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Stroke happens to 1 in 4 people. It can happen to anyone, any age, any gender, anytime.

About Stroke Awareness Oregon

Stroke Awareness Oregon, a non-profit created by physicians, stroke survivors and community members exists ‘to eliminate disability and death from stroke through awareness of causes, symptoms, and treatment, and through recovery support.’  The fifth leading cause of death in Oregon and the greatest source of disability worldwide, stroke is a medical emergency striking over 800,000 people nationwide each year.  Stroke Awareness Oregon is making a difference in stroke outcomes and recovery through these four goals:

  • To educate about stroke causes, prevention and treatment options
  • To make F.A.S.T. a household safety word
  • To support the recovery of stroke survivors and their families
  • To do this work in partnership with the medical community, businesses and the community.
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Our mission is fulfilled through partnership with volunteers, donors, businesses and the medical community.

Board Members

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Dr. Dennis Schaberg M.D.


Dr. 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. Dr. Schaberg’s other interests include support for OSU-Cascades and recreational interests in both golf and fly fishing.

Lawnae Hunter


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) in 2018 and serves as 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.

Keith Taylor


Keith Taylor is a passionate and dedicated leader in the stroke community. He is dedicated to helping stroke survivors regain their own power and strength in order to live a full and productive life. 

While owning and being the sales manager of a large manufacturing business in Oregon, he had a stroke at the age of 48. After looking for, and not finding anyone to help with the depression and lack of confidence after having such an event in his life, he decided to fill that void for other stroke survivors.

Keith says, “I am extremely excited to be a part of SAO and believe the impact and support we can have on the stroke community, and those that help with such a debilitating event, is beyond significance.”

Lili Alpaugh


Lili Alpaugh, a retired physical therapist, has a passion for helping those with disabilities. As a P.T., she worked with many stroke survivors, and in the personal realm, she has been a caregiver for several family members with neurological conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis, Autism and TBI. She has lifelong experience with advocating for people with disabilities of various kinds, understanding their needs and working to find resources for them.

Lili is a native of New Orleans but has made Bend, Oregon her home now for over a decade. In New Orleans, she served on the Board of the Advocacy Center (for the Elderly and Disabled), worked as a volunteer for several nonprofits, and has co-chaired several large fundraising events. Her interests include hiking in the Pacific Northwest, writing memoir and essays, studying history, and travel.

Marc Beebe


Marc Beebe received his Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College and was a Junior High teacher at a small private day school in Connecticut for 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, he 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. Mr. Beebe 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. From 2010-2016, he practiced Bankruptcy Law in Bend. Mr. Beebe’s prior Board experience includes The Woodlands Club, Falmouth, Maine and Crooked River Ranch Homeowners Association in Oregon.

Sarah Burke


As a critical care specialist, involved in building capable, well-oiled, and healing teams of doctors and nurses, Sarah Burke’s past life was all about taking care of people. A car accident resulted in a closed head injury that ended her medical career. Years later her doctor recommended an MRI of her head that revealed a number of past strokes that had gone undiagnosed for years. 

Rather than letting this bring her professional life to a stop, Sarah transitioned to bring the same focus, compassion, and attention to her clients as a real estate professional. Sarah’s energies are now directed towards helping people find their perfect home and make wise investments in commercial real estate, and she’s every bit as committed to their well being. 

Sarah was drawn to the Stroke Awareness Oregon Board of Directors because of the organization’s focused work to help individuals who have survived a stroke navigating through this new reality. She brings to the board her expertise of medical background and understanding of best practices.

Mindy Laidlaw

MINDY LAIDLAW, St. Charles, Intake and Acute Community Coordinator at St. Charles Medical Center

Mindy Laidlaw graduated from Pacific University in 1987 with her degree in Occupational Therapy. She completed her Acute Care internship at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, and knew this was where she wanted to start her career. She has now been with the organization for over 31 years. Most of her career has been practicing on the ortho/neuro floor. She then went on to supervise the Acute and Rehab therapy teams. Her teams were an inspiration to her because they had such a positive impact on patients and their families in the community. She is now the Intake and Post Acute Community Coordinator.

Mindy was drawn to Stroke Awareness Oregon because their mission was to educate everyone about the importance of FAST. She knew she wanted to be on this board because the team moved with intention.

Other interests include Cooking, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.

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 holds a Master’s degree from 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.
Norwyn Newby


Dr. Newby,  a neurosurgeon retired from The Center in Bend,  graduated from OHSU in Portland in 1970. Trained at Walter Reed Medical Center, he moved to Bend in 1980 after 10 years of military service. Married to his wife, Barbara, for 52 years, they have four children and three grandchildren.  He looks forward to assuring SAO thrives as it strengthens its foundation to educate communities about stroke and to support stroke survivors and their families.

James C. Reedy


Passionate about both the science and art of nursing and healthcare delivery, James is striving to make a difference in how patients receive and participate in their care, and enhancing the voice of the nurse and the patient in the discussion of what healthcare will be like “tomorrow.”

A nurse, “by accident” according to his own words, James was recruited to St. Louis University as an EMT, after the untimely death of his younger sister, who suffered a stroke secondary to an undiagnosed heart condition at just 14 years old. Inspired by the compassion and care taken by the nursing teams who cared for not only her, but for him and the rest of his family, he sought to return such compassion and caring to both the patients and teams he’s had the pleasure to serve. At the bedside James specialized in trauma intensive care and emergency medicine, as a leader he has specialties in the development of neuroscience centers of excellence, opening and expanding new facilities, and improving the quality of care of provided by nursing in New York, St. Louis, Northern California, and now Central Oregon.

James is currently a Chief Nursing Officer within the St. Charles Health System, and is pursuing his Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Health Systems Executive Leadership through the University of Pittsburgh.

Stephen Van Houten


Stephen (Steve) Van Houten is a retired Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor who last worked with the Oregon Department of Human Services in Bend. He received his Masters Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Oregon and then started a private Rehabilitation business in Eugene, Oregon working with injured workers under a contract with the Oregon Workers Compensation Department. 

During that time, he helped originate the Oregon Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector (OARPPS) dedicated to establishing ethical competent services for Rehabilitation companies in the state. The business grew to 9 offices and 40 counselors before closing in late 1980s. 

Concurrently and after the business closed it’s doors, he was also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and worked as a Vocational Expert Witness for the Social Security Administration for about 20 years.  Other iterations of his career were:

  • Return-to-work coordinator for a hospital  
  • Managing a medium sized company in the State of Washington 
  • Working as a VRC for the State of Oregon in partial retirement for several years until fully retiring in 2018

In October of 2019 he experienced a “wake up stroke”. He is committed to the continued work to recover from his own stroke and passionately dedicated to helping others recover from their stroke experiences. 


DR. WILLIAM WHEIR III, President, Central Oregon Radiology Associates

Dr. William Wheir is a board certified Diagnostic radiologist with additional subspecialty certification in neuroradiology.  He grew up in the great state of Texas, and received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico. He is highly skilled in all areas of neuroradiology including imaging of the brain, head, neck, and spine and performs image guided procedures such as drain placements, paracentesis, thoracentesis, and joint injections, spine injections and nerve blocks. He also regularly performs biopsies of the lung, thyroid, kidney, liver and bone, including the spine. Dr. Wheir is an active member of the CORA Executive and Operations committees as well as the St. Charles Health System Stroke Committee, ensuring that stroke patients receive the best possible care and treatment. 

CORA was happy to add Dr. Wheir’s talent to their team in ­­­­2010.  When not caring for patients, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids.


Dr. Goins


Dr. Steven Goins practiced pediatric neurology and neuromuscular disease in Eugene for 30 years before he felt a call to rededicate his career to stroke care. He and his wife Catherine, moved to Bend in 2015. By 2016, he was serving as the medical director for the St. Charles stroke program and had overseen its transition from a barely existent program to the exceptional regional stroke program that it is now. He also created the unique regional stroke triage program that is one of the most advanced programs in the nation and allows rapid transport of stroke victims directly to the appropriate hospital where lifesaving interventional care can be offered. Dr, Goins originally conceived of and cofounded Stroke Awareness Oregon in 2017. Currently, Dr. Goins is now working part-time at Summit Health Clinic and plans to build a new neurology program. He sees as an opportunity to extend specially care into rural areas of Central Oregon. But most of his free time is devoted to stroke education and supporting the mission of Stroke Awareness Oregon.


Carol Stiles


With over 30 years experience in public and nonprofit leadership, Mrs. Stiles brings the needed skills and qualities to Stroke Awareness Oregon including strategic and financial planning, program development, and relationship building. Mrs. Stiles is passionate about servant leadership, the community and doing the right thing, and able to support the Board of Directors in achieving Stroke Awareness Oregon’s goals. 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. 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. Mrs. Stiles was named the 2018 Bend Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year.
Photo of Sheri Terry


Sheri Terry is a native Oregonian raised in Salem and after graduating from North Salem High in 1988
she moved to Stevens Point Wisconsin to study Natural Resources & Wildlife Management. After
completing the Associate term, a family medical emergency brought her back so Salem to assist the
family during the loss of her mother and become a mother herself. After the birth of her only child
motherhood became her priority. She has worn many hats ranging from sales, management, Real
Estate development and even food service, in every endeavor she’s excelled and supported all those
she’s interacted with. Sheri relocated to Bend 15 years ago to raise her daughter in a more rural and
outdoor oriented community. During the last 15 years Sheri has sat on the Historical Landmarks
Commission, spear headed multiple donation projects to support the Bethlehem Inn, Meals on Wheels,
Saving Grace and the Humane Society. Compassion for others and giving is integral to her core moral
function and work ethic. Being part of Stroke Awareness Oregon is a natural and fulfilling fit for Sheri,
and if you ask her, she would tell you she feels blessed to be a part of SAO.