The GRO Board of Directors is comprised of up to ten members who donate considerable time and effort in the interest of helping GRO and Sisters High School graduates grow and prosper. The Board members are selected for their professional expertise, dedication and consistent support. The Board's main responsibilities include overseeing the management and administration of GRO and its assets. Board members are advocates for GRO and serve as volunteers in a variety of fulfilling roles.
Karen has a backgound as a Commercial Real Estate Associate Broker specializing in commercial real estate development and property management. She has achieved the designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). She attended Western Oregon University. Karen has wide volunteer experience, having served on various Salem community fundraising committees, working with the Salem Chamber of Commerce, as well as volunteer work with Elk Meadow Elementary School in Bend and the ASPIRE program at SHS.
Dan is the seniors' counselor at Sisters High School, assisting seniors with individual counseling, career planning, class scheduling and the college/scholarship process. He has served as the Dean of Students at SHS and as a counselor and Health instructor at Sisters Middle School. He is also the Director of "Heart of Oregon Corps," an alternative/vocational program to serve Special Education and Alternative High School students, which includes an extensive range of job training. He was an English as Second Language and Outdoor instructor at Kyoto International School in Kyoto, Japan. Dan has also worked at Meadowlark Manor, a residential treatment program for at-risk female adolescents in Bend, as a Residential Counselor, Family Counselor and Treatment Director. Prior to this, Dan served in several counseling positions with the Deschutes County Mental Health Dept. He holds an MSW from Portland State University and a Masters in School Counseling from Pacific University, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Community Health Education.
Ann worked for 17 years at the brokerage firm of Smith Barney, and retired as Senior Vice President and Regional Administrative Officer in 1999. She had previously worked in the Trust Dept. at U.S. National Bank and in management and marketing at an investment advisory firm. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Portland State and completed various graduate level courses in banking and management, and previously held Securities licenses 7, 8 and 63. She has been active in many volunteer organizations throughout Oregon, having served ten years as a Trustee of the University of Oregon Foundation, a member of the Oregon Humanities Council Board of Visitors, ASPIRE and others.
"Throughout my career I always tried to do something to better the community in which I lived, and which had given me so much. When I retired, I realized that, for me, spending more time working with and for students was the best way to do that. Volunteering with SHS seniors, looking to their future, opened my eyes not only to the need for scholarships, but to the generosity of the Sisters community; and GRO is the vehicle to build on that generosity to support and encourage our kids."
Karen works as a CPA in the tax, estate and trust area. She was a partner and founder of Lord and Melhorn CPAs in Salem from 1995-2004. Karen has served on the Adjunct Faculty at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, has worked as Tax Manager for a CPA firm in Salem and Bend, and held several other accounting positions. She holds a BS in Management Accounting and completed graduate coursework in Oregon State University's MBA program. She is a Public Member on the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors, a member of the Oregon Society of CPAs, and has served as a board member for Planned Parenthood and the YWCA.
“Access to educational opportunities makes an enormous difference in opening up opportunities both intellectually and economically, and I want to be part making that happen for others."
ASPIRE coordinator at Sisters High School and ASPIRE volunteer since 2007, Susanna also teaches French at SHS and has taught Latin and Spanish as well at the middle, high school and college level. She was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in English in Senegal, West Africa. She holds an MA in French from the University of Cincinnati; Magistere, French Civilization from the Sorbonne in Paris; and a BA in Language Studies. She has been active in a number of volunteer activities in the Bend/Sisters area.
Joe is currently the Sisters High School Principal and the District Curriculum Director. He earned his BA in history and MA in education from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and an Education Specialist in Administration degree from Oakland University. He has a wealth of educational research and practice. As a second year teacher he worked collaboratively with another teacher to implement an interdisciplinary class combining the curriculum of English and Social Studies into thematic units. As an assistant principal he led a taskforce to create a comprehensive student-leadership program. During Joe’s tenure as a principal he led key initiatives that created a systematic approach to educating our youngsters. Some of these initiatives were the implementation of common assessments, and creating a grading system that was based on learning.
Marcy has BA degrees in Political Science and Communications and holds a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. She Is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel and formerly General Counsel for Datalogic Scanning, Inc. in Eugene. Previously, she was the founder of TechKnowledge Legal Counsel, LLC in West Linn and prior to that, served as Corporate Attorney for several corporations in Oregon. She was also a Litigation Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. Department of Justice Field Office in Portland.
Angela (Angie) Ward moved to Sisters in February of 2001 from Stayton, Oregon with her husband and two children. Her son is attending Sisters High School and her daughter is in her 3rd year of college (2011-12). Angie enjoys quilting and she and her family enjoy camping, boating, water/snow skiing, hiking and everything that is Central Oregon. She started working for the Sisters Branch Bank of the Cascades in 2001 and is currently a Relationship Banking Officer. Angie joined the Sisters Camp-Sherman Fire District as a volunteer first responder in 2006 and served on the Jim Gentry Memorial Scholarship Committee, which is how she leaned about Sisters GRO. Sisters GRO was a huge part of organizing the Jim Gentry Memorial Scholarship selection process. Angie decided to join the Sisters GRO board in October 2010 to help support their mission which she believes greatly benefits the present and future of Sisters community.
Diedra’s career highlights include almost 10 years in Intel’s legal department where she was Senior Counsel to various Intel divisions around the world. Prior to that, Diedra worked in Mobil Oil Corporation’s legal department. Her first job at Mobil was with the Land Development division where she provided legal counsel on homeowner association matters as well as land development and subdivision issues for Mobil’s community development projects in Colorado and Arizona. During her 10+ years at Mobil, Diedra was legal counsel to various oil, gas, and petrochemical groups and finally became Mobil’s worldwide construction attorney.
Diedra retired in 2010. Since retiring, Diedra has pursued her passion for education through volunteer efforts as well as participating in the outdoor environment that Central Oregon offers. She likes to ski, snow shoe, travel, golf and hike. As for activities oriented toward education, Diedra is an Aspire volunteer at Sisters High School, serves on the education committee for PEO, and also serves on the Board of the Oregon Institute of Technology Foundation that raises money for scholarships and other projects for OIT.
Diedra holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, and a JD from the University of Denver.
Tami grew up in Marin County California. She attended the College of Marin for two years followed by Beauty School completion in Vallejo, CA.
As a licensed Cosmetologist, Tami entered the business world, owning and managing a hair salon in Marin County for 10 years. In 2004 Tami moved with her family to Sisters. She worked at a local hair salon for a year before opening Metamorphosis Skin & Hair Renewal Salon (Metamorphosis Salon) in 2006. Located at 161 N. Elm Street, Suite C in Sisters, Metamorphosis Salon has expanded to include 8 associates.
Tami and Kent Jones have been married 16 years. Kent owns and operates a local construction business. They have three children; Hayden, a SHS junior, Mekenna, a sixth grader (Sisters Middle School) and Hudson, a third grader (Sisters Elementary).
Tami has a history of supporting Sisters GRO and its mission. In 2010 Tami set up the Monarch Scholarship, an annual scholarship supporting SHS graduates pursuing cosmetology education and training. In 2010-11 Tami contributed greatly to the success of the Sisters GRO Rhinestone Cowboy fundraiser by serving on the steering committee, donating an Apple I-pad, and investing countless volunteer hours. As an active Sisters Chamber member and business owner, Tami continues to spread the news of Sisters GRO through her broad sphere of influence in the community.