CASSI MACQUEEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
A native Texan, Cassi grew up working with at-risk youth in some of the most impoverished areas of North Texas. Inspired by the resiliency she witnessed in underserved communities, Cassi developed a deep passion for public service and a commitment to social change. Cassi’s career has included leadership positions at non-profit organizations across the country including Director of Outreach & Education at Chamberlain Performing Arts, Director of Development at Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, and Chief Operating Officer of the Cascades & Alaska Regions at the American Red Cross. Cassi is an avid hiker and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
TRISH MEYER, ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Trish has been with Saving Grace since 2002. She works closely with community partners in Deschutes County and oversees human resources, the Lethality Assessment Program, and the Crook and Jefferson County programs. Prior to working with Saving Grace, Trish’s background includes management positions with the SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) Program and Sonoma Compost Company, and direct service positions with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and in the education field. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a multiple subject teaching credential. She’s the proud mom of Gibson the golden retriever, who currently serves as Saving Grace’s Head of Surveillance.
REBECCA SWEARINGEN, BUSINESS MANAGER
Rebecca earned her bachelor’s in Psychology from Eastern Oregon University and started with Saving Grace in 2000. Prior to coming to Saving Grace, Rebecca worked for the Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO). While she has had many different roles during her time here, she has most recently served as Business Manager, where she coordinates, administers and manages the financial and business activities to ensure sound fiscal management. When she isn’t at work, Rebecca spends her time researching family history, recovering, preserving and sharing treasured family artifacts and stories. She also volunteers at a local veteran’s group in Prineville. Rebecca and her husband enjoy camping and spending time with family.
LAUREN DUBOSE, DONOR RELATIONS MANAGER
Lauren joined the Saving Grace team in February of 2011 as part of our Development Department. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Arizona. Lauren worked for the ABC News affiliate in Bend, KOHD for three and half years before entering the non-profit sector. She is currently supporting the Development Department by cultivating donors, community partners and supporting fundraising initiatives. In her spare time she enjoys teaching dance and enjoying the outdoors with her husband, daughter and their two dogs.
TAYLOR SMITH, VOLUNTEER PROGRAM & PREVENTION COORDINATOR
Taylor was born and raised in Bend and received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Oregon in 2014. After traveling and teaching in Southeast Asia for a couple of years, Taylor came home and became involved with Saving Grace in April 2016 as a direct services volunteer. She loved volunteering so much that she became a fulltime AmeriCorps volunteer for Saving Grace and served a term as a shelter advocate from September 2017 – July 2018. In this new role, Taylor will focus on recruiting, training and retaining Saving Grace volunteers, as well as coordinating violence prevention in Deschutes County high schools. When not at Saving Grace, you can find Taylor teaching yoga around town, climbing rocks, and paddling on the Deschutes River.
Interested in joining our team? Click HERE for a list of open positions.
RYAN STILLWATER, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Ryan brings ten years of nonprofit management experience to Saving Grace — most recently serving as Development Director at a Rescue Mission in Central California, where he also served on various community committees and boards, as well as Rotary. With a love of music, Ryan plays in a band, The Gospel Whiskey Runners, and his California-based partnership, Rainmaker Productions, promotes fundraising concerts for nonprofit organizations. Ryan married his wife Amy in 2007 and enjoys adventuring in the great outdoors with their three children.
KELLEY BRENT, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE COORDINATOR
Kelley and her husband Don moved to Bend in 1991. Before joining Saving Grace in 2008, Kelley spent most her days volunteering in the Bend community while raising her three boys. During that time, Kelley earned her degree at COCC, then studied Education through Eastern Oregon University. Kelley is responsible for general management of the Saving Grace Administrative Office, Payroll and Benefits Management, Accounts Payable and Banking. She also lends a hand in the Development Department. Her favorite places to be outside of work are hanging out with her family, reading in the sunshine, and refinishing furniture.
SARAH MCCLURE, GRANTS REPORTING COORDINATOR
Sarah joined Saving Grace in 2004 as a volunteer, became staff in 2005, and is currently working as our Grants Reporting Coordinator. Before moving to Central Oregon Sarah was a California bookseller for 20 years, working with databases for some of the biggest independent bookstores on the west coast. Sarah holds a degree in History of Art from University of California, enjoys West African drumming and dancing, spending quality time caring for some lovely alpacas and doing ranch work!
AMY HUEBNER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Amy and her family moved to Bend in 2013 from Seattle where they bring their love of baseball and football to the area. (Go Seahawks!) Amy has many years under her belt in administrative roles prior to coming to Saving Grace in 2018. She loves taking care of her teams. Amy also teaches jazz dance at a local studio and feels she is making a difference in the lives of people in the community. The Huebners are glad they have made Bend their home.