Board of Directors - 2021

Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

“Promoting and Enhancing the Economic Vitality of the Sunriver Area”


Dan Youmans
Government Affairs Consultant

After retiring from AT&T in 2014 as regional vice president of External Affairs, Dan has worked part-time as a government affairs consultant to non-profit organizations.  Dan’s responsibilities at AT&T for nearly 20 years included public policy, government affairs and public relations.

Previously, Dan worked in communications in the Washington State Governor’s Office and Washington State House of Representatives. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science from Washington State University. Dan is a permanent resident in Sunriver Resort .


Aaron Schofield
Branch Manager, First Interstate Bank

Aaron has been with the First Interstate Bank for 8 years. Aaron also serves as a Board Advisor for EDCO and as a member of the Board of Directors for the La Pine Parks and Recreation Foundation. He graduated in 1998 from JCC with an AAS in Accounting and started his professional career at Carrols Corporation as General Manager.

Aaron has a great passion for helping build the community through business development and supports those efforts that help the Sunriver community.   Aaron resides in the Sunriver area and volunteers at various community events.

Executive Director

Kent Elliott
Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce

Kent became the Executive Director of the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce in 2013 as a way to give back to the community and to use his business experience to help the Chamber become a valuable asset to local businesses and residents.  Previously, he had built a successful insurance brokerage business.

An Oregon native, Kent is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a bachelor degree in Business Administration and he holds a master’s degree from Western Governors University.  Kent lives in the Sunriver area.


Keith Kessaris
Assistant General Manager, Sunriver Owners Association

As the Assistant General Manager of SROA, Keith’s knowledge in Board governance, community management and connections with key stakeholders in Sunriver enables him to elicit a strong voice in the overall business community marketplace.

Keith is a past President of the Sunriver Area Chamber’s Board of Directors, and he currently serves on the Fundraising Committee for Bend Habitat for Humanity.

Keith is a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA designee) and a member of the Community Managers International Association (CMIA).  


Thomas Samwel
Area Director of Finance, Sunriver Resort Limited Partnership

Thomas has been employed by the Resort since 2007.  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. Previously, Thomas held the position of Controller for Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA.  Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Central Washington University.

Thomas is on the Sunriver/La Pine Economic Development Advisory Board and on the board of Caldera Springs HOA and the Association of Unit owners in the Resort Lodge Village association.  He owns property in Caldera Springs.


Tiffany Kaseweter

Tiffany is an officer with the Sunriver Police Department.  She has been with the Department for 16 years.  Tiffany got her start in law enforcement as a cadet with the City of Bend Police Department.  She holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.  Tiffany enjoys her community volunteer service in various organizations in Sunriver.


Patti Adair

Deschutes County Commissioner

Patti is a fourth-generation Oregon native who grew up on a ranch near Heppner. She is a proud University of Oregon Duck who graduated with a degree in History. Patti later completed her CPA in Washington State. During the general election, she learned her grandfather had been a Umatilla County commissioner, so this career direction is in her genes. 

Board Advisor

John Salzer

After 32 years in the telecommunications industry, John retired to Sunriver Resort in 2000.  He has been active in the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors.

John is past-president of the Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors (2003-2004) and served on the team that initiated the campaign to build the SHARC facility.  He also serves on the fundraising team charged with raising the funds to modernize and expand the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory. John served on the Deschutes County United Way Board of Directors, including as president and campaign chair, and was also vice president of the Sunriver Service District.  John is a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in economics and holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Board Advisor

Julia Theisen 

Julia is the President and CEO of Visit Central Oregon, the Regional Destination Marketing Organization for the region.  She manages marketing, global sales and membership to drive tourism to the region.  Prior to this role, she served as VP marketing and sales for Aspen Colorado where she promoted Aspen in domestic and international markets through marketing, public relations and sales.  She has also worked at the PGA TOUR marketing and managing an international tournament.  Julia has spent a decade living and working abroad and currently resides in Bend.

 Board Advisor

John Holland
d Developer

A 15-year permanent resident in Sunriver Resort, John brings his knowledge and expertise to the Sunriver Area Chamber in working with local businesses and local government, and representing the interests of local residents.  John has worked with the Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors, where he chaired the Communications Committee and served on the Design Review Committee. He also served as the SROA representative to the Chamber.

John is past Board President of the Homebuilders Association, EDCO Board member, and created John attended the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University.

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