|Nick Card is a fifth generation Oregonian, born and raised in the Rogue Valley. He graduated from South Medford High School in 2007 as Valedictorian, and received an Engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College. Nick currently works for his family’s trucking and transportation company, Combined Transport. In 2014, Nick ran for State Representative, District 5, and was elected Vice Chairman of the Jackson County Republican Party. He served as Vice Chairman for two years before being elected Chairman in 2016.
|Vice Chair||Steve Richie|
|Steven Richie first moved to Oregon in 1982 to attend Oregon State University. He graduated with a degree in Forestry in 1987 and worked briefly with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, which led to a decade-long stint with the Washington State Legislature. In 1998 Steve and family returned to Southern California to be closer to family and start a fire sprinkler company. He moved back to Southern Oregon in 2011 and became active in Southern Oregon politics and the Jackson County Republican Party. Steve has been married to his Ashland native wife Natalie since 1991. They currently live in Ashland and own a fire sprinkler system design business. Their son Tanner graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2014, and is a luxury real estate agent in Los Angeles.
|Originally a southern Californian, Robin Lee moved to Medford in 1988. She transferred in “mid-career” as an insurance adjuster. She has a BA in Anthropology and two post-grad years in counseling studies. Retiring from adjusting after 28 years, she worked twelve years in the Asante Corporate Office, retiring in 2014. She has been active in volunteerism in her church and in the community, serving as secretary on the Hearts With A Mission Board of Directors, on Jackson County Right to Life, and her church’s Mission Board. She began to volunteer with JCRP at the Pear Blossom booth in 2014, and has been active since then: in the office weekly, as a bonus delegate to the 2015 state Platform Convention, and as Volunteer Coordinator in 2016. Her vision for the coming two-year term on the Executive Team is to keep those who volunteered in the months before the General Election interested, educated, and active, and to add to their number.
|In the summer of 1941, Michael McDermott was born in Reno, NV (not his fault) and followed his parents around to places in Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Washington and finally in Cave Junction, OR, along with his three siblings. Mike graduated with my Illinois Valley High School classmates in 1959 in second place. Not being enthused about a local career on the green chain he enrolled at the University of San Francisco for a BS in physics. That career choice afforded an opportunity to work on the Polaris missile program at Lockheed Missiles and Space Sunnyvale for the next thirty-five years.
In 1998, Mike returned to Southern Oregon as a retired Rocket Scientist and pursued the activities afforded by such a career choice in Southern Oregon: fishing and golfing.
Somehow his perceived proficiency from the prior role in mathematics up through differential equations made the Jackson County Republican Party presume he was the ideal candidate for Treasurer; a position Mike has held since 2012. He is often reminded of a role of Andy Griffith in “No Time for Sergeants” – The PLO (Permanent Latrine Orderly).
|Delegate to the OR Republican Party||Mette McDermott|
|Mette was elected to fill this position in March 2018, after Mary Johnson passed away last fall.
Mette McDermott was born in Oslo, Norway in 1935, lived there under German occupation till 1945, immigrated to the United States with her parents and two younger brothers in 1949, and became an American citizen in 1954. She was married to her first husband Charles Sedwick for 52 years. They had a daughter and a son. Mette returned to Cal Poly SLO in 1976 to complete her degree in Industrial Relations, and graduated in 1981. She was Small Business Administrator for Lockheed Space Operations Company on the West Coast Space Shuttle Program at Vandenberg AFB from 1983 till 1987 when the program closed down after the Challenger blew up. In 1988 she became Operations Manager for OnSite Training Systems, a computer software training company in California.
Mette managed several small businesses in the Tahoe area from 1998 till 2007, when she retired and moved to Medford to marry Michael McDermott. Mette is also a certified NAUI scuba instructor, and operated a commercial salmon trolling boat with her first husband while attending Cal Poly. She has been a life long Republican, was JCRP PCP Coordinator, and is an alternate candidate to the ORPCC.
|Delegate to the OR Republican Party||Kevin Keating|
|Kevin Keating is a history teacher at a local private high school and has lived in the Rogue Valley for 17 years. He has served on various local boards (Parks, Historic, Budget). In addition to the education field, he has worked in corporate distribution and as a financial advisor. Kevin was an alternate delegate to the national convention and has been elected as a delegate to the state convention. He has two kids in high school and two in college. His main concerns are fiscal responsibility and sound immigration policy.
|Delegate to the OR Republican Party||Ken Fawcett|
|Born and raised in California, Ken Fawcett is a graduate of University of California Berkeley in Math and Physics. Ken is an Eagle Scout and was a Scout Leader in California for 20 years. Ken taught high school for 2 years and then worked in information technology first for Bank of America and then for the Electric Power Research Institute before retiring to Oregon in 2010. Ken was the Vice Chairman of JCRP in 2014 and Chairman in 2015 and 16. Ken lives with his wife Lana in Ashland.
|Alternate Delegate #1||Matt Mendenhall|
|Matthew Mendenhall is a fourth generation Oregonian who loves where he lives. Matthew graduated from North Medford High School in 2016 with honors. He currently attends the Honors College at Southern Oregon University earning his bachelors degree in social sciences. Matthew has interned with Greg Walden for Congress and was elected Secretary of the Medford Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission and President of the North Medford Torch Honor Society in 2015. Matthew looks forward to getting out the youth vote and gearing our party for an incoming generation.
|Alternate Delegate #2||Mike Card|
| Mike was elected in March to fill the open seat when Mette filled Mary Johnson’s seat.
|Alternate Delegate #3||Allen Thomas Steen|
|Tom Steen is retired from mortgage banking and a real estate lending career with banks, savings and loans and mortgage companies. He moved to Medford from Southern California in 2011. Tom graduated from National University in San Diego with M.B.A. He was elected as a Republican PCP in 2014 and 2015.
|Alternate Delegate #4||Wright Kieran|
|Wright Kieran has a life-long interest in the ideas of economic and personal liberty. He was born and educated in the state of New York. After graduating from Union College (Schenectady, NY) with a degree in Industrial Economics, a trans-disciplinary program integrating Engineering, Management, and Economics, he embarked on a career in Manufacturing Management. Most of his career was spent in managing the production of liquid beer at large breweries, first at Miller Brewing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then at Anheuser-Busch in Fairfield, California. In between those assignments, Wright spent five years as a professional stock options trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. After considerable research, Wright and his wife Allison settled on Oregon’s Rogue Valley as the perfect place for retirement. Wright became active in the JCRP in 2014 as a PCP and has served as the PCP Coordinator (2015-2016) and on the ORP Rules Committee.
|Alternate Delegate #5||John Howard|
|John Howard, a lifelong Republican, is a retired US Navy officer who moved to Medford from Virginia with his family in 2001. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Bryant University. He started volunteering with the JCRCC during the 2004 presidential campaign and became a PCP shortly thereafter. In January 2005 he went to work for US Representative Greg Walden as his military and veterans staffer, retiring from that post in January 2015. He currently serves as Chair of the Jackson County Veterans Advisory Committee and in March 2016 was appointed by Governor Brown to a four year term as one of the nine members of Oregon’s Veterans Advisory Committee.
|PCP Coordinator||Kevin Keating|
|Volunteer Coordinator||Robin Lee|
|Web Designer||Arthur Cronos|
|Web Developer||Ethan Hill|