Board of Directors
Board President, Tim Talty, spent 22 years as an educator at Lorna Byrne Middle School, where he taught earth, life, and physical science along with elective courses such as drama, leadership, video production, computer technology, yearbook and physical education. In addition to classroom instruction Tim has also co-coordinated the SMILE Club (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences) for 11 years. The SMILE Club supports student interest in the areas of science and math with team-based, hands-on engineering challenges. The program is sponsored by Oregon State University. Tim’s educational background includes a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Denison University in Granville, OH (1987), a year of graduate coursework in microbiology at Glasgow University in Glasgow, Scotland (1987-88), and a master’s degree in education from University of Oregon in Eugene, OR (1999). A desire to earn a more rounded education and explore the world led Tim to a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Study in 1988. During that time he served as an “ambassador of goodwill” in which he gave presentations to Rotary Clubs around Scotland and attended Glasgow University. In 2002, Tim earned an “Asset Builder Award” from The Josephine County Commission on Children and Families. Tim’s passions include craft brewing and alternative energy. Aside from fulfilling his role as SLC President, he is currently opening up a microbrewery in Kerby, OR!
Vice President, Robert Earl Snodgrass III Security Crew Leader 20 years-Oregon Country Fair, Second Generation Glassblower and Business Manager/Owner, Organic Farmer, Universal Life Church Minister. Living in the Illinois Valley for more
than a decade, Bobby and his wife Meredith, homeschooled both children through high school. He specializes in agriculture, animal husbandry, mycology, and alternative energy. He is accustomed to giving guidance to over 50 people at a time!
Treasurer, Alan Eisner is a piano teacher, homesteader, and former board member, The Dome School. Alan moved to the Illinois Valley in 1999. He has a BA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is raising a family on a small farm near Cave Junction, and teaches piano lessons.
Secretary, Emily June Ring arrived to the Illinois Valley the year of the Biscuit Fire as an Americorps intern. She has worked as a health and crisis case manager, physical science technician for the National Park Service and other fun things. After a few years spent in Lane County she has returned to the Rogue region to work as Josephine County Assistant Emergency Manager. She splits her time between Takilma, SunStar, Medford and Grants Pass. In Lane County she was on the Board for Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah and West Pisgah Community Visioning. Currently she is a Board member for SOEA (Southern Oregon Emergency Aid).
Amy Schell-Lapora grew up on the shores of Lake Ontario in Northern New York. She was drawn to the wild rivers and mountains of southern Oregon almost 20 years ago. Her background is in outdoor education and she loves getting kids into the woods. Amy is a passionate gardener, and the mother of two boys. She enjoys being an active and involved parent, coaching youth soccer and serving as Team Mom for Little League. Amy is a graduate of the Ford Family Foundation Leadership Program and has served on the Spiral Living Center Board for 4 years. She believes in giving back to her community through active community service. Amy is also a local Soccer Coach and Illinois Valley Little League Board Member.
Steve Orr has designed and installed artistic and functional edible and medicinal Permaculture gardens for more than thirty years. He teaches people to use the plants in their gardens and especially enjoys converting lawns to gardens. Steve manages a ten-acre Permaculture farm, Frog Farm, where you may find him teaching WWOOFers (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms interns), milking goats, pruning fruit trees, building compost, planting perennials, or playing his guitar. Steve has been active in forming a seed-savers network, a local farmer’s market, and the tool-sharing library. He is also a member of Southern Oregon Beekeepers Alliance. He is skilled at designing and building useful small farm tools, such as soil sifters, a chicken plucking machine, and a seed ball machine.
Roxanne Sterling-Falkenstein is an avid gardener with 30+ years of experience and 12 years of permaculture study, with a special focus in Hugelkultur beds. Roxanne’s passions include food preservation, culinary instruction, and seed collecting/distributing. From coordinating events, seed swaps, catering, obtaining donations, and creating media, she bring an eclectic array of talents and experience to our organization!