Council, Boards & Committees

Council Executives

2024

Moderator Doug Roof

I was born and raised in Ohio where I met Karen in high school and where we were married, over 50 years ago. My formal education includes an electrical engineering degree and a masters in business administration.

Because I went to work for a large American company right out of college, we moved around a bit. Our first spot after we both finished college was Nashville, TN; then Roanoke, VA; then Monroe, LA; then Dallas, TX; then Pleasanton, CA; then back to Roanoke, then to Simsbury, CT, then Wilmington, DE. We managed to raise three children along the way and, when two of them landed in Hood River, we relocated here (in 2016).

My parents introduced me and my two siblings to church at a young age. We became members of and grew up in a Church of the Brethren. Karen was often in a Methodist Church on Sundays and, after our marriage and while we were moving around, we occasionally attended Methodist Churches. When we landed in Delaware, we stayed for almost thee decades, and we were active members of a progressive Methodist Church during that period.

Upon arriving in Hood River, we visited four different churches and decided that Riverside Community Church suited us best. This church truly welcomes all, and the congregation puts into action the teaching that we are to love our neighbors. Riverside is a member of the United Church of Christ denomination, and one of our tenets holds that “God is still speaking…” We believe it. And we do our best to listen. 

Doug Roof

Moderator Elect  – Beth Hartwell

Beth has been attending Riverside for 10 years. She is an active member of the Kitchen Team as well as the Music & Arts Board.

She enjoys hiking and paddling, and relaxing in the winter with textiles, and the summer in her garden. 

 

 

 

Secretary Ann Becker

Ann has been a member since 2017 and served as a diaconate and occasional reader during worship service. She serves as a trained OWL program facilitator and is a valuable asset to Riverside and its Council. In her spare time she helps with her grandchildren who live in SE Portland ages 9 and 7 and enjoys exploring rivers and camping with her husband and walking dogs. She’s done a bit of pickle ball and LOVES to read!

 

Treasurer – Tom Rietmann  

Tom and his wife Katie Cook joined Riverside in 2019.  Previously they were members of the United Church of Christ in Condon where they operate a ranch. Tom sings bass in the RCC chancel choir, has been a member of the Cheers team and serves on the Finance & Development Board and the Building Use & Maintenance Committee.  

 

 

 

 

BOARDS

*denotes Board Chair

An RCC Board directory with contact information can be found here

2024 RCC Board & Committees

 

DIACONATE 

Alison Betzing*

Bill Light

Betty Shalhope

Sandy Spellecy

Donna McCoy

Sharon Scott

 

 

 

 

*denotes Board Chair

  

COUNCIL

Doug Roof

Judie Holt-Mohar

Nancy Johanson-Paul

Joan Ewing

Yvonne Arbogast

Zac Lytle

Bob Dorband

Tim Foley

Pastor Vicky

Katie Cook (ex officio)

 

CHILDREN & YOUTH 

*James Holloway

Liz Barteld

Karen Jones

Steve Chance

Eric Bingener

Katie Cook

 

ADULT EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL NURTURE

Dana Pricher*

Nancy Johansen Paul

Karen Roof

Ann Harris

 

JUSTICE & WITNESS

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  • John Boonstra
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  • Jen Hackett
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  • Heather Lytle
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  • Jeannie Chance
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  • Judy Schock
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  • Elaine Thompson
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MUSIC & ARTS

     Pastor Vicky Stifter

Diana Beterbide

Anna Diem

     Karen Harding*

      Charissa Callison

    Beth Hartwell

   Sharon Scott

     Barb Dworschak

Tim Mayer

Kristen Warnock

FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT

  • Michael McElwee*
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  • Dave Roth
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  • Tom Rietmann
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  • Bill Light
  •  
  • Melissa Tokstad
  • Tom Hackett

         Joellen Bingener

Gary Rains

 

COMMITTEES 

PASTORAL RELATIONS

  • Tim Foley

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  • Evelyn Charity

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  • Michael McElwee

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COMMUNICATIONS

  • Kathy Watson

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  • Yvonne Arbogast

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  • Molly Fauth

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  • Stu Watson

Kathryn Murray

Pastor Vicky Stifter

Gean Rains

BUILDING & MAINTENANCE

  • Gary Rains*

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  • Joe Smith

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  • Kathryn Murray
  •  
  • Leonard Wood
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  • Kevin Tokstad
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  • Eric Bingener
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  • Mark Callison
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  • Steve Chance
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  • Donna McCoy
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  • David Skakel
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  • Zac Lytle

Tom Rietmann

PERSONNEL

OPEN

 

 

 

 

CHEERS

Pastor Vicky

Tim Foley

Joann Ewing

Keith Harding

Janet Wood

Judy Schock

Kim Morton

Lorene Murray

Don Shalhope

Judy Wright

Gail Lyon

Pam Riedl

Gean Rains

Karen Roof

Elaine Johnson

SOUND TECHS

Kim Vogel

Kathryn Murray

Michele Beaman

Dave Roth

Thomas Hackett

FINANCIAL SECRETARIES

Judy Schock

Tim Foley

Kim Vogel

Molly Fauth

 

If you want to reach any of these fine people, you can get contact information in the church directory, available here on the web site with a password, or by calling the church office at

541-386-1412.

KITCHEN TEAM

  • Kathy Watson
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  • Pastor Vicky
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  • James Holloway
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  • Beth Hartwell
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  • Mary Ellen Holmes
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  • Ann Lemeka
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  • Kathryn Murray

Kathy O’Neil