About Us

We envision a Columbia River Gorge where locally owned businesses thrive and are able to provide family-wage jobs, people know how to reduce their environmental footprint and are inspired to do so, and communities feel connected rather than divided by geographic barriers.

Mission

Gorge Owned (GO!) is a member-supported organization helping people invest in a strong local economy, healthy environment and vibrant community in the Columbia River Gorge.

Values

We value COMMUNITY, ACTION, ENVIRONMENT, PROSPERITY, INTEGRITY, SHARED LEARNING, and CREATIVITY.

Theory of Change

We believe that connecting people to information and resources will lead to citizen empowerment, driving community investment, engagement and positive change.

Gorge Owned Staff

Courtney Christenson

Courtney Christenson

Executive Director

Amanda Lawrence

Amanda Lawrence

Marketing and Program Director

A passionate and talented community organizer, Amanda served on the board of Gorge Owned for 8 years before becoming the Membership and Program Director. She is responsible for ensuring that our programs run smoothly and that members’ news and events get promoted through our newsletter and social media sites. Amanda has lived in the Columbia River Gorge since 2004. She spent many years working for the Northwest Service Academy-Mt. Adams Center as the Environmental Internship Program Coordinator, and most recently served as the Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the City of White Salmon. She lives in White Salmon and enjoys exploring the outdoors with her daughter, volunteering for organizations that are making the Gorge a more livable community, gardening and seeing lectures and films.

Michelina Roth

Michelina Roth

Community Outreach Coordinator

Michelina Roth moved to the Columbia Gorge two and a half years ago and is excited to be working with Gorge Owned as Membership Recruitment Coordinator.  The mother of three homeschooled children, she is passionate about sustainability and environmental stewardship.  She holds degrees in French and Religious Studies from Dominican University.  Previously she owned and operated a 100+ person CSA on the East Coast. She now lives on a small family farm in the Gorge with her husband David Roth, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, and their three boys.  She enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, participating in local theater productions and is passionate about living in the Gorge and being a part of this community.

Gorge Owned Board

Becky Brun

Becky Brun

Board President

In 2010, Becky launched Gorge Owned Business Network as a program under the Columbia Gorge Earth Center. First as a staff member and now as a board member, she spearheads the GO! Local campaign and Green Drinks networking events and assists with outreach and marketing efforts. Becky is a professional writer, editor and public relations consultant. She is the owner of Pitchfork Communications, a public relations firm helping small and large businesses tell their compelling stories. Driven by her interest in smart-growth planning and local economic development, she also serves on the Hood River City Council. An avid cyclist, runner, skier and gardening, she lives in Hood River with her husband Jonathan and Dufur the Wonder Dog.

Lindsay Miller

Lindsay Miller

Board Member

Lindsay served as the Executive Director of Gorge Owned from June 2012 until December 2014. She has worked extensively as a consultant to social enterprises and nonprofits in the US and abroad, assisting with market analysis, business planning, program design, impact measurement, strategic planning and organizational change. She has led the development of two major online resource initiatives for social entrepreneurs and served as the Programming Lead for the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Oxford University, where she earned an MBA as a Skoll Scholar in social entrepreneurship. Lindsay Miller lives in Hood River with her two daughters and husband Tyler, who co-owns Dirt Hugger.

Kelsey Frederic

Kelsey Frederic

Board Member

Kelsey was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, where she spent her childhood enjoying fishing trips with her family and taking advantage of the long summer days. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor degree in Communication and a Minor in Fine Arts. While at school, she met her husband to be.  They live in The Dalles, Oregon. With full time work and play, Kelsey also finds time to chip away at her children’s book, volunteer at the Columbia Gorge Center for the Arts, work as a contributing writer to envirogorge.com, and serving on board of Gorge Owned.

Laura Linn

Laura Linn

Secretary

A native Oregonian, Laura Linn currently works as the Senior Program Coordinator for VetsWork Environment, an AmeriCorps program of the Mt. Adams Institute in Trout Lake, Washington. Previously, Laura worked as a Senior Education Specialist for Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, where she ran school outreach programs to more than 8,000 students. Before joining FONZ she spent two years working in Namibia for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Her previous board experience includes the Virginia Master Naturalist program and Samuels Public Library. Laura holds a BS in Zoology from Oregon State University. She enjoys hiking and backpacking, collecting vintage dresses and hanging out with her nieces and nephews.

Colleen Regalbuto

Colleen Regalbuto

Board Member

Colleen grew up in Hood River and returned to the Gorge in 2010. She is very happy to be part of an organization that works to make the Gorge a great place to live, especially since she and her husband are raising two children in the area. Colleen brings to GO! extensive experience in non-profit management, marketing, programming and monitoring/evaluation. She has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations in both the US and internationally. She holds a BA in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon and a Master of Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She enjoys singing jazz, reading and hiking the trails near her home in White Salmon.

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