Who We Are
Gorge Owned endeavors to bridge Gorge communities across five counties and two states, fostering meaningful connections to place and one another. We envision an active and engaged local citizenry, where community members understand the impact of daily choices.
Rooted in the ethic of sustainability (people + profit + planet), Gorge Owned seeks to nurture and promote the area’s local, sustainable business community, while educating residents about personal impact, and fostering meaningful connections among people and place.
Gorge Owned Staff
Courtney's Bio - coming soon!
Program and Development Manager
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Andy is a Hood River native with strong roots in community activism and engagement. Andy moved back to Hood River, along with his wife Susan and two sons, in 2008 after living for 12 years in Hong Kong, two years in Taiwan, and eight years in the Seattle area.
Andy helped organize the Hood River Warming Shelter, where he has been the volunteer trainer and coordinator for the past six years. Before coming to Gorge Owned, Andy was director of Mustard Seed Associates, a non-profit in Seattle. He holds a BA in Finance and Economics and a Masters in Theology.
His position with Gorge Owned gives him an opportunity to act to address community and world issues he is deeply concerned about: community development, climate change and economic and environmental justice. At home, Andy experiments with sustainable gardening practices and discovering new ways to cultivate community through neighbor-inclusive garden design. He also enjoys writing, camping, going on wild mushroom excursions on his motorcycle, and participating in thoughtful discussions about important issues.
Sense of Place, Program Director
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Amanda served on the board of Gorge Owned for 8 years before becoming staff at GO in 2014. Amanda is the Sense of Place curator at Gorge Owned. She 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,
Amanda is currently the Executive Director of the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation. She lives in White Salmon and enjoys exploring the outdoors with her daughter and son and working with organizations that are building community within the Gorge.
Leaders for Tomorrow, Program Director
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From a small town in Ohio, Kristin moved to Oregon in 1990 to pursue work in environmental education. She has always followed her passions: environmental conservation, human rights, health issues, youth development. She’s worked with various non-profits and political campaigns as a community organizer, fundraiser, event coordinator, etc.
In 1998, Kristin and her husband, Stan Loop, moved to the Columbia Gorge to be closer to
Kristin is an advisor for the Hood River Valley Leos club and serves as vice-president of the Hood River Lions Club. She is also the manager of the Mt Hood Town Hall (community center). She is an emerita Ford Community Fellow (2013-2016) and has been building community with the Ford Family Foundation’s Institute for Community Building since 2005.
For more than 17 years, she has directed all aspects of a unique Leadership program for high school students, Leaders for Tomorrow, teaching students about the value of an engaged community. She believes that empowering young people to create the brightest possible future is the whole point!
Hear in the Gorge, Producer & Host
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For each episode of Hear in the Gorge Sarah seeks out and interviews an individual(s) with relevant firsthand experience. The personal insights shared in these recordings are the backbone of the podcast. Sarah then combines portions of the interviews with archival audio, music, narration, and on-location sound to create each episode.
The Hear in the Gorge podcast started as a way to share untold or overlooked stories of the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood region. But as Sarah (and podcast listeners) quickly discovered, each episode reminds us that the stories of this place are the stories of us all – no matter where we are.
Board of Directors
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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
Read Laura's Bio
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 and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Biology through Miami University’s Global Field Program. She enjoys hiking and backpacking, collecting vintage dresses and hanging out with her nieces and nephews.
Read Kelsey's Bio
A writer-organizer-creative type, Kelsey joined the Gorge Owned board to participate in community outreach. Kelsey currently works in administration and marketing for Inter-Fluve at the Hood River waterfront and resides in The Dalles, OR.
Prior to gorge living, Kelsey attended Washington State University where she graduated with a degree in Communication and enjoyed her time as an NCAA athlete, long nights in the broadcast editing lounge and backstage during theatre productions at the audio board. Since then, she has participated as a writer for Envirogorge.com, audio volunteer for CGAC, and hopes to one day finish her children’s book.
Read Karalee's Bio
Karalee is Vice President and Branch Manager of Inland Northwest Bank (INB) in the Hood River and Bingen
Prior to joining the INB team in September of 2010, Ms. Chabotte was the Branch Manager of the First Independent Bank branches first in Vancouver then the Bingen office. Prior to the Branch Manager position at First Independent Bank, Ms. Chabotte was Assistant Manager for Bank of America, starting In Mesa, AZ then transferred to Portland, then Vancouver.
Ms. Chabotte worked for Bank of America for 9 years. Before Bank of America, Ms. Chabotte worked for Key Bank of Oregon.
Currently, Ms. Chabotte resides in White Salmon, WA where she has lived for 8 years. Ms. Chabotte is a Past President for the Rotary Club of White Salmon/Bingen and a current member of the club, current board member (Secretary) of the Skyline Hospital Foundation, and Volunteer Firefighter for White Salmon.