Sandy comes to us with a lifelong history of human service. She began her career as a nurses aid in high school progressing to hospital corpsman in the Navy to going back to school as a "non traditional student" (old) to get a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work at Pacific University. Moving to the coast in 1994, she and her husband Dan have raised their two children nestled in the community of Newport and she has been a long term employee and advocate at the Lincoln County Developmental Disabilities Program. Now empty nesters, she and Dan are enjoying travelling, laundry that doesn't stack up, smaller grocery bills and each other along with their neurotic black lab and two entitled cats.
Developmental Disabilities Supervisor
Lincoln County Mental Health
Board Vice President
Will joined the Olalla Center Board in January 2020 and helped create the first annual Sea of Love Benefit for Olalla Center at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Will graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010 with a focus on education and English Language Learners. He found his way to Newport in 2013 helping run an energy assistance program for low-income households and now serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Oregon Coast Aquarium where he gets to live his dream of connecting humans and nature all day long. His other passions include talking to anyone within earshot about inter-tidal animals while out tide-pooling, cheesy puns and corny jokes (he's from the midwest after all), traditional fiddle music, and going out on salamander safaris.
Oregon Coast Aquarium
Bravery Center Steering Committee and Executive Committee
Nancy Nash, MEd
Nancy Nash is retired from over 30 years of social service work. Nancy grew up in a large family in Rhode Island. Her brother was a special needs child and Nancy understands first hand the experiences of families with children who have special needs. Nancy moved west to attend college at the University of Hawaii. After earning her Bachelors in Social Work and a Masters Degree in Education. Nancy became a social worker in Hawaii for several years, before continuing her career in social work at Community Services Consortium (CSC) in Newport, Oregon. Nancy has dedicated her life to helping others, she worked in numerous social service, workforce and education programs at CSC that served vulnerable youth and adults struggling with the causes and conditions of poverty.
Retired Social Worker
Community Services Consortium
LeAnne Rogers Trask
LeAnne works as the Pollywog Coordinator at Linn-Benton Community College. In addition, she has had an active role in Boy Scouts of America since 1998. She has been a troop leader, merit badge counselor, and involved in various committees at the leadership level. LeAnne has also been involved in the school system as a sporting event organizer, classroom aide, and tutor. She brings experience in a range of areas from accounting and business management to event planning and early childhood development.
Linn Benton Community College
Marcia Buckley, JD
Marcia graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1991 and now works as Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge. Currently, she serves on the Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Board, as vice president for the Lincoln County Foundation Board, and is a member of Rotary International Newport Club. Marcia served as president of the Rotary board from 2018-2019. Marcia brings a wealth of experience, including legal/law issues, policy development, business and financial, public relations, strategic planning, and community service.
Circuit Court Judge
Bravery Center Steering Committee
Jane Lehrer is dedicated to improving the lives of children as a Speech Pathologist for Lincoln County School District and an Olalla Center Board Member. Jane and her husband Dr. Lehrer are active community members and supporters of underprivileged children and community health. They have three teenagers and enjoy travel, hiking and time with family.
Affliations: American Speech Language Hearing Assoc.; American Field Service Exchange Program, Newport Academic Booster Club.
Lincoln County School District
Jerry is the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist for the Worksource Oregon Employment Department, covering Benton and Lincoln Counties. He is an active volunteer with several Veteran Service Organizations with the goal of assisting veterans in overcoming barriers to employment, housing, and education. Jerry and his wife Yanina have always made volunteering a family affair, inculcating in their two sons a sense of pride and honor in community service.
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program
Worksource Oregon, Lincoln / Benton
Building Improvements Committee and Strategic Planning Committee
Rev. Gavin Shumate, MD
I have wanted to be a doctor since I was very young. When I graduated from medical school in 2003, I devoted myself to women’s health. I completed my residency in OB/GYN in New Orleans in 2007. After practicing medicine for 4 years in Seattle, the opportunity arose to move to the Oregon Coast and continue providing excellence in women’s health care. Answering a call in 2015, this time to ordained ministry, I graduated from Church Divinity School of the Pacific with a Master’s in Theological Studies in 2017, and was ordained an Episcopal Priest in June of that year.
My call, whether medical or clerical, has always been to service, to love my fellow human beings, and to respect the dignity of every human being. As physician owner of Integrity Women’s Health & Wellness in Newport, and as priest-in-charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Toledo, I am living into that call. I know that as an Olalla Board Member I can continue to make a difference in my community, as an extension of my service as physician and priest.
On a personal note, I am a husband, son, brother, and uncle, and father to four great kids and two amazing dogs. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, exploring new adventures in cooking, and curling up with a good book (or two, or three).