Board of Directors
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.
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.
Dr. Laudert specializes in Family Medicine with OB (obstetrics), and in addition to offering primary care services to all adult patients, has a passion for providing women's health care.
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.
Virginia (Ginny) Williams is the CEO of the Curry Health Network. Williams holds a doctor of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Ca. She completed a fellowship program for next generation healthcare CEO’s at California Healthcare Leadership College.
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.
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.
Janet grew up in a culturally/ethnically mixed neighborhood in southeast Los Angeles. After graduating high school she attended five colleges and universities, changing majors four times which, as it turns out, is not conducive to graduating.
After living the American dream of marriage/kids/divorce, she went back to school in Utah, earning her BS degree in geography with an emphasis in urban planning from Weber State U. She moved her four sons to Sarasota Florida, working as an urban planner, planning administrator, Waterfronts Florida manager, and other positions, then moved back to Wyoming as Development Services and Economic Development director in two cities there.
In 2014 she joined the U.S. Peace Corps and lived in Namibia for two years, and then moved to the Republic of Georgia for one year; never mastering any language. In fact, she pretty much garbled the languages so badly that the residents begged her to stop and “just speak English”.
Upon returning to the states in 2017, she traveled by car coast-to-coast a few times, visiting friends and relatives. She traveled up the west coast in October 2018 and fell in love with the sopping wet, cold-to-the-bone beauty of Gold Beach. She has been residing here happily since then; including the wonderful event of taking in an adopt-a-challenge from the Wild Rivers Animal Shelter for Christmas last year.
Janet is experiencing sheer bliss here and is grateful every day.
Janet has served as a founding member of the Sheridan Housing Action Committee, Sheridan Historic Society, and has had a planning consulting business, ZGR Consulting, helping mostly nonprofits develop strategic growth plans. She has also volunteered in too many groups to recount here and was a certified AICP planner for 30 years.