Scott C. Pelham
Executive DirectorScott 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.
Registered NurseI 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 AccountsI 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 Program Manager
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!
Senior Manager Behavior Specialist
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.
Senior Manager of Human Resources
James grew up on a ranch in Central Oregon and is excited to be back here to raise his 2 (soon to be 3) children. He received his bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Oregon State University. Soon after he began working in retail management for Target, where he honed his skills in leadership and human resources for almost a decade. He has worked for 4 different stores in Montana, Alaska and Oregon. He is excited to bring his expertise to COC and learn more along the way.
Administrative AssistantI 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!
MaintenanceWhen 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 65 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!
Community Inclusion, Supported Living, In-Home Program Manager
Kirstin grew up in a small farming town outside of Salem and has lived in Oregon her whole life. From a young age, Kirstin loved helping people and knew she wanted to work in a field where she could support others and give back to her community. She attended Willamette University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and went on to work as an advocate for survivors of violence in Marion County. As an advocate, she specialized in providing crisis intervention services to child abuse victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. She partnered with community organizations to expand services for adult and youth survivors of violence and provided training to local and statewide service providers on identifying and supporting survivors of violence. Kirstin worked on numerous multidisciplinary teams in Oregon and was an advisory council member for the Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Intervention fund for the Oregon Department of Justice from 2012-2017. She also spent time at the state capitol partnering with legislators to adopt victim-centered legislation and increase ODSVS funding. In 2018, Kirstin left the Salem area and moved to Central Oregon to live closer to family and explore a new field of work. She joined Central Oregon Collective in June of 2019 and manages the Community Inclusion, Supported Living, and In-Home Programs. Kirstin loves working with the individuals COC supports and she is excited to expand the Community Inclusion programs.
Gemstone & Yellow Ribbon Manager
I was born and raised in Central Oregon and grew up in a very big, loving family. In middle school, my parents decided to become foster parents to be able to help children in need and that is where my love and passion for helping others began to grow. I studied psychology in high school and then went to Nebraska to further my studies at a small Christian college. I spent 4 years studying developmental psychology and graduated with my Bachelor’s degree. For the next 2 years I had the opportunity to work for an organization that supported individuals with disabilities and my love for helping others truly blossomed. I was able to learn so much about myself and others by working in the I/DD field and I fell in love with the people I worked with. In 2017 I made the hard decision to leave the people I had grown so close to and move back to Central Oregon to be close to family and that is where I found Central Oregon Collective. I started working nights in some of the residential homes and then moved to 24/7 supported living program and spent about 6 months there before moving into a manager role. This company has allowed me to grow so much, both in knowledge and love for the individuals we work with. I have a close personal bond with so many throughout the company and truly enjoy spending time with them.
Hill Street Manager
I have lived in Central Oregon since 2007 but have lived in a few other states as well from Kansas, California and Ohio. Growing up I was able to experience most states at least 2x. I t was an amazing learning experience. I started as a CNA when I was 18 years old and have for the most part stuck with that. I have tried a few other positions including working for the County Tax Collectors office in California. This on the other hand did not seem to peak my interests leading me back to what came natural to me. All my life I have found much fulfillment in helping another person. I started at COC in 2012 as a DSP and went through to be a assistant manager before taking a leave in 2017 to help my mother in law with her declining health. After assisting her I was able to return to COC. Today I am The Manager at Hill st House and loving every minute of it.
Shepard Road Manager
I have lived in Central Oregon since 2004. I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2009 with a BA in psychology. I have worked for Central Oregon Collective since 2010. I enjoy my job and love the individuals that I help support. They bring much joy to my life and never fail to make me smile and laugh daily.
Pheasant Lane Manager
I moved to Central Oregon just under 5 years ago from Oklahoma. I have worked at Central Oregon Collective for 3 ½ years at the COC Gemstone House. I originally went to college to become an Accountant but when I found this field 16 years ago I fell in love and have not left.
Working with people with disabilities has helped me become the human that I am today and growing up around it since I was 19 years old has helped me learn my everyday life skills. I appreciate every day that I am at work for what it has brought to my life and what I can bring to theirs. One of the most humbling experiences and am very blessed that I get to do this for a job.