Meet the UEDP Team
UEDP Exec. Dir.
Prior to accepting a position as Executive Director for Umpqua Economic Development Partnership in Douglas County, Wayne’s background includes CEO of a multidivisional power sport company with multiple divisions in Kansas City, co-founder of two large Consumer Electronics Companies, SVP of Specialized Bicycle Corporation, corporate restructure and strategic development for Oakley, category development/M&A/Advisory Board for Nike, and more.
Shawn grew up in a northern logging community and comes from a family still active in the timber industry. He spent twenty years in the US Army working up from Private to Major in various fields of strategic communication and information management. He graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Communication and is currently working for his MBA through Oregon’s Marylhurst University. Shawn is married to Jill and they have five children.
UEDP Office Assistant
DeLana recently moved back to the West Coast with my family after living in Utah for 22 years. Our family of five is thoroughly enjoying all the natural resources that are so prevalent in Douglas County, from crabbing to visiting the Elk Preserve to hiking and biking on the North Umpqua Trail. We are excited to call this area home and explore more waterfalls, beaches and trails.
RARE Program Manager
Mae Hollister is a locally grown leader from Umpqua, Oregon with global rural community development experience. In 2000, she left Douglas County to pursue program operations work and has since obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Sustainable Business Administration from Marylhurst University. Mae has recently returned to the Umpqua Valley via the University of Oregon’s Resource Assistance for Rural Environments program and will be focusing on rural tourism economic development with the Partnership.
CTE Program Manager
An established authority on sustainable, healthy growth in organizations and Lean Enterprise implementation, Kristi Smith brings extensive experience in assisting leaders while building their businesses in the midst of massive change. Kristi is bringing this experience to facilitate a project that will positively impact the industry environment and K-12 students through collaboration with Economic Development and Educational Services District. The goal of this project is to develop a sustainable program for Career and Technical Education (CTE) curricula offered at the high school level delivering training that translates directly to the work environment. Graduates from this program will be better skilled to enter living wage jobs directly from high school if that is their goal, or track to college-level work with a head start!