News from Dougy Center, July 2021
Volunteer Spotlight: Dean Conklin
Dean Conklin has been a dedicated volunteer facilitator at Dougy Center for 34 years! He recently decided to take a step back and close from his group, and though we will miss Dean dearly, we are extremely grateful for all he has done for our community. As a volunteer, Dean has helped countless kids, teens, and adults find support through their grief — including our Executive Director Brennan Wood (pictured above with Dean), who was in one of Dean’s groups when she came to Dougy Center as a 12-year-old after the death of her mom.

We asked Dean about his experiences at Dougy Center, and here’s what he had to say:

What led you to become a Dougy Center volunteer?
Ten days after my eighth birthday, my dad died. For 40 years the topic rarely if ever came up. The old “Elephant in the Parlor,” everyone saw it, no one mentioned it. At age 48 I saw a TV piece on Bev Chappell and Dougy Center. Over 30-odd years it has been my second home.

Can you share a story or memory that has been especially meaningful to you?
I could go on with memories, but one that my fellow facilitators may appreciate occurred at an in-service. We had the opportunity to ask a former teen participant about her perspective on the program. I asked something like, “As an older person, how do you see me?” Her answer, “You are my heroes.” WOW!

Thank you Dean for all of your years of dedicated support for kids, teens, and their families who are grieving. To learn more about Dean's story, listen to his interview on this Grief Out Loud podcast.
Dougy Center Welcomes New Board Members
Dougy Center recently welcomed new members and elected a new slate of officers for 2021-2022 Board of Directors.

Karen Chong, a community leader and long-time board member, is the board's new Chair. Vice Chair is Rob Stackhouse, Senior Vice President of Finance and Controller for Dext Capital. Also new to the Executive Committee is Julia Tierney, Advisor for Vista Capital Partners, as Treasurer. Returning Executive Committee members include, Charles Mello, Partner at Deloitte & Touche, as Immediate Past Chair; Lindsey Klinger, community leader, as Member at Large; Jim Walton, Vice President of Sales for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, as Member at Large; and Brennan Wood, Dougy Center Executive Director.

New to the Board of Directors are Shannon Crist of KinderCare Education, David Officer of Innovative Transports Corporation, Andrew Over of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Adrienne Roark of Meredith Corp., David Thiebes of Theibes Consulting, and Vanessa Valencia of OnPoint Community Credit Union.

Thank you to our entire Board of Directors for their time and dedication to Dougy Center! For a complete list of board members, visit our website here. · [email protected] · 503.775.5683