Denise Bestwick moved to Central Oregon in 1989. She has held leadership positions in several local science-based businesses, and is currently serving as the Director of Quality at Powers of Automation (POA). At POA she is utilizing her experience and perseverance to steer the company through an organizational restructuring process and to position the company to manage growth, optimize operations, and ensure resources are in place to reach its strategic growth potential. Denise is a native to the Pacific Northwest, and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Willamette University. She has been volunteering with Saving Grace since 2000 as a support group facilitator, and became a Board member in 2015. When not working or volunteering, Denise enjoys archery, spending time with her husband and two adult children hiking, viewing wildlife/birds, and exploring the wine regions of the West Coast.
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 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
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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.
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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.
Eric Burtness has been Lead Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Redmond since December 2010. Prior to his position in Central Oregon, he served churches in Beaverton, Oregon, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He is the author of three books, has been a conference speaker and seminary course teacher, and has certifications as a Life Coach. He enjoys many outdoor activities that Central Oregon offers. He and his wife, Margaret, together have five children, and they catch fun and adventurous family time whenever they can.
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.
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.