Scott C. Pelham
Scott has worked in the human services and developmental disabilities fields since 1982 when he graduated from Northwest Nazarene University. He pursued his Masters in Rehabilitation Administration from the McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco. Scott has worked in various leadership capacities in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, as well as within government at the State and National levels.
Scott came to the Central Oregon Collective (formerly RAP) in 2011, asked by the Board and Deschutes County to bring the organization into excellence and to renew a vital community mission. Scott’s passion for self-determination and full community inclusion led to the Board’s adopting a broader community mission that unites people with various labels and impediments to belonging in community with others. Scott’s expertise and knowledge of the legislative and regulatory pieces of providing care to adults with different abilities is head and shoulders above the rest, all while ensuring the intricate needs and care to better integrate each client on a personal level, remains a priority. The contacts and relationships he brings to the table from three decades of working in this critical field, is truly invaluable.
Scott is married to Kellie and shares five adult children and three grandchildren (more to come!). He has climbed and played soccer throughout the U.S. for four decades and has had a particular passion for Central Oregon since 1977.
Deputy Executive Director
Glen has worked as Business Systems Analyst with 20+ years of experience in penetrating root causes of complex system problems and architecting simple solutions that help move companies forward. He is an approachable and polished professional with intellectual savvy combined with a highly supportive approach.
Glen has been a C level officer of multiple companies, and brings decades of management experience with him. Recognized as an internal motivator and mentor who builds collaborative staff problem-solving to deliver organizational results. His knowledge of the many facets it takes to operate a successful business, from mentoring staff, to keeping finances on point, are just a few of the many assets our Central Oregon Collective family values about Glen’s leadership qualities.
Senior Marketing Manager
Audra’s passion for those who need it most abounds in many forms. Having spent her nonprofit career advocating for individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities as well as human rights and welfare, we knew having her on our team was a perfect fit.
Before joining our Central Oregon Collective family to rebrand and promote our new journey, she was the Director of Health Care and Patient Services for children & adults at the Muscular Dystrophy Association, as well as the Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association in Southern Oregon. Most recently, Audra came to us as the Director of Marketing & Communications for Global Village Champions Foundation, an international nonprofit organization whose mission of feeding the hungry worldwide, providing disaster relief across the globe, as well as saving refugees from the ongoing Syrian War crisis regardless of race or religious beliefs, made a life-long difference in the lives of many.
Having traveled with many well-known celebrities within the U.S. & abroad, her knowledge, expertise and proven success of orchestrating every aspect it takes to further a worthy cause, brings a broader perspective to our Collective team. She hails from her home state of Florida, and now calls Central Oregon home, looking forward to becoming an even more intricate part of the community. Audra has two sons, David and Charles, and enjoys the great outdoors, entertaining & family.
I was born and raised in Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with an Emphasis in Social Work. I was a licensed social worker in Idaho, and worked with hospice clients. During my tenure of caring for the terminally ill, I realized a passion for caring for peoples’ physical as well as emotional needs. I returned to school, and earned an Associates of Science in Nursing. I passed the boards for both an LPN and RN. I have worked in a variety of settings from medical/surgical, intermediate care, community care, residential psych, and juvenile detention. I obtained national credentialing as a Certified Case Manager.
I have two daughters, Hannah and Emma. We like living in Bend, OR as we get to see family most days. We enjoy animals. We have two dogs and two bunnies. Our favorite vacation entails anything Disney. I love being a part of Central Oregon Collective as it feels like a family.
Senior Manager of Accounts
I began my career with Central Oregon Collective (formerly RAP), in December 2007 as a part-time employee. At that time, my responsibilities entailed handling the financials for all of our group homes & supported living clients. It was a great opportunity for me to really get to know our clients on a personal level, & better understand the important role we play in the local community. Even today, our clients may not remember my name, but they know I’m the person “who handles their money”, which is truly an honor for me!
Since that time, the agency has grown by leaps & bounds! We have expanded outside of our agency to offer Representative Payee services to several people in our community as well. Although this is an often time-consuming & tedious task, it’s certainly more than worth it & very rewarding.
In the 8 years I’ve been with this great organization, I’ve advanced from handling client funds, to taking over the agency’s financial operations and payroll entry. As part of the Executive Management team, it’s exciting to see just how far we’ve come, & even more exciting to see our future growth!
Senior Manager of Operations
For a job title I simply prefer “Chuck” although for professional reasons currently it is Senior Manager/Behavior Specialist. In the decade plus years that I have been with the company I am grateful to have had the privilege to have been engaged in a number of roles. Currently, I am continuing to support our company as a Behavior Specialist, American Red Cross Instructor, and administrator for the ALMSA and Therap systems, and also as an OIS instructor and more. In my work experience, personal life and as well as academia I have demonstrated strengths in self-motivation, problem solving, communication skills, organization, project planning and development, and helping others. I am dependable, organized, innovative and willing to do what it takes to get a job done. I have a passion to contribute to a company that strives to increase quality of life, create a sense of community, build partnerships, increase personal potential and growth, and where all people are valued.
I received an e-mail from Scott, that he wanted to set up a time to come in to talk to him about the front desk position. I remember the passion that Scott had/ has for the clients, that he will do what it takes to help/protect each and every client at Central Oregon Collective.
I was hired to work the front desk and also work with one of our clients, at the front desk. To help her learn Customer Service, answer the phone, learn to use the copier/fax machine. So, she would be able to find employment outside Central Oregon Collective. We worked well together, and she taught me so much! This client moved out of Central Oregon Collective. Last I heard, she was bussing tables at a restaurant in Bend, doing very well. My job has revolved since working with our client at the front desk. As a company, we are growing each day, developing ideas to help improve the lives of our clients. And of course, the clients teach and enrich our lives every day. I want to thank all of our clients at Central Oregon Collective for putting a smile on my face every day! We love and appreciate Teri’s excitement and support for not only our COC staff and clients, but for being the welcoming face for others when they enter our Community Center!
When someone asked me my passions My reply is 1) Fixing things 2) Helping others) 3) Learning how to be a better person ….I began fixing and understanding how things work at a early age then school was shop classes and electronics. After 5 years in the army seeing the world I changed directions and became a Massage therapist and got married to my wife in 1988. She introduced me to the DD population by opening a group home for DD Deaf in California. I always had several jobs at once, I site Maint Supervisor for our sons Waldorf school in Calpella,Ca. Then we moved to Santa Fe and I worked for the NM State Capitol on the maintenance team. 3 yrs ago we decided to move to Bend (where I hope to retire) and I had a Honey Do service for several years. I am so glad to combine Fixing and a Social Service in a job!
The heart of our mission to serve others with different abilities is truly dependent on the dedication of our remarkable support staff. The Central Oregon Collective has approximately 85 employees in total. From our Client Residences, to our Supported Living Services, our team of caring and well qualified professionals is who make it all happen; serving, managing our other amazing house staff, and making the journey’s of over 50 individuals even more enriched and beautiful!
“I started with my medical interest 24 years ago. I was living in Staten Island, New York. I went to EMT school with a few friends, not really knowing if I would have an interest or not. I loved the excitement of it. I then turned my attention to Geriatrics, I feel in love with that as well. So many people’s life stories I was privileged to hear. Along with caring for the elderly I set my sites on Alzheimer’s which became my deep interest. I received my CNA and knew what I was supposed to do…take care of people. I turned my focus to hospice although it was very heavy on my heart. I knew that family members appreciated someone loving when their parent or spouse need the attention in that time of their life. Hospice took its toll on my heart and I turned my focus to Veterans in the nursing homes, it was not that I chose to only care for them but, I had something in common with them because I was a Navy Brat. Again this took its toll. I turned back to care giving for people in their homes.
I happened upon my job at Residential Assistance Program. I became a Direct Support professional and then a Staff lead and finally a Team manager. I was privileged enough to be asked to take on a 2nd group home and although it is busy, I cannot see myself doing anything else…I have finally found exactly what I love doing. I have been here for 5 years now and I have no intention of leaving. I fell in love with my husband through the passion of what we do. I have 3 beautiful children, 1 of whom works in our company and 3 amazing grandsons. Life is good.”
COC values Kellie’s passion for those in need, and admires her fearless love and efforts to interact with our clients in order to enrich their daily lives. She’s a stellar example of the ultimate caregiver, mentor, team leader and friend to many in our COC family!
Leslie was born and raised in Lebanon, OR and began working as a Direct Support Professional at the age of 18. In 2006, she moved to Bend, OR with her two children and started her career with Residential Assistance Program, now known as Central Oregon Collective. Through her almost 10 years Central Oregon Collective has become an indispensable part to her life, as well as her families. From working as a DSP on the NOC shift, to a Senior Manager for the Gemstone and Pheasant Lane House, Leslie has truly found a home with Central Oregon Collective and would not have it any other way. Leslie loves all the staff and residents at Central Oregon Collective, and the passion she has developed for all cannot be measured.
Vanessa started with the company back in September of 2012 as a Direct Support Professional. At that time the company was called Residential Assistance Program (RAP). She started out at our Yellow Ribbon house working the night shift. Over the past couple of years Vanessa has worked at 3 other residential programs in addition to Central Oregon Collective. In March 2015, she was promoted to Lead staff II at our newest program at Shepard Rd. In December of 2015 Vanessa was promoted to Manager of the Yellow Ribbon house for her outstanding efforts in supporting people with developmental disabilities, which has been a lifelong experience for her.
Vanessa has a sibling with a developmental disability, and has an extra passion for this often overlooked community. She’s been privileged to have been able to help out in a school setting as well as at home and in the community. Every day brings new opportunity for mind blowing experiences and life altering memories. Vanessa is a treasured & intricate part of our COC team!
Lanie is the longest lasting employee at Central Oregon Collective. She started working for the company in August 2003, making her employment with as almost 13 years! She has seven beautiful daughters, two of which are Staff Leads at COC. She has a niece that we support that lives in Assisted Living, a child with Autism, & another niece who is the Manager of our Yellow Ribbon house.
Prior to coming on board at the Collective, Lanie worked with the elderly for five years. She knew it was time for a change so she applied with us! She thrives on being able to advocate for our clients & make their lives more enriched in everyway. In her off time, Lanie spends quality time with her children & four grandchildren. She likes to take trips & have as many adventures as she can.
Lanie is true the role model of the ultimate caregiver, manager, mother & friend!
Being from a military family, I moved around a lot growing up. I’ve lived in Alaska, Virginia, and all over Northern California. I began working in this field almost 20 years ago. I traveled over an hour to work and home each day for over 10 years, but the individuals I supported made it all worth it! Being able to model, teach, and share life experiences was my passion. After 10 years in a job that I loved, I decided to move to Bend to be closer to my family. I began working at Central Oregon Collective over four years ago. I started as a DSP in the Community Inclusion Program and have since been in the same department. I enjoy the fast paced environment and seeing what each day has to offer. Planning fun adventures for everyone is just one of the highlights of my job.
Alejandra Cecena Veytia
I began my career with Central Oregon Collective (formerly RAP) in March 2011 as a Direct Support Professional at the “711” house. I worked at the 711 house for 18 months before transferring to CIP (formerly VOC). I worked at VOC for two years before being promoted to a Staff Lead in the Supported Living Program. I’ve currently been there since September 2014. Prior to working at COC, I worked at the Department of Human Services (Self-sufficiency office) for almost a year.
I found that working at COC supporting people with developmental disabilities has been a lifelong & an awesome experience for me.