John Lamy is Principal Consultant at Lamy Consulting in Jacksonville, Oregon. John has been a management consultant for 15 years, including six years with smaller companies in the Rogue Valley. John specializes in Lean Manufacturing, R&D/New Product Development, General Management of the company, and development of the company’s Top Team. Before that he spent several decades in Silicon Valley as an R&D Manager. John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Cornell.
Kate Sinner has spent nearly two decades in public policy and strategic partnership roles within the public sector. She began her career as campaign and Capitol Hill staff in Washington, DC. Kate then served as the Director of Federal Relations at Oregon State University (OSU) for seven years, where she developed and executed OSU’s federal program that included policy and budget, as well as, spearheaded OSU’s effort to enhance federal research awards. In 2014, Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Kate to serve as North Central Regional Solutions Coordinator, and in 2016, Kate was tapped by Governor Kate Brown to serve as Deputy Legislative Director and Higher Education Policy Advisor. Kate also has links to Klamath Falls, having served as the Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Strategic Partnership at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Kate has a passion for the link between academic research and economic development. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Charlie Manger is the Co-Founder & CEO of Duwamish Industrial Innovation. For more than 30 years Charlie has worked as an executive, attorney, consultant, professor, and entrepreneur. Serving a multidisciplinary role on multidisciplinary teams, he works to analyze, strategize, and execute business+financial+legal issues relating to technology-driven opportunities across diverse industries, stages, and structures. Mr. Manger’s work has included project development, financial structuring & sourcing, clean energy portfolio building, technology-driven project innovation, and technology-led natural resource projects. Charlie holds a BA in Political Science, a MA in Political Science, and a JD with an emphasis in international law & the policy of economic development in English and Japanese languages, all from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Bill Thorndike operates his family business, Medford Fabrication, a custom metals fabrication company that has been in operation for 75 years. Mr. Thorndike currently serves on the boards of Southern Oregon University, Oregon Business Council, Regence- Oregon BlueCross Blue Shield, Crater Lake National Park Trust, Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc., Oregon Economic Forum, Jefferson Regional Health Alliance, Philanthropy Northwest, and the Northwest Health Foundation. He is a 1972 graduate of Medford Senior High, and graduated in 1976 from Lewis & Clark College with BS in Business Administration. His honors include the SOLV / Tom McCall Leadership Award and the Glenn Jackson Leadership Award from Willamette University. A third-generation Rogue Valley resident, he resides in rural Jackson County with his wife Angela Littlefield, an equestrian judge.
Stephanie Hirche is a Business Lender for Craft3, a regional nonprofit that makes loans in Oregon and Washington to strengthen the resilience of businesses, families and nonprofits, including those without access to traditional financing. She is responsible for generating and underwriting new mission based commercial loans to Southern and Southwest Oregon small and medium businesses. Prior to joining Craft3, Stephanie served as Assistant Vice President – Commercial Relationship Manager as well as a variety of banking roles since 1998. Stephanie received her BA in Business Management from Southern Oregon University as well as an emphasis in International finance from Harz University in Wernigerode, Germany.
Kelley Minty Morris
Kelley Minty Morris is serving as a Klamath County Commissioner, elected in 2014. Commissioner Morris was appointed by Oregon’s Governor to serve as a Trustee for Oregon Institute of Technology. The Governor also appointed Kelley to service on the Oregon Business Development Commission as a Commissioner. Kelley was also appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve on the Southwest Oregon Resource Advisory Council for the Bureau of Land Management. Commissioner Morris is passionate about health and serves as the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Blue Zones Project as well as Co-Chairing the Association of Oregon Counties Health and Human Services steering committee. Kelley grew up in the Willamette Valley and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Business. Kelley shares her Klamath Falls home with her husband Dean and the puppies they adopted from the Klamath Humane Society, Jesse and Christian.