gay benhkeGay Behnke
Board Chair

Gay has served as board member since 2010 and believes that mental health services can make a difference in peoples’ lives and help them heal and get better. She was a school counselor for 32 years and was a Licensed Professional Counselor for 25 years as well as a National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. She brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to the board.

Yet, she is truly grateful to the employees who are providing services in our community. They are dedicated professionals who are ethical and care deeply about our community. They often go above and beyond what is required of them to help promote good mental health within the community. She is honored to represent this organization due to the staff who elevate the work of mental health every day.

maria weerMaria Weer
Vice-chair

Maria Weer is the Executive Director of Building Healthy Families and has served on the Board since 2017. Although Maria and her family moved to Wallowa County in 2008, family roots run deep, and they feel blessed to live on her families’ 100+ year ranch. In addition to leading Building Healthy Families, Maria teaches the Alternative Education program and volunteers in a number of different programs. In each of her roles, she feels that there is a definite connection with the work of Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness and feels her time as a Board Member benefits her organizations and all the children and families they serve.

amy stangleAmy Stangel
Board Member

Amy Stangel is a Juvenile Counselor for the Department of Youth Services and supports youth in many ways in our community. She carries a case load of youth that have been referred by law enforcement, mostly dealing with drug and alcohol offenses. She also leads many prevention programs within all the local schools, including Girls Circle, Character Strong, drug and alcohol education classes, co-leads Natural Helpers, and is a member of the Safety Assessment Team that assesses threats in our schools. Amy sits on the Board of Directors at the Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness because she has a passion for kids and their well-being. Knowing that mental health plays a huge factor in youth development, Amy strives to get kids in Wallowa County to create positive relationships with programs and professionals that can help them feel safe, healthy and supported.

jim naveJim Nave
Board Member

Jim was raised in the suburbs of Detroit, MI as the youngest of three siblings whose mother was a LCSW and father managed a group of engineers at Ford Motor Company. It was the 70s, Motown and dreams of playing hockey was all that filled Jim’s head. In the fall of 1987 he made his way to Denison University where he met Peg Rodgers and started on the path to the rest of his life. They moved to Montana in 1991 and spent 5 years learning the ways of living in a small western town. By 1996, they were ready to begin their dream of opening a bakery in Joseph, OR. They owned and operated WildFlour Bakery for almost 15 years and started a family along the way. Their son Flynn was born in 2003 and their daughter Cooper was born in 2006.

If Jim was to define his life in one word, then family is everything to him. In 2011, he graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and took a job with Devco Engineering as a structural engineer designing cold formed steel framing for large commercial and private projects throughout the western states. His free time is spent with family and friends at Fergi and ice skating in the winter, while enjoying the lake, hiking and hunting during the warmer months.

In addition to his board position at Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness, he is the treasurer of the Ferguson Ridge Ski Patrol and the Safety Officer of the Wallowa Valley Little League. He also serves on the Wallowa County Planning Commission and recently started the non-profit Wallowa County Athletic Network (WCAN) to build community through sports and physical activity. He is honored to be a part of the Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness team and firmly believes the work performed in this organization makes Wallowa County a better place. Developing the Hearts for Health project has been his main focus as a board member and is very excited to be a part of this nationally renowned project.

kathy normanKathy Norman
Board Member

Kathy Norman retired from a career in Parole and Probation with Multnomah County in 2006. Kathy's career experience also includes working with homeless youth through the Burnside projects, working as a transitions counselor in the corrections system in Oregon, and working to unite mothers and their children after incarceration. Her experience and background brings a deep knowledge and voice to those most at risk of being lost in the system to our board. An avid outdoors person, Kathy enjoys living and playing in Wallowa County, and can often be found hiking in the Eagle Caps or kayaking on Wallowa Lake.

miles mcfallMiles McFall
Board Member

Miles McFall joined the Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness Board of Directors shortly after moving to Wallowa County from Seattle in July of 2015. He is a retired clinical psychologist who spent his career as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, School of Medicine. He was also Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services and Chief of Psychology Services at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System. Miles provided leadership in developing and administering programs to care for Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) over his 30-year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was also an educator and researcher who advanced methods for diagnosing and treating PTSD and reducing health risk behaviors in individuals with mental illness. He has a keen interest in facilitating the integration of evidence-based mental health services into primary medical care in rural health care settings. Miles is an active member of the Wallowa County Search and Rescue team, the Wallowa Mountain Hells Canyon Trails Association, and the Lions Club. His wife, Yun, serves on the Board of Directors for the Land Trust. In his spare time, Miles enjoys fly fishing and honing his skills as a wood worker.

dan deboieDan Deboie
Board Member

ted thorneTed Thorne
Board Member

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WALLOWA VALLEY
CENTER FOR WELLNESS
Bringing hope, dignity
and wellness to our community

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Main Office
207 SW First Street, Enterprise 
541-426-4524

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