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Marcus Hinz brings a passion for the outdoors and creative, systems thinking to his role as executive director. Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Marcus moved to Oregon in 1996 to attend Portland State University, where he earned a graduate degree in public administration and completed 65 hours of graduate level conflict resolution training. Soon after graduating, he accepted the position of director of continuing and community education at Tillamook Bay Community College.
During his tenure there, he launched the Watershed Activities To Estuary Recreation (WATER) program to educate locals and visitors about Tillamook County’s abundance of waterways and scenic beauty. The successful program garnered the 2005 Gene Leo Memorial Award at the Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
Today, as executive director of OCVA, Marcus is responsible for meeting the objectives outlined in the Regional Tourism Plan. He continues to build OCVA’s host of business and marketing services for tourism operations, helping people more effectively participate in the tourism economy and align their efforts with state and regional tourism priorities. Marcus is known for his ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to meet common goals. This is best exemplified by the annual People’s Coast Summit, which convenes stakeholders from the entire 363-mile long Coast.
Marcus currently lives in Oceanside. When not working, you’ll likely spot him wandering through Oregon’s forests, paddling our coastal estuaries or just staring into a fire at the beach.
Tierra Del Mar, Oregon
Raised in the small community of Tierra Del Mar just north of Pacific City, Arica Sears is a sixth generation Oregonian. She went to college at the University of Oregon, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a focus on rural communities making decisions around natural resources. She has completed research in the Peruvian Amazon, worked on by catch issues on the coast of Ecuador, and worked in the tourism realm in Mallorca, Spain.
“This position is responsible for convening dialogs, sometimes around contentious issues, and it’s important we as an agency don’t walk into them blind,” says OCVA Executive Director Marcus Hinz. As OCVA’s Deputy Director, Arica’s main concerns include the Strategic Investment Fund, People’s Coast Summit, Strategic Advisory Group, Public Art Trail, stakeholder communications and generally helping communicate the value of tourism to visitors, stakeholders and media.
Arica lives in Tierra del Mar with her chocolate lab Huckleberry. When she’s not working up and down the coast she enjoys running with her pup, going out for breakfast, and traveling internationally.
Kim Cooper Findling
Lincoln City, Oregon
Kim Cooper Findling is a fifth generation Oregonian and an Oregon Coast native who has made her career as a writer about the people and places of her home state. Kim grew up in Coos County, chasing after her forester father and beach-loving mother. She earned a psychology degree from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in environmental education from Oregon State University before launching her writing career, which has included work as a travel writer, magazine editor and the author of many books.
The Oregon Coast has long been Kim’s muse, represented in much of her work, including Day Trips to the Oregon Coast: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler, and the teen mystery novel The Sixth Storm, co-authored with her daughter Libby Findling (tagline: The weather on the Oregon Coast can be deadly). Kim and her husband Todd also own an independent book publishing company, Dancing Moon Press, founded in Newport, Oregon, in 1996.
Kim is delighted to put her community-building, storytelling, and communication skills to work for OCVA, bringing her career back home to the Oregon Coast. When she’s not promoting the region, you can find her with her husband and two teenage daughters on the beach in Lincoln City.
Central Coast Destination Coordinator
Jesse Dolin is the Destination Developer for the Central Coast region, where his family has lived for multiple generations. He formerly served as the Economic Development Catalyst for the City of Florence, where he worked to bring economic opportunities to the Florence community. He is looking forward to expanding upon that work and building upon those relationships in his new role at OCVA, while at the same time working on initiatives that preserve and conserve the natural environment.
An avid outdoorsman and fisherman, Jesse is excited to support projects that connect people with nature and the paradise that is the Oregon Coast. When not working, Jesse can be found fishing, crabbing, clamming, or foraging for something to add to the dinner table and share with friends.
South Coast Destination Coordinator
Gold Beach, Oregon
Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, Dave Lacey is a seaman at heart. A fisherman, kayaker, snorkeler and amatuer naturalist, Dave has lived in Gold Beach, Oregon since 1995, where he’s done everything from commercial fishing to carpentry. In 2012, he founded South Coast Tours as a way to share his love of the outdoors with others. The company employs four guides who lead people on kayaking, fishing and stand-up paddle board trips and teach surfing lessons.
Dave joined OCVA in 2016 as destination coordinator. He assists businesses and organizations located between Reedsport to Brookings creating world-class visitor experiences. Dave is supporting the development of many new recreational trails systems such as the new mountain bike trail system in Coos County and creating marketing tools for the Coast fat biking industry. He is the visionary behind the proposed Coquille River Water Trail. And he’s creating fun events as a way to attract people to explore new outdoor recreation opportunities along the Coast.
Destination development requires a strong ability to cultivate relationships — something Dave does with ease. “Dave is supernaturally likeable,” says Marcus Hinz, OCVA executive director. “He’s sincere, dependable and follows through.”
Dave currently lives in Gold Beach with his wife and two kids where he coaches soccer and fly fishes as much as possible when he’s not sneaking away to his favorite surfing spot.
Sales and Marketing Manager
Originally from a small coastal town in New Jersey, Jim Beasley moved cross-country to Oregon in 2017. He has a background in social media / marketing, with Jim’s love for all things travel stemming from tourism work in the Columbia River Gorge.
While Jim is usually curled up with a good book, camping, or eating all the food he can find (when he isn’t drawing maps as an avid DM for his Dungeons & Dragons group) he can’t resist a good road trip. He has driven over 12,000 miles all across the United States visiting national parks and ‘weird’ roadside attractions.
Sales and Marketing Consultant
North Coast Tourism Management Network (NCTMN) Manager
Karen has been in love with the Oregon Coast ever since her first salty visit to D Sands beach in Lincoln City at age 1. A descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers and Willamette Valley farmers, she has deep roots in the people and places of Oregon.
A lifelong storyteller and community connector, she has worked with iconic Oregon Coast brands and coastal nonprofits to tell their stories and embody their values. She’s especially proud of her work with the Oregon Coast Visitors Association on the Oregon Coast Public Art Trail and Tillamook Bay Heritage Route.Karen leads the North Coast Tourism Management Network, collaborating with diverse partners on destination management solutions from Astoria to Neskowin. When she’s not talking public beaches, public transit, and public bathrooms, Karen and her family love exploring epic coastal hikes, quirky downtowns and local food.
Patty Martin is a climate scientist, writer, and social entrepreneur. Relentlessly connecting new dots and bridging knowledge gaps, she uses her PhD, analytical, leadership, and creative skills to solve problems impacting the world. At the end of the day Patty believes success happens when people connect to their creativity, dreams, and community. To this end, she spends part of her time emboldening students, scientists, community leaders, and advocates to develop and communicate impactful, visionary science. Currently working with the Oregon Coast Visitors Association, Patty is on a mission to leverage her expertise to help support Oregon’s path of climate stewardship and sustainability.
Coastal Tourism Resiliency Coordinator
While not a native Oregonian, Finn is working on his transplant credentials. Coming from a small town in Washington, he grew up exploring the Pacific Northwest before moving to Minnesota to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from St. Olaf College.
During his undergraduate, he spent a fall semester outside of Ashland studying sustainability and community. That semester coincided with the Talent and Phoenix fires and, for him, cemented the proximity and reality of climate change, particularly in the West. Coming from a tourist destination in Washington, he also grew up watching the complex but important relationship between tourism and rural communities. His broad focus this coming year will be on coastal resiliency with projects directed toward environmental stewardship, sustainable tourism, business networking and public transit.
Finn is working with OCVA through the University of Oregon’s Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) program and is excited to spend a year learning from coastal communities and working to create positive change in ways that reflect the unique needs and realities of the coast.
After work you can find him surfing, biking, hiking or reading a book along the 363 miles of the beautiful Oregon coast.
Lincoln City VCB
Overleaf Lodge, Yachats
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Coos Bay & North Bend VCB
Heartfelt Hospitality Management
Tillamook Chamber of Commerce
Oregon Trawl Commission