Terry Buchholz

Board Chair

Loving the mountain setting and the warm community vibe, Terry and her husband, Bob, moved to Sisters in 2014 from the Portland area.  Terry is a water resource engineer and business owner (Integrated Water Solutions) that manages complex water projects and facilitates collaborative stakeholder processes. Over the years, Terry has served on several non-profit boards and enjoys volunteering in many capacities within the community.  In her free time, Terry loves to sing in the Transfiguration choir, hike, and cook.   Terry is excited to join the SFF board.

Leanne Summers

Leanne Summers

Vice Chair

A native Oregonian eager to keep the outdoors forefront, while also living closer to family, Leanne moved to Tumalo from Alaska in 2004, then to Sisters in 2019. She has two adventurous children and two energetic grandsons. Leanne has more than 24 years of executive experience in the commercial real estate industry. In addition, she’s worked in the health and community initiative sectors, and taught writing at both the University of Alaska-Anchorage and COCC. She’s also been active on several non-profit boards and served as a search manager for Deschutes County SAR. Currently, Leanne is a leadership training consultant. She believes
leaders who access creativity, both professionally and personally, can help others discover and hone their own adaptive and innovative capabilities. She’s excited to bring her experience and creativity to the SFF board.

Marlene Schneider

Treasurer

A board member in the early 2000s, Marlene re-joined the board in 2019 after her retirement from the public media arena. Marlene started her public media career in the development department at Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) in 1995 and subsequently worked directly with more than 50 public TV and radio stations, as well as national organizations Greater Public and PBS, to strengthen corporate support across the industry. Marlene and her partner Scott embrace almost all of the outdoor activities Sisters country has to offer.

Phoenix Ries

Phoenix Ries

Secretary

Phoenix moved to Sisters 3 years ago with her husband, Tom, to fulfill her dream of someday being a part of this beautiful community! She spent the bulk of her career working in the mental health field with children and teens and is currently the counselor at Black Butte School in Camp Sherman. She also teaches yoga throughout the community, helping people live in alignment. Phoenix is thrilled to be a part of the SFF board. She is moved beyond measure by the power of music and art; in healing and growing healthy humans. We nurture our souls with the things that breathe life into it. Phoenix does this by running long distances, practicing yoga, being with music, and spending quality time talking and playing with the people she loves.

Paul Evers

Paul Evers

Board Member

Paul, his wife, Mary, and children moved to Bend 30 years ago. A celebrated veteran in brand strategy, design and advertising, Paul led the teams behind the creative development of craft beverage brands such as Humm Kombucha, 21st Amendment, Deschutes Brewery, Odell Brewing and Crux Fermentation Project — which he co-founded. Then in 2017, Paul co-founded Riff, a cold-brewed coffee company, along with his son, Bobby, and veterans from Stumptown and LinkedIn. Paul is also a long-time active Central Oregon community member, having played a significant role in launching both the Bend Volunteer Corps and TEDxBend.

Mike Geisen

Board Member

As a native of the Pacific Northwest, Mike has been in central Oregon since 2001. Nationally recognized for teaching excellence, Mike teaches 8th-grade science, ECoS, and Americana at Sisters Middle School. His two offspring have been a part of the Americana program at SHS and built ukulele and guitar. Mike is a music-lover and musician, proficient on guitar, mandolin and keyboards (and not yet proficient on banjo or cello. Or trumpet – which he hasn’t played since 5th grade). In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, climbing, backpacking and photography, most of which he does with his dog, Stella. He’s excited to be a part of such an integral and innovative organization in this town he lives in and loves.

Steve Rudolph

Board Member

Wanting to explore and enjoy a more pristine lifestyle upon retirement, Steve and his wife Sheryl moved to Sisters in 2017 after living in Portland all their years prior. After attending their first Sisters Folk Festival in 2016 they were hooked and wanted to be part of this vibrant and giving community event. Steve earned his B.S. in Marketing from Oregon State and his MBA from George Fox College and retired as the NW District Vice President of Sales for Eaton Corporation. Steve has
served on multiple boards and is very excited about contributing his energy and skill set to helping the Sisters Folk Festival. Steve enjoys fly fishing (tying his own flies) and can be found often attempting to trick a trout on the Metolius to engage his fly.

Scott Gascon

Board Member

Scott and his wife Carissa moved to Sisters in 2009. The school district was a big factor in their decision to move here. Both of their daughters have been a part of the Americana Project, and Scott is very excited to be involved in an organization that has been such a big part of his family’s life. Scott and his family have always had a strong connection with nature, so the fact that they could live in a place with such beauty was a bonus. Scott has worked in the finance industry for more than 10 years in banking and insurance.

Jim Cornelius

Board Chair Emeritus

Jim Cornelius is a co-founder of the Sisters Folk Festival. His passion for music grew out of his love for good storytelling, and his musical heroes tend to be storytellers — Tom Russell, Dave Alvin, Steve Earle, Guy Clark. He makes his living with his pen as the editor of The Nugget Newspaper in Sisters, Oregon and is himself a songwriter and performer with the band “The Anvil Blasters.”