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Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Executive Board

Chair

JR Wheeler

Wells Fargo
Vice President Relationship Manager

As a Relationship manager, JR functions as a Financial consultant and coordinates a team of specialists working on banking relationship.

JR has more than 9 years of diversified banking experience.

He graduated from Henley High School and received his BS from California State University, Sacramento.

He is an active member of ACCESS Food Bank, Junior Achievement, and Habitat for Humanity, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce.

Chair-Elect

Nelson Maler

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management 
Certified Financial Planner 

Nelson is excellent at the task of attention to details. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, licensed in 2009 and a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning, 2000 with Distinction University of California,  Berkeley, CA M.B.A. - Finance, 1991 with Honors. His background is inquisitive of understanding finance and where best to invest your money.

He is active in Rotary Club of Grants Pass, Oregon

GPHS Invitational Track , Josephine County/Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce,  Cave Junction, Rogue River Chamber of Commerce,  Josephine County Special Olympics of Oregon, Western Welcome Newcomers, Grants Pass, Oregon

1st Vice Chair

Cassie Callas

KAJO/KLDR
Three Rivers Broadcasting

Cassie Callas is an advertising consultant and announcer with Grants Pass Broadcasting and has been with the company for 8 years. She specializes in creating industry specific marketing budgets and specifically marketing in radio. She holds a CDMC certificate as a digital marketing consultant for radio sales accredited by the Radio Advertising Bureau. In addition to her work in the community Cassie enjoys spending time with her husband Jesse, their two daughters and spending most of their time in the outdoors.

Treasurer

Brandon Bretl

Rogue Community College

Brandon joined the Rogue Community College team in February of 2010 with a background in venture capital focused on the niche market of private education development. A graduate of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, Brandon received his Master's degree in Education from the same institution. He serves as the Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and is a member of their Board of Directors. In addition, he has served as Chair of the RCC Cares partnership with the RCC Foundation generating scholarships for students committed to improving their lives through education. Brandon is responsible for executing strategic direction in Rogue Community College's relations with workforce partners of the Rogue Valley.

Balancing Brandon's life are his wife, Kate daughter Ryder and son Luka. As a family they participate in outdoor recreation activities, advocating responsible land stewardship and organizing cleanup efforts that will ensure our lands are preserved for future generations

Past Chair

Win Howard

Three Rivers Community Hospital
CEO 

Win moved to Southern Oregon and joined Asante in 2002. Win has over 25 years of Healthcare leadership experience. He received his Master of Science Degree in business administration from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. And his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of San Francisco. In addition, Win is a Registered Radiologic Technologist. Win is the chief executive officer of Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. In his current role, he provides administrative responsibilities and accountability for the day to day operations of ATRMC, with the hospitals vice president of nursing, vice president of operations, and vice president of, medical affairs reporting directly to him. Win is involved in Rotary, Chamber and other non-profit organizations in the community.

Board of Directors

Kelsy Ausland

Ausland Group
President 

Kelsy is President of Ausland Group, a regional design and construction firm operating throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Headquartered in Grants Pass, Ausland also operates offices in Ashland, Medford, and Eugene. At Ausland Group, Kelsy leads land development and engineering endeavors while overseeing the daily operations of Ausland Group. She is licensed to practice engineering in Oregon and California.

Kelsy graduated with Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. Kelsy also studied environmental engineering at the University of Nottingham in Great Britain, and Spanish in Ecuador. She was distinguished by her alma mater with the 2010 Oregon State Award for “Outstanding Early Career Achievement.”

Kelsy is Secretary of the board of directors for Britt Festivals and was the former-President of the board of directors for Kairos (formerly SOASTC).

Doug Bradley

Holiday Inn Express
General Manager 

Doug is friendly, warm and thoughtful he is just the kind of person that you want to work with when you are looking for food, entertainment or a place to stay. He has been in the hospitality field for more than 25 years. His current position is as General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Grants Pass Oregon.

Doug is your hospitality and   performance standards expert. He grew up and currently lives with his family in Medford Oregon.

Doug is actively involved in the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Grants Pass Tourist Advisory Committee.

Jeff Hyde

Evergreen Bank
CEO 

Jeff is President of Evergreen Fed¬eral Bank which was founded in 1934 as First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Grants Pass, Oregon. Jeff has worked for Ev¬ergreen for more than 35 years, with the last 4 years serving as President. This next year Ever¬green observes its 80th anniver¬sary serving Grants Pass and the surrounding communities.

Jeff graduated from Southern Or¬egon University with degrees in Mathematics and Political Sci¬ence and has served on numerous nonprofit boards as well as 7 years as a City Councilor.

Dave Kelly

Kelly’s Automotive
President 

Dave grew up in Napa Valley graduated from Napa High and Sac State College. Dave and his wife Lisa started visiting Oregon in 1998 and moved the family to Grants Pass in 2003 looking for a business to buy. With an automotive background they purchased the Tool Box which is currently Kelly’s Automotive. In less than 3 years they expanded their business model to Medford. April 2014 they celebrated their 10 year Anniversary in Grants Pass.  Kelly’s Automotive is very community minded and coordinate promotions that benefit their passions like the Boys and Girls Club, Food Bank River Valley Church and Young Life.

Dave is very involved in the Chamber and is the first to say “Chamber Works”. He has served as Chamber Greeters Host, which is a yearlong weekly early morning commitment.

Steve Roe

Roe Motors
General Manager 

Steve Roe is the general manager of Roe Motors - Over the past 48 years, Steve has worked in nearly every department of this second generation family owned business.  Steve has a Bachelor in Business Administration, majored in Accounting. Associate Degree- Automotive Marketing and a Masters in Management.

Since earning the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager, Steve has been personally committed to community organizing and contribution. Examples include work with the Chamber of Commerce, Asante Health System board, Rogue Gateway Rotary and Crater Lake Boy Scout Council.

Nathan  Sleadd

Sleadd’s Inc

Nathan Sleadd first began selling backyard zip line kits through the Daily Courier and on eBay at the age of 15. Now 24, Nathan has grown his hobby into a $2M E-commerce company. He is the largest online provider of zip line equipment and systems through his websites ZipLi­neGear.com and SleaddTech.com, with several innovative adventure ride systems hitting the Eco-tour­ism market last year. In 2012, Na­than was presented with the Oregon Young Entrepreneur of the Year award by Governor Kitzhaber. He is an active member of the community, serving on the Chamber of Com­merce’s Board of Directors and speak­ing frequently on topics of entrepre­neurship and E-commerce. A resident of southern Oregon since childhood, Nathan now lives in Grants Pass with his wife and two children.

Freddy Sennhauser

Mid Rogue Health Plans
Marketing Director 

In 2005 Freddy joined the Mid Rogue Independent Physician Association as Direc­tor of Marketing for its Mid Rogue Health Plan. In 2012 he became Director of Commu­nications for Mid Rogue’s newly formed Coordinated Care Organization, AllCare Health Plan.

An Oregon resident since 1986, Freddy has always believed strongly in local ser­vice and accountability. In 2006 he took the groundbreaking step of establishing an Advisory Committee—a group of Care­Source members offering input directly to the executive team. The committee’s sug­gestions about everything from products and services to plans and costs have led to greater customer satisfaction and innova­tive benefits, such as free over-the-counter medications. That kind of direct and lo­cal approach characterizes Freddy’s business philosophy.

In fact, Freddy attributes much of Mid Rogue’s success to the hundreds of local provid­ers and experts, including the entire Mid Rogue staff. Every day executives, marketers, IT professionals, and support staff fill the Mid Rogue offices in Grants Pass and Medford. Receptionists answer as many as 10,000 calls each month—and every call to Mid Rogue is answered by a real person. As Freddy says, “I can’t stand voice-mail and phone trees, so why would I subject my customers to that?”

Prior to joining Mid Rogue, Freddy owned and operated an insurance business in Asto­ria, Oregon, for 16 years.

Rick Terwilliger

Rogue Coffee Roasters

Rick Terwilliger has been a member of this community since 2008. He, his wife Paula and his son Jeremy own

Rogue Roasters, a small coffee roasting business in the historic district of downtown. Rick currently serves on

The Board of the Chamber of Commerce and the Museum of Art. He is a former Board member of Pacifica and the TCA downtown merchants group.

Rick retired to this community after a 30 year career in medical product design and corporate management for companies both in the US and abroad.

Rick is a Community Advocate working with many groups to improve life in Grants Pass.

Jason VanDusen

VanDusen Design
Owner 

Jason is Owner, Computer Graphic Specialist, Web Specialist and Sales Rep of VanDusen Design. He creates and implements graphics, into visions with Website Design & Development, CSS, HTML, PHP, CMS, and Marketing Graphic Design.  With a handsome background of visual experience. He worked 18 years with the best graphic publishing programs available, and his design expertise is infinite.

He has an AAS (Associates of Applied Science) degree in Computer Graphics and HTML/CSS Website Coding. As a Computer Graphic Specialist, he has grasped the Marketing/Advertising Spectrum and continues his education with experience in the field, from CPC advertising and Search Engine Optimization to Web Based Applications and scripting.  He is involved with doing extensive work with the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce, Royal Family Kids, and Josephine County Fairgrounds.

Tony Venuti

Keller Williams Realty

The Venuti Group, at Keller Williams Re­alty Southern Oregon, offers a special­ized team approach for buyers and sell­ers that have made them one of the most successful and reputable real estate teams in the Rogue Valley. As licensed Real­tors® in Southern Oregon for over 25 years, Tony has an ex­tensive knowledge of the local market; provide excellent client service and use cutting edge technology, internet mar­keting and social media extensively.

With a building and land development background, Tony brings great expertise to transactions and he has a vast knowl­edge of technology tools and websites, and a great eye for photos and videos. Both Tony and Nancy have been continuously involved in com­munity service and projects, including the Chamber of Commerce Board, Greeters, and Rotary. Collecting backpacks, school supplies and food donations are projects they are passionate about this time of year! And, they own a moving truck that is available for use by local charitable or­ganizations as well as their clients. Tony and Nancy enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, travel and gar­dening.

“The Chamber of Commerce has played a significant role in their real estate business” New to the area in 1991, Nancy started attending Greeters and being active with the Chamber to meet people and build her business. In 1995, when Tony and Nancy partnered in real estate, Tony became ac­tive as well. The benefits of being an ac­tive part of the Chamber of Commerce include the friendships and business re­lationships from which many referrals come, learning about the area and events, and being able to give back through ser­vice in many local projects.