The Foundation

Formerly a for-profit business, Butte Creek Mill became a foundation shortly after the devastating fire that destroyed most of the building on Christmas Day, 2015. The Mill then received its 501(c)(3) status in 2017. Aside from the traditional benefits of having tax-exempt status and tax-deductible contributions, there are many long-term benefits the Foundation will provide to the Southern Oregon community once it is restored.    As a non-profit organization, Butte Creek Mill Foundation will enrich the community by boosting the local economy as it revives tourism in Eagle Point. It will provide educational opportunities to all as it increases its accessibility, environmental sustainability as it secures the water rights to the creek, and historical preservation as the Mill becomes operational again. In addition, the Foundation will continue to oversee the running of the Mill General Store once reopened. Once the Mill is again operational, the Foundation will become self-sustaining and will be beneficial to the community in perpetuity.       All of this is possible with the continued support of donations and community support to “Rebuild the Mill”. The Butte Creek Mill Foundation is an integral part of the community as it works to bring people together and create lasting connections for the betterment of all. It also provides the opportunity for people to learn and participate in Southern Oregon history as the Mill rejoins local tours. The Mill creates an environment where the community can come together and make a difference. With continued support, it can be restored to its rightful place as a historical monument and enrich the neighborhood for many years to come.    The Butte Creek Mill Foundation's mission is to preserve heritage, build community, and improve the environment. 





Jay O'Neil, Board Chair

Jay is an Eagle Point resident and has 46 years experience in the Grain industry. He is the proprietor of HJ O’Neil Commodity Consulting. Previously Jay  spent 12 years as the Senior Agricultural Economist at the International Grains Program (IGP) at Kansas State University. Prior to that he worked as a Grain Trader and Trade Group Manager for Continental Grain, The Pillsbury Company, The Ferruzzi Group, Bartlett Grain Co. and as a private consultant to domestic and international grain companies. Jay also publishes a weekly Transportation and Export report for subscribers. 

Jay has traveled to and worked with Grain Buyers in 46 countries as well as an emeritus member of the NAEGA (North American Export Grain Assoc.) Contracts and Arbitration Committee and continues to serve as an arbitrator with the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA).

Barbara Young, Board Treasurer

Having been a teacher in her native England, Barbara made a career change on relocation to Southern California, working in Accounting in a private company for fifteen years.  A subsequent move to Northern California led to a degree from Simpson University and a sixteen year career in local government, culminating in retirement as Chief Fiscal Officer in the Public Works Department. Barbara and husband Paul have now spent more than forty years in the US, having called Eagle Point home for the last six. Barbara is also on the Board of the Eagle Point Friends of the Library and is active in the community.

Debbie Sutton, Board Secretary

Therese Hoehne, Board Member at Large

Therese has been a resident of Eagle Point for 25 years. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and taught Preschool before becoming a home educator for her five children over the span of 30 years, with history being one of her favorite subjects. She worked for Bob and Debbie Russell at the Butte Creek Mill until the fire in 2015, and since then has remained passionate about the rebuilding of the Mill to become the center of activity in Eagle Point once again. She currently serves on the Board of Jackson County Home Educators and manages her Etsy shop at home.

John Parsons, Board Member at Large

John is active in the community as Board Chairman of Crater Lake Academy, Board Chairman of Community Ed, and Chairman of Eagle Point Community Bible Church Finance Committee. He was previously a member of the restoration committee for the Holly Theatre. He is pleased to be part of the Butte Creek Mill Foundation and believes the Mill is a monumental asset to the city and county.  He looks forward to the Mill being restored to its former glory.

Don Blaser, Board Member at Large

Don Blaser left Southern California to move to the beautiful Rogue Valley in 1970. He graduated from Southern Oregon State College and is Managing Partner at Peaks Ranches Commercial Properties. He has been active in local and interstate commercial real estate for over 40 years. He focuses on building relationships and enjoys helping people find the right location and watching their business thrive. He has volunteered on the Board of Directors for Campus Life, and is currently a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors for the Butte Creek Mill Foundation. 

  Jonathan Bilden, Board Member at Large

 Jonathan is a long time Eagle Point resident, having graduated from Eagle Point High School before attending Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University. He and his wife, Elizabeth (who serves as a School Principal in the Medford School District) are blessed to be raising three beautiful daughters in the local community. Jonathan is the head of Business & HR for a regional charter school and is part of several programs focused on innovating education in Southern Oregon. He is honored to be part of the Butte Creek Mill Foundation and its work to ensure that this national treasure is fully restored and accessible for future generations. 

Joey Minear, Board Member at Large

Joey Minear was born and raised in Southern Oregon and attended Southern Oregon University before joining the United States Air Force. After retiring from the military, he and his wife Adrionna decided to return to Eagle Point, where they have become active members of the community and joined a wide range of local organizations. Joey works as a Field Representative for Congressman Bentz and is honored to be part of the Butte Creek Mill Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to restoring and preserving the historic Butte Creek Mill, and Joey hopes to ensure that this important piece of Southern Oregon history is preserved for future generations.







BOB RUSSELL - An Oregon native and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University. He was the owner of the Butte Creek Mill before it burned down in 2015. He gave up that ownership so that it could become a foundation, which would make fundraising, and therefore the rebuilding of the Mill, possible. The Butte Creek Mill Foundation is now the owner of the Mill and is a non-profit entity.

Bob was also the Mayor of Eagle Point. He was first elected in 2010, and reelected in 2012, 2014, and 2016. He was vice president of the Economic Development Commission and active in the Eagle Point and Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the advisory board for the Butte Creek Mill Foundation. He currently is the owner of Butte Creek Mill Antiques.

ANN GROSSMAN - While living in the Los Angeles area, Ann worked in the legal field as a legal secretary and office administrator, as well as in property management. After moving to Cambria, California in 1994, she began her volunteer services by working at the information desk at Hearst Castle. In addition Ann became active at the Elephant Seal colony working with the State of California Parks and Rec in forming “Friends of the Elephant Seal” which entailed setting up a viewing site in San Simeon to safely view the seals. This also included training volunteers at the viewing site. Other volunteer positions included being on the Boards of the Historical Society and Friends of the Lighthouse Lens.

After moving to Eagle Point in 2008, she entered the community life of Eagle Point and became active in the Chamber of Commerce and later in the Eagle Point Women’s Club. By 2011 Ann started working part-time for Dogs for Better Lives and continued with that until 2019, and in 2012, started working with the Eagle Point Food Project. Ann has always enjoyed community involvement and putting together community fundraisers and events.


MIKE HAWKINS -  Formerly the miller for the Butte Creek Mill for over 25 years, Mike currently lives in the Portland area and is a miller for Bob's Red Mill. He is a vital resource for the rebuilding as he brings his extensive knowledge and expertise to the team.

CAROLYN RYDER - Carolyn Ryder was raised in Ashland, Oregon and attended what is now Southern Oregon University. She has worked in public accounting since 1985 and is now a partner/owner of Isler Medford, LLC. She and her husband have lived in Eagle Point since 2001. Their son graduated from Eagle Point High in 1994, graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and is now a Specialist in the US Army stationed at Del Din Italy. Carolyn’s other community involvement includes being a member of the Jackson County Fair Board, Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo committee, and various barrel racing associations where she competes.