Lorrie DeKay

Lorrie DeKay

Term: 2017-2021

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Washington State Appointee

Lorrie and her husband Lloyd chose White Salmon, WA as their landing spot for retirement in 2003 after 6 moves in 25 years to 4  US states and Nigeria. She quickly became involved in local community service, politics and volunteering at several Gorge wineries. The opportunity to serve on the Columbia River Gorge Commission was a natural fit for her life long love of our National Parks and public lands. She’s enjoyed learning about land use planning and gaining more familiarity with Columbia River fisheries issues. Lorrie also serves as the Commission liaison to One Gorge and Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association (GCRGVA).

Originally from the Boston area,  Lorrie has a BA in Biology from Northeastern University and MS in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. She is a former Fisheries Biologist (NOAA/NMFS), substitute high school math and science teacher, international relocation consultant and ESL teacher. In her spare time she is a volunteer with Community Partners of White Salmon, treasurer of the Gorge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute (IAFI), secretary of the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club, and plays African music with Hood River based Jamba Marimba Band.