Class of 2014/2015 Leadership Klamath
In 2014, the Leadership Klamath program celebrates 25 years. Since its inception in 1989, over 300 business people have participated in the program. We're excited to welcome this year's class.
Tracy Brunner, OSU KBREC
My name is Tracy Brunner and I moved here 2 years ago from Goleta, CA. I currently am the Administrative Office Manager as OSU KBREC, a radio personality at KLAD, a general contractor for my own company (Brunner Renovations), and a mother of 4. I enjoy working with people and love to make new connections with people in our community. This community is very important to me, I absolutely love the people of Klamath Falls. Our community is full of people with kind hearts, a love for God and the community. I really feel that if the right minds get together we can better this community. I really feel that our community has the potential to grow and become a more desirable tourist destination. My goal in the upcoming year is to make new connections in the community and help be a part of the future growth of Klamath Falls.
Lt. Col. Tim Ebner, Oregon Air National Guard
A native Oregonian, Lt Col Tim Ebner has been an active member of the Oregon Air National Guard for the past 23 years. Lt Col Ebner currently serves our nation as an F-15 Instructor Pilot with the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He previously served as a Medic in the Air National Guard while receiving his degree in Biology from Eastern Oregon University. Lt Col Ebner is an avid outdoorsman with a penchant for peaceful surroundings and perfect fishing spots. He, his wife Katie – Oregon’s own Miss America 2002 – and their two young children currently make their home in Southern Oregon, where Lt Col Ebner also serves as a volunteer firefighter in their local community of Merrill.
Terri Gilmore, Bureau of Reclamation
Terri Reaves Gilmore has been the Deputy Area Manager for Reclamation's Klamath Project since 2011. With a background in land surveying and photogrammetry in private industry and with her time in public service, Terri has well-rounded skill sets to apply to a wide range of issues. Ms. Gilmore enjoys family, gardening, outdoor activities, Harleys, and her dogs.
Jaime Tschetter, US Bank
My name is Jaime Tschetter and I have lived in Klamath Falls for the past 4 years. I am the Branch Manager for US Bank, the Town and Country Branch, and I have been there just over 3 years. I truly love what I do. My main focus is our customers and their experience in my branch. I work for the best bank in America! I am on the board for Junior Achievement and also volunteer for United Way. I am married; we just celebrated our 12 year anniversary and have three amazing children. I love living in Klamath Falls and look forward to learning more about our community.
Kristen Leist, Oregon Air National Guard
A traditional guardsman in the Oregon Air National Guard, Lt Col Kristen Leist is commander of the 173d Medical Group. She is an at-home mom to one daughter and one dog, a part-time fitness instructor at Harbor Isles Tennis and Fitness Club, and a volunteer board member of Klamath Ice Sports. A ten-year resident of Klamath Falls, Kristen has over 20 years of military experience from active duty Air Force and Air Force Reserves to the Air National Guard.
I will not be able to participate in the first event on Wed, 10 Sep. Lt Col Ed Tuhy will attend in my place. Dr. Tuhy is an optometrist with Klamath Eye Center, and as a traditional guardsman he manages the 173d Medical Group self-inspection program, is the vice commander, and, of course, is our optometrist.
Robert D Shingler, KMJ Partners LLC
Bob is Managing Director of KMJ Partners, LLC, a business advisory firm he formed in 2003. He moved to Klamath Falls from Atlanta, GA. in August so that his wife, Karen, could join Sky Lakes as a nurse practitioner at their Adult Medicine Clinic.
Bob has extensive strategic, financial and operating experience developed during a 20 year career at BellSouth Corporation that spanned the globe. He has also served as president or CEO of five companies ranging from startup to billion dollar corporations, and served on the board of directors of numerous companies as an active representative. Under KMJ Partners, Bob offers interim and turnaround management, corporate governance and advisory services to private equity and venture capital investors. He also assists startup companies in business plan development, fund raising and operational excellence.
Bob holds an undergraduate degree in Business from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Finance from Georgia State. He is an avid racing sailor, and a pilot holding commercial single and multi-engine ratings with instrument privileges.
Keely Moxley, OSU KBREC
My name is Keely Moxley. I work with the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. I am the Open Campus Coordinator, Livestock Agent, and Master Gardener Coordinator.
I went to Oregon State University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and my Master’s degree in Animal Sciences with a minor in Agriculture Education. I am a proud Beaver!
I am married to my amazing husband Nick. We have a little girl named Brenna who is about to turn 1. My husband and his brother own a farming operation in Bonanza and specialize in alfalfa and grain crops.
As a hobby, Nick and I started raising show pigs. We truly believe in the values of 4-H and FFA programs and will hopefully have our first pigs at the 2015 Klamath County Fair. I also enjoy gardening, fishing, spending time outdoors, and entertaining our little girl.
I grew up on the Central Coast of California before moving to Corvallis for school. I moved to Bonanza in 2011 and am still learning about all the Basin has to offer.
Sue Hayden, Sanford Children's Clinic
I was born and raised in Klamath Falls, all three of my children and their families still live and work here. I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit Canada, Africa, Israel, Hawaii and many beautiful places in the continental US. Hanging out with my family is my favorite past time.
I started my career in banking and spent 13 years at First Interstate Bank. I left banking and went to work at Klamath Pediatric Clinic, where I worked as the Office Manager until the merge with Sanford Children’s Clinic in 2012. I am now the Director of Clinical Operations at Sanford Children’s Clinic.
I love this community and want to see it grow and prosper. I remember the excitement and anticipation the community had watching the clinic being built and finally opening. I hope to be part of many more new businesses coming to Klamath Falls. I am looking forward to the learning experience of Leadership Klamath and networking with others who have the same hopes and goals for Klamath Falls that I have.
MSgt Kenneth Shearer, Oregon Air National Guard
MSgt Kenneth W. Shearer has served the Oregon Air National Guard unit at Kingsley Field for 13 years. He currently serves as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Aircrew Flight Equipment (AFE) section for the 173rd Operations Support Squadron. He is responsible for overseeing maintenance of survival and flight equipment and conducting survival continuation training for instructor and student pilots. In addition, he is also in charge of the Quality Assurance program for the AFE section. His off time he and his wife enjoy following their 13 year old daughter through her 4-H swine and soccer activities. As an avid Bass fisherman; he also enjoys teaching his four year old son, Jace the art of Bass fishing.
SMSgt. Cody H. Pemberton II, 173 FW Security Forces
Senior Master Sergeant Cody Pemberton is the Security Forces Operations Superintendent assigned to the 173d Security Forces Squadron, Kingsley Field Oregon. He is directly responsible to Security Forces Commander for all Flight Operation assigned personnel and day to day security operation requirements. Sergeant Pemberton is married to Carrie Pemberton and has three kids, Son Kyler, Step Daughter Kendall and Stepson Davin. Sergeant Pemberton grew up in Klamath County and attended Bonanza High School graduating in 1992. After Graduation Sergeant Pemberton started his Active Duty career in the U.S. Navy attending both Basic Training and Apprenticeship school at Naval Training Center San Diego. His first duty station was a Machinist Mate aboard the USS Fort Fisher Based out of San Diego, California. While aboard USS Fort Fisher he completed a 6 month West Pac, and supported several operations including United Shield a UN operation in Somalia. After his enlistment in the Navy Sergeant Pemberton enlisted in the U.S Army National Guard based out of Kearny Mesa, California. While in the Army National Guard he attended M1 Abrams Armorer School where he obtained his 19K MOS. In 1998 Sergeant Pemberton then transferred to the 173rd FW Security Forces Squadron Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. Since September 11th 2001 He has deployed to several overseas locations to include. Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) as squad Leader, and Manas, AB Kyrgyzstan as a squad leader and unit trainer in support of operation Enduring Freedom. Sergeant Pemberton’s most recent deployment was to 455th ESFS Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan as squad leader for outside the wire Quick Response Team (QRT) where he earned Bronze Star for his actions. Sergeant Pemberton was also a part of PACOM and United Nations Global Peace Operation Initiative (GPOI) deploying to several Southeast Asia Countries to include Bangladesh, Indonesia and Cambodia as NCOIC of Train the Trainer course. Sergeant Pemberton received his associate degree in Criminal justice from Community College of the Air Force and is currently taking courses through American Military University working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Security management.
Phillip Squibb, Dragonfly Transitions
Phillip Squibb is a therapist at Dragonfly Transitions, where he works with students needing support transitioning into a healthy young adult life with independence and autonomy. For eight years prior to moving to Klamath Falls and working for Dragonfly, Phillip was a social worker and special education teacher in the Illinois public school system. He also spent a year traveling around the country, with his wife, acting and directing in children’s theatrical productions. He received a B.S. in Special Education at Greenville College and his Master of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having spent most of his life in the flat humid lands of the Midwest, he and his family have embraced the mountainous dry lands of the west. When he isn’t working, he enjoys traveling and sightseeing with his wife and two children, playing tennis, landscaping, and checking out the latest shows at the Ross Ragland.
Kat Rutledge, Small Business Development Center
Kat Rutledge is the Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Klamath Community College and a lifelong resident of the Klamath Basin. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics from Eastern Oregon University. Kat spent her early career in the banking industry as a human resources professional with both Forest Products Federal Credit Union and Klamath First Bancorp. She then ventured into self-employment, owning her own business, The Human Resource, LLC where she provided human resource and conflict management consulting services to area businesses. Additionally, she taught for both KCC and Triad School and served as Triad’s Business Administrator.
She takes pride in community involvement having served as co-founder and in various board capacities with the Klamath Basin Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Kat is a member of the Oregon Employer Council, served as a board member and classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement of Klamath County, and as a SMART reading volunteer. She and her husband Darin have two children. In her spare time she enjoys camping, scrapbooking and being a props mistress, set designer, and stage manager in community theater.
Dr. James Jansen, Klamath Community College
Dr. James Jansen received his doctorate in languages and literature from the University of Utah and holds additional graduate degrees in English, German, Russian, postsecondary education, and professional writing. He has a long career as both a faculty member and administrator. He has served as Manager of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland Community College (Portland, OR), Dean of Arts and Sciences at Delaware County Community College (Media, PA), Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Corning Community College (Corning, NY), and as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Shoreline Community College (Shoreline, WA). Currently, he is the Dean of Instruction at Klamath Community College, where he intends to promote the economic and workforce development within the College’s two-county service area by expanding educational and training opportunities.
Matthew Vickery, Klamath Water Users Association
Matthew Vickery is the deputy director at Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA). Prior to working with KWUA, Matthew gained legal experience while working for several agribusiness companies and a general practice law firm in Yakima, WA. Matthew earned his Juris Doctor degree from University of Oregon School of Law in 2014 with a focus on business and environmental law. Prior to attending law school, Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Brigham Young University. Matthew enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his wife and two young boys outside of work.
Rob Siems, Basin Mediactive
Rob has been on the airwaves of KLAD since December 1994. He loves being part of the Klamath Basin and supporting the Basin’s organizations: The United Way, The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, CASA, The Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank and more. What can be said except Rob enjoys golfing, bowling, hunting and doing anything with his family. In addition to being on KLAD FM, Rob is the General Manager of Basin Mediactive, LLC. He operates KLAD FM, ESPN 93.3 and 960, Big 98.5, 99.5 The Rock and News Talk 1150, KAGO.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey S. Smith
Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Smith is the Deputy Commander, 173d Maintenance Group, Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon. The group consists of over 365 airmen responsible for aircraft and equipment readiness in support of over 3800 sorties and approximately 4800 hours annually, enabling the 173 FW to accomplish its mission of training all Active Duty and Air National Guard F-15C pilots. Smith moved to Klamath in 2005. He and his wife Lindsay have two boys and enjoy camping and fishing as a family.
Smith moved to Klamath in 2005. He and his wife Lindsay have two boys and enjoy camping and fishing as a family.
Dr. Steven Meneses, Klamath Community College
Dr. Steven Meneses is the Executive Director of the Klamath Community College Foundation. He received his Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration from the University of Maryland University College. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Meneses has spent time in the Pacific Northwest while completing his Bachelors and Masters degrees and playing soccer at Gonzaga University, Spokane WA.
During the past 25 years, Dr. Meneses has illustrated an entrepreneurial and corporate career In Chicago. As President of a financial marketing company assisting small to medium size businesses qualify for tax deferred capital equipment funding in all industries guiding business owners in their development of business plans and SBA loan applications.
Recently situated to Klamath Falls, Dr. Meneses enjoys soccer, running, bike riding, cross-country skiing, cooking, and hiking with his wife, Natalie and their two children, Isabella (4th grade) and Massimo (2nd grade). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-880-2245.
MSgt Jesus Rodriguez, Oregon Air National Guard
Jesus Rodriguez is an F-15 Avionics Electronics Technician at the 173d FW, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. He is also the 173d FW Mission Support Group First Sergeant, which is the principle advisor to the commander on all matters pertaining to the enlisted force to include health, morale, welfare, and discipline. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2012. Mr. Rodriguez has resided in Klamath Falls for approximately five years.
Jay Davis, Basin Mediactive
Jay Davis was born in South Laguna Beach, California. Before he could put up a fight, his parents decided Las Vegas was the place to be, desert livin’ was the life for them…(that’s a vague Green Acres reference). At some point, Jay started listening to “Wolfman Jack” and decided he wanted to do “that”, whatever “that” was, forever. He spent hours impersonating Wolfman and other personalities he loved at the time. He started actually working in radio in 1980. Jay’s first job was to put up a giant inflatable cowboy for KRAM in Las Vegas. From then on, Radio is the only thing Jay has done. His career spanned over 20 years in Las Vegas at KRLV, KLAV, KOMP and KXPT. In 1998, Jay accidentally started on a path to become a radio engineer (the engineer was badly injured in a helicopter accident and Jay was induced to get an education and put on the engineer’s hat) did that, along with doing a show every day on a Classic Rock Station, eventually landing in Chico, California for 10 years. After submitting a resume to KLAD back in April of 2013, Jay had made the decision that he would retire from engineering and return to radio airwaves full time. Six months later, he got the call he had been waiting for from KLAD! Funny how things work out. Jay is loving life in Klamath Falls and looks forward to getting to know you all around town and on the radio.
Jay has five kids (17 to 29) and five grandkids (2 ½ to 19) and, believe it or not, one GREAT grandkid. One of Jay’s grandkids (6 years old) was born with a disorder called Septo Optic Dysplasia and is developmentally disabled. Since Keegan (Jay’s grandson) was born, he has become very involved with the Magic Foundation for kids with developmental and growth issues and several northern Nevada organizations dedicated to helping special needs children. Jay’s Southern Oregon goal is to bring more awareness to special needs children and the challenges faced by them and their families. Jay is also an avid blood and platelet donor and encourages everyone who can donate blood, to donate blood. Visit the Red Cross office in Klamath Falls to donate blood. You single donation can be the difference between life or death. One platelet donation can save three lives. Oh, and Jay likes to fish, take day road trips and “play” golf (although those who golf with him call it something else) and spend lots of time with family and friends. He loves riding his big motorcycle “Black Betty” on day and weekend trips and plans on a month long bike trip in the near future.
In 2006 Jay was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame and in 2013 he was inducted into the Las Vegas Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his long time contributions to live music and live & local radio.
Celeste Aldinger, Klamath County Fire District 1
My name is Celeste Aldinger and I have lived in Klamath Falls for the last 25 years. I am the Information Technology Specialist for Klamath County Fire District No. 1. I started with the Fire District 9 years ago and still feel like I learn something new every day. I love what I do and couldn’t ask for a better set of co-workers.
Recently married, my husband Craig and I are enjoying our newly combined family. With his 16 year old and my 15 and 11 year old, we stay very busy with sports and youth activities. As a family we enjoy spending time together camping, fishing, and anything outdoor related.
Emily Anderson, OSU KBREC
Emily Anderson is the Klamath County 4-H Agent at the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. She moved to Klamath Falls and started her position in June 2014. Emily’s role as 4-H Agent is centered around positive youth development and experiential education. She grew up in Jackson County and earned a Master’s degree in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. After moving around the western U.S. for the past 12 years, she is thrilled to settle down back home in southern Oregon. In her personal time, Emily is an avid outdoor recreationist and is committed to volunteerism and serving her community.
Beth Sanders, Klamath County Museums
Beth Sanders has served as the Lead Collections Assistant at Klamath County Museums since January, 2014. She holds a master’s degree in Material Culture and Artifact Studies from the University of Glasgow and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from New York University. Originally from New York, Beth has been in the Basin since May 2013. She enjoys exploring the natural setting and history of the region, and continues to be marveled by the diversity of the Klamath Basin.
Daniel Hernandez, Bank of the Cascades
My name is Dan Hernandez and I have lived in Klamath Falls since 1998. My wife Betsy and I are proud parents of three wonderful kids(Joslyn, Erik and Noah), with the two oldest enlisting in the Navy. Currently I’m the branch manager for Bank of the Cascades. Throughout my banking career I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet many wonderful people that were always willing to give me advice. I enjoy camping, hiking, cooking, walking our Akita girls and anything else that involves the family.
Sergio Cisneros, Sergio's Mexican and Seafood Restaurant
Sergio Cisneros is a manager at Sergio's Mexican and Seafood Restaurant, where he works with staff to to provide quality food and service to customers. Previously, he worked with Oregon Public Broadcasting's news department as OPB's 2013 Jon R. Tuttle journalism and production intern. He has been published in The Oregonian, The Newberg Graphic, The Herald and News, and Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs, Georgetown University.
A graduate from George Fox University, Cisneros studied political science. He was a Ralph Bunche Scholar and a GFU Presidential scholarship recipient. Cisneros is from Klamath Falls, Oregon. He enjoys watching soccer and playing board games, including Settlers of Catan.
Christy Riddle, Klamath Crisis Center
Christy Riddle is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Klamath Crisis Center. She began working through outreach to strengthen and enhance community wide education in February, 2014. In collaboration with project partners, they strive to increase awareness and expand educational and training opportunities for domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault to the residents of Klamath County and surrounding rural areas. She looks forward to developing meaningful relationships and partnerships within the community.
Christy is the mother of three children and enjoys youth sports, activities with her family and traveling. She is excited about the learning experience of Leadership Klamath and the opportunities to network.
Robert “Bob” Moore, Owner/Manager Rental Property
Bob is a retired corporate telecommunications manager, after 34 years, in the power utility industry. Bob received his MBA in Management and Bachelor of Science in Management degrees from Golden Gate University.
Bob has a diverse background in non-profit and private corporations, government and real estate. He is currently a Klamath County Planning Commissioner, an elected director on the Keno Rural Fire Protection District and has serves in leadership positions involving many community and fraternal organizations.
Bob enjoys hiking, kayaking, golfing, gardening and the areas geology.