Gordon Elwood Foundation

Trustees & Staff


Annette Batzer

Annette Batzer

2008 to Present


Annette Batzer is inspired by and honored to be a member of the Gordon Elwood Foundation Board. She thrives on the mutual affection and respect that exists in the foundation and its commitment to be a continual learning environment. Annette has been an active volunteer in many Rogue Valley non-profits. She has worked in the health care industry for over 30 years, involved in all aspects including patient care, quality improvement, reimbursement, program development and certification. In 2001 she created the Advanced Wound Center where she still practices as a Nurse Practitioner. Annette’s real love is world wandering, seeing what’s around the next corner, exploring our natural world, by foot and sea. Her community work, employment and love of the natural world informs her philanthropic work.

Julia Beattie

Julia Beattie

2012 to Present


Julia Beattie moved to the Rogue Valley from Texas in 1992. She has spent her professional career in commercial lending for local community banks and currently serves as the Commercial Lending Center Manager for People’s Bank. Through her involvement in community banking, past service on various boards, Rotary membership and raising her three children, she has gained an understanding of the dynamics of her community. However, it was the opportunity to serve on the Grant Committee of the Gordon Elwood Foundation that really opened her eyes to the underlying needs of her community. She considers her involvement with the foundation a blessing and looks forward to what is to come.

Steve Boyarsky

Steve Boyarsky

2012 to Present


Steve Boyarsky has been a resident of Southern Oregon for 40 years. He has been a high school teacher, program coordinator, grant writer and school administrator. In 2009, he retired from his position as superintendent of the Southern Oregon Education Service District. Having created close ties with the communities he served and as an advocate for social change, Steve joined the Gordon Elwood Foundation. He enjoys collaborating with like-minded individuals to determine how the foundation’s grants and initiatives can leverage positive change for the families and organizations in Southern Oregon.

John Duke

John Duke

1999 to Present


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Mike Heverly

Mike Heverly

1999 to Present


Mike Heverly feels extremely fortunate to have found a unique opportunity that goes beyond supplying money to solve short-term needs. As one of the founding board members, Mike was apart of crafting the vision and mission of the foundation. He is always looking for ways to leverage their resources to not only support those in need, but challenge the community to change lives for the better. Mike has retired from working in manufacturing for 35 years and spends his time with his family. He enjoys fly fishing, the great outdoors, and traveling.

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson

1999 to Present


Stephanie Johnson has spent nearly five decades in education as a teacher, counselor, and principal in elementary, secondary, and charter schools. She moved from Ohio to Ashland with her late husband Mark Johnson in 1973. Stephanie was immediately hired to teach English and head the department at McLoughlin Junior High and had Carl Elwood, Gordon Elwood’s son, in her English class. She knew personally how hard the Elwood family struggled. With the firm belief that the only way out of poverty is education, Stephanie became a founding board member of Kids Unlimited of Oregon and is a member of the Latgwa Chapter of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Medford Rogue Rotary.

Daniel Kosmathka

Daniel Kosmathka

1999 to Present


Daniel Kosmatka was born and raised in Southern Oregon. As a lifelong resident, he has seen many changes in the valley and cares about the needs of children and families. He remembers Gordon working on their family TV when he was a child and saw Gordon riding his bike around town towing his cart that he filled with cans and bottles to obtain the deposit refunds. He is a CPA and enjoys working as a member of the Gordon Elwood Foundation in a collaborative effort to strengthen community programs which are directly involved in improving and/or saving the lives of children.

Janet Murphy

Janet Murphy

1999 to Present

Jan Murphy was born and raised in the Rogue Valley-a third generation member of the Hueners family. The 100 year old family ranch she grew up on outside of Jacksonville is still in operation. She worked for many years as an office administrator for several architectural firms in Medford in all phases of architecture and planning. She serves on various community agency boards and has an understanding of the nonprofit sector and their needs and struggles to survive in difficult financial times as well as the critical need for the services they provide. Jan has been on the Elwood Foundation Board since its inception. She knew Gordon Elwood for years before the foundation was established as their family TV repair man. At that time, she had no idea how they would meet again years later under very different circumstances. Knowing the story of Gordon's life and his struggles makes his words "do good" something she takes into consideration in the decision-making process of the Foundation.

Burke Raymond

Burke Raymond

1999 to Present


Burke Raymond is inspired by the strange history of Gordon Elwood. He joined the board with an open mind and fostered an incredible bond between all the board members. Under the tremendous leadership of Kathy, Burke and the rest of the board work together to tackle community issues. Burke’s background is in public service. He served as administrator for Jackson County for over a decade. Before that, he worked as a city manager in Gresham, Beaverton, and two cities in Minnesota. Burke continues to remain active in the community through the Gordon Elwood Foundation, enjoys traveling with his wife, and reading history.

Rick Hutchins

Rick Hutchins

Financial Advisor


Rick Hutchins remembers Gordon as a man who rummaged through garbage cans in the afternoon at South Medford High, looking for bottles and cans for deposit collection. He also remembers Gordon showing up at his father’s office looking for investment advice. Ever since, Rick has observed the foundation’s forward thinking and creative philanthropic approach. His experiences from traveling to Asia, South America, and Africa, combined with his experiences from working with non-profits and at-risk youth have shaped his perspective of the world. To him, in order to create positive change, we have to start with the youth in our communities. Rick currently serves on the Board of Kids Unlimited of Oregon and the Rogue Valley Timbers Board of Directors. He enjoys golfing, water sports, and soccer with his wife and three kids.

Bob Hutchins

Bob Hutchins

Financial Advisor


Gordon sat across the desk from Bob Hutchins, as he had many times in the 24 years Bob served as his Financial Advisor, knowing he was dying from cancer. Gordon was unusually alert and on task. He did not want to pay any “death” taxes! He did want to do ‘good’, if he could, with his assets. When Bob described what a private foundation could do, Gordon was ready to start setting one up, ASAP. Bob pulled together the initial 3 or 4 board members and together they selected the rest of the members. Bob has found it fascinating to watch the board members bring 100% of themselves to each meeting and event and, unbelievably, set aside personal preconceived biases to focus on the best possible ideas for the community and, thus, the Foundation. Bob had been a financial advisor for 32 years when Gordon decided to start a foundation. He had served on and chaired many non-profit boards and one national foundation board. Bob sees the opportunity for the foundation to support initiatives and programs that break the cycle of poverty. Gordon envisioned giving a “hand-up” and not a “hand-out”. Bob believes the creativity and audacity of this board is absolutely unique and Gordon would love it!

Kathy Bryon

Kathy Bryon

Executive Director
2000 to Present


The Gordon Elwood board of seven hired Kathy in the fall of 2000 to create the infrastructure of the foundation and later to facilitate the strategic vision process. Kathy brings to her position 35 years of working and volunteering in the non-profit sector, 26 of those years in southern Oregon. Kathy’s academic training is grounded in Public Health planning and administration. She received her MPH from University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz. Her first years in the community sector began while in college and were spent creating and managing health and education programs in California for culturally and economically diverse populations. Her work in southern Oregon for the last 26 years has focused on strengthening the capacity of rural communities through nonprofit organizations and their leaders. Throughout her career Kathy has facilitated organizations and their people through personal and systemic transformation, creating opportunities for leadership development, successful collaboration, strategic thinking and improved client-centered outcomes.A Fellow of Oregon’s American Leadership Forum, Class 17, Kathy volunteers for SMART reading program at Jackson Elementary School and supports older students with their senior projects.

Rhonda Gressett

Rhonda Gressett

Office Manager
2011 to Present


Rhonda Gressett joined the Gordon Elwood Foundation in 2011 as the Office Manager. She has over 30 years of office administration, bookkeeping expereience, and business experience. She and her husband owned and operated Sims Cycle & Fitness, a local retail bicycle store for over 15 years. Being on staff at the foundation gives her a sense of doing work that matters and makes a difference in the community. Rhonda handles the bookkeeping, payroll, and financial reports. For the foundation, she also manages the grant application process bewteen the Grant Committee and applicants. She is an active volunteer with Junior Achievement at JA Finance Park and is a volunteer team leader for Careers in Gear. In addition, Rhonda believes education promotes possibilities and participates actively to increase high school graduation locally and she is an advocate and community member of the Urban Medford Bear Creek Greenway Corridor Team. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and working on home renovation projects.

Board of Trustees
Annette Batzer
Julia Beattie
Steve Boyarsky
John Duke
Mike Heverly
Stephanie Johnson
Daniel Kosmathka
Janet Murphy
Burke Raymond

Grant Committee Members
Annette Batzer
2007 - Present

Julia Beattie
2010 - Present

Steve Boyarsky
2010 - Present

Lilia Caballero
2014 - Present

Derek DeBoer
2013 - 2015

Stephanie DeBoer
2016- Present

Don Hildebrand
2007 - 2009

Charlie Kocher
2008 - 2010

Gerry Livingston
2008 - 2010

Jim Maddux
2000 - 2003

Larry Nicholson
2016 - Present

Lance Reyes
2015 - Present

Chela Sanchez
2013

Rachelle Schaaf
2009 - 2011

Richard Schaefer
2009 - 2011

Mike Wisnovsky
2013 - 2015

Trustees Emeritus
John Harmon

Financial Advisors
Bob Hutchins
Rick Hutchins

Executive Director
Kathy Bryon

Office Manager
Rhonda Gressett

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