The Community 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. 

Camper Small Arrow Cabin Counselor Small Arrow Senior Staff Small Arrow Commission Small Arrow High Counsel


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Mark Ronning, 2016 TCC President

“It was an honor and privilege to serve as the 2016 Tsuga Community Commission president. Since joining in 2014, I have proudly served as the TCC Secretary with constant admiration of the quality programs offered by this home-grown program. I firmly believe in the value of this organization and look forward to offering all that I can to ensure its continued success.

Serving as a soldier and officer in the U.S. Armed Forces, I committed 24 years to our country and its freedoms. I am blessed with a wife and four children who also served as I deployed twice to the Middle-East.  The military sent me to duty stations across the United States, Europe and Asia. They remained here in Oregon and felt the absence of a military community provided by active duty bases.

It is community and sense of place that TCC builds through its summer educational camps. I strongly believe that the TCC experience is invaluable to our military youth. I often repeat the story of how my children reacted when I told them that I was retiring from military service. My youngest, with sadness in her voice, wondered aloud whether she would ever see her friends from Camp again. Although I tried to console her with my additional time at home and with the family, it was clear how much the annual camp had meant to her.  The stability, resilience and community offered by TCC camps is far beyond what my children have found in school or at home.  The connection with other military children allows them to realize that there are others like them across Oregon and throughout the Northwest. As in the military, TCC provides opportunity for camaraderie and enduring relationships.

I am fortunate to work side by side with the highest caliber individuals, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our military youth.  I am excited about TCC’s continued growth and look forward to meeting the youth, parents and volunteers from around the region who believe that together we can make a difference in the lives of not only our children, but those of our brothers and sisters at arms.”

Mark Ronning
President, Tsuga
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Current Commission Members:

  • Dan Miner, President – Military Community Coordination (2017)
  • Mark Ronning, Secretary – Organizational Strategies (2013 – 2017)
  • Auggie Ford, Treasurer – High Counsel / Commission Liaison (2010 – 2017)

Alumni Commission Members:

  • Alise Mosely – Small Business Networking (2014 – 2016)
  • Angela Walz – Outreach and Coordination with Military Families (2016)
  • Erin McPherson – Special Events (2012 – 2015)
  • Brian Stitt – Media Production (2012 – 2015)
  • Janna Marshall – Military Families Liaison (2014 – 2015)