2014-2015 OVFA Board
~~STELLA HICKEY, SECRETARY/TREASURER Stella has been with the Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services District since 2007 when she founded the Hermiston Fire Corps Program, a volunteer support services organization. Stella started out in 1998 in pursuit of her EMT-Basic the first step on her way to becoming a Paramedic/ Firefighter but a serious back injury left her unable to finish pursuing that dream. In 2005 she married Kirt, who a year later became a volunteer firefighter with Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services District. In 2009 she accepted the position of Oregon Fire Corps State Advocate and began the running of the State Fire Corps program. In 2011 she hosted the first State Fire Corps Conference in Gresham, Oregon. Along with her duties as a State Fire Corps Advocate, Stella is also a Member of National Fire Corps Speaking Bureau. Stella believes that a successful firefighter has a strong support system. She desires to help develop workshops and training in Oregon to target firefighter’s health and family. She looks forward to helping strengthen the OVFA in any way that she can. mailto:gro.afvonull@yraterces
~~ ANALISA MCKINLEY, DIRECTOR #2 Analisa was born and raised in Jackson County. She started out at Jackson County Fire District 3 as a Student Firefighter in 2003 and became a Volunteer Firefighter with the district in 2005. In July of 2012 she moved to Jackson County Fire District 4. She was inducted as an OVFA Ambassador position in November 2012 and then voted onto the OVFA Board in 2013. Her goals for the OVFA are opening OVFA opportunities to more departments, and enhancing the training program within the organization. Analisa spends her spare time with her family and friends. She continues to work on her Associates Degree in Fire Science and maintains an EMT License.
~~LAURA THOMAS, DIRECTOR #1 Laura is currently a volunteer Firefighter and EMR with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue District #1, Lincoln City, Oregon coast. She is in training as a CISD counselor and co-teaches the Fire and Fall prevention for older adults, and Fire Safety for children. She started firefighting in 1994 with the Friday Harbor Fire Department, San Juan Islands. She then attended Chemeketa Community College for the Fire Command program. Earned NREMT-B certification and did an internship with Willamina Fire Department before moving back to Washington for family reasons. Her educational background includes Church Ministries Pastoral Studies from ORU, culminating in her ordination as a Chaplain and a two year Paralegal program. She is single, with no living children and at least 5 rescue cats at any given time. Family includes a sister, Lisa Graham, a firefighter and a EMT-B with Seal Rock Fire, and her mother Sandra Briggs, volunteer medic, Chaplain and co-teacher at NLFR. Laura's paid employment is Security at Chinook Winds Casino. She does many hand crafts including counted cross stitch, plastic canvas, and crafting 1/12 scale dollhouse replicas. She enjoys the beach, day hikes and working with computers. Her goals as a member of OVFA include a renewed focus on safety, education for the public to lessen the need for fire and emergency services and to work with other agencies for greater reach and effectiveness. Mail to: email@example.com