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 and to take F.A.S.T. action
  • Develop resources and support for stroke patients and their families
  • Increase awareness about stroke prevention
  •  Stroke Resource Guide 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.

Lawnae Hunter

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)

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.


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.


David Taylor

Employed by Numotion, David is a RESNA – Certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) since 2006 with over 12-years’ experience in the Complex Rehab Industry. Known for his outstanding relationships with healthcare professionals and customer. David uses his extensive training in assessment, evaluation, design, fitting, service and repair of all adaptive equipment to be responsive to the Patient’s needs.  David and his wife, Barbara, moved to Bend in 1988 and have enjoyed the close access to all the wonderful outdoor activities available in Central Oregon.



Executive Director

Carol Stiles, MS

Carol 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.

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