2021-2022 Board of Directors
Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach, Inc.
Board of Directors
Born in Coquille, OR, Rick returned home after retiring from 30 years in the Navy (over 20 of that with the Marine Corps) He now spends a large portion of his time volunteering in support of local veterans and veteran support groups.
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.
Teka Brown served at the Navy-Marine Corp Relief society when her husband Kyle Brown was stationed in Okinowa Japan from 2013-2016. She served as training coordinator, performed weekly briefs for each command on base and recruited and trained new volunteers. She was a key starting member of Operation Rebuild Hope in 2016 and served as a board member until 2018. She has been with Kyle for 15 years and together they have 4 beautiful children. She is also a local business owner.
Matt Hays served in the Army from 2007-2011 as a Watercraft Operator at Fort Eustic, VA. After leaving the military he went to Yakutat, Alaska where he spent two years as a commercial fisherman while living off-grid in a tent and then in an abandoned cabin on the Situk River. He served in the Army Reserve from Feb.2014-to Aug. 2020. He has also worked as a SSVF homelest Veteran housing Case Manager and as Director of the Coos County Veterans Department since July 2019. As a Veteran Services Officer, he assists veterans and veteran families to obtain and retain benefits from the VA. In addition to volunteering with SOVO, he is active in the AmVets Post 10, Board member of FVA, and a supporter of Operation Rebuild Hope. He is the father of two daughters.
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 is a retired Coos County resident, A US Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran. His background is in accounting.
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.
Kim Wesman- Director