Stroke Awareness

About Stroke Awareness Oregon

“I knew I felt funny but sure didn’t know I was having a stroke. So grateful one of my co-workers knew about F.A.S.T (Face, Arm, Speech and Time) and called 911.”
Stroke Survivor

Stroke Awareness Oregon — a nonprofit created by physicians, stroke patients and community members — exists to make a real difference. Stroke treatment and care is seeing advances but challenges still exist. A person hit by a stroke often arrives too late to fully benefit from new medical advances. People surviving a stroke and completing rehabilitation are returned to the community without clear direction, follow-up or support.

SAO’s goals are to:

  • Educate the community on how to recognize stroke
  • Make F.A.S.T. a household safety word
  • Develop resources and support for stroke patients and their families
  • Increase awareness about stroke prevention
  • Stroke Patient Survey

Our mission is fulfilled through volunteers and donations.

Board of Directors

Dr. Steven Goins

Steven Goins, MD, Board President, Co-Founder

Dr. Goins graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1979. He completed a pediatric residency at Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital and finished his neurology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Most of his career has been practicing child neurology and directing the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic in Eugene for 30 year. In recent years, he recognized a calling to focus on hospital neurology and stroke. He and his wife moved to Bend in 2015. He is the medical director of the St. Charles Medical Center Stroke Program and also practices at Pacific Crest Neurology.   Read more about Steve Goins Bike Excursion; click here.

Lawnae Hunter, Treasurer, Co-Founder

Lawnae Hunter holds both an Oregon Principal Broker’s License and a California Broker’s License. She is also Principal Broker/Owner of PLUS Property Management serving Central Oregon and California Central Coast. She has over thirty-five years of experience in general real estate brokerage including land development, commercial and industrial land sales, new home sales, property management and general resale. Lawnae was appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Real Estate Agency (OREA) and is 2018 Vice-Chair. Ms. Hunter thrives in a dynamic and competitive sales environment with a strong understanding of the market and economic forces affecting Central Oregon and the state.

In 2014 Lawnae suffered a severe Stoke. After her stroke she began a rigorous rehabilitation program and committed to returning to a normal work and personal life. Public Service has always been an important part of her life. After the stroke she committed herself to prevention and stroke awareness. She is currently treasurer of Stroke Awareness Oregon which she co-founded with Dr. Goins.

Dr Dennis Schaberg, MD (retired)

Dr Dennis Schaberg, MD (retired), Board Chair

Dennis Schaberg M.D. is a retired academic physician. As a trainee, he saw the enormous impact Medic One had, first on survival from heart attack, then in survival from trauma. No such impact was seen on stroke. Now progress has been such that new advances in stroke care can and do make a difference. Awareness of prevention aspects and now the critical need for prompt care is a project he supports in the strongest terms. Ongoing other interests include support for OSU-Cascades and recreational interests in both golf and fly fishing.

Katie Tank, Esq, Attorney at Law

Katie Tank, Esq, Attorney at Law

For 30 years, Ms. Tank has successfully represented employers in labor and employment matters.  She was named Best Lawyers in America’s 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation – Labor and Employment®, Eugene Area, by US News/Best Lawyers.  Her law firm, Tank Law, PC, was named a 2014 Tier Two “Best Law Firm” by US News and Best Lawyers.  She has also been recognized as a Best Lawyers in America in Labor & Employment by US News/Best Lawyers, and as an Oregon Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine in labor and employment law, a peer-elected distinction given to only the top 5% of all attorneys in Oregon.  Ms. Tank is President of the state-wide Oregon Employer Council and its local Central Oregon Chapter and past-president (two times!) of the Human Resource Association of Central Oregon. www.tanklawpc.com

Mary Burns, MS, CCC-SLP

Mary Burns, MS, CCC-SLP

Mary Burns, MS, CCC-SLP has been working as a medical Speech-Language Pathologist since 2014. She specializes in working with adults with swallowing or communication disorders, especially after a stroke.

Working across the continuum of care gave Mary a unique perspective on strengths and needs in the rehabilitation system. This developed her passion for advocacy of person-centered care and the inclusion of patient and community education as a part of the recovery process.

Mary was drawn to Stroke Awareness Oregon because of their dedication to breaking down barriers that allow stroke survivors and their loved ones to access the services they need.

 

Marc Beebe, Attorney at Law

Marc Beebe, Attorney at Law

Marc Beebe received his Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College and was a Junior High teacher at a small private day school in Connecticut three years. He then spent 7 years in the US Army Reserves while working on a law degree at the University of Denver College of Law. A believer in public service, Marc served as a VISTA volunteer with Idaho Legal Aid Services in Twin Falls, Idaho followed by serving as the managing attorney at Idaho Legal Aid Services in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Marc entered private law practice at the Casco Legal Clinic in Portland, Maine where he served for 26 years before semi-retirement to Oregon in 2007. He practiced bankruptcy law in Bend from 2010 to 2016. Marc’s prior Board experience includes The Woodlands Club, Falmouth, Maine and Crooked River Ranch Homeowners Association.

 

 

Deborah McMahon

Deborah McMahon has lived in Central Oregon for over 35 years.  She is a land use planner and consultant with DMC Consulting Services LLC, having worked for both the city of Redmond and the city of Bend.  Deborah is a graduate of Oregon State University and holds licenses and certificates in Successful Permitting Strategies and GFOA – Capital Budgeting and Financing.  Deborah believes greater awareness and improved science surrounding the issue of stroke will help our community help each other.  Deborah McMahon is also a collector, adviser, and dealer of fine art.

 

 

 

 

 

Mindy Laidlaw

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Josie Fitzsimons, MD

Petar Hossick, Bend Fire & Rescue

 

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Executive Director

Carol Stiles, MSCarol Stiles, MS

With over 30 years experience in public and nonprofit leadership, Carol brings the needed skills and qualities to Stroke Awareness Oregon including strategic and financial planning, program development, and relationship building. Passionate about servant leadership, the community and doing the right thing, she is able to support the Board of Directors in achieving Stroke Awareness Oregon’s goals. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Illinois State University and a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration from University of Illinois-Champaign. For ten years, Carol served as Executive Director of The Center Foundation and prior to that was the Director of Community Education and Director of Family Development Programs for Central Oregon Community College. She has extensive Board experience including current Chair of the Samara Learning Center and Vice Chair of Co-Serve International. Through Co-Serve International, she mentors leadership students in Herat, Afghanistan. Carol was named the 2018 Bend Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year.

Community Advisory Panel

Dr. Travis Abele, MD, CORA

A board-certified diagnostic radiologist with additional subspecialty certification in neuroradiology . Dr. Abele has expertise in all aspects of neuroradiology including imaging of the brain, head and neck, and spine and also specializes in performing image guided spine procedures.

Debbie Agnew, Red Bee Press

Debbie has worked for a visitor publication and sold radio advertising in Central Oregon for over a decade. She gained a large client base of business owners, many who have become good friends. With her experience in the visitor market, Debbie realized that there was a need to reach visitors as well as locals and wanted to create something that business owners would be able to track.

Dr. Mark Belza, MD

Dr Belza is a Stanford trained neurosurgeon who has been practicing neurosurgery and serving the bend community since 1991. He specializes in disorders of the brain and spine and is an advocate for non­surgical approaches to the spine.  He is focused on treating patients in Central Oregon with clinics in Madras, Prineville, he also travels to The Dalles to care for patients in the Columbia Gorge.

Dr. Knute Buehler, MD

Buehler is originally from Roseburg, Oregon. He attended Oregon State University (OSU) and graduated with degrees in history and microbiology. He attended Merton College, Oxford as OSU’s first Rhodes Scholar before graduating from John Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland. He now is an orthopedic surgeon in Bend, Oregon. 

Dr. Ben English, MD

Dr. English specializes in minimally invasive image guided therapies including peripheral vascular disease, aortic aneurysm repair, deep vein thrombus, uterine fibroids, varicosities, kyphoplasty, and especially interventional oncology cancer therapies. “I strive to work collaboratively with our oncology and surgical colleagues to provide excellent and compassionate care.” His goal is help provide the community education and access to minimally invasive vascular and Interventional radiology therapies through training and experience, combined with the latest technology and non-invasive imaging.

Dr. Dan Hagg, MD

His work focused on new techniques of gene transfer in T cells and antibody immunotherapies for cancer. His current research interests include inflammatory markers of sepsis, with several ongoing projects looking at the nature and diagnostic accuracy of the biphasic aPTT waveform in sepsis.

Greg Kast, Caregiver

Greg has been chief caregiver for his wife, who had a stroke in January, 2017.  Coordinating and scheduling doctor, therapist, and long-term care providers has given him an appreciation for the challenges of dealing with the short and long-term issues strokes present to both victims and family members.  Greg and his wife live in Touchmark.

Dita Keith, Executive Director, Healing Reins

Dita has been an active and involved member of the Central Oregon community since 1992. She joined Healing Reins in 2007. She is a PATH International Certified Instructor as well as a PATH International Certified Equine Specialist. Dita has been an avid rider since the age of 10. With a passion for all things equine. Dita has shared her passion for horses by serving as a Bend Senior High School Equestrian Drill Team coach and a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Posse member.

Brad Porterfield, Executive Director, Latino Community Association

Brad is originally from Riverside, California.  He lived and studied in Oaxaca, Mexico and  worked in Uruguay with the Peace Corps as an Environmental Planner and Educator.  He also lived and worked in Thailand as an Educator.  In Oregon, he has worked with low-income housing communities in Eugene/Springfield, a growth impact planning group in Hermiston, and the Alliance of Forest Workers & Harvesters based in Eugene.

Dr. Ray Tien, MD

As part of The Center’s neurosurgical team, Dr. Tien leverages his extensive expertise in the areas of stroke treatment, spinal cord injuries, and brain trauma to help patients of all ages. He enjoys the interactions with patients who place almost unimaginable trust in his judgment, training, and ability. At The Center, he continues his passion for research and has completed numerous studies.

 

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