Chaperones to the Court



 Lela (Baley) Marshall is a 4th generation farmer’s daughter, born in the Klamath Basin. Lela graduated from Lost River High School in 2010. In 2015, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, and in 2018, she received a master’s degree from Colorado State University. She currently works for American AgCredit, supporting agriculture and rural communities with financial services. In 2017, she married Dane Marshall of Lakeview, Oregon. Together, they have two children, Emerson (7) and Rory (5). They live in Tulelake, California, on the family farm. Lela enjoys spending time with her family, photographing special memories and events for clients, traveling, and being involved in the community.

 Amanda Kirby is a 4th generation resident of Tulelake, where numerous family members have been a part of the agriculture community. Amanda graduated from Tulelake High School in 2006. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno and in 2011 graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After spending 5 years in Medford as a NICU nurse, Amanda moved home, back to the community she loves. She graduated in 2022 with her Doctorate of Nursing in Pediatric Primary Care and works at Sanford Children’s Clinic as a pediatric nurse practitioner.  Amanda has a long family history with Potato Festival; she was a candidate in 2005, her grandmother, Barbara (Salyers) McAuliffe, was a candidate in 1951, her mother, Kathy (McAuliffe) Kirby, was crowned queen in 1975, and most recently her cousin, Hannah McAuliffe, received runner up in 2017. In her spare time, Amanda loves to bake, cheesecake is her specialty! She also enjoys watching San Francisco Giants games with her family.

 Ashley Crawford grew up on the Oregon Coast, where her family operated a logging company. She attended Oregon State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Ashley is married to Bryce Crawford, a 4th generation Klamath Basin farmer. Bryce and Ashley live in Malin, as the third generation to raise a family in the Stastny home. The two have four sons, triplets, Bryson, Gavin and Easton (7), and Logan (3). Ashley spends most of her days chasing her gaggle of boys, but in her free time, she enjoys volunteering, traveling, camping, boating, and baking. 

 Jessica (Ireland) Sheppard is a 4th generation farmer’s daughter, born in the Klamath Basin and raised in Merrill. Jessica has numerous family members who are part of the agriculture community, she spent a lot of time with her family farming hay and potatoes. Jessica graduated from Lost River High School in 2009. She is married to Steven Sheppard of Chiloquin. Jessica is a stay-at-home mom to their 3 children, Karson (8), Pailynn (5), and Rylan (3). She is a first-year chaperone for the Queen’s Court. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, going on vacation to the Oregon coast, watching her children’s sporting events, cooking, and being involved in the community through Merrill PPA, the Ore-Cal Little League board, and the Klamath County Pop Warner board.