Board of Directors - 2019


John Holland
Pine River Homes


I am currently involved with the SR Area Chamber of Commerce because:

I am a 15-year permanent resident of Sunriver Resort and have served SROA on many specific committees, including Design Review, Chair of Communications, past SROA Representative to Chamber of Commerce and Real Estate Developer and Investor in the SR Area.

I am eager to share my background/expertise working with “local government”, “local businesses”, and “local residents”, attempting to enhance our business and local community.

  • Education: Graduate School of Education PSU
  • Community big picture development
  • Helping to support and mentor new business and business creation in “South County”
  • Helping to unify “South County” community interactions

Other community projects I am or have been involved with include:

Homebuilders Board and President
EDCO Board
CASA Rep Deschutes County
SaveSunriver.Org Creator/Organizer
Current Focus:  
    • Traffic flow in SR Business Park
    • SR Business Park Owner Focus Group
    • Harper Bridge Safety Issues - acquiring “New” Safe Canoe/Kayak Launch Site
    • South County Sewer Development Projects


Aaron Schofield
First Interstate Bank
57150 Beaver Dr.
Sunriver, OR 97707

Aaron Schofield, Branch manager at First Interstate Bank, he has been with the First Interstate Bank for 8 years. He graduated in 1998 from JCC with AAS in Accounting and started his professional career at Carrols Corporation as General Manager. He serves on the Sunriver Chamber of Commerce as Board Treasurer. He has a great passion for helping build the community through business development and supports those efforts that help our community. Aaron is also Board treasurer for Upper Deschutes River Coalition. This organization focus its efforts on forest fire prevention in the county. Aaron and his wife Sarah support many of the community events and are involved with those efforts. Aaron and his family reside here in Sunriver and volunteer at various community events. Aaron is a New York native and moved to Central Oregon a little over 9 years ago.

     Executive Director

     Kent Elliott
     56825 Venture Ln #110
     Sunriver, OR 97707

I am a native Oregonian, born and raised on the East side of Portland. I graduated from U of O with a bachelor degree in Business administration and later received a master’s degree from Western Governors University. My business career brought me to Sunriver every summer for business conventions and family vacations.

After building a successful insurance brokerage and raising three sons, I sold my business interests and became a permanent Sunriver resident. At that time, I realized our larger unincorporated community was not united and did not have a single voice or independent organization that could bring the community together and address larger community issues. I became executive director in 2013 as a way to give back to our community and use my business experience to help build the Chamber to be a valuable asset for business and residents.

I look forward to continuing to work on implementing the Chamber’s vision into the future and I enjoy supporting and helping businesses grow and prosper.


Thomas Samwel
Sunriver Resort Limited Partnership
Area Director of Finance
17600 Center Drive, Sunriver, OR 97707
PO Box 3609
Sunriver, OR 97707

Thomas Samwel, Area Director of Finance for Sunriver Resort Limited Partnership has been employed by the Resort since 2007.  Currently Thomas has area financial responsibilities for Sunriver Resort, Sunriver Water, Sunriver Environmental, Sunriver Airport, Sunriver Realty, Caldera Springs Real Estate and Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum WA.  Prior to working at Sunriver, Thomas held the position of Controller for Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA.  Thomas graduated from Central Washington University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.  In addition to his role on the Sunriver Chamber Board, Thomas is on the Sunriver/La Pine Economic development Advisory Board and on the board of two HOA’s in the Sunriver area including Caldera Springs and the Association of Unit owners in the Resort Lodge Village association.  He and his wife JoAnna and Daughter Ava own property in Caldera Springs. 


Daniel Youmans
Government Affairs Consultant
18160 Cottonwood Road, PMB 536
Sunriver, OR 97707

Dan Youmans joined the Board of Directors for the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce during the summer of 2018. Dan volunteers two days a week in the Chamber office, and he currently provides part-time government affairs consulting to non-profit organizations.

Dan retired from AT&T in the Seattle area in 2014, where he served as Regional Vice President of External Affairs. His responsibilities with AT&T for nearly 20 years included public policy, government affairs, and public relations. During his career, Dan also served as press secretary to former Washington Governor Booth Gardner, communications staff for the Washington State House of Representatives and communications director for Lake Washington School District. Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Washington State University.

Dan and his wife Sherri recently became full-time residents of Sunriver. Both are active in the community, and enjoy many outdoor activities, including mountain biking, hiking, golf, and skiing.

   Carl Jansen

   Search North America, Inc.

   P.O. Box 3577

   Sunriver, OR 97707


Carl Jansen is the President/Owner and Senior Recruiter for Search North America, a wood products focused search, recruiting and placement firm, based in the Sunriver area. He has over 41 years of experience in the wood products industry, seven in industrial engineering and operations planning capacities for two major forest products firms, and the past 34 years as a professional recruiter for wood products, engineering, and construction based client companies throughout North America. Carl graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Engineering and an MBA in Production Management from UC Berkeley. He has served in the US Air Force on the Minuteman Missile Launch Team at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg AFB. Carl and his wife, Thelma, have lived in their home near Spring River for over 20 years, and have been vacationing regularly in the Sunriver area since the early 80’s. Carl has been a Sunriver Chamber Board member since 2014, and he is also on the board of Saint Vincent de Paul in La Pine.

     Keith Kessaris

     SROA Asst General Manager
     57455 Abbott Drive
     Sunriver, OR 97707

I was elected to the Board of Directors for the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce in spring of 2015. It is wonderful to be involved with the Chamber as it gives me the opportunity to work with and provide answers/resources to business leaders, residents and tourists in the Sunriver area.

As the Assistant General Manager of Sunriver Owners Association, my knowledge in Board governance, community management and connections with key stakeholders in Sunriver enables me to elicit a strong voice in the overall business community marketplace. I bring 17+ years of recreational experience to the Sunriver Area Chamber, which in turn with effective brainstorming as a group, enables the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce to be a prominent resource for all end users (business owners, residents, non-residents and tourists).

In addition to being a past President of the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I also sit on the Fundraising Committee for Bend Habitat for Humanity and have for four years. I am also a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA designee) and a member of the Community Managers International Association (CMIA).


Robert Jones

Mousetrap Strategies 
16796 Pony Express Way
Sunriver, OR  97707

I am the President/Owner of Mousetrap Strategies, a software and business consulting firm, based in the Sunriver area.  I have over 40 years of experience in the software consulting industry, 20 in the area of database management and website design.   I have been working with the Chamber since 2015 when the Chamber contracted with Mousetrap Strategies to design, implement, and manage a new website for the Chamber.

In addition to my consulting background, I have also owned and operated several businesses including: a Travel Agency , vineyard and winery.

I look forward to continuing to provide innovative technical solutions that help implement the Chamber’s vision.  

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