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.
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.
Amy Jaklich: Director
Amy Jaklich is Director of System Software Engineering Partnerships at Intel. 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.
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: Secretary
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
Jon Bullock: Director
Jon Bullock is the Executive Director of the Redmond Proficiency Academy, a proficiency-based charter school that he helped found. He is a Redmond City Councilor and a major proponent of personalized learning and educational innovations. Jon was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for Southern Oregon University.
For nearly 25 years, Jon has worked with young people as a teacher, coach, and administrator. As a community leader, he has developed a deep connection to the people in Redmond. Jon has combined his passion and skills as an educator with private sector and non-profit experience to develop one of the largest and most successful charter schools in Oregon.
Jon grew up in Roseburg, where he learned the value of hard work and the importance of giving back to his community. As a student, Jon discovered that education provided a path to opportunity, which led him to earn his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, his master’s degree from Willamette University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Oregon. Jon’s experiences in postsecondary education have confirmed his belief that every young person deserves a quality education, and he has built his career around that principle.
Jon has earned acclaim for speaking to students and educators about self-acceptance and the power of vulnerability. He gave a TEDx talk entitled “What’s In Your Bag?” that challenged people to be honest with themselves and those around them about their hopes, dreams, fears, and failures. These ideas are at the core of his leadership philosophy, and they inform his approach to public education and community building.
Jon currently serves as President of the Redmond Executive Association, and as the Chair of the recently formed Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools (ORC3S). He has also served as the Chair of the Kids Helping Kids Division of Children’s Miracle Network in Eugene, Oregon, on the Executive Council of the National Association of Student Councils, as a mentor with the Oregon Association of Student Councils, and as a volunteer with Sparrow Clubs, USA.
Jon teaches college writing and business courses at Redmond Proficiency Academy, coaches competitive youth soccer, and enjoys watching the Portland Timbers. He is the proud father of a daughter who attends SOU.