2016 Fall Conference Speakers


Representative David Gomberg


David Gomberg represents House District 10 on the central coast, ranging from Tillamook to Yachats and inland to Sheridan. David is a graduate of Oregon State where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, served as student body president, and earned a Masters in Political Science, Economics, and History. He then earned his MBA at Willamette University.

Mr. Gomberg describes himself as a professional kite flier. His company wholesales and retails kites, operates two retail stores, and has performed for Walt Disney, the Super Bowl and in 40 different countries. In 2005, he was inducted into the Kite Hall of Fame.

Representative Gomberg co-chairs the Transportation and Economic Development subcommittee of Ways and Means, serves on the Joint Committee on Natural Resources, and co-chairs the Special Committee on Small Business Growth. He is a member of the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services, the Governor’s Small Business Cabinet, and the Ocean Science Trust.

Among his “awards and accomplishments”, he lists 30 years of marriage to Susan Gomberg.

Lincoln City Mayor Don Williams

Lincoln City Mayor Don Williams

“An Oregonian since 1962, I moved to Lincoln City full time in 2009 to open a cafe and fulfill a lifetime dream of living on the coast. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We just celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. Together we are Subway franchisees with operations in Newport and Lincoln City. We employ, on average, 40-50 people between the Subways and other ventures. My wife, Debbie, is Managing Broker at Taylor and Taylor realty in Lincoln City.  We have 4 boys, 2 daughters-in-law and two grandchildren.

I became involved in local politics and was appointed to the Lincoln City planning commission where I rose to the position of Chair. In 2014, at the urging of several citizens, I ran for mayor and was elected. I also serve on the executive board of the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association. The OCZMA watches over many aspects of our coastal economy and works to inform and include our local governments in decision being made by the state and federal government. I am deeply involved in and created an Ad Hoc committee to further the discussions about homelessness and shortage of housing in our community and have made that my number-one priority for the remainder of my term.

Debbie and I attend Faith Baptist Church in Lincoln City where we not only worship but prepare and serve meals for the Celebrate Recovery program. We also have donated the use of building in South Lincoln City for use as a warming shelter during the winter months. It is our sincere belief that we must reach out to those in need and follow our Lord’s commandment to love one another, and as Paul wrote in Romans 12:10: ‘Be devoted to one another in love. Honor another above yourselves.'”


Bill Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner

Bill Hall is completing his third term as a Lincoln County Commissioner. In May, he was elected to a fourth term, which begins in January of next year. He’s the incoming president of the Oregon Association of Counties for 2017. Bill was born in Portland and grew up there. He’s called Lincoln County home since 1987. Prior to entering elective politics, Bill worked in print and broadcast journalism for twenty-five years.


David Bone, Owner & Funeral Director, Board Member of Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board

David has been serving families in funeral service for more than 20 years. After serving in the US Army during Operation Desert Storm, he attended Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated in 1992. His career has taken him from Kentucky to Arizona, Oregon and Washington.

David feels honored to have the opportunity to carry on the traditions of Columbia Funeral Home, after successfully managing several Funeral Homes in the Portland area, as well as owning Hillside Chapel in Oregon City.

David and his wife, Darcey, are the proud parents of twins, Bella & Nathan, and their niece, Patience, who delight and inspire them to be the best possible people they can be. In his spare time, when it rarely appears, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the drums and traveling.

David is committed to serving families during their time of need. His experience gives him the ability to assist families in making the decisions that create lasting memories and life tributes honoring the lives of the loved ones.

Kuri Gill

Kuri Gill

Kuri Gill is the coordinator for the State Historic Cemeteries Program, supporting individuals and organizations in the preservation and interpretation of Oregon’s historic cemeteries. Kuri earned her BA at the University of Oregon in Art History and MA at California State University, Chico in Museum Studies. She was formerly Curator and Education Coordinator at Mission Mill Museum and worked at the Linn County Historical Museum in Brownsville. Kuri believes strongly that heritage and the arts make for stronger communities. She lives in Springfield with her wonderful son and husband.


Omar Hernandez, Centro de Ayuda

Omar Antonio Hernandez has been working at Centro de Ayuda since 2013. He is a certified medical interpreter and a community advocate in Lincoln County. Centro de Ayuda was founded in 1999 as a center for referral and resource for Hispanic people in Lincoln county. Centro de Ayuda’s mission is constituted as a not-for-profit education organization, whose primary purpose is to serve as a center for cultural awareness and exchanges, offering multicultural referral for emergencies, education, daily living and community interaction. http://www.cdanewport.org/


Savannah Herrell

“I grew up in Northern California and went to University California Santa Cruz for a BA in history. I’d always been interested in cemeteries, but while visiting home on a break from school I stumbled upon my first California settler cemetery. I became fascinated with the differences in that site when compared to modern burial practices. When I moved to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon for an M.S. in Historic Preservation, one of the first things I did was walk through the cemetery on campus. I was immediately hooked and throughout the entirety of my studies I focused on cemetery preservation. I still stop in every cemetery I see!

After graduating this past June, I started an electrical apprenticeship at Olsson Industrial Electric and now build their controls panels. I continue to volunteer in the Eugene area cemeteries.”