Meet the Commissioners


Keith Tymchuk Vice President
Keith Tymchuk

Commissioner 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. 



Carey Jones Commissioner
Carey Jones
Vice President

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 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.



Lee Bridge Treasurer
Lee Bridge Treasurer

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. 


Barry Nelson Secretary
Barry Nelson Secretary

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.



Deanna Schafer
Assistant Secretary

Deanna Schafer Assistant Secretary – On October 16, 2019, Deanna was appointed to the Port of Umpqua Commission to fill a vacancy that was created when Steve Reese moved out of the district.  Deanna is currently the Interim City Manager for the City of Reedsport.