Upper Valley Board of Directors

Cindy Rudolph

Board President

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.

Andy Lane

Board President-Elect

Andy and his wife, Suzi, started visiting the Leavenworth area in 1990 to climb, bike, and ski. They fell in love with the Upper Valley community and bought a house here in 2003, while still working in Seattle. Andy and Suzi moved here full-time in 2008 to make Leavenworth their home. Andy is an attorney whose practice focuses on land use and long-range planning issues. Suzi is an artist and community volunteer. Andy also serves on the City of Leavenworth Planning Commission.



Chuck Reppas

Board Secretary/Treasurer

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.

Cyndi Garza

Cyndi was born and raised in the Upper Valley and is a graduate of Wenatchee Valley College and the Evergreen State College.  She worked in the financial services industry for 30 years, 10 of those while living in North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.  Cyndi was fortunate enough to be able to move back home with her husband, Jay, where they raised their two children.  They purchased The Beecher Hill House in Peshastin in 2001 and, after an extensive remodel, have operated a Bed and Breakfast/Event Venue where they enjoy hosting weddings and other parties as well as overnight guests.

Cyndi joined the MEND board in early 2016 and is grateful to be a part of an organization that is passionate about providing aid and tangible solutions for people who are working their way out of poverty.  

Jose Hurtado

Jose grew up in Mexico City and immigrated to Washington State at a young age. He attended Washington State University, receiving both his B.S. in Architecture and Masters of Architecture. He currently works for a local architecture firm and enjoys being back in the community where he grew up. Jose understands the importance of what Upper Valley MEND provides for the community as he benefited from Upper Valley MEND programs when his family immigrated to Washington State. Since than he knew he wanted to join MEND and be part of this organization.

Jose enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, going to the gym and studying architecturally-related content.

Tim Jenkins

Board Member

Tim Jenkins is a co-founder and past CEO of Point B, Inc., a management consulting, capital and property development firm based in Seattle, WA.   Point B’s more than 750 professionals help organizations of all types form, grow and thrive from offices across the U.S.  In 2010 Tim was recognized as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Services for the Pacific Northwest.   In 2014 Tim and his co-founders sold their stock back to Point B, making Point B, Inc. 100% employee-owned.  Tim sits on the boards of Point B and Parametrix, Inc., an employee-owned engineering, planning and environmental services company with offices in the Western U.S.

Tim is currently the President of Colchuck Companies, a group of entities that invest in growing companies and real estate ventures.  As part of his work at Colchuck, Tim serves on the board of Solomons Fund, a private equity fund focused on small Pacific Northwest-based companies, and the boards of Yakima, WA-based companies Graphic Label, Inc. and Farwest Fabricators. Tim chaired the board of trustees of CRISTA Ministries, a $120MM/year non-profit with ministries in the U.S. and throughout the world from 2015-2018, and serves on the National Council of C3 Leaders, a ministry to men and women in the business community.

Tim holds a BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington and an MBA in Marketing & Finance from the Booth Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.  He is listed as a “Notable Alumnus” on websites associated with both institutions and was named the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus in Economics at the University of Washington.  Tim and his wife Christi have three children and live in Leavenworth, WA.

Brian Koblenz

Board Member

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.

Tricia Ortiz

Patricia Ortiz was born in Cascade Sanitarium in Leavenworth in 1952, grew up on an orchard in Peshastin and graduated from Peshastin-Dryden High School. She continued her education at Stanford University with a B.S. in Biology, received her M.D. from the University of Washington, and completed a UW affiliated residency in Family Medicine in Yakima. She returned to the Wenatchee Valley to work at Cascade Clinic in Leavenworth for 3 years prior to joining Wenatchee Valley Clinic (now Confluence Health) where she worked as a family doctor for 30 years. She and her husband Ted Alway raised their children Rita and Beni in Peshastin, both of whom received their education in Cascade School District.

Past board experience includes 8 years on the Cascade School District board, 6 years on the Washington State Board of Health, and she currently serves on the board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington North Idaho. She is also a current member of the Peshastin Community Council.

Retirement from the practice of medicine allows her to spend more time volunteering in the community; she has been a passive supporter of MEND since its inception and is happy to take a more active role. Over the years working in medicine she has encountered many people with varied needs, and volunteering with MEND will allow her a small chance to address some of those needs more directly. She enjoys sleeping under the stars; growing, preserving and eating food with family and friends; embracing the changing seasons, following animal tracks in the dirt, looking at rocks, and growing flowers.

Bridget Ryan

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.

Darryl Wall

Darryl was raised in Oregon and moved to Washington after he graduated from high school.  He attended Wenatchee Valley College and Central Washington University, where he received a degree in Music Education. He has been working in ministry since 1987, and has also spent time living and working in China.  He and his family have recently returned to the Wenatchee Valley in order to pastor New Life Foursquare Church in Peshastin.  He has a heart to care for the people in the community, especially those who may be marginalized.  His desire is to develop relationships and partner with others so that he can serve alongside them.  Darryl and his wife Mindy have ten children, seven of whom were adopted internationally, as well as three grandchildren.  Darryl enjoys hiking and music, and spending time with his family.


Greg Steeber

Greg first visited Leavenworth and the Upper Wenatchee Valley in 1970 after volunteering at Holden Village. Over the next several years he frequently visited friends and co-workers from Holden who had moved to the Leavenworth area. Developing a strong connection to the area and the community, Greg finally moved here in 1980 and worked as a family physician over the next decade.

He and his family then moved to Minnesota where he worked for HealthPartners for the next 28 years. He, his wife Mary and their two daughters, visited Leavenworth annually and maintained a home and many friends here during this time. He has served on the boards of Holden Village and the Saint Olaf College Alumni Council. Greg retired in 2017 after 40 years as an active family practice physician, at which time he and Mary returned to live in Leavenworth. They have known about Upper Valley MEND and its commitment to strengthening this community over the years through their active participation in Faith Lutheran Church. Greg is pleased to now be able to more actively help Upper Valley MEND fulfil its mission of assisting all people in meeting their needs. 

Katie Walker

Katie, her husband David, and their two teenage boys have lived in Leavenworth full-time since 2018, after spending years traveling back and forth from Skagit County to Leavenworth.

Katie received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2005. Over her 15-year career, she has enjoyed working with patients and their families within their homes, from prenatal care to hospice, as well as other in-hospital settings. Katie currently works for Central Washington Hospital Hospice and Home Health and with Cascade Medical in Leavenworth. As a board member of Upper Valley MEND Katie works to always serve our neighbors and their unique circumstances.

Katie’s husband, David, is a Retired Battalion Chief and works for Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue. As a family, they enjoy cross-country skiing, volunteering in their community, traveling, and time together in the outdoors.

Zachary Miller

Zachary is the Assistant Director at Tall Timber, a camp and retreat center in Plain that serves 4,000 guests annually, including 800 public and private school students through outdoor education. Zachary owned and operated Miller Stoneworks in the Upper Valley for eight years while also working as the Associate Pastor for Plain Community Church. He is currently serving as the Cascade School Board Director for District #3, is on the board for Young Life, and organizes the Upper Valley Ministerial Association.

Zachary grew up in Plain and attended Central Washington University where he graduated with a B.A. in music, later receiving a Master’s degree from Liberty University in pastoral counseling. Zachary and his wife Cassie of 16 years live above Lake Wenatchee with their 5 year old daughter Melanie.


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