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Executive Director
Heather Stafford, MBA, MM
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"To find an idea, something needed in the world, and help it grow."


Sustainable Valley has received funding from the State of Oregon, Jackson County, Medford Urban Renewal Agency, City of Ashland, Meyer Memorial Trust, the Oregon Community Foundation and other generous foundations, agencies and businesses. Our passionate business community also supports our efforts through event sponsorships and in-kind donations. Through collective impact, collaborative partnerships we are uniquely qualified to maximize the use of our funds and develop talent through community and industry engagement, preparing the State of Oregon for a brighter and more prosperous future!


Jessica Gomez - Chair

Jessica Gomez Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rogue Valley Microdevices, the first Microelectronics Manufacturing Company in Southern Oregon.A founding member of the Sustainable Valley Technology Group and serves as the organization’s board president. Jessica spent this past summer traveling to Salem on a regular basis to participate on the “Job’s And Economy Team” for Governor Kitzhaber’s 10 Year Outcome’s Based Budget.


Jay Harland

John “Jay” H. Harland is a partner and principal with CSA Planning Ltd., Southern Oregon’s largest and most tenured land use consulting firm. He joined the firm in 2004. Mr. Harland has experience with long-range planning projects that often involve special studies, policy development and technical research, analysis and mathematical models.


Mike Lynch - Treasurer

Michael Lynch is the Managing Partner in the Medford office of Moss Adams LLP. Mike has 34 years of experience in public accounting. As a tax specialist, Mike concentrates primarily on business and tax planning for closely held companies and their owners. His areas of expertise include C-corporations, S-corporations, Partnerships/LLCs, and individuals focusing on comprehensive tax planning and compliance. .


Dr. Chris Maples

Dr. Chris Maples, President of Oregon Tech, who became Oregon Institute of Technology’s sixth President in October 2008, believes that a large part of his job as president is to actively work and advocate for the students, faculty, and staff of Oregon Tech. Dr. Maples maintains open communication with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Oregon Tech, and schedules time to walk around all of the Oregon Tech campuses to visit with students, staff, and faculty. He has an open-door policy.


Cynthia Scherr - Secretary

Cynthia Scherr, Founder of Scherr Management Consulting has more than 20 years’ experience working with businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations. Cynthia brings keen insight and a breadth of experience in addition to essential business tools and processes to accelerate achievement of the organization’s potential. Cynthia holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.


Joan McBee

Joan McBee is a Professor and Interim Dean for the School of Business.  In addition she coordinates the Bachelor of Applied Science in Management program and the Certificate in Interactive Marketing and e-Commerce. Joan also teaches marketing and business policy courses for the School of Business.




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