Meet the Bethlehem Inn Board of Directors.


Board of Directors

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Glenn Kotara, President

Glenn is a semi-retired land developer/home builder with a career spanning 35 years. He has built multi-million dollar projects around the state. He has been on the board for St. Vincent De Paul of La Pine for almost six years, and has been responsible for all the land transactions, including financing, purchases, remodeling, land divisions, and sales of excess property. He currently lives in Crosswater with his wife.
"I have been delivering food and clothing to the Inn. My own personal research has led to the conclusion that the Inn by far provides the best support for the needy in our community."
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Howard Friedman, Vice-President

As a partner and Principal Broker with Compass Commercial Real Estate Services, Howard has actively volunteered with the Inn preparing and serving monthly meals along with being the longest serving member on the Bethlehem Inn’s Facility Committee. Howard has lived in Bend for 35 years. He and his wife, Nancy raised their three children (who are all college graduates) in Bend. In his free time, he enjoys snowboarding, fly fishing, traveling, cooking and re-hydrating on the Oregon coast, as well as visiting his three grandchildren in Arizona.
"Having cooked and served meals to the Bethlehem Inn residents for over a decade, and having been involved in the Inn’s facility restructuring, I have seen the need for continued participation in the inner workings of this great organization. I look forward to continuing to contribute my talents and expertise as a Board Member of the Bethlehem Inn."
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Megan Burgess, Secretary

Megan is an attorney at Peterkin & Associates in Bend, where her practice includes real estate and construction litigation, contract disputes, commercial litigation, and all aspects of representing contractors and homeowners. Megan has been practicing law in Central Oregon since 2008, where she lives with her husband, daughter and son.
"Since moving to Bend in 2008, I became keenly aware of the serious housing issues facing our community as part of my law practice advising homeowners, builders and real estate agents in foreclosures, short sales, and the complex and ever-changing laws governing these topics. Bethlehem Inn serves as a vital role in our community addressing homelessness and situational poverty. I am honored by the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and support the Inn's mission."
Beverly Phillips

Beverly Phillips, Treasurer

Beverly is a seasoned financial executive with solid and progressive experience in all facets of accounting, financial management and executive leadership. She has extensive experience in optimizing cash flow, streamlining financial processes, enhancing productivity levels, introducing process improvements and implementing technology solutions. Beverly is excited to give back to the community by serving on the board.
"There are many in Central Oregon that have suffered hardship most of us can only imagine. Bethlehem Inn is there to ease the unimaginable burden carried by those in need, to provide help, to give them the space to rebuild, and perhaps most importantly, to provide hope. Gwenn and the staff do an amazing job doing all that while somehow managing to maintain the dignity of the residents. I am deeply honored to serve on the Board of such a wonderful organization."
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Jen Barcus

Jen is a Commercial Lender with First Interstate Bank in Bend, OR. She has worked in commercial lending in a variety of capacities throughout the Northwest for the past seven years. Prior to that, she received a Finance degree from Washington State University and an MBA from Gonzaga University. In addition to the serving on the Bethlehem Inn Board, Jen also serves on the Bend Leadership Board for the Ronald McDonald House. In her free time, Jen enjoys all of the hiking, biking and sunshine that Central Oregon has to offer.
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Mike Bonetto

Mike has a unique portfolio of over 20 years of health care strategic planning and policy experience. He is the co-founder and partner of Tenfold Health, a national health care consulting firm based in Bend. He was previously the Chief of Staff and Senior Health Policy Advisor in the Oregon Governor's Office - where he helped lead the transformation of the state's Medicaid program. He has lived in Bend since 1997 and has served on numerous community boards over the years - Deschutes County Public Health Advisory Board; Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades; Mosaic Medical; and HealthMatters of Central Oregon. He is excited to help bridge the gap between homelessness and health care. Mike lives in Bend with his wife, Nancy, and their three children.
"I feel fortunate to be a part of the Central Oregon community and Bethlehem Inn is an incredible reflection of our community's values and our care for each other. We also know that homelessness has a significant impact on health and overall health care costs - yet our health care system is not designed to address it. Bethlehem Inn has made great progress to change this paradigm."
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Jill Craveiro

Jill is a CPA with 10 years of experience working with regional and national home builders. She worked in public accounting in Portland before that, auditing and providing financial consulting services to companies in a wide range of industries. She was raised in Bend and went to college at Santa Clara University and then received her Master’s in Financial Statement Analysis at Portland State University. She moved back to Bend in 2009 and is now raising two young children with her husband.
"Along with my work as Controller for two local homebuilders I became exposed to and aware of the need for assistance and shelter for families in need of short term housing. Life can change rapidly for any of us, and having a place to go for families experiencing difficulties or struggling financially is crucial to this community."
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Joe Emerson

Joe has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in India, a Peace Corps staff member, a middle school teacher, a founder and owner of a woodstove store, a professional nutritionist, and a founder and owner of a dietary supplement distribution business to healthcare professionals. In retirement, he is now able to pursue some of his life passions - supporting the creation of an ecologically sound economy, bringing our carbon emissions under control, and providing support for people who face challenges in their lives. He and his wife, Ann, live in Bend and are founders and directors of the Ecological Development Foundation, Inc. Joe is looking forward to helping clients reestablish their lives through his service on the the board.
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David Gilmore

David moved to Bend in 2009 from San Diego and has a long history of community service. He has been in residential real estate sales since 1998 and is currently a Broker at Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate. Prior to joining the Board of Bethlehem Inn, David served as the Secretary for the Board of Directors for Volunteer Connect from 2013-2016. He is also a newly elected member of the Board of Directors for High Desert Chamber of Music. Passions and interests include cooking, gardening, camping in his Airstream, and spending time with his two dogs Mason and Kira. David and his partner are in the process of moving to NorthWest Crossing from their current home in the outskirts of Bend.
"I believe that no one is to blame when they face homelessness and that they don't need a simple hand out, but a hand up. In that regard, Bethlehem Inn is a safety net for those in need of temporary housing and assistance. I am proud to support the very important work of Bethlehem Inn and further their mission in the community!"
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Rev. Dr. Steven Koski

Rev. Dr. Steven Koski has degrees in English, Psychology and Theology from Hamline University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and McCormick Theological Seminary. Steven has served as a Pastor for the past 30 years in Australia and the United States. He has been the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Bend for the past 12 years. In addition to being a pastor, Steven has been a corporate trainer and motivational speaker and received the Speaker of the Year award by the National Speakers Association of Australia. Steven has served the community on many boards and most recently finished a nine year term serving on the board of Volunteers in Medicine in Bend. Steven is married to Laurie who is a LCSW working in private practice as a therapist in Bend and they have two sons, Jacob and Jonah.
"First Presbyterian Church of Bend has been a strong supporter of Bethlehem Inn for years. I have seen firsthand the way each and every person who comes to Bethlehem Inn is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. I don’t believe we serve those who, for a variety of reasons, find themselves on the margins to make a difference as we serve so that we become different. I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity to contribute to such a vital mission and organization serving our community.”"
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Annete Liebe

Annette holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in Communications and a law degree from the University of Oregon. She has a long standing commitment to public service. Annette began her career working for nonprofit organizations focused on protecting natural resources and public health. For more than 20 years she has worked for the State of Oregon in a variety of leadership positions. Currently Annette serves as Governor Kate Brown's Regional Solutions Director and Central Oregon Coordinator.
"I believe in the mission of Bethlehem Inn and am honored to serve our community alongside the Inn's dedicated and professional staff. I am committed to paying forward the generous support and encouragement I've received from others."
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George Myers

George began volunteering with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity about 20 years ago. Churches he has belonged to were always involved in outreach and support activities serving homeless residents of the communities where he has lived. He worked for Habitat for Humanity International for 17 years based in the field as an Organizational Development Consultant supporting their Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative and other programs. After leaving Habitat in 2013, George launched out on his own as an independent nonprofit consultant. He enjoys strategic planning, and training staff, board members and volunteers. George approaches all work with an asset and strength-based perspective looking for "what's working." He relocated to Sisters in 2015 and loves Central Oregon!
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Charlie Ringo

Charlie holds a law degree from the Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College. Prior to retiring, he practiced civil litigation law for 26 years. Charlie has been involved in a wide variety of community service programs ranging from volunteering at legal clinics for the low income individuals to teaching illiterate adults how to read. His compassion and desire to help people less fortunate remained a key focus and was one of his motivating reasons to seek out volunteer opportunities at the Inn. He started as a front desk volunteer and added another layer to his involvement through his role as a board member.
"It makes my heart ache to see homeless people standing outside on these cold days and nights. If by serving on the board of the Bethlehem Inn I can help bring shelter to some of these folks, then that is what I should do."
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Chris Telfer

Chris earned her BSBA at the University of Denver with post graduate studies at the University of Oregon. She has more than 32 years of experience as a CPA with expertise in non-profits, growing businesses, tax, and real estate development. Chris is a former Bend City Councilor and Oregon State Senator and currently serves as Oregon Lottery Commissioner. She has owned five other businesses in various fields such as land development, sales, commercial real estate and a restaurant. Away from the office, Chris enjoys golfing, volunteering at various community events, and spending time with friends and family.
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