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Board of Directors

 Wallowa Valley Music Alliance
Board of Directors

 

Heidi Muller, President (2010)
Muller is a professional touring musician, music instructor and recording artist, as well as a business owner, grantwriter, event organizer, and book publisher. She was co-founder of Music Mentors, an inner-city music education program for at-risk children in Charleston, WV from 2005 to 2011. She also taught folk music in rural West Virginia schools and after-school programs from 2003 to 2011. In 2004, she received a MidAtlantic Arts Foundation “Artists in Communities” grant for an intergenerational history, songwriting and quilt residency, and expanded and edited these materials into the book Patchwork Dreams, published by the Step by Step organization in 2007.

 

Carolyn Lochert, Vice-President (2012)
Professional musician, recording artist and voice teacher, Lochert studied Jazz Composition at Oregon State University 1983-1986.  She is a bookkeeper for several businesses in Wallowa County and is a business owner at Lochert-Carlson Rentals, LLC, and Monte Alto Lusitano Horse Breeders.

 

Bob Webb, Secretary (2010)
Touring musician, music instructor, business owner and recording engineer at Joseph Mountain Studios, Webb has served as project coordinator and sound engineer for Music Alliance fundraising events, concerts, and workshops. He has taught sound engineering classes for the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture. Before moving to Oregon, Webb engineered countless professional CD projects and produced and co-produced documentaries for West Virginia Public Radio and Allegheny Mountain Radio. He was a multi-instrumentalist for nine years with Stark Raven, the house band for the Mountain Stage syndicated radio show, broadcast weekly on National Public Radio. He also worked as a music educator and was co-founder of the Music Mentors program for at-risk, inner-city children.

 

Heather Tyreman, Treasurer (2004)
Small business owner for 11+ years, establishing and continually operating the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph, OR, Tyreman is the principal oboist of the Grande Ronde Symphony in LaGrande. She is a retired 20-year U.S. Army Medical Service Corps officer specializing in healthcare finance and logistics; she serves on a variety of civic boards and organizations including state-level Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild (treasurer), Hurricane Creek Grange (incoming president), Wallowa County Business Facilitation Program (treasurer). MBA Syracuse University, MS Systems Management University of Southern California.

 

Stephen Adams (2016)

Amateur musician, retired small-business owner and law teacher.  He installed and rebuilt Wallowa County’s only pipe organ and is active in the American Guild of Organists. He studies organ in Portland and at the Princeton Early Keyboard Center in New Jersey.  He founded and was principal lecturer (1976-2007) for a legal-seminar company teaching family law to judges and lawyers and has served since 1999 on the Oregon Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee.  He is a board member of the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority (2002-date) and of the Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates.  He co-led the successful 2014 campaign for non-partisan Wallowa County commissioners and is active in the effort to bring broadband to Wallowa County.  B.A., Reed College, Portland, J.D., University of California, Berkeley.

 

Tammy Kruger (2017)

Kruger has lived in Wallowa County for 12 years. She has been working as an RN 8 years for the non-profit mental health district Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness. 6 years as Joseph Mountain Jubilee Festival Organizer, several years as Juniper Jam Volunteer Coordinator, and 3 years organizing music at Wallowa County Farmer’s Market in Joseph.

 

Shannon McNerney (2017)

Executive Director of Fishtrap, a literary arts nonprofit in Enterprise, Oregon. McNerney was the Executive Director of the Portland Symphonic Choir in Portland, Oregon where she also worked as a nonprofit and small business strategic marketing consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Oregon.

 

Mike Straw (2017)
Retired from a career in the U.S. Forest Service, Straw has been involved with the Bronze, Blues and Brews festival in Joseph, Oregon since its beginning over 20 years ago, and is currently serving as interim festival director for that event.