Diane is a fourth generation Wallowa County rancher who is passionate about her community and the land they depend upon. That passion forged a career focused on blending the needs of the land and the community. Diane was an active participant in conversations at the Cloud 9 Bakery that led to the creation of Wallowa Resources. She later became the first full-time director of the organization. Diane served in that capacity for a decade before leaving her beloved Wallowa County for work opportunities in other places in the Nation. She inspired the creation of Forest Investment Zones as Vice-President of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities that funded similar work to Wallowa Resources across the Nation.
After 8 years away, Diane returned to Wallowa County. She says this is the “place that nurtures and nourishes me”. She loves spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She is very proud that her grandchildren are sixth generation ranchers.
Diane not only supports the vision and mission of Wallowa Resources, she has lived it. And, now, she is thrilled to be serving the organization as a member of its Board of Directors with others she respects highly. She is excited to help because she believes Wallowa Resources is making a difference in our community economically and ecologically. People can stay here to work, live, love and play in part because of the work of Wallowa Resources. It goes without saying that she is proud of the organization and the community support it has received; she is thankful for the opportunity to have worked with the community, staff and founding board during her tenure as Director; and, she is thrilled to tell people that she hired Nils Christoffersen!