Board of Directors

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. He retired in 2019 and is now pursuing his next dream of opening a brewery in Takilma and a historic themed pub in Kerby, OR. Tim’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from Denison University (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 (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 is passionate about alternative energy and plans on utilizing solar energy and biofuels in the production of his brews.

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, Margaret Hall Morton was born and raised on a small family farm in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains of southern Virginia. She volunteered as a family intervention worker for the Pace County Florida Guardian Ad Litem program from 1990 to 1994, while attending West Florida University. For ten years she worked as a youth social worker, helping to start grant-funded family integration programs throughout the country. She moved to the Illinois Valley in 2005, where her family owns and operates an off-grid farm, raising and preserving eighty percent of their annual produce consumption. She currently works with youth dealing with the foster care system. Margaret has been on both the SLC Board and Stewardship Committee, supporting us in various roles such as Membership Coordinator and now Secretary.

Meredith Hunt, moved to the Illinois Valley 18 years ago. She is a homesteading mother/grandmother with many rural living skills. She set up the family’s off-grid solar system, cares for fruit trees and animals such as pigs, cows, goats, chickens, guineas, geese, turkeys, and rabbits. Meredith attended the Cave Junction Farmers Market with her family for the past decade. She has also participated in the IV Gleaning Project over the years, leading gleans, and distributing produce throughout the valley.

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 Frog Farm, a ten-acre Permaculture 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.