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Board of Directors

Clifford B. Evelyn-President


Clifford is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and attended U.S. Naval Management school in Algiers, LA. He was honorably discharged for the U.S Navy as a 2nd Class Petty Officer. Clifford is a former Clark County Sheriff’s Office Commander in Vancouver, Washington employed with them for 20 years. During that time held the position of Correctional Officer, Training Sergeant, Operations Lieutenant and Commander. He has also coached at risk youth in basketball, baseball and boxing. Clifford is also a motivational speaker and focusing on being active as an Incarceration Activist

Skipper Lay- Vice President


Raised in Austin, Texas, Lay graduated from High School there and earned an undergraduate degree (1964) and law degree (1966) from the University of Texas-Austin and U. of T. Law School. He is a member of a number of professional associations (and chair of several of them), and is experienced in trial and administrative law.
Skipper has managed or handled cases in personal injury, criminal, corporate, real estate, family, environmental and energy resources law. He was Assistant Director for one of the largest administrative agencies in Texas. For several years he also taught high school English and Social Studies classes. Lay is an activist in local, state and federal politics as well as immigration cases and racial and GLBTQ justice.
Lay is also serious about faith and spiritual matters, especially in the Methodist Denomination.

John Seitter-Accountant


John and his wife Lois moved here from Ohio in 2006 when they both retired.  He served in the Air Force for 4 years and spent most of his working career managing the accounting department for a community hospital.  He is currently on the board of Jericho Road and is also serving as the bookkeeper/accountant for Cascade View Estates HOA.
John’s favorite hobbies are reading and RV traveling in the summer


Christopher (Chris) Nielsen


Chris graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California with a BS in Business Administration. He worked as a Contract Specialist for the Army Corps of Engineers and then later as a Supervisory Contract Specialist for the Bonneville Power Administration. Additionally, he served in the US Air Force from 1972-1977 and then in the Air National Guard, retiring in 2002.
He believes in volunteerism and giving back to his community. He has served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT and continues to give back, building affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity and delivering nutritious meals for Meals on Wheels.
Chris likes to stay busy and is an avid “do-it-yourselfer” and enjoys all kinds of home improvement projects. In his spare time, he likes to golf, hike, kayak and snowshoe. He and his wife enjoy traveling in their RV as well as travel abroad, learning about other cultures.

Megan Watkins


Megan Watkins moved to Bend in 1990 with family, and enjoyed growing up experiencing the outdoor magic Central Oregon has to offer; snowshoeing, camping, caving and hiking. Megan graduated from Bend Senior High in 2001 and pursued higher education at COCC while working in the restaurant and tourism industries, where she discovered her passion for the service industry and servant leadership. She has been with Starbucks since 2008 and loves working for a company who’s Mission and Values aligns with her own. In her free time Megan enjoys participating in community volunteer events through Starbucks Volunteer Match, and renovating modest homes in Redmond and Madras with her husband to provide safe affordable housing in Central Oregon.

Lesley Carrell


Lesley graduated from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon with a BS in Marketing. She worked 36 years in the Credit Union industry, retiring as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Community Development at Fibre Federal Credit Union in Longview, WA. She served on numerous industry Boards and worked closely with Community Organizations to bring banking services to the unbanked.

Since retiring she has volunteered for numerous organizations, including the SW Washington Humane Society, Friends of the La Center Library, and the Clark County YWCA, where she volunteered as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault. Since relocating to Central Oregon in 2018, she volunteers for the Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) program, connecting reading, kids and volunteers with a love for reading, the Sisters Folk Festival, and delivers Meals on Wheels.

In her spare time, Lesley gets outside as much as possible She loves hiking, biking, kayaking and camping. At home she gardens, reads, and loves to cook for friends and family. She loves to travel and has visited every continent except Antarctica.




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