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Executive Team

Clint Carlson

Clint Carlson

Ben Maney

Ben Maney

Vice President 
Collin Crocker

Collin Crocker

Alan von Borstel

Alan von Borstel

Past President 

County Presidents

  • Wade Bingaman, Baker/Union Counties
  • Emery Gentry, Umatilla County
  • Deacon Heideman, Gilliam County
  • Kurt Melville, Wallowa County
  • Rodney Cheyne, Klamath County
  • Josh Duling, Wasco County
  • Kevin Corn, Malheur County
  • Tom Duyck, N. Willamette Valley
  • Erin Heideman, Morrow County
  • Collin Crocker, S. Willamette Valley
  • Ryan Thompson, Sherman County

Amanda has over a decade of executive leadership experience and a close connection to the Oregon Wheat industry, growing up on a dryland wheat farm in Wasco County. Working within her capacity she has made valuable investments in her career and takes pride in returning to her roots and investing in rural economies. Amanda recognizes an opportunity to further expand the investment into the area most important to her: “I am excited about the opportunity to step up to a role that strengthens the wheat industry and wheat growers. From enhancing resources for ag research to addressing policy challenges that would otherwise hinder farm profitability/viability, the work of Oregon Wheat is critical to ensuring vibrant rural communities”.

Shanna Hamilton

Director of Communications
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Growing up in Eastern Oregon surrounded by Oregon’s beautiful Wheat Country, Shanna attended Helix High School and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Extension Education from the University of Idaho and her Master’s Degree from Colorado State in Integrated Resource Management; Agriculture Communications. Career endeavors led her to small town Idaho where she began her Extension career as the County Extension Educator, overseeing livestock duties in three counties.

Shanna and her family returned to Pendleton in 2013 and joined the Oregon Wheat family in 2018. Before coming to OWGL she enjoyed working with growers at the Umatilla Co. Soil & Water Conservation District and also serving as the Administration & Marketing Manager for the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon.

Among various other duties for OWGL, Oregon Wheat Foundation and Oregon Wheat PAC, she manages and creates content for all of the Oregon Wheat social media platforms, bi-weekly newsletter, Oregon Wheat Magazine and website.

Cassandra Franklin

Administrative Assistant and Membership Coordinator
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Cassandra Franklin joins the Oregon Wheat Growers League as of August 10! We are happy to welcome Cassandra and have the opportunity for her and Sally to train together over the next couple of months.

Cassandra has worked extensively in the non-profit sector and we are delighted to bring her experience and knowledge to OWGL. Oregon Wheat CEO, Amanda Hoey says “Cassandra brings experience in administrative functions, event coordination and membership development activities, most recently with the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. I am excited about the range and depth of skills that she brings to the League.”

Cassandra will be taking over administrative and membership activities from Sally as she is gearing up to enjoy her long awaited retirement.

Sally Christensen

Membership Director
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Sally began working for the Oregon Wheat Growers League in 2000 as a temporary employee moving to full time employment in July 2001. She became the Membership Director in 2003. This is a specific job title but includes a broad spectrum of duties as time has passed; membership recruitment and management, office manager, executive assistant, and support for the Oregon Wheat Growers League, Oregon Wheat Foundation and the Oregon WheatPAC boards.

Sally loves working with the wheat industry boards of directors, and the membership at large. “Farmers are the best. They are good-hearted people who farm because it is their lifestyle. They are always willing to help a neighbor or friend – the kind of person we should all strive to be.”

She volunteers at church in various capacities: teaching and serving in the nursery, leading worship, and most satisfyingly, with the church sewing ministry “Compassionate Hearts”.

Sally has enjoyed the past 19 years with the OWGL but looks forward to retiring in the next year or so to spend more time with her husband of 40 years and ever-expanding family, and her hobbies that include quilting, gardening, and traveling.

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