Originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Jay moved to Klamath Falls with his wife Katie in 2003 after accepting a job with the U.S. Forest Service. Upon arrival, they realized the need for an outlet for organic, and locally produced foods. In 2005 they opened and operated Nightfire Natural Foods where they cultivated a popular community resource for whole living and self healing through nutrition, and alternative medicine. It was during this time, through the store, that Jay became involved with helping young adults gain valuable work experience, developing a positive work ethic, while encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. He holds a strong belief that personal change can be achieved through positive reinforcement, promoting self-sufficiency, and building upon each individuals strengths and abilities.
Jay is honored to join the Dragonfly team in the position as manager of A Leap of Taste! He will continue to build upon the excellent reputation that Leap has earned, while helping the Dragonfly team achieve their goals in improving the lives of young adults on their journey self discovery, and their transition into healthy productive individuals. Jay welcomes new challenges, loves learning new skills and enjoys connecting with people from all walks of life. He brings to the table his years of experience in food service, his team building skills and his ability to provide a positive work experience for anyone he has the pleasure to work with.
Jay enjoys spending quality time with his wife Katie, their two children, Aunna and Joe and their small pack of dogs. Together the Treetop clan enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, wildcrafting and discovering the abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities that Southern Oregon has to offer. When not at work, or in the garden, he can often be found at one of his favorite hot springs or swimming holes.