Council Members and Staff

Regan Emmons, Coordinator (Staff)

Regan Emmons has been the coordinator for the Rogue Valley Food System Network since July of 2016. Prior to making Rogue Valley home, she spent seven years doing food system work in Flagstaff, AZ. Read more…

Maud Powell, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University Extension Small Farms Program (Chair)

Maud has an M.A. from Antioch University Seattle in Environment and Community Studies, and received her B.A. from Swarthmore College in Comparative Religion. She runs the Small Farms program for Oregon State University in Jackson and Josephine counties. She and her husband have owned and operated Wolf Gulch Farm Read more…

Stuart O’Neill, Executive Director, Rogue Farm Corps (Secretary)

Stu has built Rogue Farm Corps into a national leader in beginning farmer education since 2009. Stuart tackled the legal issues surrounding on-farm internships, working in concert with lawyers, educators, staff at the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry, and farmers and ranchers to develop a unique, legally sound model for on-farm internships and apprenticeships. Read more…

Vern Caldwell, Proprietor, Pholia Farm

After retiring from the Marine Corps in 2005, Vern and his wife, Giannaclis, moved to the land where Giannaclis grew up and founded Pholia Farm. Using milk from their Nigerian Dwarf goats, they began to produce farmstead, aged, raw, goat cheese. Read more…

Anne Carter, General Manager, Medford Food Co-op

Anne has been an active participant in food co-ops for years:  from working as a volunteer to doing the bookkeeping and accounting and then managing Natural Harvest Food Co-op in northern Minnesota for 11 years.  The beauty of the Rogue Valley and opportunity to help develop a young co-op brought her to the Medford Food Co-op in 2013. Read more…

Sam Engel, Friends of Josephine County Food Bank

Sam serves as a board member for the Friends of Josephine County Food Bank, where he represents the organization he has been involved with since 2007 in various ways. In fall of 2016, he became the Coordinator for Social Determinants of Health at All Care Health. He is passionate about working with the community to find long-term solutions to hunger and poverty in Josephine County. Read more…

Tyson Fehrman, Co-owner and Co-operator, By George Farm

After years of working in the restaurant industry, Tyson participated in the Rogue Farm Corps program as an intern with Siskiyou Crest Goat Dairy. Since then, he gained a lot of farm experience including running a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in Madison, WI, selling to restaurants, and working on several farms throughout the Rogue Valley. Read more…

Benjamin Guyton, General Manager, Sodexo

Ben has a B.A. in Economics from University of California at Davis, and a Culinary Arts Associates degree from California Culinary Academy. In 2013, Ben left a thirteen-year career in restaurants and hotels for the world of school food. Read more…

Greg Holmes, Food Systems Program Director, 1000 Friends of Oregon

Greg holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. Greg joined 1000 Friends in November of 2002. He has been an active advocate for compact, livable cities and the preservation of farmland in the Rogue Valley, including playing a pivotal role in the development of the plan known as “Regional Problem Solving,” which will guide urban growth for the next 50 years. Read more…

Diane Hoover

Diane came home to Grants Pass after serving for 26 years in the United States Medical Service Corps in 2011 to become the Josephine County Public Health Director. Read more…

Chad McComas, Executive Director, Rogue Retreat

Chad is the founding pastor at Set Free Christian Fellowship, and the founder and current executive director of Rogue Retreat which has served Medford for almost two decades. Having a heart for those caught up in homelessness and addiction, Chad works to help individuals find food, clothing, housing and other resources they need. Read more…

Vincent Smith, Assistant Professor, Southern Oregon University

Vince is an assistant professor of sociology and environmental studies at Southern Oregon University specializing in environmental and agricultural sociology.  He earned his BA in plant ecology from Truman State University, his MS in environmental education from Oregon State University, and his PhD in interdisciplinary environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read more…

Kari Swoboda, AllCare Health

Kari supervises the Health and Wellness Programs for AllCare Health, a local insurance company covering more than 50,000 lives in southern Oregon.  She also works with consumers and community partners to develop and implement programs to improve community health.

Philip Yates, Director of Nutrition, ACCESS

Philip has worked directly in the field of food security/food self-sufficiency for ACCESS for over 23 years.  Six years of that time was spent as the director of the Resource Development Department, which included responsibility for agency wide fundraising and marketing. Read more…