Josh is a 38 year old father of 7, sometimes 8 but, actually 25... Josh lived in The Dalles for the first 37 years of his life, but did most of his growing up on his grandfather's farm in Wamic. His parents worked crazy hours in the summer and his grandpa, grandma and uncle were all happy to watch after him on the family farm. When he wasn't on the farm, he was busy with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H and FFA. All of which presented him with leadership experiences. After high school, Josh attended college for three years with study in agriculture, natural resource management and forestry. On June 20th, 2000 he started his career at Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District. In those 17 years he has been a part of a team that has brought millions of dollars of state, federal and non-profit grants into Wasco County. These grants are all natural resource related and have had a huge benefit to the local economy and environment.
Josh loves serving the community and helping those who need it. Josh was also a firefighter and EMT for 10 years. This was a huge passion of his, as he loved helping people, and - word has it - he was good at it. In 2007 he met his wife Michelle. She was a single mom with a three year old son and Josh quickly fell in love with both of them. The couple married in January of 2009, and their second son was born in December of 2009. The tough rescue guy that could deal with any emergency and never worried about anything, now worried about his wife and kids. His days of fire and rescue were over. However, Josh's desire to serve the community was quickly filled by the Oregon Foster Care System. In the last 7 years he and his wife have fostered 22 children, adopted two girls and had a third boy of their own. They currently have two foster children in addition to their permanent five, totaling seven children. For Josh and Michelle, their kids are the number one priority in their life. Josh says, "If you have kids and they aren't your number one priority, you need to get your priorities straight."
Josh has also volunteered in various other organizations, such as the Mule Deer Association, Oregon
Hunter's Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and was a little League coach for 7 of the last 9 years.
Josh's beloved grandpa and grandma passed on, and in July 2016 Josh and Michelle sold their 0.18 acres in The Dalles and relocated the family to the farm. His kids will now grow up on the 400 acres where he spent his youth, hoping his grandfather watches over them as they grow.
Prior to leaving The Dalles, Josh participated in the School District 21 Grassroots Organization and the school's wellness committee. Wanting to stay involved in his children's education when they moved to SWC, Josh joined the South Wasco PTO in September 2016; and Josh was just elected to serve on the SWC School Board. Josh brings to the SWC PTO Board a host of grant writing experience, a spirit of community service and heart designed to care for the needs of kids.