Juanita grew up in Gold Hill, Oregon where she was raised on her family’s cattle ranch known as (D. Estremado, Gold Crest Ranch). She was involved in the Jackson County 4-H program as a member for many years and enjoyed raising a market beef that she selected from her grandfathers herd for her project. After graduating from Crater High School in Central Point, Juanita attended Rogue Community College receiving an Associate Degree in Applied Science, Forest Industries. She later received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication at Southern Oregon University.
Juanita first gained valuable hands-on ranching experience while growing up on her family’s ranch and forestry knowledge working summers with her father and brothers in the family logging business (Estremado & Sons Logging). Since 1989, she has worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Boise Cascade Corporation in various forestry positions.
She continues to be active in the community as a volunteer 4-H leader for the Gold Hill Community Club and Rogue River Beef Club, where her 14-year-old daughter, Caitlin Wright is now a member. Juanita is the local Federal Women’s Program coordinator and supports the Women in Living Leadership program of Jackson County.
For leisure, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending ASA Fastpitch softball games, 4-H events, theater, camping, and horseback riding into wilderness areas.
As a Rogue Valley native, whose roots are in ranching and forestry, Juanita understands and appreciates the value and importance of our renewable natural resources for future generations. She is excited to join the JSWCD team in fostering natural resource conservation through education and creating partnerships within our community to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and stewardship of Jackson County lands.