John is a founding member of Columbia Basin Care and currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors.
Born and raised in The Dalles, John started Byers Orchards in 1970 with 20 acres in Mill Creek Valley. Today, John’s son and wife operate what is now a 205-acre orchard that produces 17 varieties of cherries. Along with farming, John worked as an accountant for over 60 years. He recently retired and sold his well-established firm.
Carla has served on the Board of Directors for nearly 20 years, joining the organization in 1998.
A nursing professional, Carla worked at Wasco Sherman Public Health Department for 38 years, and served as administrator of the agency. She graduated from University of Oregon School of Nursing in 1960.
For nearly 30 years, John has served in a variety of executive leadership positions in both public and private sector health and insurance organizations.
He served in the active and reserve forces of the United States, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He holds a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
A founding member of the Board of Directors, Linda has been active in the community for 40 years serving as an advocate for the underserved, particularly children and the elderly.
She has worked as an educator in The Dalles, Hood River, and at the local community college. Her family owns Omeg Orchards, a “century farm” operated by several generations over the past 100 years, including Linda’s children today. She and her husband, Mel, have two children and six grandchildren.
Mike is a founding member of Columbia Basin Care. He has 40 years experience in the insurance industry — as an employee and as head of an independent insurance firm.
He and his wife own and operate Courtney Insurance Agency. In addition, Mike has served on the Port of The Dalles Commission since 1996, and previously served as its president.