Tonya Dowse, Executive Director
Tonya Dowse has been the Executive Director of the Siskiyou Economic Development Council since 2005. Tonya has over 20 years of experience in Economic Development. Her hard work resulted in the designation of the Siskiyou Enterprise Zone, a coverted California program to incentivize business investment. Tonya represents the communities of Siskiyou County at the state level in leadership and advisory board positions. Tonya has economic development experience in several locations in California and Oregon and has in-depth knowledge in economic and community development. Her experience in marketing, analysis, administration, and leadership has been extremely important to the organization as well as partners in the community. Her experience includes the successful attraction and siting of multiple businesses, effective consulting and technical assistance, and a strong record of coalition-building.
Niki Brown, Program Manager
Niki Brown handles marketing and communications with the SEDC. With a degree in Design Management and Business Marketing from Oregon State University, Niki has over 7 years of extensive experience in sales, marketing, and project management. Niki came to Siskiyou County in 2010 after leaving her hometown of Portland, Oregon, where she worked on a niche sales and marketing team gaining invaluable experience in developing marketing strategies, negotiating contracts, and overseeing project implementation. Since coming to northern California, Niki has had the opportunity to combine her experience in marketing with her passion for driving the economic development in Siskiyou County forward.
Logan Smith, Program Manager
Logan Smith grew up on a cattle ranch in Northern California 15 miles east of Yreka. He received a BS degree in agriculture from California State University, Chico, and went on to complete an MS degree in animal biology and a PhD degree in physiology from the University of California, Davis. Logan is a Ford Scholar, Class of 1996, and through his Ford Family Foundation scholarship he discovered an interest in the Foundation’s mission of creating community vitality through rural economic development. Logan is now transitioning to a career in community economic development and enjoys contributing to his local region through civic engagement.
SEAN SMITH, PROGRAM MANAGER
Sean brings a knowledge of sales, marketing, education and research with him to the SEDC. He graduated from Thomas Aquinas College with a Classical Liberal Arts degree specializing in the Socratic Method. Siskiyou County has always been considered home to him. He values the ability to fully immerse himself in the growth and success of the county and its residents. The SEDC is the catalyst for his desire to promote and cultivate the economic development of Siskiyou County. His experience with analytical reasoning, education, market research and project implementation allow him to aid in the evolution of economic development in the region and to provide measurable vitality in the community.
BETHANY MUELLER, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Bethany helps promote Siskiyou County as a great place to do business through communications, partnerships, and relationship building. She also helps facilitate strategic initiatives. Prior to SEDC, she served for three years as Development Director for a Catholic human services agency in Louisiana where she raised support for individuals with intellectual disabilities. She also served with the National College Advising Corps, completed field experience in forest policy in Washington, D.C and a nonprofit in Ghana focusing on sustainable economic development initiatives in rural communities. Originally from a small manufacturing town, Greenville, Michigan, Bethany is a first-generation college graduate. She earned a B.A. in Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Philanthropy & Development from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Brian Cowley, Owner, D&L Cowley
Vice President: Mark Klever, Interim Director, Yreka Campus/Workforce Development, Career and Technical Education, College of the Siskiyous
Secretary: Eric Levesque, General Manager, Plant Sciences
Treasurer: Dan Taylor, Regional President, Scott Valley Bank
Past President: Brian Meek, Retired City Manager of Yreka
Andy Aguilera, Owner, Mt. Shasta Ski Park
Terry Barber, Administrator, County of Siskiyou
Kevin Charter, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Mark Stensaas, Owner, The Weed Store
Scotty Thomason, President, College of the Siskiyous
Josephine Toms, Business Services, Siskiyou Training & Employment