Commissioner Steve Reese was originally appointed to the Port of Umpqua Commission in 1995 and then was re-elected after moving back into the area in 2005. Steve is a graduate of California State University, and has worked as an electrician for the last 35 years. He has served on the Douglas County Industrial Development board and he currently serves on the Reedsport Planning Commission.
Steve and his wife Sandy have resided in Reedsport for 20 years, they have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
Commissioner Keith Tymchuk was originally elected to the Port of Umpqua Commission in 1994. Keith has a bachelor of arts from the University of Oregon, and earned his Master’s from Oregon State University; he has been a high school educator since 1981. He was elected and held the office of Mayor of Reedsport for 6 terms. Keith currently serves on the Board of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, and is Chairman of the Oregon Regional Economic Solutions Advisory Team.
Commissioner Nelson was originally appointed to the Port of Umpqua Commission in 2005. Barry is a commercial fishermen. He is on the executive board of the Oregon Coast Zone Management Association and is a Commissioner for the Oregon Salmon Commission, as well as serving as the director for the Southern Oregon Ocean Resource Coalition, Western Fish Boat Association and the American Fisherman Research Foundation.
Commissioner Jones was appointed to the Port of Umpqua Commission in April 2015. Carey has lived in Reedsport since 1988 and retired as a Sergeant from the Reedsport Police Department after serving for 26 years. He is the Port representative on the Salmon Harbor Management Committee and is involved with the Reedsport Boosters Club.
Carey has a ranch on the South Side of Smith River where he raises commercial cattle and bucking bulls.
Commissioner Bridge was elected to the Port Commission in 2015. He was a career officer in the Air Force where he retired as a lieutenant colonel after serving 32 years. Lee created a second career as a financial planner and financial advisor. He closed his financial services practice in 2005 to move to Reedsport. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of South Carolina and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Montana. He serves on many other boards and committees including as a Director for Lower Umpqua Hospital, the City of Reedsport’s Budget Committee, Traffic Safety Committee, Library Board, and Urban Renewal District Advisory Committee. He also volunteers for the American Red Cross, Coastal Douglas CERT, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Amateur Radio Emergency Service Team.
Lee and his wife have two grown children and one grandson.