Scott C. Pelham
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.
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.
Director of Finance
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 14 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!
I started my medical interest 24 years ago. I was living in Staten Island, New York, 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 fell 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 11 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, one 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.
Director of Human Resources
I was born and raised in Beaverton Oregon where at the age of 21 I started my Career in Personnel, Human Resources and Program Management and over 30 years later I find myself doing the same work and can’t imagine doing anything else.
In 2002 my husband and our 2 girls moved to Central Oregon simply for it’s beauty and because we love the outdoors, lakes and boating where we added 2 more girls to our family and I continued my Career as a Workers’ Compensation Program Manager for 10 years for the largest tire retailer in the NW.
In 2014 we moved to Maui where I was the Human Resources Manager for Hawaii’s largest Tours and Transportation company and after 8 short years we moved back to Central Oregon to be closer to family and grandbabies and that is when I got to join the Central Oregon Collective team.
I have always had the privilege to work for leaders in the Industry so when I joined Central Oregon Collective I was very excited to be part of a Non-Profit and a company that makes the difference in the lives of others but to be able engage with our very special clients and spend time with them has been more fun and fulfilling then I could have ever imaged and has been a true blessing. The Team at COC and being part of the Executive Management Team has also far exceeded my expectations and I look forward to all the good things we will get to do for the years to come.
Manager of Accounts
While in high school I worked as a certified nursing assistant for about a year. After high school I got a job for a small family-owned company where I worked my way up and for 20 years managed that business with a focus on account management, budgeting, payroll and HR. In 2014, I got certified as a medical assistant and credentialed through the AAMA. After 35 years of living in Fairbanks Alaska my husband Rodney, my beagle Zoey and myself loaded all our earthy possessions and moved to beautiful Bend, Oregon. I worked as a certified medical assistant in a GI office for about a year and then as a certified medical assistant in pediatric cardiology office for 6 years. When the opportunity was presented to join the team at Central Oregon Collective and especially after meeting the administrative team. I just knew this was a perfect fit for me. I am excited to see where this new adventure takes me. My favorite quote ”make today amazing”
When someone askes 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 an 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 was a 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. Three years 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!
Yellow Ribbon Manager
I was born in Portland Oregon and moved to Terrebonne Oregon when I was young. I had an uncle that was paralyzed from his neck down and I started assisting him with daily living when I was 9 years old. We moved to Redmond Oregon and I continued to help my uncle until I was 16 years old. When I turned 18, I started working with the elderly for a bit then stopped working when I had my first child. I started working for Central Oregon Collective in the end of 2014 and left briefly to have my second child. I took care of my grandparents until they passed away then started working for Central Oregon Collective again. I was an Associate Manager for a little over 3 years until I became a Manager. I love what we do and the clients we support are amazing and I enjoy helping them live their best lives possible.
Hillstreet and Gemstone 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. It 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 an 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 street house and loving every minute of it.
Benham Road Manager
CIP/Supported Living Manager