“Moving people from crisis to stability.”

“Moving people from crisis to stability.”

Board of Directors

Meet Our Board

OHRA Board of Directors

Dennis Slattery

Dennis Slattery

President


Dennis has lived in Ashland since 1977.  He has had three careers during that time, first in the hotel business, then as a CPA and finally as an educator at SOU. Dennis has an undergraduate degree and an MBA  from SOU. Dennis has served on numerous community boards including the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, the inaugural  SOU Board of Trustees, and the Ashland City Council for two terms. Raised in the Bush of Alaska among the Native People, Dennis has a deep appreciation for communities helping each other and finding effective solutions to take care of those most impacted. Dennis is married to his best friend, Sandra, and together they enjoy being involved in many different paths of service to the community.

Cathy Gerbracht

Cathy Gerbracht

Vice President


Cathy retired to Southern Oregon with her husband in 2018. Her career in the health insurance industry spanned 26 years working for Anthem Blue Cross and Cigna as an Account Management Executive responsible for negotiating renewals for large corporate clients in California. Prior to that, Cathy was Vice President of Personnel for a large privately-held company in Pasadena, where she obtained and maintained her Senior Professional in Human Resources certificate (SPHR) for almost two decades. Cathy graduated with a BA in Business Administration Management from the University of Phoenix, and has held multiple financial and insurance licenses in multiple states. Cathy has been a weekly volunteer at the OHRA Resource Center since 2018, and is active in her church and other philanthropic organizations.

Jackie Bachman

Jackie Bachman

Secretary


Jackie Bachman retired to Ashland with her husband, Jim, in 2015, after working for 36 years as a California public school teacher, site, and district administrator in Special Education. She served on the Ashland City Council as an appointed member from March to December, 2018.

Jackie actively supports several community organizations, including Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA), the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission (ACPC), the Food Project, The Osher Life-long Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Senior Services Program. She also serves on the Housing and Human Services Commission.

Ken Gudger

Eileen Piker

Treasurer


Eileen has 25+ years with JPMorgan Chase in NY and SF as well as 5 years with Crocker Bank in SF. After working as an associate in the Investment Bank, Eileen completed JPMorgan Chase’s Credit and Corporate Finance Training program in 1990. She held Relationship Manager and Credit Underwriter positions responsible for managing client relationships and developing new business in the Commercial Bank. Eileen worked with a wide range of Healthcare, Higher Education and Not-For-Profit clients as well as Mid-Sized companies in diversified industries located in California, New York and Boston.

Eileen has a BA Degree from Allegheny College and completed a Managed Health Care Certificate program from New York University as well as advanced accounting at Golden Gate University in SF and Pace University in NY.

In 2012, Eileen joined the San Francisco Board of Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. Eileen served as Co-President of the Board of the Community Center of Northern Westchester, one of the largest food pantries in Westchester County, NY and as Treasurer of the Board of A-Home, which provides affordable housing for seniors, disabled and single parent families in Westchester County, NY.

Since retiring to Ashland, Eileen has served as a volunteer with Trinity Episcopal Church (Board Chair and Finance Committee Chair), Options for Helping Ashland Residents (OHRA) Homeless Shelter (Finance Committee) and Medford Garden Club (Treasurer.)

Rev. Dan Fowler

Rev. Dan Fowler

Past President


Rev. Dan Fowler is pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland. He joined our community in February of 2017 after serving as a pastor in Fort Bragg, California for 14 and one-half years. While there he served on the Food Bank board for eight years with two years as president. He also served Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center board for two years. The Hospitality Center provides transitional housing, mental health support, job training and coordinates the local winter shelter. Dan also has clinical pastoral experience as a hospital chaplain.

Dan loves to sing. He also plays the piano and guitar. He has a degree in vocal performance from San Francisco State and a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Running and collecting old 8-bit video games are among his hobbies.

Diane de Ryss

Diane de Ryss

Past President


Diane de Ryss has nearly 30 years of experience in management and leadership, particularly with organizations undergoing significant growth and change. Throughout her career, Diane has gravitated to work anchored in social justice and equity, in the government, for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to retiring and moving with her husband Bruce to Ashland, she worked for 12 years at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Diane is a graduate of the University of Washington, and has a JD from USC in Los Angeles. She is an experienced board member, including the Seattle Audubon Society where she was recognized for improving SAS’s governance.

Julie Benezet

Julie Benezet

 


Julie has devoted her professional life to pursuing the new, working to improve organizations, careers, and real estate. As a strategy and leadership expert, she speaks, coaches and writes on leading in the 21st Century and decoding human behavior in the face of change. Her awarding winning book, The Journey of Not Knowing: How 21st Century Leaders Can Chart a Course Where There Is None captures life and lessons from her many years as an executive, lawyer and entrepreneur. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors and enjoys working with others to create positive change. Since coming to Ashland in 2013, she has served on the Association of American University Women board of directors and joined the OHRA board in early 2020.

Bob Kaplan

Bob Kaplan


Bob spent three decades working in Latin America and the Caribbean on economic and social development and environmental policies and programs at the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and Inter-American Foundation. He has a longtime affinity for Latin America and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He has degrees in public policy from the University of North Carolina and Princeton. Soon after arriving in Ashland in 2019, Bob began volunteering at the OHRA Resource Center. He serves on Ashland’s climate policy commission and citizens budget committee and volunteers with several local non-profit organizations. Bob and his wife Lorrie have two grown children, and he is an avid cyclist.

Bob Kaplan

Montye Male


 

Dr. Sabre Patton-Fee

Dr. Sabre Patton-Fee


Dr. Sabre is a young mother and neurologist. She has been an advocate for the underserved in every local community she has resided in since childhood through both working and volunteering in activism, education, medicine, and church outreach. She was inspired by her mother’s dedication to heartfelt and practical giving that honored every person she contacted with dignity and meaningful assistance whenever possible. Sabre has provided and participated in instructive and motivational speaking for youth, community DEI programming, tutoring, and mentoring. Working on behalf of the houseless and at-risk population has been part of her vocation for many years both professionally as a physician and in community service. She is also a general member of B.A.S.E. Southern Oregon, the Black Alliance for Social Empowerment.

Jodi Rasor, CPA

Jodi Rasor, CPA


Jodi Rasor is the Vice President of Dealership Accounting for Lithia Motors and past Operations Controller of JELD-WEN inc.  She is an Oregon native who completed her undergrad in accounting at Oregon State University (GO BEAVS) and a Master’s in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

Jodi has a passion for developing meaningful working relationships through building teams and collaboration.  She has served as the President of the Southern Oregon Women’s Leadership Conference.  She is also a steering committee member of Lithia’s Women LEAD.

Outside of work and community service, Jodi enjoys family time and the great outdoors.  She is the proud wife of Marshall, Ashland Fire and Rescue Deputy Fire Chief and mom to two very active sons, Wyatt and Brenden.  Their family enjoys attending sporting events, watching movies and camping and has visited twelve National Parks with the hopes of visiting many more!

Meiwen Richards

Meiwen Richards


Meiwen was born and raised in Taiwan. She Has lived and worked in Taiwan, Seattle, Eugene, Ashland, China, Japan and Ukraine. She had a 30 year career in banking mostly in Ashland. She has served as board member with the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Music Concerts, and the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation. She serves on the ACHF scholarship selection committee. She is a founding member of the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association. Meiwen’s interest in OHRA started in providing hot meals for winter shelter guests.