Growing up on a small family farm in Clackamas County had Karissa hooked on anything with four legs and hooves from the time she could walk. Whether she was horseback or taking an afternoon snooze with the heifers and calves, her life revolved around the care of livestock and the lifecycle on a farm. Karissa grew up ringside as her brothers showed Herefords and eventually went through the 4-H and FFA programs herself, although, like any little sister, she had to find her own path with horses and lambs rather than cattle. After high school, she found a passion for business and specifically marketing which led first to a Bachelor’s degree from Portland State University, and eventually an MBA from OSU in Market Research. Karissa is now an Assistant Professor of Youth Development at Oregon State University and manages the 4-H program in Deschutes County. In addition to her own personal history with market animals, the Deschutes County Youth Livestock Auction presents a unique opportunity for individuals and businesses in our community to get a quality local product while also directly impacting youth who are gaining necessary, marketable, and in-demand skills.

“Anytime we as community members can use our purchasing power to not only obtain high-quality product but also support the future of our community, it is our duty to do so.”


Jaimee is an agriculture teacher at Mountain View High School and advisor to Bend FFA. She grew up on a diversified crop farm in the Willamette Valley, where she also showed pigs at the County Fair for nine years. Because of this experience as a child, Jaimee was able to save money to attend college, connect with the community and learn valuable employability skills. That is why she volunteers for the Deschutes County Jr. Livestock Auction, because she believes that is one of the most valuable experiences for a student that they also have a lot of fun doing.

“It is great to see a community such as Deschutes that invests in the future by supporting the Livestock Auction and every student that takes on the dedicated task to produce a successful entrepreneurial project.”


Allison has been involved with 4-H since 1988, showing cattle and volunteering as a club leader and Beef Superintendent in Clackamas and Deschutes counties.  The experiences she had as a 4-H member were integral in shaping the adult she is today and helped her see how important and necessary volunteerism is to our society.  The Deschutes County Auction Committee plays a vital role in a part of the 4-H and FFA programs that allows kids to learn about personal responsibility, financial budgeting, time-management and a real-world understanding of where our food comes from and the effort required to produce it.

“As a volunteer I enjoy watching the learning process of the kids I see throughout the year, helping the committee take steps to improve the Deschutes County Auction, and getting to participate in the best week of the year that’s been my favorite since she was nine years old – County Fair!”


Javan was born into a Dairy family on the coast of Oregon.  After completing his first year of 4-H in Coos County, his family relocated to Deschutes County, where he completed his 4H years along with four years in FFA, exhibiting beef cattle, horses, and swine.  Active participation in Livestock Judging in both 4H and FFA created a pathway for scholarships and ultimately a degree from Texas A&M University where Javan competed on the Livestock Judging Team.  Javan lives between Bend and Redmond where his family has a few acres and commercial cattle and horses. He and his wife have owned and operated Treasure Valley Coffee of Central Oregon for over ten years.

“The auction is important to me as I see it as an avenue to for youth to develop skills, accountability and become better people by their involvement.  The kids that are involved are the “good” kids that go on to become leaders in our communities and generally have are better work ethic, sense of accomplishment and exposure to economics.”


Scott, a Realtor of 14 years, is a Central Oregon native, loves to invest into people (primarily his wife, four children, family, and friends).  Scott and his wife (Janae) met at the State Fair with their animal projects and now enjoy being in the 4-H and FFA Programs at the Deschutes County Fair with their kids.

Scott learned a lot about serving people from his parents, Chuck & Nancy, who have dedicated their lives to public education & student development for over 30 years.

“My work ethic was forged by my Prineville Hometown Hero, Les Schwab, and his successful Tire Company; like Les, I aim to come running out to serve my community and clients!”


Jeff Papke is the Agriculture Power and Technology instructor at Mt. View HS in Bend and one of the Bend FFA Advisors. He is a longtime Prineville resident. Jeff is married with two daughters who are both members of the FFA, who raised and sold market lambs through 4-H/FFA youth auctions. Outside of the classroom Jeff volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Central Oregon Chapter and serves as the Crook County FFA Alumni President. His hobbies include hunting, golfing, and watching his daughters play sports.

“I am a member of the Deschutes County 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock Auction Committee because he wants to provide an avenue to showcase the hard work and dedication Deschutes County youth dedicate to raising their market animals to Central Oregon Businesses and community members. Too many times all the public hears is negative stories about our Central Oregon Youth. The auction is a chance to highlight the amazing members of the Deschutes County Bend and Redmond FFA chapters and the Deschutes County 4-H program.”


Mike Scholerman is a self-employed general handyman. He began volunteering and helping with youth 4-H projects in Clatsop County in 1985.

Mike moved to Bend in 2010 and happily continues his volunteer activity serving on the Deschutes County 4-H Auction Committee. He believes it is important for kids to have a positive experience with support from community volunteers that help with their livestock project.

“I volunteer on the Deschutes County Auction Committee because I feel it is necessary to make sure kids are treated fairly, buyers invest in young entrepreneurs to get a top-quality product, and livestock are treated humanely from start to finish.”


Randy & Nancy Hermanns

Terrie Ramsey

Bo & Amy Bodda

Rodger & Kim Griffiths

Stephanie O’Neal

Carey Silbaugh

Peggy Crisp

Don & Geri Milliron

TJ & Darcy Todd

Caellie Edmonds

Amy Simpson

Josanne Burnette


Mike and Dauna Johnston and the FFA alumni for the preparation and delivery of the Bidders Appreciation BBQ.

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