SAO Staff Members

We Are Here To Help, No matter how stroke affects your life it is a difficult thing to work through. Our mission is fulfilled through partnerships with volunteers, donors, businesses, and the medical community. If you would like to get involved or volunteer please send us an e-mail admin@strokeawarenessoregon.org or call 541-323-5641

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Toni Metherall – Executive Director

Toni Metherall joined Stroke Awareness Oregon in February of 2022 as the Executive Director. She brings prior experience as a Cardiology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Chief Administrative Officer for a Hospital- based medical Group for over 25 years. She then joined a National Healthcare Consulting Group performing site reviews of medical practices throughout the U.S. for several years before moving to Bend in 2011.

She worked for the St. Charles Health System and then served as COO of BMC. She also taught in the Allied Health Programs at Central Oregon Community College teaching Pathophysiology, Medical Terminology, and Medical Documentation. In conjunction with her experience, Toni strives to bring a high standard of ethics within each organization she works with to emphasize compassion, trust, and a devotion to the mission.

“Joining SAO has shown me the dignity and support provided to stroke survivors through education, prevention, rehabilitation, and education. SAO’s support groups hold a particularly significant role in the recovery for stroke patients and give individuals the hope and feeling that they are not alone. I look forward to collaboration with businesses, board members, the community, and all willing to support our mission.”

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Rick HansenChief Financial Officer 

The lessons I learn from my struggles and failures with fitness and the outdoors carryover and help me with the professional satisfaction I get from helping people and businesses push through difficult times and tasks 

Rick helps business owners by providing financial services and useful advice. Those services include bookkeeping, accounting, sales, HR, legal, and virtual CFO expertise. In our ever-evolving business atmosphere, the path through those challenges is rarely clear, and certainly not easy. It requires creativity, persistence, and some useful knowledge and experience on your side.
He loves the outdoors…whether he is mountain biking, hiking, climbing mountains, skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, zip lining, or getting lost in the woods…the many challenges and outright beauty that the outdoors gives us is what puts me in a happy and healthy state of mind. I also enjoy staying fit and participating and developing intense workouts (often pushing myself to the extreme point of near failure). The personal growth that comes from pushing yourself to uncomfortable extremes is unmatched. It expands your boundaries as you constantly test your limits. It brings me joy to push myself in this manner, even though the suffering. It’s a journey worthy of pursuit.
The lessons I learn from my struggles and failures with fitness and the outdoors carryover and help me with the professional satisfaction I get from helping people and businesses push through difficult times and tasks. 

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Ben Ritt – Chief Development Officer (CDO)

In the Coast Guard, he was duel-rated in intelligence and operational search and rescue and was stationed in New Jersey, Texas, and Oregon. Ben has been with Stroke Awareness Oregon since June of 2021 and serves as Special Projects and Outreach Manager. 

In the Coast Guard, he was duel-rated in intelligence and operational search and rescue and was stationed in New Jersey, Texas, and Oregon. Ben has been with Stroke Awareness Oregon since June of 2021 and serves as Special Projects and Outreach Manager. 

Ben Ritt is a United States Coast Guard veteran with two degrees from the University of Oregon in Business and Sociology.  Growing up in Portland, Ben has moved around the United States pursuing his passion to serve the community.  In the Coast Guard, he was duel-rated in intelligence and operational search and rescue while being stationed in New Jersey, Texas, and Oregon. Ben has been with Stroke Awareness Oregon since June of 2021 and serves within the Special Projects department and Outreach Manager.  Ben’s spare time is spent outdoors hiking, surfing, skiing and snowboarding. He is passionate about coaching youth sports in baseball and football. “Working with Stroke Awareness Oregon has opened my eyes to an entire new world that we live in. I believe in the organization’s pursuit to make a difference in the world and open the public’s eyes to just how critical stroke is. It’s truly motivating to see how people who’ve had strokes never give up, and the consistent dedication to continually work through therapy, work-life, and family warms my heart. That along with the consistent support of what family can do, and just how strong love can be. It’s hard to put words to, but SAO has created a new passion of mine and enhanced my personal life for the better after being in touch with so many stroke survivors and their families.”