The Commission

As any Community is served by an elected Planning Commission, so is TSUGA guided by an elected Board of Directors.  Partnerships, resource development, and strategic planning are all functions of this group.  The Commission is loyal, passionate, and talented.  They bear the greatest amount of organizational responsibility, do most of the heavy lifting but receive the least amount of recognition.  To those amazing people listed below…  Thank YOU!


The Commission meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m.* If you have an agenda item or idea you think we should consider, please email us at at least 1 week prior to the announced meeting date.


2020 Commission Meeting Dates*

  • Saturday, July 11th
  • Saturday, August 8th
  • Saturday, September 12th — Board Retreat
  • Saturday, October 10th
  • Saturday, November 14th
  • Saturday, December 12th

*Meeting dates and times are subject to change. Any alterations to time or date will be updated on this page.


To all the campers wanting to be just like their counselor when they grow up… We’ve got even bigger plans for your college and adult years with the TSUGA community. 


We are currently seeking Commissioners for the 2020-2021 year. Letters of interest are due August 1st, so don’t delay! Please click the following link to learn more about the commitment and how to apply: 2021 Commission Recruitment Letter.


Current 2020 Commission Members:

Colleen “Kumquat” Smyth, President

Colleen has been involved with Tsuga for 10 years, serving as a counselor from 2009-2011, the media intern in 2012, and as a senior staff member since 2017. During the “off-season,” she works as a high school math teacher in Portland. Colleen is thrilled to be continuing in the role of President for a second year and looks forward to making another amazing summer of camp happen for 2020.




Erin “Salmonberry” McPherson, Vice President

Erin has a long history in science and environmental education, working for Outdoor School and OMSI, and currently an elementary school teacher in the Reynolds School District. She first became involved with TCC in 2012 when her oldest daughter was a camper. She has served as our Fundraising Events Coordinator for several years, stepping away briefly to develop her own outdoor programming for girls-which is now welcomed into the TCC family as Camp Two Roads. She is excited to again be serving this community and ensuring the future of our community.



Kara “Razz” Landen, Secretary

Kara served as a counselor and senior staff member for Operation Purple Camp from 2008-2013 and has remained involved with the Tsuga community ever since. Currently, she works for the Rose Festival Foundation as an administrative assistant. After volunteering at several events in the past, she is looking forward to bringing her non-profit and administrative expertise to a formal role on the Commission.

Tyler “Stretch” Andrews, Treasurer

Tyler began as a camper in one of the first years of Operation Purple Oregon. He later served as a counselor and senior staff member for Operation Purple and Oregon Summer Star. He recently graduated from Western Washington University and is happy to be continuing as the organization’s treasurer for a second year.






Eric “Viking” Johansen, Member-at-large

Eric is the owner of JJ Calibrations, a metrology lab company and one of our 2019 sponsors. After attending our 2019 auction, May the Forest Be With You, he was eager to contribute to furthering the mission of the organization. He is excited to bring a business perspective to the Commission.

Alumni Commission Members:

  • Doug “Marshmallow” Sam, Secretary (2018-19)
  • Brandon “Current” Vaughn, Corporate & Donor Engagement Coordinator (2018-19)
  • Lauren “Scuttle” McGillivray, Military Liaison (2018-19)
  • Alise Mosely – Small Business Networking (2014 – 2016)
  • Brian Stitt – Media Production (2012 – 2015)
  • Janna Marshall – Military Families Liaison (2014 – 2015)
  • Dan Miner, President – Military Community Coordination (2017)
  • Mark Ronning, Secretary – Organizational Strategies (2013 – 2017)
  • Auggie Ford, Treasurer – High Counsel / Commission Liaison (2010 – 2017)
  • Ethan Erikson – Founder / Executive Director