Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Daarla Klages lives on her cattle ranch in Joseph. She spent her childhood traveling all over the state of Oregon on vacations with the Oregon Equestrian Trails group, building trail and horse camps (Quinn Meadows, Timothy Lake, Sheep Springs and many more).

She went to work for the Forest Service here in Wallowa County in 1991 in Recreation. She moved to the Hells Canyon Trail Crew in 1994, clearing and building trail in Hells Canyon first as a crew member, then crew boss until 2003. She now woks for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).


Miles McFall and his wife, Yun, have been residents of Wallowa County for three years. Prior to retirement in 2014, Miles was a Professor in the University of Washington School of Medicine and served as Director of outpatient mental health services at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Seattle. Miles has been active in the WMHCTA since its inception and now serves as the organization’s secretary.

His other public service pursuits include membership on the Board of Directors of the Wellness Center, the Lion’s Club, and the Wallowa County Search and Rescue Team. Otherwise, Miles is an avid flyfisherman, cyclist, and woodworker.


Rick Bombaci has lived in Wallowa County since 1980, where he has made a living in varied guises: high school teacher, computer professional, small business owner, business consultant, non-profit director, and USFS wilderness ranger.

An avid long-distance hiker and mountaineer, Rick has more than 5,000 miles of backpacking under his belt, including long distance hikes in the Colorado Rockies, the Sierra Nevada, the Canadian Rockies, and on the Appalachian Trail (GaMe 2000). As a wilderness ranger, he has hiked extensively in the Hells Canyon and Eagle Cap wilderness areas.

In addition to hiking, Rick’s interests include art, literature, music, and his grandson.


Terry Hiatt has family roots in eastern Oregon, was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, and lived most of his adult life in Washington State, mainly in the Seattle area. He last worked as an IT Specialist for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) in Seattle and retired in 2012. He moved to Wallowa County in late 2015 and now resides in Enterprise.

Over the years, Terry has enjoyed hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, skiing, bicycling, motorcycling and aviation. Now that the multi-year process of relocating is winding down, he hopes to return to these activities with renewed enthusiasm.

Terry first discovered the joy and satisfaction of trail maintenance work helping to maintain nordic ski trails with the Kongsberger Ski Club in Washington State.


Linda Rooper and her husband, Ross, have called Wallowa County “home” since they honeymooned here in August of 1977. Two of their four boys were born in the old Wallowa Memorial Hospital where Wallowa Resources now resides.

Linda works summers for the US Forest Service Recreation Department as well as caring for her elderly mother at home. Other US Forest Service assignments have taken her to the edge of the Frank Church wilderness to study osprey, the eastern Oregon high desert to study sage grouse, and the Hells Canyon NRA to study riparian vegetation.

Many of Linda’s positions have provided high adventure, such as five seasons chasing wildfires across the West, pest control in the Yellowstone Basin, and as a wilderness ranger (with her 17-year-old son) in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Linda is an outdoor girl who loves the country. She served as a recreation compliance officer along the Metolius River of Central Oregon, the Payette River of Central Idaho, and most recently developed recreation in the Wallowa Valley and Hells Canyon NRA.

Linda enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, hot springs, church, family, gardening, and being an active board member of WMHCTA.


Jim Akenson

Jim’s career has been heavily tied to mountains, wilderness, and backcountry travel. As a field station manager/scientist for the University of Idaho, he has been a wilderness skills instructor – stock use – for USFS wilderness rangers and packers, for Idaho Fish & Game conservation officers, and many university students over the past three decades. His specialty is packing mules in remote places, doing heavy work with mules in harness, and mentoring all ages on traditional backcountry skills.

For 21 years (year-round) he lived within the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho 35 miles from a road-end. As a job necessity, he traveled and cleared trails during all seasons, starting in 1982 and ending in 2010. In his early professional years, he was a wilderness planner for the BLM during the Hells Canyon review process for the southern boundary expansion of Hells Canyon Wilderness.

He also has been in leadership positions in several 501C3 organizations, including nationally as: Executive Director of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, President of the Professional Bowhunters Society, and currently as the statewide Conservation Director for the Oregon Hunters Association.


Contact Information for Board Members

WMHCTA Board of Directors, 2018-03-09