2013/2014 Hood River Supply Association Board of Directors
Chairman: John Wells-John is a Hood River native, graduated from Wy’East High School. John received a Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology and Horticulture from Oregon State in 1975, and a Masters Degree from Michigan State in Horticulture. Upon graduation, John returned to Hood River to work on the family orchard, Wells & Sons, in 1978. John is in charge of production management for the family operation. John has served on numerous industry-related committees and boards including Hood River Grower Shipper Research Committee, Winter Pear Control Research Committee, and Oregon and Washington Horticultural Society, and he has served on Hood River Supply’s board since 2005.
Vice Chairman: Susan Wiebalk-Sue was born and raised in Hood River, and grew up on a small pear orchard in the middle valley. Her and her husband, Dave, purchased their first orchard in Dee in 1991. They are now farming 70 acres of pears. Sue worked for Hood River Supply Association from 1967 until 2002, at which time she ‘retired’ so as to devote more time to farming. She is also the secretary for Dee Irrigation District and has been a director on the Hood River Supply board since 2008. When she is not busy with the orchards or other duties she likes to golf, hike, practice yoga, reef keeping and spend time with her two golden retrievers (and Dave).
Secretary: Brian Nakamura-Brian and his wife, Marla, own and operate a 50-acre pear and cherry orchard on Willow Flat Road. He attended schools in the valley and graduated from Oregon State University. Brian previously worked as a consulting engineer in California and Florida before returning to Hood River in 1991 to run the family orchard. He has served on Hood River Supply’s board since 1999 and also has served on the Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District Board and the East Fork Irrigation District Board.
Director: Darin Molesworth-Darin was born and raised in Mosier, Oregon. After majoring in production agriculture at the BlueMountainCommunity College, he returned home to Mosier where he still resides with his wife, Christl, and his 5 kids. Darin works within his family’s orchards. Brass Ring Orchard is a family owned, 200 acre cherry orchard and Molesworth Family orchard is 100 acres. Darin has also been a volunteer with the Mosier Fire Department for over 20 years. He has served on their board for over 10 years, and has been President for the last two years. He has served on Hood River Supply’s board since 2008.
Director: Jason Sandahl-Jason works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a science policy advisor within USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. He works with foreign governments to support agricultural trade, specializing in pesticide policies and regulations. Jason worked in Washington DC for 3 years before returning to live and run the cherry and pear orchard he owns on the west side of the Hood River valley.
Director: Jason Moore- Jason was born and raised in Hood River, Oregon. He attended and graduated from Hood River Valley High and then continued his education at OSU in their Ag program, majoring in agriculture business with a minor in crop & soil. He returned home and now works within his family’s orchard and packing house. Moore Orchards is a family owned orchard growing pears, apples, and blueberries.
Director: Rod Laurance-Rod is a lifelong resident of Hood River County and was raised in Parkdale. He is married and has two children. After Rod received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 1975, he returned to Parkdale to work on the orchard. He currently operates two local farms. He has served on numerous committees and boards including Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District, Hood River Grower Shipper Assn., Pear Bureau Northwest and Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission, and has served on the Board for Hood River supply since 2011.
President/CEO: Patrick McAllister
Members Services: Jeff K. Goettl
The board of directors are volunteers voted in by the co-op members.