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 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 for 10 years, helped distribute food for ACCESS, judged senior projects at South Medford for 20 years, is past president for four years of the Applegate Valley Community Grange, and long time board member and current president of the McKee Bridge Historical Society. He has many years of past involvement in environmental activism with positive results, and has grant writing and non-profit organization knowledge and experience thanks to the Non-Profit Leadership Conferences put on by the Oregon Community Foundation and the Ford Foundation. His ongoing desire through life is to help benefit the community and, as a poet and veteran, to seek peace and equality for all.


Larry Anderson, Treasurerlarry bio

Larry Anderson and his wife Gaye moved from Savannah, GA. to the Applegate in 2011. Larry is a retired mathematics teacher having taught in Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa. He and his wife were owners and operators of Savannah Fine Linens for nine years in Savannah, GA. and continue the business as an online only enterprise. He enjoys living in the beautiful Applegate area and working with the GACDC on projects which enhance our community.


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Lynn Funk, and husband Laird, moved to the Applegate in 1978.  Lynn, a landscape and irrigation contractor, began her volunteer work with the GACDC a decade ago and the Cantrall-Buckley Committee two years later.   Her main interest is improving the park, including finishing the campground and the planned new restroom in the Day-Use area.


Craig and Amber Hamm

Amber Hamm, co owner of Ruch Country Store.  Before owning the store I was the Executive Director of the Southern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Center working with the  Board Members to develop services for the sight and hearing impaired.  I have chaired and sat  on boards including Rogue Valley Council of Governments Disabilities Advisory Committee;

City of  Medford, Disability Advisory for A.D.A.; Rogue Valley Transportation, Disabilities Advisory Committee; Southern Oregon Disabled Awareness. Board, served as president;

Southern Oregon University, taught the Americans with Disabilities Act. Spent 10 years working for Corporate retailer in management.

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.