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Circle of Friends’ board members share a deep personal commitment to directing the organization in the quest to help children at risk and to empower these at risk children to live life to the fullest. We applaud our board members for their efforts and passion towards helping improve the lives of the at risk children in the Sisters Oregon and Central Oregon area.

Circle of Friends is grateful to the volunteer members of the board who use their visibility and experience to help advance Circle of Friends’ mission and increase public awareness of at-risk children’s needs.

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to donate to help the at-risk children


Nicole Merritt
Executive/Program Director

Debbie Newport
Community Outreach/Fund Development Director

Rory Rush
Office Assistant



Duncan Campbell
Retired Investment Entrepreneur, Founder Friends of the Children

Marti Ayers
Board Chair

Marti and her husband have lived in Sisters for five years. Before retiring Marti was a post-secondary educator, public speaker and a communications trainer for businesses and industry.

Virginia Silvey
Board Vice-chair

Retired: Assistant Professor,  Oregon Health Science University-Child Development Rehabilitation Center, former Executive Director, Friends of the Children, Portland Chapter and Educational Consultant/ Therapist. Education: Ed.D., MA. BS

Davina Luz
Sisters Branch Manager Bank of the Cascades

Carolyn Gabrielson

Carolyn and her husband moved to Sisters 19 years ago upon retiring from the Federal government where she worked in international educational exchange programs.  She enjoys working with local nonprofits, including Sisters Habitat for Humanity, being outdoors and spending time with five wonderful granddaughters.

Cindy Greer
Secretary (shared)

Cindy has been a resident of Sisters for over 10 years and a local business owner for the past eight. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing counseling to adolescents, families, and adults. Along with her husband, Steve Greer, service to others has been their passion. They have four adult children and three grandchildren with whom they share a love of nature and outdoor activities.

Carol Zosel
Sisters Real Estate Broker, Retired Educator

Jan Martin
Circle of Friends Mentor, Retired School Administrator

Kent Neff
Retired Psychiatrist

Shelly Marsh
Secretary, Escrow officer

Craig Longfield
Past President of PacifiCorp Financial Services

Barbara McCormick
Retired President/CEO of CHILDREN AT RISK, Houston, TX

Wade Underwood
General Manager – Three Creeks Brewery