ORREC is made possible by people with experience in science, education, research, economic development, finance, private industry, sociology and technology.
Our Board of Directors has over a century’s worth of relevant experience to ensure ORREC achieves its goals and objectives.
Board President Summer Matteson-Kinney brings a breath of professional experience in the fields of tourism and economic development, and community development. Summer’s has worked for Curry County government since 2014. She has been directly responsible for the facilitation of community development, business development, and economic development for our county. She has also been the key public relations contact for the Board of Commissioners, preformed community outreach and organizational partnering to increase county wide resource awareness. She has provided grant management services for a number of non-profits in the Curry County area and is very knowledgeable on compliance requirements within the granting framework. Summer recently left the Board of Commissioner’s offices for an opportunity to work in the Juvenile Justice offices in Curry County and another beneficial element to her already impressive background. As a parent of two children in the Curry County school system, Summer, is very dedicated to ensuring that the children of the south Coast and northern California get the opportunities they need to succeed.
Board Vice President Thomas “Tim” Tuttle, CFA, is ORREC’s key financial advisor with more than four decades of successful experience in the investment industry. Tim was in charge of institutional marketing for Security Pacific National Bank and was Chief Investment Officer for Trust Assets at Seattle First National Bank. Tim, a graduate of Williams College, earned his CFA designation in 1973
He is dedicated to the concept and future function of ORREC as it strives to address the needs of reviving society’s knowledge, development, and use of critical thinking. “ORREC is a unique opportunity for private citizens to stimulate forestry research as well as supplement scientific educational re-sources for the public schools in Curry and Coos Counties,” Tim said.
Roy Durfee is the Superintendent of Central Curry District 1 and has been in school administration since 1995. Prior to moving into management Roy was responsible for teaching a four-year curriculum in Agriculture science and technology including Animal Science, Crop Science, horticulture, welding and woodworking classes, public speaking and FFA Advisor. Roy has also acted as the school-to-work coordinator in and is a strong supporter of vocational education. Roy chairs our Educational Committee which is tasked with working with the consultants, Alan Lishness of Parabolica Design and Dana Hutchins of XhibitNet the designers of LabVenture and Vital Signs, to ensure that ORREC provides its students with the best educational platforms and vocational learning opportunities available.
Kathleen “Kitty” Root-Bunten holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health with certification in Holistic Nutrition and is a licensed substitute teacher. Kitty is a dynamic and energetic leader that brings passion and extensive professional experience to her position as the ED for ORREC and the person charged with spearheading the Fort Euchre project. She is a fearless advocate for children and education that has real impact. Her out-of-the-box approach to life gives her the ability to easily work in multi- or homogeneous cultural environments with varied economic opportunities. Kitty’s two favorite American cultural quotes easily sum up her perspective: “I like to believe that there are…always possibilities.” William Shatner as Admiral James T. Kirk in the film “The Wrath of Khan” and “A Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court.
Our committees bring their experience to ORREC to ensure we achieve our objectives.
ORREC staff members have demonstrated high levels of achievement both on a professional and community level.
Lily in a native to the Gold Beach area and knows intimately the challenges children can face in a rural environment. Her parents are both retired US Forestry professionals and their abiding love for the natural environment was passed onto to Lily. She has worked for the US Forestry Service as a seasonal employee in Oregon and Colorado . Lily has enjoyed working as both a researcher and as a Wildlife Biologist Technician for the Forest Service and brings this rich background to her position as Community Outreach Coordinator for ORREC.
Lily’s research projects have won 1st place at the Southern Oregon Regional Science Fair and qualified to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair. These experiences and her passion for the outdoors and science, lead Lily to pursue an avenue that supports outdoor education and awareness of the natural environment. After graduating from Gold Beach High school she went on to achieve her bachelor’s degree in Physical-Environmental Geography from Western Oregon University. Lily’s environmental experience includes projects such as Fuelwood Program, Thinning Layout for non-partnership and partnership with Denver Water, Mistletoe Identification, Contract Compliance, District Christmas Tree Program, Pawnee Montane Skipper (Hesperia leonardus montana) Collection. Her knowledge and experience uniquely qualifies her to be the liaison between the community and ORREC’s Education Committee. Lily has a passion to share her understanding and knowledge of the outdoor world and human interfacing are connected to the world of Science, Technology, Math and Engineering principles. Her guiding inspiration comes from Albert Einstein who said, “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.”
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