Sisters GRO Board of Directors
The GRO Board of Directors is comprised of up to ten members who donate considerable time and effort in the interest of helping GRO and Sisters High School graduates grow and prosper. The Board members are selected for their professional expertise, dedication and consistent support. The Board’s main responsibilities include overseeing the management and administration of GRO and its assets. Board members are advocates for GRO and serve as volunteers in a variety of fulfilling roles.
Karen Hensley: Chairperson
Pamela Olivier: Vice-Chairperson
Ann Thompson: Secretary
Karen Hensley: Treasurer
Russ Hamm: Board Member
Susan Parker: Donor Development
Tim Ross: Board Member
Joe Hosang, SHS Principal: Ex-Officio Board Member
Charlie Kanzig, SHS Counselor: Ex-Officio Board Member
Rick Kroytz, ASPIRE Site Coordinator: Ex-Officio Board Member
PO Box 1546
Sisters, OR 97759
Karen has a backgound as a Commercial Real Estate Associate Broker specializing in commercial real estate development and property management. She has achieved the designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). She attended Western Oregon University. Karen has wide volunteer experience, having served on various Salem community fundraising committees, working with the Salem Chamber of Commerce, as well as volunteer work with Elk Meadow Elementary School in Bend and the ASPIRE program at SHS. Sisters Chamber of Commerce recognized Karen as “Sisters Volunteer of the Year” for 2011. Karen lead Sisters GRO as Chairperson from 2008 through August 2014, served as the Vice Chairperson through September 2015, and is currently the Treasurer.
”Over the years, due to lack of funds and scholarship availability, Sisters community had to say no to many SHS scholarship applicants. I am committed to say yes to every deserving graduate of Sisters High School and am proud to work with the generous people in Sisters and the Sisters GRO Board members who share this cause.”
Pam Olivier joined the GRO Board starting in October 2014. Pam recently retired after working for Intel Corporation for the past 37 years. Pam comes to the GRO board with a strong background in marketing. She has held many positions within Intel, both in the U.S. and internationally. She is no stranger to the education field. Since 2006, Pam has worked closely with governments around the world to bring technology into the classroom, for both students and teachers. She has been a volunteer for the A.S.P.I.R.E. program at Sisters High School, and she was a board member for 3 years with Our Lady of Angels school in California.
Pam and her family moved to Sisters in 2012. She and her husband decided to move from the San Francisco Bay Area, as they were seeking a better way of life. They chose Sisters, after looking at many different locations throughout the U.S. It was a decision they both are happy they made.
Ann worked for 17 years at the brokerage firm of Smith Barney, and retired as Senior Vice President and Regional Administrative Officer in 1999. She had previously worked in the Trust Dept. at U.S. National Bank and in management and marketing at an investment advisory firm. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Portland State and completed various graduate level courses in banking and management, and previously held Securities licenses 7, 8 and 63. She has been active in many volunteer organizations throughout Oregon, serving on the Advisory Council of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon, serving ten years as a Trustee of the University of Oregon Foundation, a member of the Oregon Humanities Council Board of Visitors, ASPIRE and others.
“Throughout my career I always tried to do something to better the community in which I lived, and which had given me so much. When I retired, I realized that, for me, spending more time working with and for students was the best way to do that. Volunteering with SHS seniors, looking to their future, opened my eyes not only to the need for scholarships, but to the generosity of the Sisters community; and GRO is the vehicle to build on that generosity to support and encourage our kids.”
Russ Hamm – Board Member
I am a consultant with a private practice focusing on national workforce development policy and programs; higher educational program development/reform, and evaluation. I have functioned as both an on-site program coordinator/technical assistant and as an on-site program evaluator for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
I have 19 years of service as a community college administrator that provides a deep understanding of how successful programs are strategically designed, built and embedded in organizations. Other recent clients have included the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the League for Innovation in the Community College, and Washington D.C. based companies/agencies.
My recent consulting has supported the U.S. Department of Labor, ETA on the redesign team and as contributing author for the recently released Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development; as the sole author for the Youth CareerConnect’s Engaging Employers Handbook and as sole author for the H-1B Ready to Work Program’s: Creating and Conducting Successful Work-based Learning Experiences.
Susan Parker – Board Member/Donor Development
Pendleton, Oregon. Grew up in this Eastern Oregon community and graduated from Pendleton High School. Was active in student government, club activities and sports.
Oregon State University. B.S. Clothing & Textiles with Business emphasis. Member of DHE (Design & Human Environment) Advisory Board for 20+ years. Awarded Distinguished Alumni Fellow 2006.
Macy’s. 37 year career in Merchandise and Store Management. Buyer for Misses and Jr. Sportswear at beginning of career. Spent 25 years as VP Store Manager for 6 stores.
Married to Brian Farrow for 33 years. Have two stepdaughters, a son and daughter and 6 grandchildren.
ASPIRE mentor at SHS currently serving 6 Junior and 6 Senior students. Have been active with group for the last 4 years.
Alumni Partner at OSU College of Business involved with career symposiums, panel discussions and mentoring.
Hobbies of interest include baseball (season ticket holder Oakland A’s), foodie, movie lover and healthy living advocate.
Tim was born and raised in a small Oregon town. Graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Biology and a Teaching Certificate but ended up working at Intel for 28 years. Had a varied set of responsibilities at Intel including: Process and Equipment Development, Life Safety Systems, Emergency Response and Preparedness, System Integration, Construction Management, and Schedule Integration.
He and his wife moved to Sisters in 2015 and are continuously amazed at what a great community they are fortunate enough to be a part of.
Joe is currently the Sisters High School Principal and the District Curriculum Director. He earned his BA in history and MA in education from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and an Education Specialist in Administration degree from Oakland University. He has a wealth of educational research and practice. As a second year teacher he worked collaboratively with another teacher to implement an interdisciplinary class combining the curriculum of English and Social Studies into thematic units. As an assistant principal he led a taskforce to create a comprehensive student-leadership program. During Joe’s tenure as a principal he led key initiatives that created a systematic approach to educating our youngsters. Some of these initiatives were the implementation of common assessments, and creating a grading system that was based on learning.
Charles Kanzig – Sisters High School Counselor / A.S.P.I.R.E. Site Supervisor – Ex- Officio Board Member
Charlie is returning from a two-year teaching experience in South Korea, to assume duties as the counselor at Sisters High School. He will be assisting seniors with individual counseling, career planning, class scheduling and the college/scholarship process.
He and his wife, Deirdre, have been in the Sisters School District for nearly two decades.
Rick has recently taken over the reins as the A.S.P.I.R.E. coordinator at SistersHigh School. He is a certified school teacher and has substituted in the Sisters School District since 2014, and the High Desert ESD since 2012. He holds a Bacehlor of Social Science from California State University, Fresno. He also owns and operates MadHouse YoYos.
Rick and his wife, Emily, have children in the Sisters School District.