A Lifetime in Linn County, Oregon

Kerry’s roots run deep in Linn County. She has lived on the same property in Scio since she was born, just like her mother before her. Her background in business, health care, and agriculture is the exact background county government needs.

Local Business Leader

When Linn-Benton Bank was purchased, Kerry was part of a local group that wanted to preserve local banking for farmers, small business owners, and idividuals in our community. In 2003, that group, with Kerry as Founding Director, started Willamette Community Bank which is the only community bank headquartered in Albany. Since 2003, the bank has expanded into Lebanon and Salem. In addition to sixteen years as a Director, for the past eleven years, Kerry have served as Chairman of the Board, and serves on all Board committees within the bank.

Since the early 90’s, Kerry has also been the business manager for her husband’s dental practice, which employs ten people.

Giving Back—Public Service

Kerry feels a responsibility to make this community, where she has spent her whole life, a better place. She previously Chaired the Linn County Expo Advisory Committee and is currently a sixteen-year member and past Chair of the Linn County Fair board. In 2007, Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Kerry to the Oregon Racing Commission, where she served two terms, acting as Commission Chair for two years. Most recently, she was appointed to the Linn County Budget Committee to fulfill the final year of Shelly Boshart Davis’ term, and has reapplied for appointment to serve another term.

In 2016, Kerry was awarded Fair Board Member of the Year by the Oregon Fairs Association.

Family

Kerry has been married to herhusband, Douglas, for 35 years. He is a well-respected dentist with family practices in Albany and Scio. Kerry and Douglas have two children and are proud grandparents of three, all of whom still live in Linn County. In her free time, Kerry enjoys raising and showing Paint and Quarter horses, fly fishing, gardening, and beekeeping.

She is passionate about preserving our environment for the enjoyment and well-being of her grandchildren and the generations to come by finding a balance between conservation and the developing needs of a healthy, growing community.