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.
If you could write your own job title concerning what you do here, what would it be?
Describe any professional designations and industry-related accomplishments.
What inspires you about working for the Prineville – Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center?
Give us a few personal details.
Tell us what inspires you, or provide your favorite inspirational quote.
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 Prevention and Health Promotion Team Lead for the Crook County Health Department where I have worked for over three years. I grew up in Idaho, received my Undergraduate Degree in Salt Lake City, Utah and my Master’s in Healthcare Administration in rural Montana.
My role at the Health Department includes community engagement and collaboration across all community sectors, including businesses. My involvement with the Prineville Chamber began by attending Chamber events, such as the PERK and ribbon cuttings. After several years attending these functions I am looking forward to contributing the community enhancement that is taking place as a Chamber Board member. This mission of the Prineville Chamber Board includes positively affecting regional and community prosperity. This aligns well with public health considering economic development is a factor for overall community health. As a Chamber Board member, I hope to utilize my skills and knowledge in public health and provide input on decisions that impact the health of the community.
In my free time I am enjoy the outdoor recreation that Central Oregon has to offer including rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, paddle boarding, and camping. I also am very fond of my pets; two dogs and one cat.
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 was born and raised in Prineville where I graduated from Crook County High School in 2009. After that, I moved to Portland where I attended both Pacific University and the University of Western States for Chiropractic School.
After ten years, I returned to Prineville and am now an Associate Chirpractor at Slater Chiropractic.
Since moving back, I have enjoyed how close this community is and realized how much I missed all that Crook County has to offer compared to the big city. I started attending Chamber events to become more involved in our community and am excited to continue working with the Chamber in the role of board member.
I love spending my free time with friends and family, and enjoy getting out to explore all of Central Oregon. I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping, kayaking and many other outdoor activities available in this beautiful area I get to call home.
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.