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Mentee

Medford, Oregon Project

Lead Mentor: Sha Juniper Orton

Conservation Mentor: Tabbitha Bruce

Project location: Medford, OR

Year project founded: 2022

Mentors on this team: 15

Children mentored to date: 0

Children to be mentored in 2022: 5

Local foster care partners: CASA, DHS, Jackson County Foster Parent Association

Local companies that support this project: Currently search for community support.

Contact our lead mentor: Sha Juniper Orton, shajuniper@gmail.com

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“Mentor a kid and you’ll help guide their path. Give a kid a fly rod and they’ll wade their own path.”

Sha Juniper Orton

Lead Mentor, Medford, Oregon Project

Project Mentors

SHA JUNIPER ORTON, LEAD MENTOR

Medford, Oregon

TABBITHA LYNN BRUCE, CONSERVATION MENTOR

Talent, Oregon

A native of Southern Oregon, Tabbitha grew up following her dad and grandpa around hunting and fishing the hills and streams of the Rogue Valley at a very young age.  A certified Yoga instructor, small business owner, certified accountant, fly fishing guide and mother of three beautiful girls Tabbitha has no shortage of energy to bring to her local fly fishing community. Together with her gal pal Sha Orton, she founded Southern Oregon Women on the Fly in March of 2020 in response to a local community of Women anglers looking for help getting involved with the sport. Again, wasting no time Tabbitha is out on the river untangling leaders and fishing flies out of trees with new lady fly fishers on a regular basis. She can be found reluctantly swinging flies for winter steelhead while daydreaming of stripping five-inch streamers for the brown that got away.  

MEGAN SAMUELSON, MENTOR

Medford, Oregon

Megan grew up in rural Northern California and has had a passion for outdoor recreation since a young age. Growing up, she got into hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, and skiing. Megan relocated from California to Southern Oregon in 2016, and dove into whitewater rafting and kayaking. Looking for more excuses to play in the river, Megan took up fly fishing and to her delight, fell in love with the sport. Megan can usually be found on the Rogue River, chucking dry flies or swinging for steelhead.

JOHN KOBAL, MENTOR

Medford, Oregon

I love the out-of-doors and I have been fishing since age 8. I also love backpacking!
I was a leader in the Boy Scouts of America and led raft trips during college. I was a day camp director during my Master’s Program and I hold a degree in Recreation Administration. I am currently a Master Gardener and teach gardening through Oregon State University Extension. I was a group leader in a children’s summer gardening program in Jackson County, Oregon.
I have been interested in learning to fly fish for a long time and now I am taking advantage (after retiring) of fly fishing opportunities. Looking forward to helping foster kids gain an appreciation for the out-of-doors, and gain self-confidence.

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