applications, communication and education pieces and various publications. Sarah has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Washington State University.
Matt is an Eastern Oregon transplant, having found his way here after a long journey from the Pacific Coast of Northern California. He first stumbled upon Oregon as a student at Reed College, in Portland, and then worked as a fish biologist for a large Renewable Energy Developer before leaving the big city and making his way to greener, and thankfully drier, pastures. In Eastern Oregon, he worked for the Department of Fish and Wildlife for a time, but finally found a truer calling with Wallowa Resources. As the Renewable Energy Program Coordinator for WR Community Solutions, Inc., Matt is always looking for ways to bring new energy projects into fruition, for the benefit of the community and the environment. In his spare time, he can usually be found messing about in boats on some far-flung river, or at least out and about enjoying the woods and smelling the flowers.
Jeffrey was born and raised in Troutdale, Oregon, son of a police officer dad and a nurse mother. He grew up in a Christian home and spent summers at Trout Creek Bible Camp, which his family started.He is a husband to Vixen Radford-Wecks and a dad to Jalyn and Destiny. Jeffrey’s family lives between Joseph and Enterprise where they raise horses and dogs. He and his family love living in Wallowa County since there isn’t a shortage of outdoor activities– wheeling, hunting, camping, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting.
Jeffrey manages and maintains the Stewardship Center, the building where Wallowa Resources and various other tenants work out of. He is in charge of the grounds and the building and works closely with the tenants in meeting their working needs. Working for Wallowa Resources is a perfect fit for Jeffrey due to his passion for electrical and building improvements and his Journeyman Electrician certification. Outside of Wallowa Resources, Jeffrey is busy as a volunteer Fire Fighter for the Joseph Department, a teacher during Chief Joseph Summer Camp, a U11 soccer coach and board member, and an active member of Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Inc. He even finds time to help with the Wallowa County Horse 4-H program.
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