Meet the board of directors
I grew up in Vancouver, Washington and moved to Prineville in 2006. We had been coming to Prineville for recreation since 2004 and decided we wanted to be here full time.
My husband had an off road motorcycle touring business and the Chamber was a great way to get involved in a new community and meet wonderful people.
I love the friendly people and sunny skies of Prineville. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, getting outside for walks, including the Barnes Butte trails, watching movies at the Pine Theater, and traveling.
First Interstate Bank (16 years). AVP, Retail Branch Manager.
I grew up here in Prineville and have a wonderful family here. I stayed here because of the community and all of the access we have to the lakes, camping, hunting, etc.
I got involved with the Chamber to support local businesses and keep engaged with the business community.
I hike Barnes butte every chance I get and take my crazy Labradors to Ochoco Reservoir several days a week in the Summer.
I was born and raised in Prineville and Prineville is home. I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with individuals that gave me career opportunities to grow. My husband and I wanted to raise our kids here.
I was approached by the former director to fill a vacant roll on the Board as the St. Charles Prineville representative, upon leaving that position, I still wanted to continue my term. I feel as though perhaps I fell into the Board position by accident, lol. I do believe though I certainly add value, whether it is my history here, family history, or raising my kids here and being a part of the community.
I love that Prineville has always “survived” and is resilient. When we lost several of the mills, and the economy really took a dive, I love that our community leaders saw the need and looked for outside opportunities to bring in jobs. I realize with growth comes some heartburn however Prineville continues to strive to stay on the map and actually thrive. I believe we are a resilient bunch who wants to continue our success and growth. I grew up here and I love the fact that people that also grew up here come back and raise their families here. I love that some of my school teachers, teach my children. I value going to the market and seeing someone I either went to school with, was a friend of my folks or knows my children. That makes me happy.
I grew up in Prineville, moved away after school, and moved back in 2014. I had always wanted to move back to Prineville and finally had the right opportunity.
I believe a healthy and active visitor center and chamber of commerce are critical to the vitality of a small community. Being involved in the chamber is a way for me to continue to support two key functions of the community, tourism, and the development of our business community. I think we live in an amazing community and I love having a small part in continuing to make it a great place to live.
As one of the oldest cities in Central Oregon Prineville has a deep history. The historic sites, geography, and diverse recreation opportunities all combine to make Prineville/Crook County one of the best places in the west to live. I love tracking down historic sites and exploring the vast miles of open country and public lands Crook County has to offer. When I am not at work or volunteering in the community, I’m out in the back country exploring, hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors.
I am the Executive Director for Crook County Parks and Recreation District. I have worked for the District since June of 2000.
I spent my childhood and early teens in Victorville CA on George Air Force Base. My family moved to Central Oregon in 1995 and we fell in love with Prineville. A handful of years later I fell in love my beautiful wife Sarah who has called Prineville home most of her life. We appreciate the small town feel and sense of community Prineville has to offer and it’s a great place to raise a family. The opportunity to explore the great outdoors right out your back door is phenomenal and we never seem to run out of new places that are just waiting for us to discover.
My experience with the Prineville Chamber of Commerce has truly been an honor. I have met some wonderful people and I feel like I am able to provide a bridge between local government (Parks and Recreation) and local business. Just like decorations and furniture make a house beautiful and livable, I believe parks and recreation services make a community beautiful and livable. I want local business to thrive, tourism to flourish and those who live here to be proud of their community.
I enjoy walking along the Ochoco Creek Park path, the lower 66, and the trails in the vast recreation area surrounding Barnes Butte. I enjoy fishing and kayaking the wild and scenic Crooked River and now and aging I even get out my bike and go for a ride. The Ochoco mountains are a wonderful place to explore and a round of golf at Meadow Lake suites me well.
I grew up in Fresno, CA and Victorville, CA in the Mojave Desert of California. I was attracted to Prineville by the small town feel, quality of Life, and opportunity to build relationships with people throughout the community.
Getting involved with the chamber was the obvious choice to connect with businesses and the leaders of our community. It has been a great networking opportunity for me and an excellent organization to represent business and tourism for our county.
I love the open space that Prineville provides. I love taking a drive up towards Bowman Dam on Hwy 27 and enjoying our scenic byway. The Ochoco National Forest is also a favorite of mine. There seems to be endless opportunities for exploring. Brennan Palisades, Steins Pillar, and the Mill Creek Wilderness.
Owner & Lead Coordinator at Firefly Events which just celebrated its two year anniversary but I have been planning and coordinating events for over a decade.
Where you grew up and what brought you to, or kept you in Prineville.
I grew up around southern Oregon. I made a road trip to Prineville with a cousin, on that trip I was introduced to a handsome young Prineville man that later became my husband. I love Prineville and although I wasn’t raised here over the last 16 years it truly has come to feel like my hometown.
I was working for a business that was a Chamber member and I was looking for opportunities to get involved in the community. After several years of attending Chamber functions I was encouraged to join the Ambassador team and then the Board. It has been a great learning experience and a lot of fun to be part of the Chamber both as a member and on the Board.
I love the weather in Prineville. After growing up in the valley with so many days of rain I truly appreciated having (mostly) defined seasons. Summertime in Prineville is definitely my all-time favorite! We enjoy paddle boarding at Ochoco reservoir, swimming at the Prineville reservoir, floating the refreshing Crooked River, hiking the Barnes Butte or Chimney Rock trails and riding our ATV’s on the many OHV trails.
I was born in Albany but grew up in the Gresham area. Any chance we had, we were coming to central or Eastern Oregon to play. I remember coming to Prineville when I was a kid. I always thought that it was a great place. When the opportunity opened up to relocate my agency, I jumped at the chance. I have been an agency owner with American Family Insurance since 2000 and had an agency in SE Portland until 2011. I closed my Portland office and opened in Prineville in May of 2011.
When I moved here I did not know a single person. There was a Chamber After Hours hosted by the Central Oregonian on a Thursday afternoon during my first couple of weeks here. I decided to go check it out. I met several amazing people that first night. They made me feel so welcome! Because of that evening, I have made many friends and business connections. I contribute a lot of my success here in the community to networking done through the Chamber of Commerce.
The best thing about Prineville is the sense of community that exists here. People look out for each other. There is a genuine love and acceptance of people that I did not experience growing up in a bigger city.
I have 4 kids so a lot of my spare time is spent at the grocery store. When I’m not working or grocery shopping I love to get outside and spend time in the woods, at the reservoir or on the golf course.
I have been an employment specialist for the last 7 years. Helping customers find employment, remove barriers and work with diverse communities. I also manage and co-own the Executive Inn motel in Prineville and have been a member since 2006. I would love to be more involved with our community and stay up to date with events, help with resources and provide information to local businesses.
As the parents of three children, my wife and I care deeply about the traditional culture and values of Crook County. We know that this is a great place to raise our children, and we want it to be a place where they can raise a family of their own.
My family has lived in Crook County for four generations. Public service is a family tradition and it is one that I am proud to continue.
The quality of life in Crook County is what sets us apart. As we continue to make choices about how we grow, it is something that we can’t lose sight of. I am committed to preserving the best of Crook County.
I moved with my parents in 1962 from Dubuque, Iowa and have lived in Prineville ever since. I graduated from Crook County High School and after a few years I decided college was important and graduated from Central Oregon Community College.
I worked for the Bureau of Land Management for nearly 30 years. I began as a Clerk/Typist and ended my career as a Lead for Rights-of-Way, Renewable Energy for Realty, and Communication Site with the Oregon State Office in Portland, Oregon. This position was remotely located in Prineville.
My value in Chamber involvement is knowing some of the history from living here for 56 years.
My husband and I enjoy travelling, camping, bike riding, walking, and spending time with our family. We enjoy the outdoor opportunities in Prineville or in the Ochoco National Forest.