I am a life-long Oregonian, born and raised in Florence (on the coast) where my family helped start their Chamber of Commerce, in addition to the Rotary Club, over a dozen businesses, multiple non-profits, a bank and a church, all of which are still operating today. That said, business and community work run generations deep in the Johnson family.
Fifteen years ago my beautiful wife Krista and I fulfilled my longtime dream of moving to the “dry side of the mountain” and chose LaPine as the place to raise our daughters Cheyenne and Kiley. After working in Bend for almost ten years, I fulfilled two more dreams by authoring a book “Can’t Lose Bowhunting” and then opening my own business – Integrity Auto Services. I am quite grateful to the LaPine Community for supporting me in these ventures. We now have 7 full-time team members who earn living wage jobs right here in LaPine and no longer have to leave town for work!
I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association and am their Finance Chairman. Last year I won their Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award.
If appointed to the LaPine Chamber Board of Directors, I would like to do my part in helping facilitate our awesome Chamber Staff to do what they do best- help businesses and our community thrive!
Rex Lesueur --Vice PresidentBancorp Insurance Agency
Rex is the backbone of Bancorp Insurance, which he purchased in 1990 after returning home from his New York endeavors, which included school and professional opportunities. His involvement in our community has been strong. Rex supports many organizations each year.
Mary Thorson - SecretaryThorson Bookkeeping
I have been Office Manager, Accounting Manager in a few of the companies that I have worked with. I grow up in California while I was growing up and moved to Eugene, OR in my Junior year in High School. I lived in Baltimore, MD, Reno, Nv, Portland, OR, in big businesses for number of years.
We lived in Sandy, OR before we moved to La Pine in June 1999. We enjoyed La Pine while we were out camping-fishing-hiking with friends and family. We enjoyed La Pine every time we came here, it was so friendly and nice to be here that we decided to move to La Pine and have been here for 20 years. The people are so friendly and nice to work with. That is one of the reasons why I joined the Chamber-and became a Chamber Board member. The Chamber is always busy doing things and helping people and businesses to grow. La Pine has grown a lot since I moved here and the Chamber is part of the reason why we have kept moving. I like being on the Chamber Board-to be with the businesses and the people that work for the businesses in town. The Board is out there every where they can to help people and businesses grow and the Board members are part of the work and events that are part of La Pine. I enjoy what I do with the Chamber.
Aaron Schofield--TreasurerFirst Interstate Bank
Aaron Schofield, Branch manager at First Interstate Bank, has been with the First Interstate Bank for 8 years. He graduated in 1998 from JCC with AAS in Accounting and started his professional career at Carrols Corporation as General Manager. He serves on the Sunriver Chamber of Commerce as Board President as well as the La Pine Chamber of Commerce. Aaron serves as Board Advisor on the Sunriver/La Pine Economic Development and La Pine Parks and Recreation Foundation board. He has a great passion for helping build the community through business development and supports those efforts that help our community. Aaron and his wife Sarah support many of community events and are involved with those efforts. Aaron and his family reside here in Sunriver and volunteer at various community events. Aaron is a New York native and moved to Central Oregon a little over 9 years ago.
Gina TurnerGrocery Outlet
Gina and Brett Turner moved to La Pine in December of 2016 to open La Pine Grocery Outlet. She brings 23 years of retail management with her. The excitement the Turners had when they arrived still exists today. They love the small town feel of La Pine, the sense of community the town offers and the commitment residents have. Gina continues to donate time and resources in La Pine when she can to schools, non-profits, youth sports events, St. Charles and Frontier Days. Gina feels very lucky and appreciative to call La Pine home and wants to continue give back when she can. Her favorite thing to do when not working is hanging out with her dogs, either at home or while exploring La Pine and its surroundings.
Teresa LackeyMidstate Electric Cooperative – Marketing/Communications Manager
Teresa has spent nearly 35 years at Midstate – the last 20 in her current position. As the Marketing/Communications Manager, Teresa is responsible for developing and directing the Co-op’s programs/services, marketing/communications, advertising/sales, energy conservation/efficiencies and public/community relations.
Community service is a high priority for Teresa both personally and in her position at Midstate. She actively participates and assists with many local agencies/causes to improve local environments, provide food and shelter for the underprivileged and enhance educational and recreational opportunities.
A native Oregonian, Teresa has lived in Central Oregon since 1977. She has an AA Degree in Communications from COCC and is a graduate of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Management Internship Program.
Tiffany Zeiler Mid-Oregon Credit Union - Branch Manager
I was born and raised here in La Pine and Graduated from La Pine high. I have huge sense of pride for our community and direct interest in the future growth of vibrate community. My husband Nate and I can’t imagine a better place to call home and raise our son.
As an incumbent board member I would appreciate continuing the ability to have input on decisions effecting businesses in the area, such as : “Finding ways to attract future business and visitors”; “Getting other businesses to promote each other”; and, “Letting all businesses know the chamber is here for them.” I have been a Chamber member now for several years and would very much like to continue to help the La Pine Chamber growing as there is no comparison to the level of support the Chamber gives to this community and to all it’s members.
Alex NelsonWashington Federal--Personal Banker
While fairly new to La Pine, only being here since January of 2019, I have quickly grown to love and respect the small community of La Pine. I have lived in 6 states in my life and countless towns from Las Vegas, NV to Jacksonville, NC and in my experience, I’ve never seen a town as dedicated to the wellbeing and preservation of the community as ours.
Currently, I have the privilege of being the Personal Banker at Washington Federal as well as the loan officer there. This has been my first opportunity to work in the banking industry and I can proudly say that every day is a new learning experience, both for the industry and to learn about our community and its needs.
From 2014 to 2018 I served in the US Marine Corps as a combat engineer in Camp Pendleton, CA before being discharged as a Sergeant. I highly appreciate the service of our honorable veteran population here in La Pine and have been introduced to the many local organizations dedicated to helping fellow veterans to include the Band of Brother/Sisters, The American Legion, VVA, VFW, and COVO.
Overall, after everything that La Pine has given me in regards to having the friendliest and most helpful people I’ve ever come across who will always go the extra mile when they see someone in need, I feel the need to give back what I can back to our small town.
Danielle has lived in La Pine since 2001, and has been a part of the healthcare community for 16 years. She spent many years working as a Medical Assistant before going back to school to pursue her passion of improving patient outcomes through quality care deliveries. As a result, she graduated from Colorado Christian University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science, majoring in Healthcare Administration and Human Resource Management. As an independent contractor providing healthcare operations management, Danielle is committed to expanding access to care, services and meeting the medical needs of the community by partnering with and supporting various organizations and outreach programs.
When not working, Danielle enjoys raising her family in a rural community, spending time participating in the many activities Central Oregon has to offer and taking care of their hobby farm.