Reese receives Ford Foundation scholarship

Kristin Reese

Kristin Reese

The Ford Family Foundation of Roseburg, Ore., has recognized Parkdale resident Kristin Reese with a Ford Community Fellowship award. This honor is given to residents in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., who demonstrate a commitment to community service and to the pursuit of rural community vitality. Currently, there are 15 Community Fellows and three Emeritus Fellows in communities served by the Ford Family Foundation.

Each Fellow develops a work plan to explore, learn, and practice the art of community building during their 1-3 year fellowship. Reese will be pursuing the expansion of youth leadership development opportunities to Wasco and Klickitat Counties. During her fellowship, she will become certified in the Seven Habits of Effective Teens and in administering the Meyers Briggs Temperament Inventory. In addition, she is leading the team that is preparing to bring a sixth cohort of Ford Leadership training to Hood River County in Fall 2015.

Reese has spent her life as a community organizer, working for nonprofits, political campaigns and elected officials. A resident of the Columbia Gorge area for 17 years, she has dedicated the last 15 of them to directing all aspects of a youth leadership program in Hood River County, Leaders for Tomorrow, which is a program of The Next Door. Reese is piloting Leaders for Tomorrow this year at Wahtonka Community School in The Dalles.

“I believe we are called to create the community we desire,” she said. “I have had the good fortune to work every day for organizations and with people who have an inspired vision for the future.”

Reese serves as advisor to the student Lions group, the Leos Club, and she is a familiar face at the Leos’ Can and Bottle Collections on the first Saturday of each month. She is a member of Hood River Lions and The Dalles Kiwanis clubs.

Reese facilitates the Leaders for Tomorrow Pie Eating Contest at Harvest Fest and manages the Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In her spare time, she is a singer for local classic folk rock band, Savant Garde. She and her husband, Stan Loop, have volunteered at Multnomah Falls Visitors Center for 20 years. In addition, Reese serves on the Mt. Hood Town Hall Advisory Board.

A graduate of the Ford Institute Leadership Program’s first Hood River County cohort, she has participated in all phases of the program including Advanced Facilitation Trainings and serving as a Community Ambassador.

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