Board of Directors
Growing up in Western Michigan, Ruth became an Oregonian after attending the University of Oregon and earning a MMus degree. Needing money and establishing a career, Ruth first fell in love with the Oregon Coast at Waldport and Yachats schools (K-5). After a year and a half, she came to Gold Beach where she taught K-8 music for twenty years and substituted for twelve years. Finding a purpose to serve since retirement, Ruth became a member of Curry General Hospital Auxiliary in 2003, serving as President since 2014 and being an ex-officio member and liaison to the Foundation.
Steve was born and raised in Chinook, Montana. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and his master's degree in education from Montana State University. He also has a master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Hawaii. He moved to Curry County in 1970 where he was an educator, involved in his church and a 4-H leader. He retired after 32 years as a teacher, counselor, coach and advisor at Gold Beach High School. Presently he: works part-time for Cal-Ore Life Flight as an EMT-I and tutors an occasional student in math. This year Steve is President of the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church in Brookings. Any remaining time is spent surfing, steelhead fishing or scuba diving.
Over the past 30+ years, Donna has lived throughout the United States and Europe as she joined her husband, David in serving our country in the US Air Force. Prior to marrying David, she spent 16 years in Europe as her Dad also served in the US Air Force. She is now happy to call the Oregon Coast home! Donna loves to travel with her husband, spend time hiking and exploring beautiful Oregon.
Donna spent over 12 years in the Banking/Financial Industry serving as Vice President of Operations, VP of Corporate Development, Call Center and Quality Assurance Manager along with other operational roles. She also spent 9 years in Supplemental Education as District Manager for Sylvan Learning Centers in the Los Angeles District, and 3 years with Asante as a Trainer/Support Specialist for Physicians and Staff on the EPIC Electronic Medical Record.
Donna received her BBA in Finance degree with honors from Hawaii Pacific University. She has been the recipient of Outstanding Civil Service Employee Award while working overseas, Outstanding Director for Profitability from Sylvan, and many certificates of appreciation/kudos for outstanding customer service with Asante Physician Partners.
Karen has been an active Real Estate Broker since 2006. She currently serves on the Curry County Planning Commission and is an active Board member of the Curry Health District. Karen was elected in the Spring of 2015 and took the oath of office for a four-year term as a Board member on July 1, 2015. Her experience in health care administration includes serving for eight years as Director of Human Resources for Curry Health Network, and also for a period of time was the Materials (Purchasing) Manager. Kennedy is currently the Principal Broker and owner of Ultimate Coastal Properties, a real estate firm that specializes in properties on the Southern Oregon coast. Her background in non-profit and for-profit sectors gives her insight into balancing best business practices with the benefits of giving back to the community.
Born and raised in Park City, Utah until fifth grade, moved to Salt Lake City and continued education there until senior year. Moved to Reno, Nevada where I graduated from high school. Graduated with a BS degree in Elementary Education from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. I married my husband 51 years ago in Utah. He was in the Navy so we moved to several paces in the U.S. We have two children, two granddaughters and three great grandchildren. We moved here from Reno over a decade ago. I am currently active with Curry General Hospital Auxiliary and serve on the board of Directors of Curry Health Foundation.
Leslie has been living in Gold Beach since 1977. She has owned Interior Coverups since 1987. While raising her children she was very involved in the Booster Club and served on the Curry County Pageant board. She is an active Soroptimist and currently their secretary. Leslie has been active in the community with the Chamber of Commerce and promotion committee. She enjoys volunteer work as well as gardening, hiking and family.
Dugie was born in Coquille, Oregon and raised in Powers. The family moved to Curry County in1955. He graduated Gold Beach Union High School in 1959. Dugie married his wife, Shirley, in 1970. For 37 years Dugie was co-owner of Freeman Marine Equipment building doors and hatch windows for all types of vessels from commercial vessels to mega yachts and military vessels. Products were sold in 51 countries around the world. The company was sold in 2011 and he retired. Dugie has been a member of Rotary of Gold Beach since 1972, served four years on the Ophir School board, on Curry Health District board for eight years, four years as chair. Mainly involved with the Gold Beach Senior Center and Gold Beach High School Scholarship program now. Serves on the Curry Health Foundation Board of Directors.
Cathy Kelly was the Personnel secretary of Stayton Canning Co Co-op. Cathy was Administrative Assistant to former Governor Elmo Smith. She worked as Corporate Secretary for Smith’s newspapers for 11 years before moving to Gold Beach in 1975. She then did accounting and payroll work and managed Tamco offices for six years before taking a position in the Oregon State Courts as Judicial Assistant.
Cathy recently retired after 14 years with the courts.
Raised on the east coast, Mary Stansell has been living on the south Oregon Coast for over 25 years. She and her husband Les, a custom guitar builder, make their home in Pistol River. Their two daughters Laura and Jennifer were raised in Gold Beach, attended local schools, and graduated from college with honors. Mary and Les were extremely pleased with the education their daughters received in Gold Beach. Their older daughter Laura, has two sons, Dylan and Kyler.
Mary served as an elected member of the Central Curry School District for many years, and currently serves as a volunteer member of the Budget Committee. She and Les founded the Pistol River Concert Association, a concert series that has been bringing high-quality music to the local community for over twenty years.
Prior to beginning her career as a Realtor with Century 21 Agate Realty in Gold Beach, Mary spent 12 years working for the Forest Service. "I enjoy being able to share my love for this area with visitors and new people moving into the area," stated Mary.
Mary is the recipient of the 2007 Gold Beach Citizen of the Year Award.
Roseann grew up in a large family in Reedsport, Oregon. She moved to Eugene with her husband, Larry. There she volunteered at school in support of her two children, Ryan and Adele. Roseann did volunteer work for St. Vincent de Paul's social services division and is active in her church. She and Larry moved to Pistol River in 2004. Since moving she has worked in sales and design for a local flower shop. She is founder and co-owner/operator of SouthBank Berry Farm.