2017 PNWTRA Board Members  

Current President 

 Jonathan Dennett, CTRS

Jonathan was born and raised around the Boise area of Idaho and went to college at Brigham Young University-Idaho.  He majored in Recreation Management, and began emphasizing in Recreation Therapy in 2009.  He finished his course work in 2011 and came to Oregon State Hospital to complete his internship in April 2012.  Since then Jonathan has received his CTRS certification, and began working at Oregon State Hospital as a permanent Recreation Therapist. Jonathan first heard about the PNWATRA from his internship supervisor, and joined the board in 2014. He served as treasurer until 2016 then became President Elect. It is an aspiration of his to get involved in the administrative side of TR, to advocate for the profession in Oregon, and educate the Oregon public on what Recreation Therapy is and does. Jonathan is an avid Fly Fisherman and outdoorsman, and he hopes to one day publish research on the therapeutic benefits of fly fishing and fly tying for the mentally ill or substance abuse populations. He also enjoys playing board games, survival/emergency prep, rock hounding, exploring science topics, creative writing, sports, homesteading, woodworking, spending time with his wife and three kids, and is the music coordinator for the children's program at his church.

Past President

Andy Fernandez, CTRS 

Andy Fernandez is currently the Adaptive Recreation Services Manager at the City of Eugene in Oregon.  Prior to Eugene, Andy spent almost 5 years as the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the city of Reno, Nevada, supervising the Community Services section of the Parks, Recreation and community Services Department.  A journeyman of sorts, Andy also spent 3 years with the City of Boulder, Colorado EXPAND Program and 4 years in the neon lights of the City of Las Vegas Adaptive Recreation. An advocate for inclusion, Andy was actively involved with National Institute on Recreation Inclusion and has served a leadership role on a number of local/state/and national Therapeutic Recreation boards and committees including the Nation Therapeutic Recreation Society Board of Directors twice.  Andy is an avid cyclist and coffee drinker.  He has also been known to be a part-time cook, coach, home-brewer, adjunct professor, raft guide, former soccer player, mediocre snowboarder, frustrated musician, husband, father of three, international traveler, and occasional practical joker.  He volunteered to be president because it was time to put his money where his mouth was.

Chapter President-Elect

position to be filled

Chapter Secretary  

Cheryl Kelley, MS, CTRS                                                                                                                               

Cheryl Kelley has been the therapeutic recreation program coordinator for the Bend Park and Recreation District since 2010. She was previously a therapeutic recreation instructor at Penn State University. Prior to her teaching position, she worked as a recreation therapist/aquatic therapist for a rehab hospital in North Carolina.  In her free time, Cheryl enjoys hiking with her dog Bailey, dabbling in pottery and stained glass, and traveling.

Chapter Treasurer 

position to be filled

Chapter PR & Social Media

Brittany Oom, CTRS

Brittany is currently a Programmer at Adaptive Recreation Services for the City of Eugene. Prior to moving to Oregon, Brittany gained experiences working in long term care in Virginia and then at a therapeutic riding center in Kentucky. From her home state in Michigan, Brittany earned her bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Grand Valley State University. In her spare time, she enjoys road trips with her husband to places she's never been, reading stories to her son Henry & chasing around her rambunctious dog, Louie. She looks forward to serving as a member of the board and contributing to future projects of PNWATRA.

Board Member

Shelly Severson, CTRS

After graduating from Grand Valley State University in Michigan with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation, could not find a full time position in TR and so she began looking out of state for a job.  After several phone interviews and discussions she moved cross country to start her career in Oregon. Shelly Severson is currently a Rehabilitation Therapist at Oregon State Hospital in Salem Oregon in the Stabilization Trails Treatment Mall and has been for 3 years.  This program works on building patients skills to stabilize in their recovery in order to continue to transition to a less restrictive environment.  Shelly leads treatment groups focusing on increasing positive coping skills, improving social skills, maintaining physical activity and introduction in community re-integration.  Shelly's passion is working with individuals with mental health disorders.  Shelly has been involved in PNWATRA right after she arrived in Oregon and has been President for 2 years,  Past-President for one year and now a board member. 

Board Member   

Amanda Perl, CTRS

Amanda Perl is the Activities Director at Marquis Vermont Hills, a skilled nursing facility in southwest Portland.  She grew up in Ithaca, New York and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in theatre.  Amanda got her MS in Recreation Therapy from SUNY Cortland.   Amanda is passionate about reuse, crafts, environmentalism, and inclusion.  She is the mother of young triplets who stay home with their father.