Meet the Bethlehem Inn Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

David Brown

David Brown, President

David graduated cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in History and Classical Studies in 1995, and then graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 2002. He currently practices law with Merrill-O’Sullivan, located in Bend’s Old Mill District. He has served as Outreach Coordinator for the Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund and worked with Oregon State Bar Programs. Dave moved to Oregon in 1999, where he now lives with his wife Monica, daughter Zoe and son Rex.
"I believe that service is an important part of life, and try to live by Marcel Proust’s maxim: ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking out new lands, but in having new vision.’"

Glenn Kotara, Vice 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."
Sandy Gianotti

Sandy Gianotti, Treasurer

Sandy serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer for Bank of the Cascades and has enjoyed a 35 year career in banking which includes experience in Risk, Audit, Compliance, Accounting and Operations. She earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah and is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School, has a Certificate of Risk Management Assurance through the Institute of Internal Auditors and is a Certified Risk Professional through the Bank Administration Institute. Sandy and her husband Mike have lived in Bend since 1992. Her commitment to this community has been evidenced by her past volunteer activities including Cascade Music Festival board member, Humane Society and School District volunteer, as well as active involvement in several professional organizations.
"For a long time I have been an admirer of the support, contribution and impact Bethlehem Inn brings to individuals, families and our Community. I am very excited to be a part of an organization which serves to enhance the quality of life for others and to give back to a community that has been a wonderful part of my life."

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."
Pat Ackley, President

Pat Ackley

Pat holds advanced degrees in education and psychology and has extensive professional experience in education and organizational consulting. She has served on several other boards in the region including Partnership to End Poverty. Pat moved to Central Oregon over twenty years ago and currently lives in Bend.
"For me, the problem of homelessness is personal. I grew up in poverty and have first-hand experience of worrying about where I was going to sleep, if I would have to change schools again, or whether I would have enough to eat. We relied on the generosity of family, friends and strangers to survive. In those days, there was no such refuge as the Bethlehem Inn."
Joe Emerson

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.
Howard Friedman

Howard Friedman

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."
Tom Kemper – photo

Tom Kemper

As the Executive Director of Housing Works, Tom Kemper is keenly interested in the issue of homeless and wants to help mitigate the issue in Central Oregon. He has 25 years of experience in development, finance and real estate that he brings to the board. Tom also serves on the board or the Oregon Opportunity Network. He has a B.S Business from PSU, J.D. from Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law and L.L.M in Taxation, New York University.
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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!
Beverly Phillips

Beverly Phillips

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.
Jenny Warner

Jenny Warner

Jenny is the Pastor for Justice, Spirituality and Community at First Presbyterian Church of Bend, Oregon. She received a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and Psychology in 1992, and in 2010, received a Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Her current work includes overseeing the justice and outreach, spiritual formation and community development at First Pres as well as supervising ministry and office staff and coordinating weekly worship. Her past work has included consulting in cross-cultural communication, graphic design and church management. She delights in the gift of friendship, and is most happy at play and rest with her husband and two daughters.
"My family and I love to serve meals at the shelter whenever possible. We are inspired by the welcome and mutuality that we experience in the community atmosphere. My church community proudly considers Bethlehem Inn to be a key partner in cultivating hope in Central Oregon. I am looking forward to helping further the transformative work that happens there."

Are you interested in joining a non-profit board that really works?

The Bethlehem Inn is seeking additional board members with varied backgrounds and experience to help the Inn continue to develop and meet the growing demand for emergency shelter in the area. Click here for more information.

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