2040 Thriving Communities Council

The original 2040 Thriving Communities Council was convened in May of 2016 and composed of local leaders from a variety of organizations addressing a range of community issues. As of November 2019, the Council was put on 'temprorary hiatus' by the Board of Commissioners with the intent of reconvening the Council in late spring of 2020. The following are the original 2040 Council members, with a complete list of their affiliations below.

  • Vince Adams; Extension Educator, College of Public Health & Human Sciences, OSU
  • Yazmin Brambila; Executive Director, Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County
  • Tom Gerding; President, Gerding Builders
  • Matt Gordon; Pastor, First Christian Church
  • Jim Gouveia; Staff Counselor, OSU
  • Pat Hare; City Manager, Adair
  • Peter Kenagy; Farmer
  • Ken Kenaston
  • Peggy Lynch; Citizen Advocate
  • Jim Moorefield; Executive Director, Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services
  • Michael Pope; Executive Director, Greenbelt Land Trust
  • Paul Smith; Executive Director, Strengthening Rural Families
  • Jim Swinyard; Retired, Benton County Sheriff
  • Ellen Tappon; Retired, Hewlett Packard
  • Sharon Thornberry; Rural Communities Liaison, Oregon Food Bank
  • Marc Vomocil; Vice President Forestry, Starker Forests, Inc.