ECHO - The Oregon Senate has approved the appointment of Barbara "Bobby" Levy to represent Oregon's 2nd Congressional District on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The seven-member board sets policies and oversees the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Levy believes her breadth of experience will be an asset to the commission and will rely on her communication and decision-making skills to guide her through the issues.
"I look forward to working with stakeholders, fellow commissioners and the hard-working staff of ODFW on the complex and important issues facing the commission," Levy said.
Appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski, she will begin her duties at the commission's Jan. 11-12 meetings in Salem. She will replace Medford attorney Don Denman, who has served on the commission since 1997.
A native Oregonian, Levy lives in Echo. She and her husband, Bob, manage a family farm.
Marla Rae, the commission's chairwoman, said Levy's life experience provides her with the problem-solving skills necessary to excel at the position.
"Bobby Levy brings an impressive array of life experiences to the commission. She is grounded in common sense and has a deep passion for Oregon and its resources," Rae said. "It's a testament to Bobby's management abilities to have advanced her education while raising a family and running a farm."
Levy describes herself as a homemaker, educator and farmer's wife. She taught business classes at Blue Mountain Community College for the past eight years and continues to stay involved in education as a substitute teacher for the Echo, Stanfield and Hermiston school districts.
She has earned two master's degrees: one in education from Eastern Oregon University and one in business administration from Portland State University, where she also earned her bachelor's degree.
Commissioner Carter Kerns of Pendleton said he thinks Levy will represent all of Oregon responsibly and with great integrity.
"She is a highly accomplished woman with a keen intellect, who is deeply interested in natural resource issues," Kerns said.
Levy and her husband have four grown children. She said she was brought up to appreciate and take advantage of the many hunting and fishing opportunities throughout Oregon.
"Twenty-five years from now, I want to be able to say I helped my children and grandchildren enjoy a lifestyle as rich in natural resources as the one I enjoyed," she said. "My goal is to do what is right for future generations of Oregonians."