Board of Directors

Meet your Board of Directors

The board of directors consists of seven to thirteen members, and three ex officio non-voting members (one from Polk County, one from the City of Dallas, and the current mayor of the City of Dallas). Any member, employee of a member business, or partner or associate in a member business of the DDA may be a Director.

Jason Saunders, President

Jason is a Sales and Marketing Director with twenty-three years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Jason currently works for MINET and Willamette Valley Fiber and has been with them for over 14 years. He has previously served on the Dallas Economic Development Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Eastern Oregon University. He currently lives in Monmouth with his wife and loves spending time outdoors and with his nieces.

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Tara Townley, Vice President

Tara lives in Dallas with her daughter, Peyton. She is the Program Manager for the Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the board of the Dallas Rotary. She has a passion for our community, education, non-profits, and Christmas. Her favorite quote is “You can do nothing on your own, Create your team”. Tara is grateful to be part of this team.

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Sarrah McMaster, Treasurer

Sarrah joined Citizens Bank in 2022 as the Assistant Branch Manager and brings more than 14 years of customer-centric banking experience to her role as Branch Manager, which she began in 2024.  Sarrah is a long-time resident of Dallas where she and her husband, Richard, raised their three children. She also serves as the President of the Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center, Treasurer of the Dallas Area Chamber and Visitor Center, and she’s an active member of Oregon Women for Ag.

Michell Platt, Secretary

Brian Dalton

Brian is 4th generation Dallas and has been highly involved in the revitalization of our downtown since retiring from the US Army in 1993. He served on the Dallas City Council for 10 years prior to being mayor for 12 years until December 2022. He was president of the Oregon Mayors Association in 2019 and currently serves on the Dallas Economic Development Commission, the Dallas Historic Landmarks Commission, the La Creole Node Task Force and the Design Committee of the DDA. He is a platinum member of the DDA and he and his wife Carol sponsor the annual Scarecrow Contest.

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Bert Pate

I got my BA in 1959, my MA in 1969, and my JD in 1979. I spent 28 years in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves, and ended my career as Chief of Intelligence at Fourth Air Force with 13 operational C130 units. I also spent time working in Washington and on trips to south America and Europe. I spent time at Lawrence National Labs, where I supervised other teachers, planned programs, and published a newsletter for teachers and Congress. I was also chosen to be a Teacher on the Edge of Space with NASA. I was President of the Walnut Creek, CA Kiwanis Club where we raised funds for local charities. I have been a Master Gardener for over 25 years.

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Betty Sledge

Betty entered the field of behavioral health in 1998 at Polk County Mental Health as a child and family therapist. She was a member of the core team that established the Service Integration model which was the first in the state. Betty continues her employment at Polk County through the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative. She has worked in the areas of outreach, prevention, therapy, crisis work, families, adults, geriatric, and the chronically metal ill populations. Betty is current president of the Dallas Area Seniors, a 501C3, and has managed a chocolate confectionary that was also a 501C3. She holds a Master's Degree from Western Oregon University in Clinical Child and Youth Work, and a masters from the University of Portland in Pastoral Ministry.

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