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Alan von Borstel

Alan von Borstel

Clint Carlson

Clint Carlson

Vice President 
Ben Maney

Ben Maney

Brent Cheyne

Brent Cheyne

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

Issue Liaisons

  • Environment/Regulations Committee, Jerry Marguth

  • Farm Policy Committee, Walter Powell

  • Research and Technology Committee, Craig Reeder

Blake Rowe, CEO

Blake Rowe, CEO

Blake has served as CEO since 2010 overseeing both the Oregon Wheat Commission and the Oregon Wheat Growers League.

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.

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 Agent, 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.
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