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.

Sue Boettner

Past Board Chair

Sue has lived in Sisters over 6 years. Prior to that, she lived in Bend for 14 years. For over 35 years, Sue has worked in the park and recreation field and currently works for Bend Park and Recreation District as a recreation manager. She enjoys giving back to the community and has served on many volunteer boards. When she’s not working she can be found at either her daughter Maddi’s running events or her son Eli’s baseball or soccer games. Her favorite pastimes are listening to live music or cooking and having friends over. She is excited to be part of the SFF Board.

Marlene Schneider

Vice Chair/Secretary

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.

Julie Childress


Julie has lived in Central Oregon for over 40 years. She is married to her husband, Rocky, of 36 years and they have two children, Cameron and Hailie Childress. Julie has managed the family business, Sunset Plumbing, for 27 years alongside her brother and husband. Both of her two children work in the family business, as well. In her free time, Julie enjoys music, hiking, mt. biking, snowboarding, traveling and spending time with her family. She especially enjoys spending time with her grandson, Rush Owen. Over the years, Julie and her family have enjoyed attending the Sisters Folk Festival and all of the associated events. In addition, Sunset Plumbing has been a sponsor of the Folk Art Circle for many years. She is excited to join the SFF board and looks forward to contributing to this amazing organization.

Jay Wilkins

Board Member

Recognizing his complete lack of musical talent, Jay joined the Sisters Folk Festival board in 2015 to be a voice of the loyal audience members. Jay and his wife, Vanessa, were married in Sisters almost 20 years ago.  They moved from Portland over 4 years ago to be a part of the Sisters community. Their daughters currently attend Sisters High School and are students of the Americana Project, ukulele lesson participants, and regulars at the festival. After serving in the Army as an Apache helicopter pilot, Jay earned his MBA and spent time in strategy and general management roles at companies ranging from small start-ups to Nike. In addition to his role on the SFF board, Jay is proud to serve as president of the school board and coaches youth lacrosse.

Susie Zeitner

Board Member

Susie is a native Oregonian. Growing up in a family that was very active in all the outdoor recreational sports, she loves the mountain lifestyle and the artistic and musical spirit she found in Sisters. Listening to all the exceptional music in this community is her regular pastime. She and her late husband Dan bought property in Sisters in 2001 and built their dream home and studio here. In 2002, Susie got involved in giving back to the Sisters community by donating to the My Two Hands auction, and has donated significantly each year since.

Susie attended Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon, and received almost all of her commercial art training from the Academy of Art, in San Francisco, California.

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.

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.

Rob Corrigan

Rob Corrigan

Board Member

Rob quickly came to appreciate the musical weekend that the Sisters Folk Festival brings to town shortly after moving to Sisters in 2001. But he came to more deeply appreciate the depth of its mission a few years later while teaching at Sisters High School. He was inspired by both the direct impact that the Americana Program has on the lives of the students in the program as well as its broader impact on the overall culture of our schools. Rob worked as a technology executive and business consultant before joining the teaching staff at SHS, teaching science, engineering and math classes during a period when his two children and their friends graduated from our public schools. Rob is an avid music fan and capable of entertaining himself (only) as a wannabe musician.

Phoenix Ries

Phoenix Ries

Board Member

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.

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.”