Current
Board of Directors

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Jeff Cole

Board Member

My wife Ashley and I have always been drawn to outdoor activities. 
When were drawn to Jacksonville due to its small town charm and moved 
here in 2009.
We immediately fell in love with with the readily accessible trail 
system. We have two young daughters and try to get them on the trails 
as often as possible. We love to go hiking, camping, and river 
rafting. I have been a Registered Nurse for ten years at Rogue 
Regional Hospital. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Nursing 
Degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Jeff Cole

Bob Budesa

Board Member

Bob is retired from 38 years with Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management, wherein he was a falling/dozer boss in wildland firefighting (20 years), wild horse wrangler (5 years), Range Management Specialist (30 years), and also surveyed, worked in invasive species management, and timber contracting. Bob’s hobbies include trout/steelhead fishing, fly tying, road cycling, playing the bagpipes, and cooking.

Bob, Terri, and son Geoff moved to Jacksonville in 1989. Geoff and his wife Kerry live and work in McMinnville, Or.

Bob joined the Jacksonville Woodlands Association (JWA) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) as a way of giving back to the community that he greatly appreciates. Bob’s 38 year career lends itself to both these volunteer organizations.

Bob Budesa

John Isaak

Board Member

John and his wife, Sue have lived in Jacksonville for 12 years. He is a former member of the Jacksonville Community Center Committee. John is a retired highway engineer, having worked as a surveyor, inspector and project
engineer for several public agencies during a 43 year engineering career.

John has been a member of the Woodlands Board for over 8 years and currently serves as the Treasurer

John Isaak

Kandee McClain

Board Member

Kandee is a fifth generation Oregonian who moved to southern Oregon in 1982. She is a retired teacher, completing her career in the Central Point School District.

She is a long-time jogger and hiker and for years has been drawn to the Woodlands trails so becoming a Woodlands’ Board member was a natural transition when she moved to Jacksonville with her husband, Mike, in 2011. Mike is also a retired educator and shares her enjoyment of the Woodlands trails.

Kandee McClain

Ray Foster

Board Member

Ray Foster has been a Jacksonville resident for more than 30 years and is one of the founding members of the Jacksonville Woodlands. He's a retired high school art instructor, holding teaching degrees from Southern Oregon University and Portland State.

Foster is an practicing artist and has designed most of the Woodlands t shirt graphics. Ray recently built a pottery studio on a hillside that looks directly over much of the Woodlands trail systems. He was motivated initially to maintain the small town ambience afforded by saving undeveloped property.

A lifelong runner and hiker, he realized the trail system also greatly enhanced the joy of visiting and living in this beautiful town.

Ray Foster

Chris Johnson

Board Member

Chris Johnson grew up in Oak Park, Illinois and gained an appreciation for the outdoors in Boy Scouts. He earned a Forestry degree at Southern Illinois University and began his forestry career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Salmon, Idaho. After two years, he moved to a silviculture position at Medford BLM and lived in the Rogue Valley for 18 years.
Chris became interested in wildland fire and fuels management and made that his primary career focus as he moved into a fuels specialist position. He moved on in 2006 and held a fire management officer position on the Huron-Manistee National Forest in Michigan for three years and then returned to Oregon on the Umatilla National Forest, in Pendleton, as a Deputy Fire Staff Officer where he retired in 2017. Chris served on a National Incident Management Team as a wildland fire behavior analyst and division supervisor.

Chris, his wife, Becky, and their two boys moved to Jacksonville in 2018 and have enjoyed the hiking trail systems that Jacksonville offers. He also enjoys home improvement, camping, hunting and fishing. He joined the Jacksonville Woodland Association as a Board member in 2018 and works to assist the Board with fire and fuels management issues in the woodlands.

Chris Johnson

Gary Sprague

Board Member

Gary Sprague is retired from teaching chemistry and astronomy for 35 years, mostly at North Medford H.S. His wife, Louise, an RN, is still actively working at Providence.
The two of them have lived here in the Rogue valley for 42 years and enjoy the woods and scenery of Southern Oregon. Their family includes three boys and their wives, and 6 grandchildren.

Gary joined the Woodlands Board at the same time as Bob Budesa and really appreciates the woodlands and trails surrounding Jacksonville.

As chairman of the Forest Park subcommittee, he is also a Jacksonville Forest Park volunteer.
engineer for several public agencies during a 43 year engineering career.

John has been a member of the Woodlands Board for over 8 years and currently serves as the Treasurer

Gary Sprague

Omer Kem

Board Member

Omer Kem is a life long resident of Oregon, growing up in the Salem area before moving to Jacksonville in the fall of 2012 with his family. Omer's wife Becka introduced him to trail running and both Omer and Becka fell in love with Jacksonville and its trails. Omer owns a Sports Management and Marketing company based in Oregon and operating around the world.

Omer Kem

Cliff Oakley

Board Member

Cliff Oakley grew up in the Rogue Valley and has lived in Jacksonville for the past 6 years. He has a Masters degree in Biology from Southern Oregon University and worked as a wildlife biologist for the BLM before switching to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1999. He retired from the fish and wildlife service in 2006 and has ran a wildlife consulting business until this year.

I love to hike and be out in the woods be it fishing on some remote stream or camping in one of Oregon's beautiful wild areas. So when I moved to Jacksonville and found the Woodlands trails right outside my door I immediately started to hike, run and ride by bicycle on those trails. I also enjoy getting out to work with people and nature so it was a natural for me to get involved in the Jacksonville Woodland Association. I have been a Board Member since 2014.

Cliff Oakley

Becka Kem

Board Member

Becka Kem is a mother, wife and outdoor enthusiast living in Jacksonville. After six years of teaching public school, she settled with her young family in the Rogue Valley, choosing Jacksonville because of it's amazing people and network of trails. Her personal interests include being outside with her young son, hiking the amazing trails around Jacksonville and gardening. She is very excited about joining the JWA and focusing on development of the Beekman arboretum along with introducing new people to the amazing trails in Jacksonville.

Becka Kem

Larry Smith

Executive Director

Larry and Linda Smith have lived in Jacksonville since 1973. Larry began his teaching career in 1966 when he began teaching 5th grade at Jacksonville Elementary School where he remained for 33 years. Presently Larry is semi retired from teaching and now works as a substitute elementary teacher for the Medford School District. Larry was a National Park Ranger at Crater Lake for 23 summers. He presently heads up Crater Lake's Winter Volunteer Ranger Program. Larry and Linda have 2 adult children and seven grandchildren.

Larry is a founding member of the Jacksonville Woodlands Association having served as a board member, vice president, president, and currently as Executive Director.

Larry Smith