Board Members 2015-2016:
Steve Kandra, President
Steve is a third generation Klamath Basin native and farmer. His father, Lawson Kandra, first cultivated his interest in the history of the region. Steve spent many hours in his youth tagging along with his father surveying historical sites and visiting musty bookstores of the West – appreciation through immersion. Steve learned about the Shaw Historical Library through his father’s close friend, the Shaw’s first Library President, Frances "Van" Landrum. Van invited him to serve on the board in 1987. The Kandra legacy of collecting Land of the Lakes historical materials passed on to Steve when his father passed away in 1984. Steve is committed to growing the library from Laurence Shaw's original vision of a "comfortable reading room" to a regional historical collection of significant stature, valuable for research and preservation of the cultures and heritage of the Land of Lakes. Steve enjoys his association through the board of many talented people of diverse backgrounds, but common interests, working to preserve and share the regions’ history.
Ryan Bartholomew, Vice President/Secretary
Ryan is the Operations Officer serving at Kingsley Field. He followed in his father’s footsteps and earned his BS in History (2003) and MA in Teaching (2004) at Southern Oregon University. While not presently working professionally in the field of History, Ryan has put his studies to good use helping preserve and promote local history. Ryan spent one year working at the Klamath County Museum and served as curator of the Fort Klamath Museum in 2001. He is a charter member of the Malin Historical Society and has served as President since 2005. He is the author of the Malin Historical Society quarterly newsletter and was chief contributor to the Malin History book released in the summer of 2009. His goals include preserving, showcasing, promoting and educating groups of all ages about the monumental achievements and occasional blunders that have occurred throughout our area’s relatively short but fascinating history.
The need for preserving and documenting the region's rich history are motivating factors for being involved with the Shaw Historical Library for Lee. The longtime regional editor for the Klamath Falls Herald and News, he has specialized in writing and photographing human interest and lifestyle stories about people, places and historical events for the newspaper and a variety of magazines. Along with being a regular contributor to the annual Shaw Journals, Lee has authored or co-authored several books, including two about Crater Lake National Park. During his years as chairman of the Shaw Journal committee, the annual publications focused around such yearly themes as the history of the sheep industry, Lava Beds National Monument and Crater Lake National Park anniversaries, homesteading, the timber industry and the Japanese American Internment Camp. He lives in a historic house that previously was the home of J.D. "Judd" Howard, the man who discovered and named many of the caves at the Lava Beds and is regarded the father of Lava Beds National Monument.
Kathy has been an active Board member since 2012. She studied Fashion Merchandising and graduated from Brooks College in 1988. Since then, she has successfully been involved in the golf industry and real estate development business ventures. Currently, Kathy devotes a large part of her time to her husband and four children. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys a wide variety of personal interests including hiking, horseback riding, music and water sports to name a few. Following in her grandfather's footsteps, Kathy also has strong interests in art as well as the education and preservation of historical objects and locations.
Ron was raised on a cow-calf ranch in Shasta County, California. He attended California Polytechnic State College, in San Luis Obispo, and later returned to school at the University of Nevada Reno in 1971. After completing his MS in the fall of 1972, he was employed by Oregon State University as the Livestock Extension Agent for Klamath County, Oregon with educational program responsibility for livestock, farm management, range, and natural resources. In 1985 he was appointed Staff Chair for the Klamath County Extension Office. He received a PhD in ruminate nutrition from Oregon State University in 1987. In 2004 Ron was appointed as Superintendent of the Klamath Experiment Station and in 2005 became Director of the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.
Ron served his career with OSU in Klamath Falls working to improve the livestock industry and to address water quality and public policy issues. He is recognized for his work in beef cattle production, management, nutrition and minor element nutrition. Ron served on the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and Forestry Committee, as Klamath Cattlemen’s Association Secretary, member and Board Chair for Klamath Falls City School Board.
He and his wife Deanna have three grown daughters, graduates of OSU. Their daughters, husbands (two are OSU graduates), and seven grandchildren live in Klamath Falls.
- Kelly Peterson-Fairchild
- Benji Henslee
- Alla Powers
Emeritus Board Members:
- William Ganong
- Marita Kunkel
- Nell Kuonen
- Darle Runnels
- Betty Lou Byrne Shirley (deceased)