Upper Valley Board of Directors

Brian Koblenz

Board President

Brian has had more than 25 years of high performance computing and data center experience in various technical and management roles. He holds 18 patents for various hardware and software developments. Brian graduated with a B.S. Computer Science from the University of Vermont and received his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has enjoyed living in Leavenworth for over 10 years, has developed wonderful friendships, and spends time hiking and playing bridge. Brian strongly believes in the value of sustainable affordable housing for this community. By joining the MEND Board, he can help support individuals and families in need.

Cindy Rudolph

President Elect

Cindy has lived in the Wenatchee Valley for most of her life, attending first Wenatchee Valley College, then the University of Washington, graduating with a degree in Business Administration.  Cindy spent most of her career working for Eagle Group in E. Wenatchee, a group of companies dedicated to excellence in the trucking industry.  Three of the local companies are Eagle Transfer Company, Eagle Systems, and LifeLine Ambulance.  She held various positions, including President of Eagle Administrative Services and LifeLine Ambulance.  In 2015, she retired from Eagle Group as their Chief Financial Officer to spend more time with her husband, Dennis and their family.  Dennis is a third generation orchardist in the Peshastin area where they have lived during their 33 years of marriage.  They are happy to be working with their two children, Lindsay and Stuart as they include them in farming here and the Columbia basin.  Cindy is excited and honored to be part of helping others through Mend’s programs.  Having the opportunity to help families during times of need and while trying to break out of poverty is especially important to her.

Bridget Grove

Bridget joined the MEND Board of Directors in February of 2016. Prior to moving to Leavenworth, she lived in Bellingham where she earned a Bachelor's in Communication and a Master's in Education at Western Washington University. She has spent her recent years in higher education working first with Running Start students at Whatcom Community College and now with Allied Health students at Wenatchee Valley College. Bridget moved to Leavenworth in 2012 and has found a wonderful community she now calls home. When Bridget isn't at work, she can be found exploring the surrounding trails on foot or bike with her friends and her dog Gus.

Dan Wilkinson

Dan and his wife Rebecca have been a part of the Leavenworth community since 2007. After 27 years in education in California, the Wilkinson’s relocated to Leavenworth to be near their son and his family. Rebecca assumed the position of school counselor at Osborn Elementary and Dan began the process of developing Roots, an organic berry and flower farm on their property on Icicle Road. After starting the farm, Dan worked as principal at Upper Valley Christian School for three years. Recently, Dan has returned his focus to his farming endeavor as well as working with his son, Jesse, in his coffee roasting business, J5 Coffee. Dan and Becky have been married for 35 years and are grandparents of three, two in California with their daughter and her husband, and one in Cashmere.

Denise Roberts

In 2011, Rev. Denise Roberts was appointed as pastor serving the Leavenworth Community United Methodist Church.  Prior to entering seminary in 2006, Denise worked as an R&D Manager for Hewlett Packard for 19 years. In addition to her MDiv, Denise has Master’s degrees in Technology Management and Engineering Management.   

She is passionate about worship, creation care, outreach ministries, eldercare and Christian Education.  Her hobbies are spending time with her dogs, Maggie and Jiggs, quilting, reading and hiking.

Denise is honored and thrilled to be a part of the MEND Board of Directors.  There is a special connection to MEND given that the Community Cupboard began in the basement of the Methodist church.  Denise looks forward to joining the other dedicated Board members in working to impact the Leavenworth community in a positive way.

Julie Smith

Julie started her relationship with MEND in 2014 through volunteering as a registered nurse at the Upper Valley Free Clinic.  She continues to volunteer at the free clinic, in addition to serving as their nurse coordinator.

Julie, her husband Todd, and 2 young kids moved to Leavenworth in 2012 to be closer to family and to become a part of the Leavenworth community. Todd was born and raised in Leavenworth and knew the value of this amazing small town.  Prior to moving, Julie worked as a RN at Seattle Children’s Hospital for 10 years, and now continues to work for SCH at their Wenatchee Clinic. In addition, she teaches part-time as a nursing clinical instructor at Wenatchee Valley College and is an active part of the parent-teacher organization at Peshastin Dryden Elementary.

Julie is excited to join MEND’s Board of Directors to continue serving the Leavenworth community.

Mike Camp

Mike has lived most of his life in the Upper Valley. He has spent the last 22 years as an elementary teacher at Osborn and Peshastin-Dryden elementary schools. His experience as an educator in the Upper Valley has given him insight into the diverse needs of every child and family. Mike, his wife, Lindsay, (also a teacher in the Cascade School District) and their two daughters, Gracie and Ellie, live in Peshastin. When not teaching, Mike can be found spending time with his family, bicycling, walking his rambunctious black lab, Jack, and working in his garden. Mike became introduced to the great work of MEND through his church, Faith Lutheran, and continues to be amazed at the impact MEND makes in the lives of children and families in the Upper Valley.

Chuck Reppas

Charles B Reppas (“Chuck”) has been in real estate development for over 20 years. He is a CPA by background and learned the real estate development business from his positions as the CFO of two development companies. The first of which was First Western Equities, a developer of large apartment projects in the Seattle area, and the other Henderson Homes, a large home builder in the Seattle area. Since leaving the former in 1998 Chuck initially transitioned the development of Lakeland, a 3,000 unit master planned community, for one year as a consultant. Then he proceeded to develop single-family plats in the Seattle area and Wenatchee area as well as partnering to acquire apartment projects and execute a condominium conversion. Chuck is a strong believer in establishing a mix of housing components in each community so that those working in the community can live in the community. In particular resort towns have difficulty maintaining permanent living accommodations for those that work in them. Many resort towns falter because of this issue, so it behooves the town officials to support housing for the primary work force. This will also help maintain or grow enrollment in the local schools. Chuck and his wife Lynn moved to Leavenworth in 2006 after raising three kids in Bothell. Chuck is a member of the Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene and a member of the Leavenworth Planning Commission. He enjoys golfing, skiing and hiking in the beautiful mountains surrounding Leavenworth.

Don Hanson

Don Hanson passed away tragically on March 2nd, 2013.  His spirit will always be with us, and he will be remembered for doing so much, for so many.

Don had been serving in his second term as a member of the MEND Board of Directors. During his first stint on the Board, he chaired the Community Cupboard Committee and was deeply involved in the Cupboard’s 2009 renovation. Most recently, Don had been serving on the Finance Committee and had been the chairperson of the SHARE Affordable Housing Committee.  Don was instrumental in strengthening the SHARE Committee and supporting the relationship between MEND and the homeowners.  In January, Don enthusiastically organized the first annual MEND Hockey Night, where SHARE Homeowners, and the MEND staff, board, and supporters together cheered on the Wenatchee Wild hockey team and raised money for the SHARE program. Don was dedicated to MEND and this community, and he looked for the win-win in every situation. 

MEND Executive Director Chuck Reppas shared that, “Don has done so much for MEND that I can’t even begin to quantify it.  His passion for our programs showed in every meeting and event.”  John Agnew, the MEND Board President, noted that “Don's many contributions to MEND as a donor, tireless volunteer and Board member over the years have been and always will be an inspiration to me. He was a valued friend, colleague, and counselor. His spirit will live on here at MEND, and all of us on the Board will work hard to live up to his memory."

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