Applegate Valley Community Newsmagazine


Board of Directors

Chris Bratt

Chris Bratt  —  Treasurer

Born and raised in San Francisco, Chris was a partner in a building contracting business in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as a teacher of carpentry and industrial arts. Upon moving to Applegate in 1976, Chris continued working as a building contractor and manager of his family's small woodland farm. He is a founding board member of the Applegate Partnership/Applegate River Watershed Council and many local environmental groups, including the Geos Institute. He is a lifetime member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Chris earned a BA in industrial arts from San Francisco State University.

Diana Coogle

Diana Coogle  —  Chair

After growing up in Georgia and studying at Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, Diana moved to an Applegate mountainside, taught part-time at Rogue Community College, and wrote commentaries for Jefferson Public Radio (JPR). Diana has published three books of selected JPR commentaries: Fire from the Dragon's Tongue (an Oregon Book Award finalist), Living with All My Senses: 25 Years of Life on the Mountain, and An Explosion of Stars. She has also published Favorite Hikes of the Applegate: A Trail Guide with Stories and Histories with Janeen Sathre. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Oregon.

David Dobbs

David Dobbs  —  Assistant Treasurer

New Jersey-born, David Dobbs was raised in Redding and Bonny Doon, California. Upon graduation from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, he pursued a career in engineering and facilities management in the Bay Area. After 30 years of high-tech jobs, he "escaped" to Applegate with wife, Lauri, where they are building their dream home. They also planted over 200 hard-cider variety apple trees to someday contribute to the high-end cider industry. David has thoroughly enjoyed meeting residents of the Applegate Valley and hearing their stories. He is excited to be on the Applegater board and hopes to further explore what our community has to offer.

Barbara Holiday

Barbara Holiday

Born in San Francisco, Barbara is a former board member of Old First Concerts (highly regarded performing arts series in San Francisco), a long-time member of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and business consultant for more than 20 years. She has been managing editor of several publications, and has been an editor of the Applegater since 2004. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University. Barbara's family settled in the Applegate Valley in the early 1970s.

Shelley Manning

Shelley Manning  —  Secretary

A retired salon owner and hair colorist from southern California, Shelley moved to Applegate in 2014 with husband, Cary, and found contentment as a neophyte farmer. Shelley said that the Applegater was her lifeline to the community when her Applegate life was still a fantasy. Now she is delighted to be serving as a board member.

Debbie and Don Tollefson

Debbie Tollefson
Don Tollefson

The Tollefsons met and married on the Monterey Peninsula in the early 1970s where both their daughters were born in the early 1980s. They owned restaurants and a trucking company, Don did real estate and was in management with Home Depot, and Debbie taught art and managed art galleries. From 1989-2004 Debbie ran a store In La Jolla, California, and produced over 200 fashion shows in San Diego and Los Angeles counties. In 2004, Don and Debbie found a new home in Applegate, where they joined Oregon-Land, and then opened Applegate Valley Realty in 2010. Don is a member of the Board of Directors of the Children's Advocacy Center. Debbie has a BA from Miami University in Ohio and a masters in art from San Diego State. Don attended the College of the Redwoods.

Last updated: 10-23-2017