Our Team

Caryn Wheeler-Clay

Executive Director

Caryn comes to the JCC LTRG from Oregon State University Extension Service in Jackson and Josephine counties where she focused on public health and community development. Previously, Caryn worked for Jackson County Public Health as their accreditation coordinator and a community outreach educator. Caryn brings a wealth of experience, including coalition building, project management, community assessment, and planning.

Caryn has been a part of the recovery efforts in Jackson County since the start. Her ability to make connections and lead with passion not only for the work but the whole community, all while maintaining a focus on equity, are just some of the examples of leadership qualities she brings to the organization.

Tessa Elbettar

Executive Assistant

Tessa was born in Los Angeles, went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, traveled to 28 countries, and gratefully settled in Ashland, OR. In her 26 years of age, she has led multiple lives. Highlights include managing the Momentum Collective International Permaculture Residency in Costa Rica, supporting artists in their explorations, learning & teaching permaculture philosophy, all while wrangling the wild Costa Rican jungle into revealing its secrets. She also co-founded Shift Happens Volunteers, a large-scale event and festival volunteer coordination company that has designed & executed programs as large as 800+ volunteers.

She is passionate about disaster relief, community building, food sovereignty, circus arts and movement, and house plants.

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