Bill Buchanan: Director
Bill Buchanan is a partner with Schmid Malone Buchanan LLC in Bend, OR. He specializes in litigating and mediating civil matters, including business and property cases. He joined the Board of Directors in 2010.
Steve Mezich: Director
Steve Mezich is one of Sparrow’s founding board members and was the principal at Kamiakin Junior High when his students rallied to save Michael Leeland's life. Steve is currently an interim high school principal in Washington.
Joe Rygg: President
Joe Rygg is the Vice President of Member Business Services at SELCO Community Credit Union in Bend, Oregon. Joe joined the Board of Directors in 2010.
Erin Livingston: Secretary
Erin Livingston is the activity coordinator and leadership teacher at Aloha High School in Beaverton, Oregon. Erin is the Sparrow Club advisor at Aloha and joined the Board of Directors in 2010.
Amy Jaklich: Director
Amy Jaklich is a Product Marketing Engineer at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. She is a part of the founding family of Sparrow Clubs USA and the bone marrow donor to Michael Leeland. Amy joined the Board of Directors in 2013.
Mark Thornton: Director
Mark joined the Board of Directors in 2013.
Terry Hopkins: Treasurer
Terry Hopkins is the Vice President of Operations for Southern Oregon Elmer's LLC in Grants Pass, Oregon. Terry is a former Sparrow parent and joined the Board of Directors in 2014.
Danielle Craig: Director
Danielle Craig is an Emmy award-winning journalist. When she’s not anchoring in the early morning hours, she’s hanging out with her sweet boys and husband.
Danielle says Sparrow Clubs has shaped who she is. She started covering Sparrow Clubs stories in 2012 with the “Taking Flight” segment on Newswatch 12. She says that while it’s been challenging to watch young children fighting for their lives and for normalcy, it’s been more inspiring to see healthy children rally around their Sparrow.
Danielle joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
Leslie Nuegebauer: Director
Leslie Neugebauer is the Central Oregon CCO Director at PacificSource Community Solutions which manages the Oregon Health Plan benefit for the region. She worked the majority of her clinical career, as an Occupational Therapist, with children and adolescents. She lives in Bend with her husband on their small farm. Leslie joined the Board of Directors in 2017