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Board of Directors

Meet the Board behind Dial-A-Bus of Benton County.
Some of our Board Members also use our transportation services.

Board Chair Kelly Brown. Kelly worked for HP and taught IT at U of O. Now, he spends his time volunteering as our board chair and the district chair for Boy Scouts of America. Of his time at Dial-A-Bus he says, "I've gained a broader perspective of the needs of the elderly, those with disabilities, and how DAB strives to meet those needs through not only transportation, but also through building friendships with clients."

 Kelly Brown 

  Board Chair  

Kelly worked for HP and taught IT at

U of O. Now, he spends his time volunteering as our board chair and the district chair for Boy Scouts of America.

"I've gained a broader perspective of the needs of the elderly, those with disabilities, and how DAB strives to meet those needs through not only transportation, but also through building friendships with clients."

Board Treasurer Robin Costa. Robin says, "I heard of Dial-A-Bus from friends who had used it and praised the good quality of transportation." Robin retired after working at HP for 37 years. When he was asked to join our board he was excited to learn how we serve seniors and people with disabilities. His favorite service is our transportation for less fortunate school children who receive rides to and from school.

 Robin Costa 

  Board Treasurer  

"I heard of Dial-A-Bus from friends who had used it and praised the good quality of transportation."

Robin retired after working at HP for 37 years. When he was asked to join our board he was excited to learn how we serve seniors and people with disabilities. His favorite service is our transportation for less fortunate school children who receive rides to and from school. 

Board Secretary Lynda Wolfenbarger. Prior to joining the Dial-A-Bus Board of Directors, Lynda had briefly volunteered as Secretary for the Grace Center Board. She also spent nine years on the Parks, Natural Areas, and Recreation Board. We greatly appreciate her expertise and all she brings to Dial-A-Bus. Lynda says,​ "I have always known about Dial-A-Bus, and joined the Board because it was the right thing to do."

 Lynda Wolfenbarger 

  Board Secretary  

Prior to joining the Dial-A-Bus Board of Directors, Lynda had briefly volunteered as Secretary for the Grace Center Board. She also spent nine years on the Parks, Natural Areas, and Recreation Board. We greatly appreciate her expertise and all she brings to Dial-A-Bus.

"I have always known about Dial-A-Bus, and joined the Board because it was the right thing to do."

Board Member John Gardner. John is a client who joined our board in 2018. He was a Physics Professor at OSU when he lost his sight in a medical procedure in 1988. Realizing that there was no accessible way for him to review the math and graphical information present in physics, John founded ViewPlus Technologies in 1996, which is now the leading manufacturer of tactile graphics and braille embossers in the world.

 John Gardner 

  Board Member  

John is a client who joined our board in 2018. He was a Physics Professor at OSU when he lost his sight in a medical procedure in 1988. Realizing that there was no accessible way for him to review the math and graphical information present in physics, John founded ViewPlus Technologies in 1996, which is now the leading manufacturer of tactile graphics and braille embossers in the world.

Board Member Lorena Reynolds. Lorena has been an attorney in the local area since 1998. She also teaches a course on crimes and violence in intimate relationships for OSU. Lorena says, "I'm excited to bring my experiences advocating for people with disabilities to the board. I want to live in a community where everyone can access all the many wonderful services, programs, and connections that we have with as few barriers as possible."

 Lorena Reynolds 

  Board Member  

Lorena has been an attorney in the local area since 1998. She also teaches a course on crimes and violence in intimate relationships for OSU.

"I'm excited to bring my experiences advocating for people with disabilities to the board. I want to live in a community where everyone can access all the many wonderful services, programs, and connections that we have with as few barriers as possible."

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 Tom Hendrix 

  Board Member  

Tom found us as a volunteer driver over a decade ago. He had a CDL, and started driving the buses. Not long after, he became our Safety Manager. Tom helped put Dial-A-Bus in the top 1% of Oregon transportation organizations in terms of overall safety. In 2024 he officially retired and joined our Board of Directors.

Board Member Harlan Akers smiling in front of greenery outdoors

 Harlan Akers 

  Board Member  

Harlan worked as the Director of Laboratory Services at Samaritan for 21 years. He joined our Board in 2024 after being approached by our Executive Director about the role.

"As a volunteer driver for nearly 10 years, I have some insight into issues that frequently occur and am excited to help in any way I can." 

Not pictured:

Sandy Boehme, Nanette Upton

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