Our Team

Union County

Name /Office


Charlie Gillis
La Grande, OR 97827

  • Attorney
  • Board Member, Blue Mountain Conservancy
  • Retired Nurse Practitioner         
  • Interests: cross country skiing, bicycle touring, fishing                                       

Kim Metlen
Imbler, OR 97841

  • Co-owner Oregon East Cycling
  • Co-owner, Joseph Branch Railriders
  • Member, Regional ODOT Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Promoter, Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway

Joe Kresse
La Grande, OR 97850 

  • Member of the Union County Planning Commission
  • Bicycle Representative of the Union County Transit Committee
  • Former President of the Friends of the Joseph Branch
  • Former President of the La Grande Forestry & Landscaping Committee

Wallowa County

Penny Arentsen, 2018 President
Joseph, OR 97846

  • Owner, Winding Waters River Expeditions
  • Outdoor recreation interests
  • Former coordinator of K-12 Natural Resource Science Programs at Wallowa Resources
  • Interests: Raising & playing with my kids, Cycling, Horseback Riding, Skiing, Hiking, Rafting

Dr. Emily Sheahan
Enterprise, OR 97828 

  •  Family Physician at Mountain View Medical Group
  • Facilitator for Complete Health Improvement Program                                              
  • Member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine                              
  • Member of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians
  • Board member of the Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance
  • Outside interests: spending time with my family enjoying the great environment that we live in hiking, rafting, camping, biking, running marathons, and playing volleyball.

John Baker, 2018 Treasurer
Wallowa, OR 97885

  • Retired Business Owner                      
  • Oregon Equestrian Trails, NE OR Chapter
  • Interests: Equestrian, River Rafting and Biking

Ron Polk, Pharm.D.
Lostine, OR 97857

  • Retired Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • Interests: Fishing & Hiking



  • Vice President, Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation
  • Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Committee Member
  • Retired Educator
  • Equestrian Interests

Dick Seymour
Wallowa, OR 97885

Dennis Sands, Joseph, OR 97846




  • Mayor of Joseph, OR
  • City Councilor
  • NEOEDD Board Member
  • League of Oregon Cities Northeast Oregon Advisory Committee
  • Northeast Oregon Commission on Transportation

Ralph Swinehart, P.E.
Enterprise, OR 97828 

  • Owner, Wallowa Mountain Engineering
  • Board Member, Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center, Inc. 
  • Board Member, Friends of the Joseph Branch 

Attorney, Paige Sully P.C., 2018 Vice President
Enterprise, OR 97828

  • Member, Wallowa County Search and Rescue
  • Race Director, Wallowa Lake Sprint Triathlon
  • Treasurer, Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race
  • Interests: Trailrunner, Triathlete, and Mountain Biker

Jennifer Wing, 2018 Secretary