Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Tim Talty, President, 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.

Rachel Lietz, Vice President,

Alan Eisner, Treasurer, 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.

Margaret Hall Morton, Secretary, 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, Director, 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.

Emily June Ring, Director, 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. She is a Board member for SOEA (Southern Oregon Emergency Aid).