JCMGA Ballot – 2024 Board Voting Ballot
The following JCMGA candidates have been nominated by members and the JCMGA Board's Nominating Committee according to the JCMGA bylaws adopted in September 2018. Each of the nominees has agreed to serve. All current JCMGA members are entitled to vote. Ballots must be received by midnight November 4, 2023.
If you have a question or problem with the voting process, please contact Barbara Low (email@example.com).
— Vote by clicking in the box in front of your choice for each office
President Elect (Term Essentially 3 Years)
Recording Secretary (Term 1 Year)
Membership Secretary (Term 1 Year)
Keltie Nelson - I have served the Jackson
County Master Gardener Association as Assistant Treasurer for the last two
years. Since Sean Cawley has decided not
to run in 2024 as the Treasurer, I am running to fill the position. Prior to retiring, I worked as a bookkeeper
and accountant for most of my adult life and have always enjoyed been a “bean
Colet Allen - I have heard that some of
our members express confusion about the relationship between JCMGA and OMGA. I
wanted to understand what this organization does and how it benefits JCMGA and
how we can benefit them. The best way to find out what an organization is all
about it to join the group. I volunteered to be on the Joy of Gardening
Conference committee last year. That experience convinced me that I wanted to
work with that Organization on behalf of JCMGA.
Pam Hillers - I have
been the Archivist for the past 3 years and have enjoyed taking care of the hard-copy
documents that make up our Master Gardener history. There are many details to this position which I feel I have the
skills to manage, and most of all I have the appreciation of being able to
capture the documentation for the ongoing work that is accomplished through our
wonderful Master Gardener Program. If anyone is interested in seeing older
documents or have questions about our history I will be glad to visit with you.
Members at Large (5 open Positions - Select up to 5)
I’m running to be on the JCMGA Board because of my personal
commitment to sustainable food production. My husband and I have a 10-acre farm
in Talent where I have a large permaculture garden that has been certified as a
pollinator garden. I believe it is important to educate people in the benefits
and importance of gardening and food production. I have been very active with
the Friends of the Animal Shelter Board of Directors for many years and can
share my expertise. Previously I was in
the US Foreign Service and spent many years serving overseas. I look forward to
contributing to the community.
As a member of the 2023 Master Gardener Class, I feel that
Member on the loose, I mean Member at Large will be able to jump in and help
where I am needed at the administrative level. I enjoy the classes, the
practicums, and the Plant Clinic so filling in and helping in all these areas
will be fun as I am learning so much about all the different moving parts of
the Master Gardener Association. I work well with others and always try to be a
team player and problem-solver in a positive way. I am excited for the year to
come and am excited to learn all I can!
I've been retired since February 2018 after working for the
Forest Service for 40 years. Prior to that I worked for Peace Corps in El
Salvador. Education includes a 4-year degree in Forest Resource Management from
West Virginia University and a Masters in Forest Ecology from the University of
Montana. I'm a student in the Master Gardener Class of 2023 and will graduate
this coming November and I'm the Student Representative on the Master Gardener
Board. Primary reasons for wanting to be an At Large Board Member are as
follows: increase outreach to our underrepresented communities, increase
enrollment of underrepresented community members in the Master Gardener class
and program, increase program volunteers and assist the Board in increasing our
understanding of student needs.
I have had the pleasure to serve as a director at Large for
the last 2 years and would like to continue in addition to serving on 3 Working
I would like to continue as a JCMGA Board member because I
believe that this organization is an important teaching vehicle for the health
of our pollinators, birdlife, and the vigor of our gardens. It's important to
support our valuable community organizations, which in turn improves the health
of our society.