Carson B. Lord
Carson Lord earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a Masters of Business Administration from George Fox University. Carson co-founded and operates Tree Frog Nursery, a wholesale ornamental nursery stock operation in Silverton, Oregon. In addition to managing day-to-day operations on his farm he has been highly involved with the Oregon Association of Nurseries, including serving as the Association President in 2012-13. Carson is currently serving on the Oregon State Weed Board (OSWB). The OSWB guides statewide noxious weed control priorities and awards noxious weed control targeted grants funded through the Oregon Lottery.
Carson was born and raised in Silverton, Oregon and enjoys volunteering in the community. He was appointed to the Oregon Garden Foundation board and served as board chair. He serves on the Silver Falls Soccer Club board and volunteers in his kids schools and coaches youth sports.
Carson enjoys the outdoors, traveling, fly fishing, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Eric W. Jamieson
Patrick Lailey was born and raised in the Seattle area and attended Western Washington University graduating in 1998 with an emphasis in Information Technology.
After graduating, Patrick went on to work in the family nursery business working with his Father, Jim Lailey.
Patrick is now a co-owner in the business that specializes in the growing and distribution of tropical houseplants with a greenhouse operation in Mt Angel, OR.
Patrick is passionate about teaching young kids and volunteers by coaching youth sports in his community.
Patrick still lives in the Seattle area and enjoys golfing, skiing, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Mike Barrett is a northwest native, and has been a fixture on the Oregon/SW Washington sports and media landscape for more than 25 years.
Barrett grew up in Albany, Oregon, and attended Oregon State University. Following his graduation in 1991, he moved to Portland and started his broadcasting career in radio. He worked briefly at KUIK in Hillsboro, and then was offered the job as Sports Director at KXL in Portland, in 1992. He was the sports anchor during afternoon and evening drive time, and also was on the radio broadcast team for the Oregon Ducks.
In 1999, he accepted a position with the Portland Trail Blazers, and served in a variety of roles, including radio and TV feature host, pre-game and halftime host, post-game radio host, play-by-play broadcaster for the WNBA’s Portland Fire, and editor of Rip City Magazine.
In 2003, Barrett was elevated to the television play-by-play role for the Trail Blazers, and continued to host a weekly television/radio show, and provided written content for the team’s magazine and website. As the “voice of the Blazers,” Barrett often hosted team banquets, auctions, season-ticket holder gatherings, and charity events. He also served as a spokesman for many different regional companies and brands, along with, of course, helping constantly build the Blazers brand, which has always been considered one of the strongest in the NBA. Barrett also frequently hosted programming on Comcast Sportsnet, and was often a guest on local and national sports radio shows.
Barrett continues to be a trusted local spokesperson for strong regional brands, such as Bi-Mart, Wilsonville Toyota, Bellagio’s Pizza, Traeger Grills, and Academy Mortgage.
I grew up in the East Bay in California and moved to Oregon in 1993 to attend college at George Fox University in Newberg. I enjoyed my time in college and my new state. I graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 1997 and found that I had developed a distinct love for the Pacific Northwest, and felt I should try to make my home here, eventually.
I returned to California to work in the wildlife field. After four years, I didn’t find the work especially fulfilling. I became convinced that my career would be better spent helping others understand the issues that I felt deeply about. I wanted to make a difference. I decided to return to Oregon and try teaching.
I moved to Salem and earned my Masters in Teaching in 2002 from Willamette University. I was lucky enough to be hired on as a high school science teacher at Silverton High School in 2002, where I continue to teach today. My family and I love the Silverton community, and my husband and I have chosen to raise our two young daughters here.
Elizabeth Hoke and I shared a special bond. I first met her during her sophomore year as a student in my biology class. She was shy, sweet, and wickedly smart. We had a mutual love of all things science and we instantly connected. She would go on to be my aide her junior year and my teaching assistant her senior year. She grew from a shy young girl into a vibrant and confident young woman. She was always in my classroom, always smiling, always ready to offer encouragement to peers or an understanding smile to me. She was to have pursued biology and in particular, genetics in college. I’m so grateful to have known her and to continue to honor her memory.
Tana Rae Thompson
Tana Thompson has a degree in sociology from OSU. She continued her education in a graduate program at PSU where she received her teaching certificate. Married for 27 years to Frank, they have three children. My three daughters started dancing when they were three. My two oldest daughter’s love of dance continued into high school, landing them on the Dance Team where they had the privilege of being Elizabeth’s teammate. Seven years as a dance parent taught us about dance, competition, fundraising, and advertising.
My middle daughter learned from Elizabeth how to be a friend, for which I will be forever grateful. They have been best friends since freshman year, supporting and encouraging each other. We were lucky enough to have Elizabeth spend time with the whole family on many occasions. She was gracious, loving, dedicated and made any activity more fun.
My name is Megan Campbell. I have lived my entire life in the mid-Willamette Valley, now serving my community as an ICU nurse at a local hospital. I am a fair-weather hiker and amateur adventurer, now with a new reason for experiencing all that I can and making the most out of this life; that reason being Elizabeth. I first met Elizabeth and her family nearly 10 years ago when I interviewed to be their summertime babysitter. What started out as a summer job turned into a sisterhood and a friendship that gave me two girls who were the little sisters I never had. For nearly 10 years, Elizabeth was my right hand girl, my co-pilot, my sister and my friend. Now, she is my guardian angel.