Category Archives: Employee Spotlight

Congratulations to Debbe Chadwick, OCEAN’s 2015 Employee of the Year

by Communications Committee

OCEAN’s is excited to announce that Debbe Chadwick has earned our 2015 Employee of the Year Award, which was presented at the CONNECT 2015 conference in Welches on April 23rd. Debbe’s work is indicative of the qualities that we look for when we select a recipient. What stood out about Debbe was her ability to build strong partnerships, to create solutions to […]


Farewell and Thank You to OCEAN Board Member Josh Uriarte

by Jason Faucera

CONNECT 2014 Door Prizes

As with any organization, change is inevitable. OCEAN is not immune to this phenomenon, and as such we would like to congratulate Josh Uriarte as he has moved on to be a Program Manager and Policy Advisor with the Governor’s Office of Species Conservation in Idaho. Idaho is getting a keeper with Josh, and we will surely miss his humor and incredible […]


Lisa Mahon Receives 2014 Member Assistance Award

by Jason Faucera

OCEAN Assistance Award

OCEAN has been in existence since 1992. Developed as an employee association it’s main goals were to be a voice for employees, and to centralize resources that were important and applicable to district employees throughout Oregon. OCEAN still functions under the premise that there is nobody better to assess and fill district employee needs than district employees. We are a strong and […]


Heath Keirstead Awarded 2014 OCEAN Employee of Year

by Jason Faucera

OCEAN Employee of the Year Award

Every year OCEAN’s awards committee gets together to read through nominations for Employee of the Year, and every year the difficulty lies in only being able to choose one recipient. Applications this year were fantastic, but Heath Keirstead from Benton SWCD in Corvallis earned this year’s award. Her commitment to furthering the cause of conservation in Benton County is commendable, and we […]