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2020 Board of Directors

Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach, Inc.
Board of Directors

Carolyn Hebenstreich – President
and Veteran’s Service Officer
Carolyn was born in Livermore, California. She worked for VA Medical Center in Livermore for twelve years then accepted a job as a veteran’s service officer with Stanislaus County Veterans Services in 1989. Carolyn was promoted to manager of Stanislaus County Veteran Services in 1999 and retired in 2012, stayed on part-time until December of 2014. She is married to a US Marine who served from 1964-1968. While working for the county she held Service Officer accreditations with the following organizations: US & California Departments of Veteran Affairs, National Assoc. of County Veterans Service Officers, VFW, DAV, Purple Heart, AMVETS, American Retired Assoc, and American Legion.


 Thomas “Tom” BenzSecretary/Treasurer
Tom graduated from high school in Lebanon, Oregon, and joined the U.S. Army shortly after. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1969, including Vietnam in 1968. He received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Southwestern Oregon Community College. From 1969 to 1997, Tom served with the Oregon State Police as a Game Officer, Patrol Officer, and a Detective. Tom has a strong desire to serve veterans, particularly those who have experienced PTSD. He has been with SOVO since 2012. In addition to serving as Treasurer.


Mark Winders – Director
Mark is the newest director appointed in September 2018.  He is returning to service with SOVO as he was one of the founding members and previously served on the board. Mark served in the Marine Corps from 1968-1972 and was in Vietnam from 1969-1970. He drove an E1AMTrack and blew up minefields.  He worked diligently to establish the David  Dewett Veterans Memorial Wayside and is still working with volunteers and community partners to complete the Memorial.  He also volunteers with PointMan Ministries, where he has been assisting other veterans since 2001. Mark is a Peer Facilitator for PTSD groups.


Chuck Reinas – Director
Chuck is a retired Coos County resident, A US Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran. His background is in accounting.





Krystal Hopper – Director
Krystal is the proud daughter of a military family and a strong advocate for Veterans. She serves as co-lead of the annual North Bend Veterans Stand Down and the South Coast Veterans Assistance Network (SCVAN). She serves on the Board for the Oregon Coast Military Museum and is a member of the Oregon South Coast Patriot Guard Riders. She facilitated the founding of the Women Veterans of the Oregon Coast and was instrumental in the founding of SWOCC Student Veteran Organization, where she was a vocal advocate for the current Veterans Center on campus. Krystal has served as the Director of Communications for Operation Rebuild Hope, currently serves as an Alumni Board Member, and has volunteered many hours towards their Veteran Housing projects, which include the Timberwolves Den and Bryan’s Home.