Meet the UEDP Team


Wayne Paterson

Executive Director

Prior to accepting a position as Executive Director for Umpqua Economic Development Partnership in Douglas County, Wayne’s background includes CEO of a multidivisional power sport company with multiple divisions in Kansas City, co-founder of two large Consumer Electronics Companies, SVP of Specialized Bicycle Corporation, corporate restructure and strategic development for Oakley, category development for M&A, Advisory Board for Nike, and more.

Leah Jones

Office Manager

Leah was born and raised in a small town in central Kansas where most of her family still resides. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Human Ecology and Gerontology. After graduation, she moved to Texas and soon after Hawaii. It was in Hawaii where Leah met her husband, Nick. From there they moved to Southern California, Alaska and back to Hawaii before deciding it was time to settle down in Nick’s hometown of Roseburg and raise their family. In August 2018 the Jones’ made the move over to Roseburg from Oahu. Nick and Leah have one son, Jack, and a dog, Odin. Most of Leah’s working career has been spent doing Administrative work and event planning in the nonprofit sector.

Brittany Arnold

Events Manager

Brittany Arnold is our new Events Manager for the Umpqua Economic Development Partnership. The Portland-native and once city-slicker moved to Roseburg 10 years ago after marrying her small-town-loving logger. In addition to being a mother of two daughters, Brittany is also a freelance writer and spends time serving at her church. Brittany has a strong heartbeat for Douglas County and is passionate about seeing it thrive. In this position, Brittany will focus on cultivating events under the Great Umpqua Brand that highlight the best our Umpqua region has to offer, engaging communities, and increasing tourism to our area.

Umpqua Economic Development Partnership, Inc. is a 501c6 nonprofit organization.