Angela Beeks grew up and attended school in Southern California. She met her husband, Jeremy, while he was serving in the Marine Corps. They moved to Southern Oregon eleven years ago to be closer to his parents, and live in Eagle Point with their daughter, Sage.
Angela is the Branch Manager of the North Medford branch of U.S. Bank and has worked for the bank for 11 years.
Lisa Greif was elected to the Jackson County Circuit Court in November 2008 and assumed her position on the bench in January 2009. She presides over a juvenile and probate caseload and is one of three Community Family Court judges. Lisa also is in the process of starting a mental health court. She received the Chief Justice Juvenile Champion Award in 2011 in recognition of her leadership in raising the profile and priority of child abuse and neglect cases in Oregon courts.
A native Oregonian who was raised in the Portland area, Lisa received a BA from the University of Oregon in 1995, where she majored in political science and minored in biology and environmental studies. She received her JD with a specialization in criminal law practice from the U of O Law School in 1998. Lisa worked for Southern Oregon Public Defender, Inc., in Medford for 10 years prior to becoming a judge.
Lisa is an active member of her community and serves on the board of directors for La Clinica and the Family Nurturing Center and is the Deputy Secretary for the Medford Rogue Rotary Club. Lisa co-chairs the Chief Justice’s Juvenile Justice Mental Health Task Force, chairs the Judicial Engagement and Leadership Institute’s Concurrent Planning Workgroup, and is the convener for Jackson County’s Casey Family Programs Team.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, reading, and rooting for the Oregon Ducks.
John Hamilton has served on the Family Nurturing Center’s Board of Directors since its inception. He works as a staff attorney at Southern Oregon Public Defender. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked in a wide array of roles serving our community’s most vulnerable citizens. He has participated in developing programs and policies to help families transition from public assistance, access addiction treatment, access mental health services, access legal services and reduce child abuse and neglect.
John and his wife have two young children and are long-time residents of the Rogue Valley. When not working or volunteering he loves gardening, old Volvos, hiking, fly fishing and spending time with his family.
Kerri Hecox has been a practicing family physician in the Rogue Valley for almost 10 years. She is currently employed at La Clinica’s Downtown Medford Health Center. A native of Colorado, Dr. Hecox earned her medical degree at the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in public health policy and administration at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Dr. Hecox is passionate about the work of the Family Nurturing Center and the role it plays in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Having evaluated over 1,000 children for abuse in her previous position as the child abuse physician for Jackson County from 2008 to 2013, she recognizes the vital role of strengthening families in the prevention of child abuse.
She is married to Dr. Douglas Hecox, a nephrologist with Renal Care Consultants in Medford. They have two children and live in Jacksonville.
Penny Klabunde is a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the host of the Family Nurturing Center’s Oakdale Program. She is the church’s Senior Warden and one of two St. Mark’s representatives on the Family Nurturing Center Board.
Penny taught kindergarten, fourth and fifth grades for 34 years, 33 of those years at Wilson School in Medford. She chaired the Wilson Site Council, designed Outdoor Education programs, directed the Student Council and planned school-wide activities and assemblies. Upon retirement, Penny enlisted the generosity of colleagues, friends and family to establish the Wilson School Scholarship to benefit former Wilson students seeking higher education. She remains active at Wilson as a frequent substitute teacher.
A 1976 graduate of Whittier College, Penny moved to the Rogue Valley the same year. She and her husband, Kevin, are thankful for the family life they each enjoyed as children and for the close relationships they have with their two grown daughters. The Family Nurturing Center is wonderful place to “strengthen families so that children can live safely and develop fully in their parents’ care.” It is a privilege to be a part of such an endeavor.
Lee Murdoch joined the Family Nurturing Center Board in 2010.
Dr. Murdoch moved to Medford in 1966 and practiced Pediatrics here until 2006. He was born in
Nebraska, attended Doane College in Nebraska and was graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1960. He followed that with an internship at the King County Hospital in Seattle, 3 years in the USAF and then a Pediatric residency at OHSU in Portland.
He and his wife Diana have 4 children and 9 grandchildren and currently enjoy time with their family, gardening, reading, outdoor activites and the amazing internet.
In addition to the FNC, Dr. Murdoch is a Board member of the Jefferson Regional Health Alliance, the Public Health Advisory Board, and the SOELS (Southern Oregon Early Learning Services) executive committee. He volunteers at the Community Health Center.
“From my perspective, the biggest issues facing our society are poverty and lack of education. I believe that the FNC offers the best and most important opportunity for improving these problems—strengthening families and nurturing small children (the most important years) to be successful in school and later life”
Damien grew up in the Rogue Valley after his family moved here when he was 4-years-old. Graduating with honors from South Medford High School, he went on to pursue a business degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene. After two years of college, Damien was introduced to the game Texas Hold’em, and by 2005 was playing the largest stakes online poker had to offer. The following year, he went to the business side of the game, becoming a poker dealer/supervisor in Eugene and Las Vegas, even appearing on ESPN dealing the featured table during the World Series of Poker. In 2011, Damien decided to move back to Southern Oregon to be closer to family. In 2013, he re-enrolled at Southern Oregon University where he’s finishing that business degree, with a minor in Psychology and a Certificate in Applied Finance and Economics. In 2015, Damien wanted to use some of that casino experience to give back to Southern Oregon and formed Gamble-For-Good. The mission being to pair with Southern Oregon charities (like Family Nurturing Center) to form casino-themed events and send more money to where it counts! In his spare time, Damien will be found spending time with his son, Jordan, along with family and friends. He enjoys playing basketball, bowling, tennis, backpacking/camping and looks forward to improving his very rough golf game!
Micah Shanks is the Founder and CEO of Lifeline. He is a seasoned IT Executive focused on business and technology consulting. He has a deep understanding of small to medium sized businesses economics, growth challenges and business planning processes. His experience includes a history of leveraging technology investments to reduce overhead and increase revenue. His responsibilities include Corporate Leadership, Culture, Strategy, Planning, Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Financial Benchmarking, KPI Management, and making Lifeline’s clients’ business run smoothly. For over 15 years, Lifeline has specialized in: Managed IT Outsourcing for small to medium sized businesses, Business Planning, IT Strategy, Financial Benchmarking, Process Development, Business Analysis, Small Business Growth Strategies and Technology Investment Consulting. Micah works with organizations in many different industries including; non-profit, financial services, wealth management, transportation, construction, manufacturing, medical, professional services, and engineering.
Maria Underwood serves as the Development Officer for La Clinica and oversees the organization’s fundraising, from writing and tracking grants to working with donors and community partners dedicated to improving community access to affordable health care. Her community service includes board service on
the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon and member of SO HealthE, Jackson County’s regional health equity coalition.
Before joining La Clinica in 2000, she was Hispanic outreach advocate for Dunn House, a Jackson County shelter for women and worked her first year out of college for an Early Head Start program in Arizona. Maria graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Maria relocated to Medford in 1997 from Tempe, Arizona, when her husband Verne was hired by Rogue Community College. The couple has two adult children. She is an avid reader and traveler.