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OUR MISSION

To make Oroville and the north Okanogan County an attractive place to live, work, play and invest. To provide leadership to citizens, local groups and government by inspiring, sponsoring & facilitating projects, activities and events that instill civic pride and make Oroville, WA a community of choice. MEET OUR TEAM.

KEY GOALS

  • Increase citizen involvement

  • Implement projects that enhance our community

  • Sponsor and facilitate local festivals & events

  • Encourage city beautification & downtown revitalization

  • Further opportunities that make our community’s next generation want to remain in, or return to Oroville and north Okanogan County as adults

WHO WE ARE

  • The Oroville Initiative (TOI) is a group of civic-minded citizens and local organizations working to make Oroville and the surrounding communities a better place

  • Leadership is all-volunteer, comprised of longtime residents, local business leaders, and active retirees

  • TOI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which allows contributions to be tax-deductible

  • TOI is a Fiscal Sponsor to affiliate groups such as Oroville Streetscape and provides a funding venue, guidance & event coordination

OUR TEAM

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JEFF BUNNELL

President- Board Member

Owner of Oroville Mini Storage

After retiring as a firefighter from the city of Renton Wa, I became an Oroville resident and business owner in 2008. Since making Oroville my home, I have taken an interest in being involved with programs that improve the quality of life, promote tourism and encourage financial growth within our community. I am currently involved and working with NW Trail Association, International Film Festival, Streetscape, Free trade zone and Oroville Historic Society. As president of TOI, I am proud to be involved with a group of local, professional and committed individuals with like ideas and goals for our community. 

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LEE CHAPMAN

Vice President - Board Member

Retired CWU professor

Since making Oroville out home in 1994, my wife and I have been involved  with civic programs related to community improvement, beautification and quality of life. I have been involved with Okanogan County Habitat for Humanity as president and with the Lake Osoyoos Association as a board member and chairman and a volunteer with Streetscape.  Our goal is to make Oroville a better place for living, recreation and business development. TOI is pleased to work with town, county and civic organizations to promote Oroville as a great place to live, work and enjoy our area’s great potential.

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AMY JO MORRIS

Secretary - Board Member

Wells Fargo Manager

Amy Jo Morris was born and raised in Oroville, WA.  She left at age 18 to attend college and pursue a career in the Ski Industry and the Entertainment Industry.  She returned to Oroville 23 years later in 2001 and worked as the Sales and Marketing Director for Okanogan Estate & Vineyards from 2001-2007.  In July of 2007, she took on a new role as the Branch Manager for Wells Fargo Bank N.A. where she currently works.  She always has been passionate about community involvement and recognizes the need to give back to the community.  Since her return to Oroville, she has volunteered in several organizations including The Oroville Chamber, Friends of the Oroville Library, the Oroville Free Methodist Church and has been volunteering with The Oroville Initiative since 2018.  Her work with TOI has been rewarding to see the improvements the organization has made to make our community a better place to live, work and play!

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SHELLY ROBERTS

Treasurer- Board Member

Banker at Umpqua Bank 

Shelly has been a part of the Oroville community her entire life and currently serves as the treasurer for TOI. Shelly is also the president of the May Festival Association and a member of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce.   Shelly is excited to be a part of TOI and watch the vision come to life.

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MEREDITH MOULTRIE

Board Member

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WES TORZESKI

Board Member

Owner of Downtown Oroville Storage

Wes Torzeski was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He loved riding his dirt bike throughout the hills of east county San Diego. Wes began his career as a scenic artist for the San Diego Opera. He then moved on to working as a contractor buying and renovating properties. In 2016, he and his wife moved to Oroville, WA looking for a change from the busy life of southern California. He has enjoyed getting acquainted with the people of Oroville and riding his dirt bike through the hills of the Okanogan. It wasn’t long before Wes saw the opportunity to renovate an abandoned apple packing warehouse and rejuvenate it into a new business. He has been involved with The Oroville Initiative since 2022 and has volunteered his time and skills to help beautify the community. Wes is excited to be a board member of a great organization.

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NAIRNE MOREAU

Marketing Support

Prior to moving to Oroville, Nairne and her family vacationed in the Okanogan valley for many years and purchased a vacation property in 2013. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the vacation property became the family's full time residence and they haven't looked back. Nairne enjoys working with Streetscape and the TOI as a way to give back to the community that welcomed them so warmly. 

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