• Board of Directors

  • Terry Nelson

    President

    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.

  • Kelsey Balensifer

    Vice President

    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.

     

  • Steven Bledsoe

    Secretary

    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 Lutgen

    Treasurer

    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.

  • Armando Gonzales

    Director

    Armando (AKA Mando) is proud to be a native Oregonian. Born in Nyssa, Oregon,  Mando grew up in Dayton, a small community west of Salem. Mando was the 8th member of 17 siblings and so there was always a party in the Gonzales’ home. 
    Recently, Mando retired from a successful career as high school counselor. He is now devoting his time to expanding the work of Mandos Mundo Entertainment, LLC, a family owned business. Mando’s focus is on providing culturally specific entertainment & sponsorship coordination for a variety of festivals in Portland and the Willamette Valley. Mandos Mundo Entertainment is currently involved with the Cinco De Mayo Fiesta in Portland, Oregon State Fair, Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, El Grito Festival, Mexico En El Corazon and Dia De Los Muertos Celebration. 
    Creating opportunities and opening doors for others is what excites Mando and keeps him motivated to seek new challenges. He loves collaborating and introducing new audiences to the Latino culture.
    Mando is volunteer radio programmer on KBOO 90.7 FM every Sunday afternoon for the past 28 years providing Tejano music, news and social commentaries. This year he has taken on the position as co-chair of KBOO’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

     

  • Kathy Boyd

    Director

    Kathy Boyd was long ago dubbed by Scott Ingall as the "OFEA's Biggest Cheerleader" and is now thrilled to bring those talents to the Board of Directors in official capacity. 
    An Oregon native, she has been hosting and organizing events since the 1970's when she was a Rainbow Girl in Clatskanie, Oregon.  Since those days she has become, not only a global and internationally award winning entertainer and songwriter, but has over the years planned  and hosted events as part of the Oregon Hospice Association, The Alzheimer's Association, the Oregon Bluegrass Association, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the International Music and Entertainment Association where she is the Program Director (with the nickname there of "Den Mother").  Kathy is also an emcee and public speaker on a variety of topics and a well known mentor to entertainers in multiple countries.
    Her goal with the OFEA is to assist in growing membership and helping both vendors and small festivals understand how this amazing organization can bring their product or event to the next level of success.  
    Kathy performs in the award winning quartet Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising and with the Americana/folk duo Phoenix.  In her spare time she is the house Mistress of The Phoenix House in Salem, Oregon, which offers house concerts and other musical events.

  • Kris Latimer

    Director

    Bio coming soon

  • Arthur Meeker

    Director

    Bio coming soon...

  • Staff

  • Jill Ingalls

    Executive Director

    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 Ingalls

    Volunteer Extraordinaire

    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. 

  • Macy Wolfinbarger

    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 enjoys her 2 young children, camping, horses and working on her farm. 

  • Caitlin Koenig

    Member Services

    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.