About Us

The GACDC is run by a seven to nine member, all volunteer board. Board members are residents or business owners in the Applegate watershed in both Jackson and Josephine counties. We strive to appoint Board members from all areas of the Applegate including Murphy, Wilderville, Williams, Provolt, Ruch and the upper and lower Applegate areas. Current board members are listed below. If you are interested in serving your community on this board, please Contact Us.

Seth Kaplan, Board Chair

Seth Kaplan has assumed strategic leadership roles in nonprofit, government, community, corporate, and small business settings for more than 30 years, with a focus on aligning resources with needs and opportunities across systems and sectors for greater impact.  Significant accomplishments have included working with a team of youth and government agencies to build a 13-acre youth complex, leading a four-year community visioning project in an unincorporated area, and aligning human priorities within a county budgeting process. He is currently exploring strategies to find more time to enjoy the beauty and magic of the 20 acres of Applegate Valley he shares with his wife Lily, dog Shayna, and cat Sweet Pea.

Affiliations: United Way Public Policy Committee, Jackson County Homeless Continuum of Care


Paul Tipton, Vice Chair and Secretary

Paul Tipton has lived in the Applegate Valley for over 45 years and has worked locally doing forestry work, farming, vineyard management, construction and custom woodworking. Since retiring he has volunteered with the SMART reading program, helped distribute food for ACCESS, judged senior projects at South Medford, is past president of the Applegate Valley Community Grange, and current president of the McKee Bridge Historical Society. His ongoing desire through life is to help benefit the community and, as a poet and veteran, to seek peace and equality for all.



Craig Hamm, Treasurer

Craig Hamm,  co owner of Ruch Country Store.  Have lived and worked in the area for the past 20 years.  Volunteered for projects with the school, smart read, fundraising and  presently business partners with the school.  Volunteered for the Fire Department as Santa and helped with special projects. Spent 25 years in Corporate retail, running a business that had 400 employees.  Served as a Board member for American Red Cross, Good Will, Salvation Army, United Way and Pear Blossom, and advised small business retailers.




Janis Mohr-Tipton, Cantrall Buckley Park Committee Chair

Janis grew up as fourth generation in Northern Oregon and moved to this area in 1975. Just after graduation from Oregon State in Forestry, she began working for the USFS. A few years later, she began raising her family (3 children) and began volunteering. In 1979, she first volunteered, helped open the Applegate Branch, then began working for Jackson County Libraries, and today does early literacy programs at two branches. She also has volunteered for Friends of the Ruch Library for many years; is a SMART coordinator and reader; judges Senior Projects at South Medford; joined the Applegate Valley Garden Club and got the Access Senior Shoe box program started for local seniors; and proposed and coordinated a Monarch Butterfly Garden at Cantrall Buckley, then joined the Park Committee to help at the park with projects and coordinate volunteer work with SOLVE. This work is exciting to her because it’s an emphasis on education for all ages in the natural environment, and she gets to share, listen, mentor, learn and serve.

Megan Ferman, Community Engagement/ Connections Committee Chair

Megan grew up in the heartland and earned her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin before heading West.  After exploring several aspects of community organizing, sustainability, and education, Megan earned a Masters Degree at Portland State University, focusing on Community Food Systems and Agroecology. There she began her work as a community organizer around food issues, and learned how to practice asset-based community mapping. These two things continue to be woven into her work and the communities she is involved with.
Megan began working as a statewide advocate and educator for socially responsible agriculture, and is now focused on the training, educating and assisting of the next generation of farmers and ranchers. She has lived in the Little Applegate Valley for almost 10 years and is currently residing on an 86-acre ranch with her brothers as they establish their farm business and creamery.

She is also currently serving as the Chair of the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Steering Council, the Farm Commons Advisory Board, and was a 2013 Toyota Together Green Fellow. When not at work, Megan likes to dig in the dirt, walk in the woods, visit the city, take in some music, and spend time with family and friends.


Barbara Holiday, Applegate Connect Website Committee Chair

In addition to AGA board participation, Barbara is a board member of Applegate Valley Community Newspaper, Inc., the nonprofit organization that publishes the Applegater Newsmagazine, and a former board member of Old First Concerts, a highly regarded performing arts series in San Francisco. She held senior management positions at several corporations, was a business consultant for more than 20 years, and was a long-time member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She has been managing editor of several publications and an editor of the Applegater since 2005. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University. Barbara’s parents and siblings settled in the Applegate Valley in the early 1970s; Barbara ultimately followed in 2004, bringing with her a deep appreciation for the beauty, uniqueness, and value of the valley, which she would like to help preserve and enhance through her work with AGA.