Board Members

Richard Cohen MD

Richard is a retired physician. He practiced in Grants Pass, Oregon for 30 years. He has held multiple leadership positions in the southern Oregon medical community. He has been president of the KidZone Community Foundation since its inception in 2006. He created and directed the Rx: Motion projects.

Tamara Powell MD

Tamara received her M.D. degree from the Medical College of Virginia, and did Family Medicine training in Pennsylvania before moving to the wilds of Southern Oregon. She practices at Mountainview Family Practice in Grants Pass. Her family keeps busy with weight training, aerobic exercise, judo and gymnastics, and she continually strives to see that the kids eat their fruit and veggies!

Scott Draper

Scott is an entrepreneur whose professional life is committed to organizations that are up to things that matter. Revolution is the outcome, business and relationships the vehicles. Through his company Little Brown Acorn, Inc., organizations such as the new well and Club Northwest provide opportunities for people, including those served and those serving, to be well. Mr. Draper is founder and vice president of KidZone Community Foundation.

Denise Bales

Denise is a mother of five, and a former preschool teacher. She is a yoga devote and instructor. She has developed a water yoga program and is finding great joy being able to bring this practice to those unable to practice on land. Her business, Ashima Yoga, creates a space where individuals of all ages can open themselves to the limitless possibilities in their lives.

Daniel Bifano

Daniel is a Real Estate Broker with The Venuti Group and a former trainer at Club Northwest. He has a BS in Kinesiology and a long history as an athlete, and coach. Daniel understands that everyone has a different idea of health and fitness but hopes his knowledge and passion can inspire others to find their own form of wellness.

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Greg Redfern PT

Greg is a practicing physical therapist and co-owner of Impact Physical Therapy, which opened its doors in Grants Pass in 1999. He has given presentations at schools and invited school groups to his clinic to educate them on the importance of exercise and movement. His philosophy of care is based on the idea that "movement is medicine." Greg tries to practice what he teaches by staying active with mountain biking and hiking around the Pacific Northwest.

Robyn Lasky

Message from Robyn:
"My family is my life. I am happily married to Kate Lasky, with two children, Drake 13 and Griffin 7. Everything I do, I do for them."

Paige Botnik

Paige is a devotee of youth and adult fitness. She, her husband Danny and their son all practice what she preaches.

Adam Holder (consultant)

Adam is 13 years old. He’s an 8th grade homeschooler who enjoys motocross, US off-road racing, and mixed martial arts. Adam has 7 chickens he has raised and two dogs, a lab and a pit-mix. Many of you may have seen Adam on the “Say Yes to Kids” Robotics commercials. You can also see him throughout the week at both Club Northwest and the Y.

Melia Bents(Consultant)

Melia is a junior at Grants Pass High School. She is an honor roll student who is active in school leadership, orchestra as well as volleyball, basketball and softball. She's part of an active family. She feels that "life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's learning to dance in the rain."

Jennifer Wheatley (consultant)

Director of the Dutch Bros Love Abounds Foundation, and former Executive Director of the Rogue Community College Foundation from 2006 through 2013. She has worked in the non-profit world in many capacities including as adviser, board member, director and staff. She grew up in southern Oregon, and returned after many years in Colorado. Jennifer holds degrees from Whitman College and the University of Denver. While in Colorado she ran her own consulting business for many years working both domestically and internationally, primarily in the fields of adventure travel/ecotourism, conservation, non-profit development and management, and small business development. Among her clients, she counted the Island Foundation Colorado, Earth Restoration Alliance, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Human Potential Television Network, Wild Spirit Press, Nine10Arts, Gallman Memorial Foundation and the City and County of Denver. Ms. Wheatley served a stint as a Mayoral appointee to the Grants Pass City Council and served several years on the City of Grants Pass Urban Growth Boundary Steering Committee, which she chaired for two years. She is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum. She was a founding board member of the KidZone Community Foundation in Grants Pass.

Dawn Welch

Dawn brings a wealth of experience to the board. She has served on the School District 7 Curriculum Committee, and the Grants Pass/Josephine County Bikeways Committee. She was a director of the Asante Foundation, retiring in 2015. She enjoys her family, running, cycling and traveling.