Board of Directors & Board Meetings

District Board Meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

The next Board Meeting is scheduled for:

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Because of the ongoing situation, and limitations on travel and group gatherings associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the district is instituting several changes for the upcoming meeting. The changes outlined below are being implemented to protect public safety and to comply with Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order to limit travel and maintain social distancing.

Location and Access

The board meeting will not convene in a public setting but by telephone conference & Zoom video conference ONLY.

Remote Participation

The district is providing an option for people to listen and participate by conference call. This option complies with Oregon Public Meeting and Records Law requirements, by allowing the public to hear the discussion and deliberation of district business.

Join Phone Conference

  1. Call:               1-646-568-7788

Then Meeting ID followed by #:

  1. Enter:            964 7583 2966 #
  2. Enter:            # (When asked for participant ID)

Join Zoom Video Conferencing

Meeting Facilitation

The board chair will be facilitating the meeting. The chair will instruct those talking on the phone to identify themselves and follow the district’s normal meeting rules and procedures.

For board members or others involved in agenda items, please present information or motions clearly so district staff can accurately record the appropriate information for the minutes.

Scope of Agenda
The board will limit the agenda to essential business items that are needed for operations and to fulfill requirements. The agenda will be focused primarily on topics that need board action. Updates and discussion on projects or district activities that do not require board action will be postponed to a future meeting.

Conservation Partners Reports/Updates
The district typically provides an opportunity for conservation partner updates. To save time and limit the need for verbal updates, the district suggests conservation partners submit written reports to the district. If conservation partners need time for a short verbal update, the chair requests brevity. Written reports may be emailed to

Public Comment
As with all board meetings, there will be opportunity for public comment. Public comment is typically limited to five minutes, unless the chair provides an extension of time. As a reminder, public comment may be submitted in writing. This option allows members of the public to provide comments to the extent desired, without a five-minute limitation.

Thank you for considering the use of the conference call for the upcoming District Board Meeting to help the district ensure public safety. If you have questions about the meeting and use of the conference call option, please contact Julie at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-376-7600.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Click here for the most recent Agenda


Barbara Boyer
Barbara Boyer

Chair, Director for McMinnville Area Zone 2

Barbara was elected Director for Zone 2 in 2004, and has served as Chair of the Board since 2008. One of her primary goals, as director, is to educate people on the programs available to assist them with restoring and repairing our tributaries. She and her husband have taken 24 acres of their farm out of hay production to improve their riparian buffer.  This involved planting ten thousand (10,000) trees which helps keep water cooler thus enhancing fish and wildlife habitat.

In addition to her District involvement, Barbara has many interests, especially in agriculture and our natural resources.  Barbara is Chair of the Soil & Water Conservation Commission, and Board of Agriculture member since 2012. She has participated and been a member of the McMinnville Downtown Association, and was voted McMinnville’s Volunteer of the Year in 2004; A Yamhill County Master Gardener, and was the Master Gardener of the Year in 1999, and a life member in 2002; McMinnville Farmers’ Market co-founder and managed the market from 2001 until 2012; and a Yamhill County Parks board member. Barbara is also an active member of Nourish Yamhill Valley, established to help influence and educate kids and parents on healthy food habits, and has been a member since 2012.

Together with her husband Tom, they assumed the Boyer Family Farm’s operations in 1999. With a desire for healthy soil and water their passion for organic farming seemed reasonable.  They eventually were able to grow organic grass hay and have now created two smaller businesses on the farm: Gourmet Hay and a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) where families pay to grow organic vegetables.

“Lead with Joy” is Barbara’s Mantra!


Dave Cruickshank
Dave Cruickshank

Vice-Chair, Director at Large for Yamhill County

Dave has served the District  since 1998 as an associate director and most currently a director. His position is an at-large position, representing all of Yamhill County. As vice-chair he fills in for the chairman and does tasks as assigned.

Dave is a third generation Yamhill County farmer and together with his wife, Doris, operates Three Oaks Farm, a small Century Farm, raising seed crops, grain, and hay. Dave has been active in many farm related organizations over the years and in 1996 was named State Cooperator of the Year. The Cruickshank’s Three Oaks Farm has hosted the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Woodland Tour since its inception in 1961.

Conservation has always been important on our farm as conservation practices are important to the natural resources of Yamhill County.


Leo Krick
Leo Krick

Secretary, Director for West Valley Area Zone 3

Leo Krick has served as the Director of Zone 3 representing the West Valley area of Yamhill County since 2008.  He has been a resident of Yamhill County since 1987.

He and his wife Mary are the owners of Cherryhill Ranch, a 209-acre family farm that produces All Natural Grass Fed Beef via a cow/calf operation.  Leo recently built a livestock barn that houses all their animals indoors during the winter months.  This minimizes soil impacts and takes advantage of the winter rainfall to meet the animals’ drinking water needs. Leo and Mary have completed numerous Oak Restoration Projects on their property.  He has also reforested over 50 acres and has completed a number of other conservation projects earning him the 2002 and 2016 Yamhill County Conservationist of the Year Awards.

Leo’s is a member of the Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association and has completed the Master Woodland Manager program through Oregon State University.  Leo’s other conservation interests include: Oak Savanna Restoration, Fish and Wildlife Enhancement and Water Quality.  Leo also serves as a member of our Employee Relations Committee.


Pat Fitzgerald
Pat Fitzgerald

Treasurer, Director at Large for Yamhill County

Pat has served in his current role as director, and formally as an associate director, since 2010. His at large position serves all of Yamhill County.

Pat’s many other hats include the current residing President of Oregon Association of Conservation Districts, Treasurer of Teens & Oregon Mustangs, Inc., Vice President of Oregon Horse Country, a subsidiary of Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the St. Paul Rodeo Association.

As owner of Horse Boarding Stables, Pat and his family offer an array of equine services. His wife and son, Susan and Josh, train horses and people while his daughter-in-law, Erica, conducts lessons, camps and trail rides for children. Pat is 5th generation Hawaiian born – but has happily planted Oregon roots to be near his family. He enjoys riding dirt bikes, playing golf and the many other outdoor activities Oregon has to offer.

Pat likes to live by the notion that “If you slow down you will go faster.


Ximena Orrego
Ximena Orrego

Director for Yamhill Area Zone 1

Ximena fell in love with the Willamette Valley on her first visit from Florida in 2004.  Together with her husband, they purchased a property in Yamhill and created Atticus Vineyard in 2005.  They have been making wine commercially for 13 years under their Atticus Wine label.  Ximena is an active member of the wine community and is part of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA’s Marketing Committee.  She has almost 20 years of global corporate experience in the Telecom and High-Tech Industries with responsibilities in the areas of Operations, Finance and Business Development.

Ximena’s work and family life have taken her all over the world but she is always happy to be back in Yamhill.  Having been a city person for most of her life, she feels privileged to call this beautiful place her home and be able to raise her children so close to mother nature.  Ximena feels it is important not to take our agricultural lands and natural resources for granted and that we must protect them.

She is excited to be a part of the Soil & Water Conservation District Board and hopes she can positively contribute to the district’s conservation efforts so that current and future generations can continue to live in such a magical place.


Sam Sweeney
Sam Sweeney

Director for Dayton Area Zone 5

Sam has been a director in Zone 5, the Dayton area, for nearly 30 years. In this position he is responsible and works to improve the natural resources in his zone. As a director on the Board he also helps make the appropriate decisions on natural resource opportunities and issues within the county.

He also serves as chair of the LAC for the AWQP in the Yamhill Basin. The committee’s responsibility is to protect and improve water quality within the basin that can be degraded by farm and rural land owners.

His interests are in long term conservation of the county’s natural resources that will benefit the county’s citizens for now and for the future.

He farms with his wife Nancy, son Tom and daughter-in-law Pieper on the family farm raising a wide variety of both irrigated and dry land crops.

Our generation – only one of many – for no matter our status need to borrow – and wisely use – from the yet to come.


Gordon Cook
Gordon Cook

Director for Zone 4

Gordon Cook has been a director of Zone 4 (NE part of Yamhill County) since February 11, 2015.  He had previously served as an associate director since 2007. Gordon brings experience working on highly erodible ground and wants to be able to use that experience to pass on to others in Yamhill County and to influence policies in that area.

In addition to his time with the district, Gordon has also been a member of the Yamhill County Road Improvement Advisory Committee since 2002.

In 1970, following 27 months service in Viet Nam building roads, a heliport, building pads and clearing jungle, Gordon purchased 160 acres of his great grandfather’s farm on Bald Peak between Hillsboro and Newberg.  He raised cattle, hay and grain.  During those years he also did land clearing and logging.

In 2000 Gordon decided to change gears and began doing tractor work in vineyards.  Now he also does vineyard development and takes care of 10 different vineyards in Yamhill, Washington and Clackamas counties.

An entrepreneur by nature, Gordon sells noble fir boughs from overgrown Christmas trees to wreath makers at the end of the grape harvest.  Then keeps busy during winter months sawing specialty lumber on his portable sawmill.  He is the fourth generation farmer on his land and received his inspiration for stewardship for the land from his Great Grandfather Mathias Guenther.