Natashya Hays came to Wallowa County as a child in 1977 and moved into her great grandparents’ house on Alder Slope. As her great, great grandparents settled here, she and her family have always had a connection to Wallowa County.
For the past 30 years, Natashya has pursued and developed a passion for education, teaching in different places around the world, including; Oregon, Ghana, Switzerland, and Indonesia. Living and working in many different places has presented her with many opportunities to see different perspectives and ways of living - of which she is extremely grateful. From sharing a campsite with Hyenas, hiking the Swiss Alps, snorkeling coral reefs and hiking with komodo dragons, the adventures have been enriching.
In 2017, Natashya moved home, to Wallowa County, with her husband and two daughters. Seeing the way that Wallowa Resources supports the community and brings people together to develop creative solutions for sustaining rural communities, Natashya felt compelled to be a part of this organization and to be a helpful participant on the board. When she is not abroad consulting in International Schools sharing her passion for literacy, she is raising her two daughters, enjoying the outdoors, and rediscovering Wallowa County again.