Terry Nelson has a background in management and has been involved in strategic planning and setting the course for businesses to move forward. He currently is the Speciqal Event Coordinator for honey Bucket Portable Restrooms and is P.S.A.I certified. He works with events large and small to assure their needs are met and shares his event expertise whenever possible. Terry has headed up the Membership Committee for the OFEA and now is starting up the Supplier committee, which is responsible for the new Supplier Code of Ethics.
Immediate Past President
Lonny has a diverse background in Mechanics, Electronics and Management. Out of high school he worked for his Fathers business, Marvin Manufacturing Inc., for five years building farm equipment in Woodland, CA, he then left the family business and moved to Auburn California and worked as a black smith apprentice for Auburn Iron Works. In 1982, due to an injury, began working for Wunder’s Electronics Inc., a successful electronics service and repair company. In 1995, he was hired as the Director of Purchasing, Conference Center, Copy Center and Multi-media Services for the Yolo County Superintendent of Schools. He held that position until 2000, when he was selected as the CEO of the 40th District Agricultural Association (Yolo County Fair). He retired from there in 2008. Lonny worked part time as the Executive Director of the Heideick Ag History Center in Woodland before moving to Oregon in September of 2010 to become the fair manager of the Benton County Fairgrounds.
Born and raised in beautiful Southern Oregon, and very recently relocated to Salem, Tom has worked security at hundreds of festivals and events over the past 10 years. About 8 years ago, Tom took a huge leap of faith, gave up his 23 year career, and became the Division Manager for CYA Security. He loves his job and is confident he made the right choice when jumping on board with CYA Security. He enjoys the challenge of establishing and implementing strong security plans to ensure events will operate as smoothly as possible. An active an involved leader, Tom regularly works security at events and makes a point to help out where he can on site. Tom’s work is integral to producing a secure memorable event for event staff and attendees alike. Off the clock, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters. He is also an avid outdoorsman and loves to hunt and fish every chance he gets!
Steven Bledsoe has 25 years in the Special Event Industry. Steven is the Waterfront Event Manager for The Portland Rose Festival, the Official Festival for the City of Portland. Steven’s main area of focus is the production of CityFair, Portland’s longest running Waterfront Park event. Prior to Rose Festival, Steven was with the Oregon State Fair in Salem. Steven’s experiences also include ten years with FASTIXX/ TicketWest where he gained his large scale event experiences with Oregon Country Fair, Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett, and Pavoritti.
Rodney is a native Oregonian who grew up in the Santiam Canyon area. He has been farming for 35 years and currently works for IOKA arms as a mechanic. Rodney believes in community involvement and has participated as a volunteer in the Sublimity Harvest Festival for 12 years and has sat on the board of directors for 10 years. It’s through that involvement that Rodney became associated with Oregon Festivals and Events Association. In his spare time, Rodney enjoys participating in truck pulls and Civil War reenactments.
Tyler knows events. He’s done big events, small events, festivals and private parties. Fifteen years of diverse experience in event management, production and operations is an asset to all his clients. His calm, professional presence and we-can-do-it attitude make him the go-to guy for solving problems. Tyler’s familiarity with Waterfront Park is incomparable. Over the years, he’s developed a strong reputation with industry contractors, city officials and event producers alike. His project management approach backed with solid event logistics ensures successful events, time after time. And that’s one of the reasons why clients like Cinco de Mayo, the Portland Rose Festival, and the Waterfront Blues Festival hire Tyler and the Fuller Events team year after year. Tyler was born and raised in Portland with a few stints on the east coast as well. A proud Oregon State University alum, Tyler got his degree in political science and sociology.
Born and raised on the east coast, Kim fell in love with festivals and events growing up outside of Washington D.C. and while attending Emerson College in Boston, MA. Kim made the exciting journey to the Pacific Northwest to attend graduate school to study Arts Administration with a concentration in Event Management at the University of Oregon. She has worked on events everywhere from Baltimore, MD to Cambridge, MA and from Williamsburg, VA to Albany, OR. In May of 2012, Kim joined the Willamalane Park and Recreation team as their Volunteer/Special Events Coordinator. She values creating strong volunteer relationships and loves working to produce interesting community events. In her spare time, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, traveling, swimming, and visiting other events.
Katie Nooshazar has over 30 years in the events and festivals business. With degrees in Communications, Social Theory, and Social Welfare. Katie has been the Recreation Programs Manager in Albany, Oregon for the past 27 years. During that time, she has managed such events as the Northwest Art & Air Festival, the River Rhythms concert series, the Mondays at Monteith concert series, and the Children’s Performing Arts series. Katie is passionate about creating experiences that will build community and help businesses and sponsors meet their objectives. She has spoken throughout the Northwest and at National conferences on Sponsorships, Creating an Experience, and Event Development and WOW. In addition to her leadership of Albany’s diverse events program, Katie also supervises a multipurpose Senior Center, a preschool for special needs children, the Foster Grandparent Program for two counties, fitness programs and a fitness center, and a diverse array of enrichment classes for children, youth, families, and adults.
Kelsey has been the Event Coordinator at the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce since December 2014. In this capacity, she is responsible for organizing the Chamber’s major annual events -- the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival and the Great Columbia Crossing 10k – as well as several smaller events. Kelsey handles nearly all the logistics for each event, from permitting and volunteer scheduling to processing vendor applications and hiring contractors. Kelsey holds a B.A. in journalism from Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., and is also the Publication Editor for the Chamber. She creates and manages content for weekly and monthly membership publications. Outside of her work at the Chamber, Kelsey chairs the Warrenton Community Library Advisory Board and writes freelance articles for an Oregon Coast tourism magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys drinking too much coffee and playing “Star Wars Battlefront” with her husband, Henry.
Jill has been involved in putting on events and horse shows since she was 8. She has worked in the hospitality and tourism industry in the Portland area and has been the Manager for the Albany Downtown Association. She was appointed by the Linn County Board of Commissioners to complete the construction and launch the new Linn County Fair & Expo Center. Serving as the marketing director, she re-established the Linn County Fair and attracted hundreds of new and self-produced events to the new facility. After 10 years of she returned to her passion of association management and embarked into self-employment with Ingalls & Associates in 2004. She is now the contracted executive for several associations. She and her husband Scott own Ingalls & Associates where together they produce their own festivals, contract for production of conventions, trade shows and annual events and for sponsorship and marketing development for others.
Scott has extensive experience in promotions, boasting ownership or management of over 200 different events. Scott provides training and workshops for the OFEA as a volunteer extraordinaire. Because he is the spouse of our Executive Director, he claims to just be the “show pony” and simply is part of the team. Scott provides training, workshops and ask the expert advice for members, plus shares his expertise and experiences. He has become known as the “voice” at the annual conference – as the emcee of the annual Ovation! Awards. Scott also volunteers as the committee chair of the Ovation! Awards, Showcase Committee and Trade Show for the conference. In his real life he owns and operates Ingalls & Associates, an agency that provides services ranging from consulting to full production of events and marketing campaigns. He is a civil war reenactor and enjoys getting together with friends and clients to plot and plan bigger and better events.
Office Administrator, Finance
Macy is here to keep us organized. She organizes staff and resources for various events including setting up cash handling, ticket sales and merchandise. She will track your conference registrations, payments and invoicing too! She prepares financial statements for the OFEA Board and serves as a main point of contact for the association. Macy and her husband enjoy their 2 young children, camping, horses and working on their farm.
Caitlin is here for you, our members. She is working behind the scenes to be sure your membership listing is looking top notch and you are taking full advantage of your membership benefits. She works to keep the membership program fresh and information coming your way. Login and passwords are her pass time at the OFEA. When not working she and her husband and young son can be found enjoying time together on their small farm, or at the beach.