Brad Bennington: 40 years of experience in land use, construction and general contracting in Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Josephine, Douglas and Deschutes counties in Oregon, as well as Siskiyou and Modoc counties on Northern California. Active member of the Oregon Home Builders Association, as well as a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee and the Medford Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed to the commission on January 29, 2014.
Don Greene: Lifetime resident of Jackson County, living just outside of Ashland. He is a retired general contractor, working in the field for more than 35 years, specializing in custom homes, utilizing the principles of Feng Shui design. His volunteer activities have included LCDC Subcommittee for Citizen Involvement, Ashland Planning Commission, state housing council, and Oregon builder representative to the Northwest Power Council’s Super Good Cents Program. He and his wife, Niki Newkirk, have five children and seven grandchildren. He has been a planning commissioner since 1997.
Tom Lavagnino: Resident of Southern Oregon since 1977, and a retired Forester and Public Affairs Officer for the USDA Forest Service. He continues to serve as Public Information Officer for various national and regional incident management teams. His volunteer activities include: past member of the City of Ashland Planning Commission, previous member of the Jackson County Roads and Park Committee, former President, board member and current member of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, and past President of the Fern Valley Estates Improvement District. He and his wife Vicki have three children and one grandson. He was appointed to the Jackson County Planning Commission on December 2014.
Joel Ockunzzi: Resident of Southern Oregon since 1980. He is a licensed real estate broker, and has 35 years experience in sales and operations management including sales, service and manufacturing supply contract negotiations with major multi-national construction, mining, logging and exploration corporations. He volunteer activities include the Jackson County Committee for Citizen Involvement and several contractors, construction materials and real estate associations. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children. He has been a planning commissioner since 2008.
Richard (Dick) Thierolf: Lifelong resident of Oregon. He lives in Ashland and is an attorney. His volunteer activities have included the Medford Planning Commission, several Oregon State Bar committees, and the Southern Oregon Estate Planning Council. He has been a planning commissioner since 2001.