Meet the UEDP Team
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.
Workforce Development Manager
Daniel Loomis or Dan – is a local graduate of both the Roseburg High School and Umpqua Community College education system. In his new role as the UEDP Workforce Development Manager, Dan brings a wealth of experience and training gained through two CTE college degrees and seven technical certifications. Added to this diverse training, Dan served for over 23-years as an active duty United States Army Chief Warrant Officer, advancing to the rank of CW4 before progressing to a senior Department of Defense civil servant career for his last four years. Dan continues his lifelong service to our nation and community by serving locally as an active member on multiple county-level boards, Veteran advocacy groups, and community outreach initiatives. In this position, Dan will focus on developing relationships with Douglas County business to identify critical current and future workforce needs while bringing together those education services that can match those demands.
Leah was born and raised in a small town in central Kansas where most of her family still resides. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Human Ecology and Gerontology. After graduation, she moved to Texas and soon after Hawaii. It was in Hawaii where Leah met her husband, Nick. From there they moved to Southern California, Alaska and back to Hawaii before deciding it was time to settle down in Nick’s hometown of Roseburg and raise their family. In August 2018 the Jones’ made the move over to Roseburg from Oahu. Nick and Leah have one son, Jack, and a dog, Odin. Most of Leah’s working career has been spent doing Administrative work and event planning in the nonprofit sector.
Brittany Arnold is our new Events Manager for the Umpqua Economic Development Partnership. The Portland-native and once city-slicker moved to Roseburg 10 years ago after marrying her small-town-loving logger. In addition to being a mother of two daughters, Brittany is also a freelance writer and spends time serving at her church. Brittany has a strong heartbeat for Douglas County and is passionate about seeing it thrive. In this position, Brittany will focus on cultivating events under the Great Umpqua Brand that highlight the best our Umpqua region has to offer, engaging communities, and increasing tourism to our area.