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!

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. 

Please visit our page “Work at Camp” to learn more about becoming a member of the Tsuga team.


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