Jim Crowell

Jim has lived in Bend for 73 years and is a graduate of Bend Senior High in 1955. Jim attended the University of Oregon, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1960 and a Master of Science degree in Journalism in 1966. In 1998 Jim received Bend’s Co- Citizen of the Year award for spearheading the restoration of the Old Bend High Gymnasium, the building the Boys & Girls Club resides in today.

A former assistant to the president of Central Oregon Community College, Jim is the author of four plays (three produced) that have been staged in San Francisco, Denver, Eugene, and Bend.  He is also the author of Frontier Publisher a biography of George Palmer Putnam, the first editor/publisher of the Bend Bulletin as a daily newspaper.  Putnam later discovered, managed, and married Amelia Earhart.

In 2009, Jim was inducted into the first Bend High Hall of Fame class.

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Meredith Kersh

Meredith grew up outside of Washington, DC and has had a passion for working with kids since her days as a camp counselor. She is a Wake Forest University graduate who is attending Harvard University to further her knowledge in the field of educational leadership. She is currently the Director of Curriculum at Ivy Camps USA, creating online enrichment programs for students around the world. Meredith co-founded RAISE Programs, which is an organization focused on bringing research-based, engaging social-emotional resources to parents in order to help them engage with their children. She was an elementary school teacher for over a decade, and has years of experience creating curriculum that kids love. Meredith strongly believes that we need to prepare kids for an unknown future by supporting them in developing ownership, connection, and creativity.

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Anthony Poponi

Anthony comes to Bend from Colorado and is excited to reconnect with Boys & Girls Club mission having served for two years in a fundraising and partnership-building role for Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. As a foster parent, a Mentor and a middle school teacher Anthony has been supporting youth throughout his personal and professional life. Boys & Girls Club has always been amongst his favorite missions. Anthony owns his own company, Focus on the 40,  and works in leadership and professional development for workplaces and individuals. In his free time Anthony is typically outdoors and enjoys cross country skiing, snowboarding, rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing and he’s looking forward to those activities in his new home in the Central Oregon.

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Skylar Bush

Occupation: Senior Credit Analyst at Umpqua Bank

Why I am involved with Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend: I believe in a place where kids can come during or after school that is safe environment for them to learn and grow. I think we owe it to our children to provide such a place, a place where they will get exercise, laugh, learn and develop lifelong relationships.

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Jerry Regan

Occupation​: Construction Manager

Originally from Washington State, Jerry relocated to Portland, Oregon for work in 1995 and has been in Bend since 2016. He graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Psychology in 1973. Jerry worked 2 years with adjudicated adolescents and then spent 3 years commercial fishing for salmon and tuna fish. Since 1978, he’s been managing large commercial building façade projects in the US and internationally, providing leadership to accomplish the design, engineering, manufacture and installation of the exterior building facades for over 37 years. Jerry and his partner, Dana, have two adult children and three grandchildren. They are currently retired and enjoy traveling, outdoor recreation and social activities. Jerry is looking forward to working with Boys & Girls Club of Bend to continue providing services to the youth and families of our community.

Why are you involved with Boys & Girls Clubs?
I want to help advance the quality of life for our community’s children.

W​hat ​is your favorite part about living in Central Oregon?
The natural beauty of Central Oregon.

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Jacob Espinoza

Jacob is originally from El Paso, TX and slowly made his way up to the Northwest to the beautiful state of Oregon. Jacob is currently the Manager of Clinic Operations for St Charles Sleep Center, Pulmonary Clinic, Infectious Disease and Critical Care providers. He takes delight in watching others advance and progress. Jacob’s professional career revolves around Sleep Medicine, being a Sleep Technologists for over 10 years before moving into Healthcare Administration. Aside from his regular job, Jacob additionally participates in various nonprofit volunteer work and is a member of the Oregon Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnography Technologist Licensing Board. In Jacob’s leisure time, he enjoys the outdoors as much as he can.

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Steve Geiger

Steve moved to Bend in 2016 after retiring from a successful 43-year business and law enforcement career. His last position was as the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Houston Texas based Cameron International. Cameron was an $11 billion, 28,000 employee company operating throughout the world in the energy services industry. Steve was responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Global Security, and everything else no one wanted.

Steve started his career at age 19 as a firefighter in a Minneapolis suburb. He later became a police officer in the same suburb after graduating with a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Steve continued his education, receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and becoming licensed as a Psychologist in 1983.  He continued his police career by serving as a psychologist for the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983-84 and then as a part-time crisis psychologist with the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Teams until January 2013. His total law enforcement career spanned 38 years.  In addition to volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club, Steve is a member of Team Adam within the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based in Alexandria Virginia.

Steve and his wife, Cathy, chose Bend for its healthy outdoor lifestyle, friendly people and as a magnet for their children and grandchildren who live in Portland and Dillon, Montana. Steve started volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in 2018 because he truly believes in the power our organization brings to children and the community.

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Steve Shropshire

Occupation: Dirt Law Attorney (Water / Natural Resources / Real Estate) and Shareholder-in-Charge of Bend Office at Jordan Ramis PC

About Steve:
Steve was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado, where he grew up hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and riding horses. After spending four years at CU Boulder (GO Buffs!) and a year in Germany (Prost!), he managed to emerge with a college degree. A glutton for punishment, he then moved to Portland to attend Law School at Lewis & Clark, where he earned a J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. He has practiced at Jordan Ramis PC for 15 years, serving as the managing partner of the 70 person firm for 5 years. In 2013 Steve moved to Bend with his wife Lisa, son Jackson, and 3 pugs to open Jordan Ramis PC’s Central Oregon office. He practices in the firm’s Dirt Law practice group with an emphasis on solving water law and real estate challenges. Steve believes deeply in giving back to his community.  He is a co-founder of 100 Men Who Care Central Oregon, serves on the High Desert Museum Board of Trustees, serves on the Central Oregon Builders Association Board of Directors, and volunteers in the Summit High School Futures Center.

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Shon Rae

Occupation​: Deputy Managing Director of Central Oregon Irrigation District

Why are you involved with Boys & Girls Clubs?
Providing a safe place for our youth to engage in healthy after school and summer activities is a critical element for a thriving community. I believe the Boys and Girls Club is the ultimate environment for kids to experience a sense of belonging and blossom into amazing young adults. It is an honor to serve my community and be a part of such an amazing group of people and help provide a much needed service in Bend.

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Tevin Preston

Tevin joined the Board in June 2020 and now serves as the Treasurer for the Club. As a child, he grew up going to the Club of Grants Pass, OR where he was born and raised.

Tevin currently works as a CPA and is the Accounting Manager for the health insurance provider PacificSource. His role includes managing the various accounting cycles of the team that contribute to the financial statements of the organization and making sure that all necessary filing requirements are met.

Tevin and his wife, Megan, moved to Bend in the summer of 2015. They live with their three pets: Dog named Charlie and their cats Kona and Arya. In his free time, Tevin enjoys hiking, snowboarding, golf, and pretty much any other outdoor activity that Central Oregon has to offer.

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