2017 PNWTRA Board Members  

Current President 

 Jonathon 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 Jonthan has received his CTRS certification, and began working at Oregon State Hospital as a permanent Recreation Therapist. Jonthan first heard about the PNWATRA from his internship supervisor, and he attended the last three TR forums held in May.  It is an aspiration of his to get involved in the administrative side of TR, and is hoping for an opportunity to serve on the PNWATRA board. 

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 in 2018 election

Chapter Secretary  

Shayle J. Wigger, CTRS                                                                                                                                

Shayle is currently the Adaptive Recreation Services Senior Supervisor and Inclusion Coordinator for the City of Eugene.  She's a three-year Eugene resident who previously hales from Northern Virginia, Georgia, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, and Southeast Asia... home is definitely where she hangs her hat. Shayle initially pursues music therapy at a small Midwestern liberal arts college.  However, she ultimately landed at the University of Georgia where she became a die-hard Georgia Bulldogs fan (GO DAWGS!) and graduated with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation.  For the past 18 years Shayle has worked within childcare, clinical rehabilitation, and community TR settings.  Her interests include: time with Bella Bear (her black lab), relaxing with friends during a meal or such,community events, music, kayaking, camping, hobby crafts, cultural arts, historical venues, readin, movies... etc. Shayle and Bella are thrilled to consider Oregon "home" and continue to thoroughly enjoy exploring the West Coast. 

Chapter Treasurer 

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 PR & Social Media

Brittany Oom, CTRS

Brittany is a recent transplant to Eugene, Oregon and is looking forward to engaging in all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. 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, hot coffee with lots of creamer & 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   

Jason Ryther, CTRS                                                                                                                        

Currently working as a Rehabilitation Therapist at the Oregon State Hospital with the Community Transition Program.  This program offers patients an opportunity to practice leisure, social, and community-living skills outside of the facility prior to their discharge.  A transplant to Oregon in 2002; but was born and raised in rural Minnesota.  Graduated with a bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Also spent time working in the areas of corrections and long-term care.  Spends free time running, hiking, and as a volunteer wrestling coach.