Board of Directors

2012 Northwest Roller Skating Foundation Board of Directors
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Sharon Behrendt

Board Member

Sharon and her husband, Bob, have skated together since they were teenagers. They have won 13 National titles in Dance, more than any other team in the history of the sport. She has also been a Solo Dance and Figure National champion and medalist multiple times during her career. In 1998, Sharon and Bob were named USARS National Skaters of the Year. Sharon started coaching at the Oaks in 2004 and many of her skaters have won National titles and placements. She holds a Gold Medal in American Team Dance and acts as a judge throughout the U.S.

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Marlene Bruland

Board Member

Marlene has coached for over 55 years with placements and awards in all aspects of the sport. She and her husband, Jerry, have Elite Coach Status and were inducted into the USARS Competitive Coaches Roller Skating Hall of Fame in 2005. They placed at Nationals in Pairs in the 1950s and Marlene has a Gold Medal in Dance. Marlene is very active in coaching Precision skating and coached a Northwest team to go to four World Meets. Another skater she coached placed three times in World Class Ladies.

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Dee Carlson

Fundrasing

Dee began skating at Oaks Park in 1953 and was a skater and judge with the Oaks Park Skating Club until she graduated from college in 1966. After graduating, she moved to Southern California and continued skating and judging for clubs in Santa Maria and Oxnard and judged at four National meets. After taking a break from skating for almost 30 years, Dee renewed her judges commissions and returned to the sport in 1996.

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Joan Dreyer

Vice President

Joan was introduced to skating on a date as a teenager. She competed in Figures and Dance and earned a Gold Medal in Team Dance. Joan teaches American and International Dance at the Oaks Park Rink and previously taught at various rinks in Oregon and Washington. In 1990 Joan was awarded the Northwest Coach of the Year. Over twenty of Joan's skaters have won National Dance medals. Her daughter, Cindy, has multiple National titles and medals. In addition, several of Joan's grandchildren skate competitively.

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Ron Gustafson

President

Ron began his competitive skating career in 1953, placing second in Juvenile Boy's Figures at the Oregon State Championships. He has competed in the Northwest, Northeast, Great Lakes, and Nationally through 1971. He has gold medals in Figures and Dance as well as a silver medal in Speed. Ron has judged several Regional and National competitions in all branches and levels of the sport. He retired in 1976 when his career took him to Europe and he returned to the sport in 1997 to serve on the NWRSF board of directors.

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Ray Hosking

Board Member

Ray is a skater and coach who has spent many years supporting the sport. He has a lot of energy and is enthusiastic about helping skaters in the Northwest. Ray has great people skills and connections with corporations and philanthropic organizations in the Northwest--a great asset to help raise funds for the Foundation's mission.

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Dot Leppin

Board Member

Dot was a skater and a National judge. She has been Chief Referee for the Northwest Regional Meet and has worked hard to train new referees and improve the quality of skating within our region. Dot coordinates the printing of the Regional program, among other duties. Her daughter, Cindy, was a successful skater in World Class Figures, Dance, and Free Dance. Since the death of her beloved husband, Rudy, she has retired from her full-time job and spends her time promoting the sport.

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Emily MacKay

Promotions and Website

Emily and her two daughters, Annie and Susie, are all competitive skaters for the Oaks in Portland. She has enjoyed earning multiple national titles as an adult in solo dance, team dance, and figures. Emily works as the Promotions and Events Manager for Oaks Amusement Park and Roller Rink and her responsibilities include advertising, event planning, and design/content for the park's website. Emily also designs the Oaks Park Skating club website.

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Beki Safar

Board Member

Beki is a non competitive skater who joined the staff of Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink in 2002.  Currently she is the Program Director, Buyer and Assistant Rink Manager at Oaks Park.  Beki has been active in the development of Roller Derby from Portland to Salem and Vancouver. She is active in the resurgence of rhythm, rexing, jam and slalom as well as supporting all disciplines of roller sports.  In her free time she spend time with her 3 dogs and plays a variety of sports.

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Michael W

Webmaster

Michael has been part of the skating world since he meet his wife back in 2007, currently they are enjoying their almost 2 year old Zoe. Michael also works alongside with Emily MacKay helping with the Oaks Park website portfolio and Oaks Park Skating Club site as well.

abbi Hess

Secretary/Treasurer

Abbi is one of the Oaks' coaches, and began her competitive career 31 years ago at her local skating rink's Saturday morning classes. She has multiple regional placements in solo dance, team dance and figures, and her Gold Medal proficiency test in American team dance. Abbi, with her husband Bill has two national medals in team dance and free dance. Abbi has followed in her parents' footsteps, becoming an engineer like her father, and sewing beautiful skating costumes for skaters from around the region like her mother. Abbi and her husband Bill have a 9 year old son, Xander, who already has multiple national medals and has a promising future in the sport. Bill, it could be said, was born with wheels on his feet. Coming from a skating family with parents who were themselves skaters and coaches, Bill spent his young years at their Roseburg, OR rink learning skating technique and rink operation. He has enjoyed great success regionally in figures, team dance, pairs, and free style. Bill has enjoyed national success as a bronze medalist in Sophomore Men's Figures, and medals in team dance and free dance with his wife Abbi.

Bill Hess

Board Member

Bill, it could be said, was born with Bill is also a judge and referee and is always willing to give of his time and expertise in helping at meets and test centers. Bill and his wife Abbi have a 9 year old son, Xander, who loves to skate just like his mom and dad. Bill also has an 18 year old daughter, Jordan, who is a competitive skater and is one of the skating club’s outstanding young boosters.