Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Board of Trustees

Cascades Academy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees. The board is made up of parents, educators, and professionals whose time and talents greatly contribute to our school.

The board's major responsibilities include:

1) Determining the school's mission and policies
2) Hiring, supporting and evaluating the Head of School
3) Ensuring effective organizational planning
4) Ensuring adequate financial resources
5) Monitoring the school's programs and services

We invite you to learn more about our board members below:

Julie Amberg - Head of School

Julie graduated from the College of William & Mary with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Her early business career had many paths including sports marketing and event coordinating. Julie later switched gears and pursued her interest in education working as a private high school teacher for two students in Switzerland.Her international experience soon introduced her to Backroads, an active travel company specializing in hiking and cycling vacations worldwide. In her early years at Backroads, Julie lead trips throughout Europe and South America including in her favorite of all destinations, Patagonia. Later, Julie remained in France and was the operations manager for nearly 30 itineraries and 50 staff members in nine different European countries.

She and her husband moved to Bend in 2005 so that they could begin a life together living on the same continent. Julie once again pursued her interest in education and discovered Cascades Academy. Here she found a place that embodied all of her personal values - exceptional academics and wonderful life experiences. Like many Central Oregonians, Julie loves to do anything outdoors including backcountry skiing, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, and cycling with her husband and two children.

Kendra Boos - Vice-Chair

Kendra has been actively involved with Cascades Academy since its inception. She helped establish the school's Parents Association prior to being elected co-chair in 2005 and served in this position for two years before joining the board in 2007. As a parent of two former Cascades Academy students, Kendra has strong ties to the school and the community.

A Central Oregon resident since 1981, Kendra has seen many changes in Bend. Although Bend has grown into a metropolitan city, Kendra still embraces the small town aspects of the community where she was raised.

Prior to her life as a mom, Kendra was employed by American General Finance as a loan officer/licensed insurance agent for seven years and then managed the Redmond office. More recently, Kendra was the office manager for Ridgeline Custom Homes, a construction firm she and her husband Bill, a Deputy Chief with the City of Bend Fire Department, co-founded in 2002.

Kendra is a member of the Fire Department Auxiliary and served as Vice-President for one term. In her free time, Kendra enjoys playing in the sun, chasing derelict cows, reading, and spending time with her family.

Pam Carty - Secretary

Pamela Carty is a Financial Consultant with RBC Wealth Management. She has spent thirty years assisting clients achieve financial success. In addition to serving on the Cascades Academy board since 2009, Pam is a member of the Rotary Club of Bend.

Jennifer Delahunty - Trustee

Jennifer Delahunty joined the Cascades Academy board in 2015 and serves on the Trustees and Facilities Committees. A native of Minnesota, Jennifer attended Carleton College and the University of Arizona, where she earned both a Bachelor's degree in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing. She has worked in higher education since 1982 in a number of capacities, including admissions but also teaching writing at the University of Arizona, Central Oregon Community College, and Kenyon College. She lived in Tumalo from 1997-2003 and left when she took the position as the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Kenyon. She became the Associate Dean of West Coast Admissions for the College in December 2014 and returned to Central Oregon. Jennifer lives in Sisters with her partner Tracy and their dog Rocky.

Jennifer has played a leading role in the movement to restore humane values to the admissions process. A founding member of the Education Conservancy, she is quoted frequently in the national press on admissions-related issues. She edited an anthology of essays aimed at parents navigating the admissions process, written by parents who have been there before. "I'm Going to College, Not You: Surviving the College Search with Your Child," was published by St. Martin's Press in 2010. Her op-eds and articles have appeared in the New York Times and other publications.

Jennifer is the mother of two adult daughters, both of whom live in Portland. She loves cycling, hiking, gardening, writing and reading. She has previously served on the Central Oregon Arts Association board and currently serves on the Waterston Desert Writing Prize board.

Jenny Green - Honorary Trustee

Jenny traveled across the country from her native California to Burlington, Vermont to earn her BA in Art History from the University of Vermont. She continued her travels east to London earning a post graduate degree from Sotheby's in the Fine and Decorative Arts. She returned west and continued graduate work at the University of Wyoming before settling with her husband in Bend in 1994.

Jenny is no stranger to the educational community of Bend. She worked at a private school when she first arrived in Oregon and taught Art History at Central Oregon Community College before shifting gears in 2003 to become one of the founding board members of Cascades Academy.

Tory Junkin - Trustee

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Tory moved to Bend, sight unseen, in 2001 with her husband to open their first restaurant together, Parrilla grill. Having graduated from Denver University she knew she felt most at home near the mountains and clear blue skies.

Tory left her family's plastic manufacturing business behind in the midwest and opted for a more long distance role as Advisor on the Board she had created for her father, the owner. Thanks to this role she continued to travel extensively over the next ten years helping to oversea all forty international locations, while also supporting her husband's new endeavor as a restaurant owner and enjoying the unique Bend lifestyle.

After having two children, selling Parrilla to their manager and friend, and opening Jackson's Corner, Tory and her husband discovered Cascades Academy. The small class size, storyline, and outdoor learning was different than anything she had seen offered in Central Oregon. It took only one year at the school for Tory to feel deeply connected, enough to accept the offer to be on the Board of Trustees. She is especially thrilled to be an active member during this exciting time of growth for Cascades Academy.

Holly Wylam Klein - Trustee

Cascades Academy was at the heart of the Klein family's move to Central Oregon from Seattle in the summer of 2015. Holly and Lo were attracted to the opportunity to be part of an educational community reflecting core values of social responsibility, independent thought and reverence for the natural world.

Holly left the legal team at Microsoft and now devotes her private practice to the investigation/resolution of sexual harassment and discrimination at Microsoft, Starbucks and the University of Washington. Holly has been engaged to conduct hundreds of investigations globally. Previously, she practiced at Davis Wright Tremaine and received her JD from Tulane in New Orleans. For fun, Holly loves to play outside, read, eat nachos, and spend time with her sons, Wylam and Wilder.

As a Trustee, Holly is grateful to serve the school community in ensuring that Cascades Academy continues to thrive.

Craig Ladkin - Honorary Trustee

Craig Ladkin, a FOCUS Managing Director, has twenty-five years of experience managing complex financial transactions between private, public, and non-profit sectors in a variety of industries and international jurisdictions. He has advised on transactions from the very large - for clients such as the World Bank, IFC, the Treasury Departments of more than a dozen OECD nations, along with their state-owned and power and utility companies, down to the very small - angel level investments, small city urban renewal projects, and private school campus development.

Mr. Ladkin holds an MBA in International Finance and Marketing from the London Business School in London, England and a B.Sc. in Geotechnical and Petroleum Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Scott Mendenhall - Trustee

Scott was born in Hong Kong and moved to Sunriver, Oregon at the age of 4. A graduate of Sunriver Preparatory School, which his parents help found, Scott was exposed to private education at an early age and credits his experiences at the Prep School as really providing him the proper foundation for success later in life.

After high school Scott attended Duke University where he received a BA in Economics and German. After graduating from Duke University, Scott moved to San Francisco where he was involved with various early and late stage technology companies for 7 years. While he enjoyed his experiences in the Bay area, shortly after getting married in August, 2003, he and his wife Tiffany moved to Hong Kong to join the family business. 3 children and 10 years later, Scott and his family moved back to Bend, OR in the summer of 2013.

Scott remains involved in the family business as CEO of ETAK International Limited and travels back to Hong Kong regularly. When he's not traveling overseas, Scott enjoys playing golf, skiing, running, fishing and all the outdoor activities Bend offers.

Scott and Tiffany are thrilled to be back in Central Oregon and join the Cascades Academy community and look forward to seeing the school continue to develop into a leading Independent school in the Pacific Northwest.

Danielle Nye - Chair

Danielle Easly Nye founded DANI Naturals, a Bend company that creates natural home and bath products with the purest ingredients available. DANI Naturals is sold online, in spas, gift stores and natural food stores nationwide and can be found in-room in boutique hotels like The Oxford. In 2012 along with husband (and business partner) Sanders Nye, the business was sold and is continuing to flourish in new hands.

A graduate of Portland's Catlin Gabel School, Danielle credits the experiential and inspiring education she received there to her entrepreneurial spirit and love of the natural environment. She is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees for Cascades Academy to support the mission of the school and the significant role it plays in Bend's community. Along with her co-chair Jenny Green, Danielle played an instrumental role on the Capital Campaign committee to build the school's new campus.

In an effort to further serve her community Danielle also serves on local chapters for other non-profits.

Danielle received a BA in English Literature from the College of Idaho in 1991 and an MAT in Elementary Education specializing in Middle School from Oregon State University in 1995.

Danielle embraces the outdoor lifestyle Bend so naturally encourages and enjoys snowboarding, skiing, hiking, camping and roasting marshmallows in addition to reading, knitting and spending time with her husband and three children.

Suzy Peterson - Trustee

Suzy and her family made Central Oregon their home in 1992. After residing in the Pacific Northwest for twenty years, Suzy and her husband Mark made the move from Portland with the desire to raise their children close to the outdoors. Suzy has over thirty years of bookkeeping and office management experience. She and Mark founded Designer Woodworking cabinets and fine furniture in 1987 and co-founded More Green Restorations, sustainable remodeling in 2010 with partner Mark Hereford.

Suzy has volunteered in numerous positions; she served as registrar and treasurer for the Sisters soccer club for seven years, camp coordinator for U.K. Soccer Camp for six years and Office Manager for COSA soccer for two years. Suzy has been a long time part of the Cascades Academy family acting first as Parents Association class representative and more recently serving on the Board. In her free time Suzy enjoys down hill and cross‐country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, cycling, boating, reading and spending time with her four children and two grandsons

Kathleen Phillips - Trustee

After living in Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Denver and San Francisco, Kathleen and her husband Paul were looking for the perfect place to live. They visited, and fell in love with, Bend and have been here since 2007. Kathleen feels lucky to stay home with her daughters, and to live in this beautiful place where they can attend such a wonderful school.

Kathleen joined the board in 2011 and enjoys working on the development committee. Her favorite parts of Cascades Academy are all of the wonderful families and the shared sense of community.

Kathleen grew up in Northern California, then moved to San Diego to attend UCSD. After graduating, she worked on the business side of restaurants.

Kathleen loves traveling, practicing yoga, hiking, reading, cross country skiing, Halloween, playing Scrabble, healthy food and any type of theme party! She can usually be seen on campus wearing something orange and would love to say hello.

Robb Schotthoefer - Trustee

Born and raised in the Salem, OR area, Robb received a Geoscience degree from Oregon State University and then continued his education at Seattle University School of Law where he received a law degree. Robb practiced law for 10 years in Portland, with a specialization in employment law defense. In 2006, his wife Christine received an offer to move to Europe through her work. Robb happily left his career as a lawyer and became a stay-at-home parent of their two children.

After a six year adventure living in France and Italy, Robb and his family decided to move back to the US. They chose to relocate to Bend rather than Portland not only for the great quality of life, but also because of the educational opportunities offered through Cascades Academy.

Presently, Robb spends his free time dabbling in real estate, as well as enjoying the outdoors with his wife and kids. Robb especially likes tennis, fly fishing, mountain biking and skiing.

Robb’s participation on the Board of Cascades Academy was a natural progression after volunteering at the school. He is passionate about the school and the unique learning experience the school offers.

Shelley Schwencke - Trustee

As a young adult, Shelley landed in Bend - knowing no one - and promptly began her love affair with the town she would never leave. Throughout her time in Central Oregon, Shelley has been a student, working professional, wife, business owner, and mother of two.

Prior to embarking upon her professional real estate journey, Shelley co-founded Make It Green, a home energy auditing and residential retrofitting company, which specialized in energy efficiency, energy upgrades and encouraging healthy homes through education. Shelley has also worked in the young adult residential treatment industry and in college admissions, where she excelled in helping students across the nation rebuild their academic stories.

Shelley is thrilled to be part of the Cascades Academy Board of Trustees and the school community. She brings a depth of experience as a long-time resident of Bend along with knowledge of business, sustainability, and education.

Mark Stamler - Treasurer

Mark was born and raised in New York City and also attended college out east. After graduation he took on a variety of jobs including working at a casino in Lake Tahoe. Seeking a change of pace, he returned to New York and developed, operated, and managed a small group of restaurants for 10 years.

As his career as a restauranteur continued, Mark moved out west again to start restaurants in San Francisco and Salt Lake City. Although he has called Bend his home since 1999, he continues to own several establishments in California and Utah.

Mark is passionate about Cascades Academy and its mission. He sees the school as a community that appreciates all aspects of a young person's potential: mind, body, and spirit. He enjoys working with the other members of the Board of Trustees to ensure that these aspects are held in a dynamic balance, each as important as the other.

Jill Wimberly, M.D. Ph.D. - Trustee

Jill grew up in a family that prioritized educational opportunities and valued developing our minds. She took this to heart and spent 26 years in formal education programs and 4 years in post-graduate training programs before settling into a career of Anesthesia. Now that she has a family of her own, she and her husband and have maintained these values. They chose to move to Bend in 2004, not just for its active athletic lifestyle, but also for the exceptional educational opportunities that Cascades Academy of Central Oregon had to offer their two sons who were just embarking on their formal education journey.

Jill and Tom were intrigued by CACO's unique program that blended a classical college preparatory curriculum with a progressive, experiential teaching and learning style.

As a Board member, Jill's goals are to ensure that the school maintains its excellence in education and provides Central Oregon families with a choice for a education for their children.