OMGA Elected Members
Chris is retired from the Forest Service where she worked for 35 years as a Silviculturist and Botanist on the Umpqua National Forest. She been a Master Gardener for ten years, has served in many capacities, and is currently the Past President for the Douglas County Chapter. An active volunteer, she serves her community with the South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership, “Tiller Trails” guiding educational hikes in the upper South Umpqua, and is a board member of the Glide Wildflower Council.
MG since 2009, joined the Central Gorge group during construction of their home in White Salmon. Past experience in agri-business and interaction with Extension created an appreciation of the effectiveness of the mission that the MG Program facilitates – combining a love of gardening and strong commitment to community outreach and education. He has served as Chapter President, State Rep., and chairs the OMGA Extension Educator Grant Committee. His goal is to further OMGA’s commitment to assisting the local chapters in their horticultural outreach.
OMGA Appointed Positions / Board Members
Former OMGA Secretary. She taught high school English for 30 years, retiring in 2000. Then she became a CASA volunteer. In 2004, Barbara took the MG program and still feels passionate about that experience today.
Seamus became a Clackamas County MG in 2011 and was chapter treasurer, alternate representative and OMGA representative. His current goal is to improve contact within the chapters and further develop ways in which non-”I-5 corridor” chapters can be facilitated. He does not have a favorite plant for he finds beauty in each one.
OMGA Appointed Members
Audit Committee Chair – Vacant – Job Description
Finance Committee – Vacant – Job Description
Send-A-Friend – Vacant – Job Description
McNeilan Scholar – Vacant – Job Description
Karl Carlson Memorial Fund – Barbara Casteel (Tillamook County)
Extension Educator Grant – Chris Rusch (Douglas County) – Job Description
Marje Luce Search for Excellence – Marcia Sherry (Yamhill County)
Silent Auction – Sue Nesbitt, (Yamhill County)
Longevity Recognitions – Marcia Sherry (Yamhill County)
While Jim himself isn’t a master gardener, both his wife and father-in-law have been active members from Marion County for many years. If he isn’t working or building websites he can be found on a golf course nearby.