Meet the Bethlehem Inn Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Pete Sandgren, Treasurer

Pete Sandgren, President

Pete earned a B.A. in Biology from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. He owned a data management and statistics company providing services and support to the biotech industry, before selling the business in 2007. Pete lived in the Bay Area for nearly 15 years before moving to Bend in 2008, where he now lives with his wife and young daughter.
"The Bethlehem Inn provides support to hundreds of at-need members of the community each year. The services the Bethlehem Inn provides, and the staff and volunteers who provide them, are a very impressive group. I feel it is critical to volunteer our time to help support the community."
Bruce Cummings

Bruce Cummings, Vice-President

Bruce spent more than 30 years as a broadcast journalist for NBC Nightly News in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. In Washington D.C., he served on the Community Advisory Council of St. Luke’s Shelter (for homeless men). Currently, Bruce serves on the Advisory Board of OSU/Cascades and is involved with Volunteers in Action and Shepherd’s House. He has lived in Bend since 2006 with his wife Sandy.
"Sandy and I learned of and started supporting Bethlehem Inn soon after moving here. Getting to know Gwenn Wysling only intensified my interest in the Inn and its crucial and richly varied services."
Julia Kennedy Cochran, Secretary

Julia Kennedy Cochran, Secretary

Julie received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and then worked for ten years as a journalist in New York. Later she received her M.B.A. from Columbia University and worked for fourteen years as a marketing manager and new product developer for telecommunications and Internet-related companies. Julie has lived in Tumalo with her husband Ron Cochran since 2003.
"In 2008, as the economy worsened, I decided to shift my contributions to local rather than national charities because I felt donations made here would have more of an impact. One of the local charities I donated to was Bethlehem Inn. I was tremendously impressed by the work Bethlehem Inn does and concerned about the growing number of homeless people in our community. In 2009, I was invited to join the Board of Directors and am honored to be part of this great effort."

Jeff Gullickson, Treasurer

Jeff Gullickson is a Certified Public Accountant who joined SGA in 2013. Accounting is Jeff's second career, after having owned and operated a successful photography business in Chehalis, Washington for many years. Jeff originally graduated from the University of Washington in 2008, with a degree in Business Administration. As a former business owner, Jeff has had the unique experience of helping others through challenging times. He and his wife Holly and two children Abby (9) and Hayden (7) enjoy all that Bend has to offer.
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."
David Brown

David Brown

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 and daughter Zoe.
"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.’"
Sandy Gianotti

Sandy Gianotti

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 the 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."
Cassie Giddings

Cassie Giddings

Cassie earned a B.A. in Community Service and Public Administration from the University of Oregon. She and her husband are part owners of BendTel, Central Oregon’s only privately owned telephone and Internet service provider. Cassie has served on the River West Neighborhood Association board, the Bend 2030 Vision board and the Oregon Nordic Club Statewide board. She has lived in Bend since 1980, with the exception of 17 years in Seattle, Washington.
"Building a strong community means investing in social capital. Individuals, who are connected to their neighbors, play an active role in shaping the destiny of their community, by influencing results that make our communities safer, healthier and more vital. I am inspired by the volunteers and staff at 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.

Glenn Kotara

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."

John Sorlie

John is an attorney and shareholder at the law firm of Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, where he has worked for the last 20 years. His law practice focuses on estate planning, trust administration, and probate. He also assists clients with buying, selling, forming and financing businesses. And, he assists clients with legal and tax issues associated with real estate transactions and commercial leasing.

John is on the Board of Directors for the Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club. He recently served for 6 years on the Board of Directors for the regions primary economic development organization, Economic Development for Central Oregon. He was the past Chairman of the Cascade Cycling Classic, and also a former Member of the Board of Directors for the Bend Park and Recreation Foundation, and a former Chairman of the Deschutes County Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Bend program through the Bend Chamber of Commerce.
"Through my involvement with various non-profit organizations in town, I recognize that the Bethlehem Inn provides one of the last best safety nets for the homeless population in our city and I hope to help with that mission.”"

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 the 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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