Hailie Hillock, 28, of Enterprise is a home-town girl, daughter of Jodi Gover-Adams of Enterprise and Steve Feiling, now of Baker. Her mother worked in the business administration department of the Wallowa Mountains Office of the U.S. Forest Service Eagle Cap District Hells Canyon National Recreation Area when it was located in Enterprise.
Hailie graduated from Enterprise High School in 2008 and went on to Blue Mountain Community College for a degree in her mother’s field, business administration.
The apple didn’t fall far from the tree in that regard. Hailie was born for customer service and business. She recalls a favorite playtime activity was “playing office.”
She got her start really early, entering wilderness permits into a data base for the USFS when she was 15 and later working the front desk at the Enterprise Forest Service Visitor’s Center.
After obtaining her degree, Hailie continued working for the Forest Service until the visitor’s center burned in 2010. She then became a recreation tech on the Wallowa Whitman National Forest, cleaning and maintaining trailheads.
She recalls that stint with satisfaction. It was a good job for a strong young woman. She put in 10-hour days and cleaned up a lot of garbage and “had a lot of fun,” she said.
She met her husband, Jared Hillock of Enterprise Electric, through mutual friends in 2014 and now enjoys co-parenting his daughter Ella, 8.
Hailie still works for the Forest Service as a seasonal office clerk, but her business interests have definitely expanded. She had been working for Bennett Insurance in Enterprise for four years when Kathleen Bennett decided to retire and offered Hailie and Jared the opportunity to buy the business last May.
As business people, Hailie and Jared are big donors to nearly every fundraising event that comes around. They particularly enjoy working to support the events of the Northeast Oregon Aviation Foundation, helping with the fly-in each year and building backcountry airstrips.
They also enjoyed being part of the building of the Joseph Playground and maintaining the electrical system at Ferguson Ski Ridge. Hailie has always enjoyed Rotary though she is no longer a member.
Q. What keeps you in Wallowa County?
A. I was born and raised in Wallowa County and my family is here; my roots are here. I love the mountains. I love the people. I have a heart for everyone in our community.
People are so kind and so giving and always stepping up to the plate when someone is in need. They care about the upkeep of our community.
Q. What has Wallowa County taught you?
A. Wallowa County teaches leadership, responsibility and working hard to make a living. Often people can struggle in a small community, and it takes real effort to live the life you want. That work ethic was in my blood. My grandpa really nailed that into me — Grandpa Dan Gover (Winner of the Chamber of Commerce Citizen Award in Agriculture last Sunday) retired as a farmer and now he’s a logger at 80.
Q. Can you recall the first book you checked out of the library for yourself, and can you recommend a book you’ve read recently?
A. You start checking books out in kindergarten. The first book I can recall is “Little House on the Prairie.” I was probably 10.
The book I recommend is “The Whole 30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom” by Melissa Hartwig. I’ve done the Whole 30 (eating plan) several times and traveled to meet Melissa Hartwig. The Whole 30 lifestyle is an eye-opener and teaches you how to live an active lifestyle. (Whole 30 cooking classes and informational meetings now offered Wednesday and Monday evenings through Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Lostine Tavern).