1611 Virginia Ave., Ste 212, Box 406, North Bend , Oregon 97459 Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, Lunch 12-1pm desk@sovoservesvets.org 541-756-8718 (Office) 541-756-8758 (Fax)

2024 Board of Directors

Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach, Inc.


Denise Cody – President (and Veteran Services Officer)

Denise, a dedicated Army veteran with three deployments under her belt, discovered her calling as a Veteran Support Officer (VSO). Her motivation? The belief that helping others was not only a noble pursuit but also a form of personal therapy. The work she does is more than a job—it’s a fulfilling mission.

Denise holds SOVO (Southwestern Oregon Veterans Organization) in high regard, admiring their tireless efforts. When the opportunity arose to serve and support, her response was unequivocal: “Of course, the answer was yes. It was a no-brainer.”

Mark Winders – Vice President

Mark, a stalwart founding member, has once again taken up the mantle on the board. His journey began in the Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972, where he served in Vietnam during 1969-1970. Mark’s role was critical—he operated an E1AMTrack, defusing treacherous minefields.

Beyond his military service, Mark’s dedication extends to community initiatives. He played a pivotal role in establishing the David Dewett Veterans Memorial Wayside, a testament to honor those who served. His unwavering commitment continues as he collaborates with volunteers and community partners to bring the Memorial to fruition.

But Mark’s impact doesn’t stop there. He selflessly volunteers with PointMan Ministries, supporting fellow veterans since 2001. As a Peer Facilitator for PTSD groups, Mark embodies resilience and compassion.

Kim Wesman- Secretary

Kim Wesman, a fervent advocate for our veterans, hails from a lineage of devoted family members who have selflessly served. Her passion extends beyond words—she actively volunteers her time to address the needs of veterans and honor their unwavering commitment to our nation.

Beyond her dedication to veterans, Kim wears another hat: she is the owner and agent of Farmers Insurance in Coos Bay. Born and raised in this coastal community, she shares her life with her husband, Steve Wesman, a fellow resident of North Bend. Together, they’ve raised a beautiful family of four kids—two girls and two boys—who call this local haven home.

When they’re not busy with their insurance endeavors, the Wesman family embraces the outdoors. Boating, fishing, hunting, and camping are woven into their lives, creating cherished memories. Most importantly, they treasure the simple moments spent together as a close-knit family.

Rick Anderson – Treasurer

Rick, a native of Coquille, Oregon, found his way back home after 30 years of dedicated service in the Navy, with over two decades spent serving in the Marine Corps. His commitment to our nation’s veterans remains unwavering. These days, Rick dedicates a significant portion of his time to volunteering for local veterans and veteran support groups. His actions speak volumes about his love for community and his desire to make a positive impact.

Andrew Bice – Director 

Andrew, raised in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, found his way back to the coastal region after dedicating over 20 years of his life to serving in the US Army. Upon retirement, he embarked on a mission to explore various non-profit Veteran Support Organizations, seeking the perfect match. When the chance arose to contribute as a board member for one such organization, Andrew eagerly stepped forward. His words resonate with commitment: “I eagerly anticipate future interactions with our esteemed Veteran community.”




Patrick Murphy – Office Coordinator
Patrick Murphy is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the SOVO office.  He assists the Board of Directors (primarily Tom Benz) with applications for funding from local and area grant-making organizations; he maintains the SOVO filing system and policy manuals, updating files as necessary; he works with SOVO volunteers, and participates in SOVO-sponsored activities.
Patrick is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, and proudly served in the South Dakota Army National Guard and US Army Reserve from 1980 – 1988.  He credits his military service to his father, who was a career Army officer with combat service in both Korea and Vietnam.
Patrick retired from corporate life in 2019, after a 36-year career that included positions in state, federal and tribal government; non-profit organizations and foundation leadership; and the private sector, including over 10 years as a self-employed communications and management consultant.
Patrick is married and has six adult children.  He recently relocated to Oregon from South Dakota, and spends his weekends exploring coastal Oregon and its many communities.