Sarah Kellom was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She represented Klamath Union High School in the 2007 Potato Festival, when she got her first dog, Spud. After graduating from KUHS as valedictorian, Sarah attended Eastern Oregon University where she earned a degree in Agriculture Business Management with dual minors in Animal Science and Crop & Soil Science. Sarah fills her time camping and spending time with her family along with volunteering for the Klamath County 4-H program. Sarah helps with a swine club, a horse club, and recently stepped in as the co-superintendent position for the horse program. She is the treasurer for the Oregon Cattlewomen. Sarah loves agriculture and is excited to serve the Klamath Basin as the Crop & Livestock Insurance Agent for Northwest Farm Credit Services in Southern & Central Oregon.
Tara Guthrie is a 4th generation rancher/farmer in the Basin, and the daughter of Tim and Dana O’Connor. She was raised on the O’Connor ranch with her two sisters outside of Merrill, Oregon. Growing up, Tara often stayed with her great grandmother Mary Porterfield and helped her grandfather Roger on the historic JF Ranch. Tara continues to be active in farming with her husband Jesse and their four children, Connor (13), Peyton (10), Alexis (7), and Chipper (2). Tara is an assistant professor and program director for the Echocardiography Program at Oregon Tech. The college sits on land once owned by her great grandfather John D O’Connor. Tara’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Small Business Management (‘03 Oregon Tech), a bachelor’s degree in Vascular Technology (‘04 Oregon Tech), and a Master of Science in Biology (‘16 University of Nebraska Kearney). In her free time, she enjoys sewing, gardening, hunting, fishing, boating, and watching her children compete in sports.
Ashley Crawford is a second-year chaperone for the Queen’s Court. She grew up on the Oregon Coast, where her family operated a logging company. Ashley attended Oregon State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She is married to Bryce Crawford, 4th generation Klamath Basin farmer. Bryce and Ashley reside in Malin, the third generation to raise a family in the Stastny home. They have four sons, five-year-old triplets Bryson, Gavin, and Easton, and one-year-old Logan. Ashley spends most of her days chasing her gaggle of boys and helping to care for her niece and nephew. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering, traveling, camping, boating, and baking.
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 Northwest Farm Credit Services supporting agriculture and rural communities with financial services. In 2017 she married Dane Marshall of Lakeview, Oregon. Together they have two children, Emerson (5) and Rory (3). They live in Tulelake, California, on the family farm. Lela enjoys spending time with her family, photographing special memories and events for clients, visiting the Oregon Coast, and being involved in the community.
Samatha Woodhouse – Muir was raised in Merrill and graduated from Lost River Jr./Sr. High School. She attended OIT to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree and then Oregon State University to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy. Sam continued to work at Sky Lakes Medical Center throughout her education and directly after graduation, she transitioned to working as an inpatient clinical pharmacist. She has maintained an active role at Sky Lakes and has become a pharmacy residency preceptor and is the Residency Program Director. Sam’s greatest joy is spending time with her two boys Cooper (8) and Colt (5). Cooper begins 3rd grade and Colt kindergarten at Merrill Elementary School this fall. She loves to stay involved in their actives by volunteering at every opportunity. Their favorite family endeavor has been to become backyard chicken farmers. When she isn’t chasing children and chickens, Sam enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and all things outdoors. Sam participated in the Klamath Basin Potato Festival throughout her youth and is thrilled to be able to continue the tradition with her boys as a chaperone this year.
Kari Delany lives in Klamath Falls but grew up in Merrill, where her parents still live. Her husband, Jesse, works at Merrill Lumber. Growing up the daughter of a farmer, she has always been involved in agriculture, and now her family farms together, growing mostly potatoes and hemp, with some alfalfa. She is also involved in agriculture, though more indirectly, through her job as a Credit Officer at Northwest Farm Credit Services, which lends money to farmers and ranchers. She has known her husband Jesse for about 20 years, though they have only been together a fraction of that. She has a 15-year-old daughter, Cienna, thanks to her dad, who had her before Kari came into the picture. Kari also has two boys, Axl, 2 ½, and Tripp, almost 1. The Potato Festival has always been Kari’s favorite local event of which she has missed only one. She was a Junior Princess in 1993. As a second-year chaperone, Kari has enjoyed being more hands-on this year and getting to know the young ladies of the 2021 KBPF Queen’s Court.