LA GRANDE — The Union County Chamber of Commerce announced the addition of three new board members — Ryan Leonard, Mike Rysavy and Caleb Sampson — as well as the return of Mollie Hulse for her second term.
The board provides leadership to carry out the chamber’s mission to promote and support commerce in Union County.
Mollie Hulse, Community Bank
Hulse is serving her second term on the board of directors. She has been on the Union County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for three years and is the current president. She loves living in La Grande and is dedicated to serving the community and helping make it a wonderful place to live. Hulse works as a commercial loan officer at Community Bank, where she specializes in small business, commercial and agricultural finance. Her career has deepened her involvement with the business community, and she is an avid supporter of the local economy and small businesses.
Ryan Leonard, Heart ‘n Home Hospice and Palliative Care
Ryan grew up in Fruitland Idaho, the youngest of five boys who were all very athletic and musical. After spending two years in Russia on a service mission, he attended college and met his wife. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree and went on to earn two master’s degrees. Leonard has lived in La Grande for four years with his wife and two children. He has a passion for service and helping others to meet personal and professional goals. The combination of his degrees, certifications and job experience allows him to specialize in the development of leaders/managers, teams and organizations and will be well utilized for the Union County Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.
Mike Rysavy, Grande Hot Springs
Rysavy has a long history of community involvement and tourism. He and his wife have been married for 16 years and have a shared love of hot springs. Together they have been to more than 250 hot springs throughout North America. From 1997 to 2001, Rysavy served on the board of directors of a non-profit organization that managed Bagby Hot Springs in the Mt. Hood National Forest under permit from the U.S. Forest Service, which receives more than 60,000 visitors a year. In 2001, he was voted in as president and chairman of the board of Northwest Forest Conservancy, a position he held until becoming executive director in 2009. Rysavy brings to the Union County Chamber of Commerce a combination of business and tourism-related experience.
Caleb Sampson,Thunder RV
Sampson was born in Pendleton and grew up in Morrow and Umatilla counties. After graduating from Hermiston High School, he moved to Portland to attend college and shortly after accepted an opportunity to learn welding. While working for Grating Fabricators of Vancouver, Sampson married his high school sweetheart, and they bought their first home and had their first of three children. In 2001, he was offered a job with Thunder RV, and he and his family jumped at the chance to move back to Eastern Oregon, to work and raise a family in Union County. Sampson is an active member of the community through volunteer work in a variety of organizations including Union County Search and Rescue and the La Grande Main Street Downtown.
The Union County Chamber of Commerce is appreciative of everything Karrine Brogoitti, Chelsea Hewitt and Ashley O'Toole have done for the chamber and looks forward to continuing to work with Donna Beverage, Brent Clapp, Jamie Daniel, Cindy Edwards, Patrick Flynn, Sherry Haeger Kevin Loveland and Shawn Risteen in 2020.