Board Members

Mid-Columbia Center for Living Board Members

    Joan Bird

    Sherman County Commissioner

    Joan Bird was appointed and sworn into office as Sherman County Commissioner in early 2019.

    Joan Bird has been a Sherman County resident since 1981. Her background includes serving as secretary to the Wasco County Judge and Court in the late 1970s and 28 years with the Sherman County Extension Service. She has been on the Grass Valley City Council since 2011.

        Karen Joplin

        Hood River County Commissioner

        Karen is a founding member of the Columbia Gorge Health Council, the regional CCO governance body and has remained Board Chair since inception. She is also a founding member of the 4 Rivers Early Learning Hub for Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Wheeler and Gilliam County and is Board Chair of the regional CMHP, Mid-Columbia Center for Living. Karen holds two Governor appointed and Senate confirmed positions: Oregon Health Policy Board and the Oregon Public Safety Task Force.

        Commissioner Karen Joplin has lived in the Hood River Valley since 1975. She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University. Karen is a 2012 graduate of the Luke Center for Catalytic Leadership, Pacific Program and a 2015 graduate of the Cambridge Associates County Leadership Institute.

        Karen and her husband, Todd Clay, have two children and have owned and operated Gorge Electric, Inc. since 1999 and more recently Gorge Audio Video, Inc. She has numerous years of experience in social service working with children and families and serving on the governing boards of service agencies.

            Scott Hege

            Wasco County Commissioner

            Scott has been in Wasco County since 1991 when he became the Executive Director of the Port of The Dalles. He was with the Port for 14+ years, moving on at the conclusion of the land deal with Google. In addition to serving as a County Commissioner, he is currently the principal of a consulting firm in the construction sector.

            He was born in Spokane, Washington and graduated from high school there and went on to the University of Idaho where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following his undergraduate studies he earned a Masters in Business Administration from Washington State University.

            Scott has been married to Betsy for over 25 years and they have two children Samantha and Sydney. They live in a rural part of the County on 12 acres between The Dalles and Mosier. He enjoys the rural life and is an avid snow skier and outdoor enthusiast.