Board of Directors


Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, March 13th

The March Board meeting will be held Wednesday, March 13th at 5:15 p.m. at the Dallas Senior Center. DDA Members are encouraged to attend.

Meet your Board of Directors

The board of directors consists of seven to thirteen members, and three ex officio non-voting members (one form 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.

Steve Pate, President


Steve Pate grew up in Concord, California and attended California State University, Chico, where he earned a B.A. in Communications and a Minor in Marketing. He was one of three founders and the Vice President of Production of Tehama Group Communications. Steve has had a long career in communications and marketing, with a focus on digital marketing, advertising, website and app management. He has held positions with the State of California, E-Loan, Charles Schwab, AssetMark, and is currently a Digital Product Manager at Moda Health. Steve is the proud father of Mr. Grant R. Pate, who graduated with honors from UCLA and is pursuing his Master’s Degree at Cambridge University. Steve also cares for his elderly father Bert Pate. Steve enjoys gardening and landscaping, motorcycle riding, attending theater, community involvement, and many other interests.

Jake Stamas, Treasurer


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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Michell Platt


Erin Ryden


I am an Iowa native... not to be confused with Idaho (we grow corn, not potatoes). I got my start in the creative field doing grassroots marketing and graphic design for regional bands and concerts. Prior to launching my own business I grew my expertise working with non-profits and educators. In 2021 my husband Nate and I launched Altar Media, a full-service creative agency that serves local businesses, non-profits, and start-ups with their marketing needs. When I'm not working I love spending time outdoors hiking, biking, or running around with my dogs.

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Jason Saunders


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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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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