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Our Board

Brian Vernon

Board President

Brian Vernon

Brian Vernon was Born in Bend, Oregon and moved back in 2007. Brian is the National Sales Manager for HYDAWAY, a collapsible water bottle company here in Bend. Brian has two adventurous boys in elementary school and he is often found outside playing soccer, basketball or football with them. Brian also enjoys staying active, supporting the Oregon Ducks, and catching as many Dave Matthews shows as possible. He has been honored to have served on the Board since 2014. His passion is advocating for women and families, and to promote "the value of living life free from violence

Tina Redd

Secretary

Tina Redd

Tina Redd is the Director of Central Oregon Community College's Redmond Campus. Prior to her role as Director, Tina taught Humanities at Central Oregon Community College. She joined the college in 2008. Tina's teaching career includes professorships at the University of Washington and the University of Arkansas. She also taught at Portland Community College. Tina earned her doctorate degree at the University of Washington. Whenever possible, she enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, and walking on the beautiful beaches along the Oregon coast.

Aaron Brenneman

Treasurer

Aaron Brenneman

Aaron Brenneman has been practicing law in Central Oregon since 2000. Formerly the Chief Deputy District Attorney for Crook County, Aaron opened his own law practice in the Spring of 2017. He graduated from Willamette University College of Law and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oregon State University. Aaron originally joined the Saving Grace Board in 2012 but took a leave of absence for a little over a year. He rejoined the Board in 2017. Aaron is married to his wife, Alana, and they have two very active middle school aged children. The Brenneman family enjoys outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding, hiking and camping

Sally Sorenson

VP / Recruiting

Sally Sorenson

Sally has lived full time in Central Oregon since 2008, when she and her husband moved here to live close to their two sons and their families. Sally earned her Bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, has over 25 years of experience working in human resources, and has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources for 15 years. Previously, Sally served on the Barry County Child Abuse Counsel in Hastings, Michigan, on the board for the Women’s Resource Center of Central Oregon (WRCCO), as a member of Sunriver Rotary Club, and on the Board of the Rotary Club of Glenville, NY. Sally has been on Saving Grace’s Board since September 2015.

Elizabeth Conway

VP / Recruiting

Elizabeth Conway

Elizabeth Conway has been a partner and clinician of Life Works of Central Oregon, LLC, since 1995. She earned her MS in Education and Child Psychology from Western Oregon University and was a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Capella University from 2001-2006. Prior to joining Life Works of Central Oregon, Elizabeth was a Lecturer for eight years in Education and Developmental Psychology at Massey University, New Zealand. Upon her return to Oregon, she was a full-time instructor teaching psychology and education at Central Oregon Community College. Elizabeth enjoys time in the wilderness, reading and writing poetry, film of all sorts—especially independent films and documentaries, cooking, music, and time with family.

Maggie O'Connor

Board Member

Maggie O'Connor

Maggie O’Connor moved to Central Oregon in 2007 and has worked for St. Charles Health System since that time. She is currently the Manager of Community Health Strategy in the Population Health department. Maggie earned her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University in Health Management and Policy, and her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University. She is a lifetime Oregonian, growing up in Gearhart, a small beach town on the northern coast. Maggie, her husband Ryan, and their son reside in Redmond and very much enjoy spending time outdoors.

René Gentry Smith

Board Member

René Gentry Smith

Before retiring, René Smith received a BS degree in Management, with a Telecommunications Systems Management specialty, from Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, Oregon. She worked for a number of Oregon high-tech companies, where her career spanned technical sales support, technical training and writing, instructional design, and program and project management. In 2004, she and her husband chose Bend as their home because of the skiing, kayaking, hiking, and bicycling it affords. Previously, she has served on the Board of the local Newcomers Club of Bend, and organized and guided hikes for the women’s social organization. René has been volunteering for Saving Grace since about 2010, and joined the Board in 2012.

Cheryl Parton

Board Member

Cheryl Parton