Board of Directors

Frank Zachary                                   Vice President

Retired from the U.S. Air Force after twenty-six years of service in the grade of Colonel, Frank’s military career included tours in logistics, ICBM operations, studies and analysis, and long range planning. After military retirement, he was District Manager in Dayton, Ohio for Loral Corporation as liaison to the Air Force technology center. His formal education includes a B.S. and M.S. and studies in the College of Naval Warfare. Since retirement to Central Oregon, Frank has served in a variety of volunteer activities for local organizations including the Disabled American Veterans, the First United Methodist Church, and the AARP/IRS Senior Tax Assistance Program, and is a founding member of the High Desert Village Board.

Alice Johnson                                    President

Has lived in Central Oregon since 1998. Alice’s formal education includes a B.S. in Nursing and participation in a Master program. She’s worked in Medical-Surgical, Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Emergency Room, Public Health, and held supervisory positions in those arenas. She helped establish the first League of Women Voters overseas unit in Hong Kong, and was a member of the American Woman’s Associations in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Denmark.  Her last 8 years have been in hospice nursing both in the home and in a hospice unit. She is a  founding member of the High Desert Village Board.

Cheryl Reed                                    General Board Member


Cheryl moved to Bend 10 years ago after living in Eureka, California her entire life.  She worked for PG&E for 43 years retiring as a Senior Service Representative which involved being the Immediate Supervisor of Community Services.  During most of her time living here, she has been responsible for the care of her elderly mother.  This experience has given her the understanding of the problems facing many seniors. She has been an HDV member since it’s inception.

Jeanie Young                                 Membership Secretary

Jeanie Young grew up in Mill Valley, CA, the middle of 5 children.  Her education consists of a Bachelor of Nursing from Providence College of Nursing and a degree in Health Care Administration from City University in Seattle.

While raising her family, she spent many years volunteering for the Red Cross.  Her career mostly had a Public Health Focus, visiting families to teach health and parenting skills and working in Well Child Clinics.  Jeanie retired from the Deschutes County Health Department where she managed adult health services, tobacco and suicide prevention as well as women’s health.

She has three children and three grandchildren.  She shares a home with her daughter in Bend. 

Her interests are hiking, reading, movies, puzzles, but most of all, family.

George Chesley                                    Treasurer

Ed Green                                      Member and Skills Tracking


Patty Anslinger

General Board Member

Helen Bhonhoff

Administrative Assistant

High Desert Village

Board of Directors

And Committee members

Melllon Thomas                                       Secretary


A Florida Native and Georgia transplant, Ed arrived in Bend in 1995 with HDV member/wife Nadine. Today a REALTOR® with John L. Scott Real Estate, his background is varied. Ed holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling; Worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer; A Specialty Chemical Marketing Specialist for Calgon Corporation; A Master Photographer/Studio Owner; A Certified Project Manager for Alliance Data Systems; A marketing specialist for DeLeone Corporation; and a Project Coordinator/Business Optimization Specialist for Bank of the Cascades. Ed holds a private pilot’s license and is licensed as an  Advanced Ham Radio Operator.  Ed is active and on the boards of the Kiwanis Club of Bend and the Sagebrushers Art Society. He is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and serves as the Moosehaven Representative for Oregon. Hobbies & Recreation include photography, ukulele, and pickleball as time permits.

Moved here from San Diego.  Originally from Michigan and have lived in 10 different states.

I taught elementary school briefly, but spend most of my working years in the medical insurance business.  Was instrumental in starting the Bend Newcomer's Club. Having moved so much, I was well acquainted with being the "new kid on the block", and realized how important that type of organization is to becoming integrated into a community.

Joan Rodine                      General Board Member,  Social Chairperson

             Born in Nebraska and attended Nursing School, graduating as a R.N. Has lived in Colorado and Southern              California.   Moved to Bend in 1998 after retiring from a 30 year career as an O.R. nurse.  Was one of 9              women who started the Bend Newcomers' Club and served one year as it's President.  Presently serves as S             ocial Chairperson for HDV, arranging monthly coffees or Pub nights. 

Bert Swift                                            General Board Member

Bert Swift is one of the original founders of HDV who is returning to the Board after a period of absence.  He spent his career as a teacher in public schools as well at several universities including U of O, Cornell, American University, and the University of Maryland.  He retired in 1997as Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Health Care Administration at  U of M.   He also worked for fifteen years for the Federal Government in Washington DC, serving with Social Security, Medicare, Office of Child Health, the Appalachian Commission, and the Office of Health Planning. His education includes degrees from the University of California,  and the University of Washington.  He also attended San Francisco State, Bernard Baruch School in New York, the University of Grenoble France, and the University for Foreigners in Perugia Italy.

He and his wife, Carol, traveled overseas extensively, and they toured the lower 48 states in their Ford Van Camper for 14 months before settling into Bend in 1998.  Carol passed away in October, 2014 after a fourteen month battle with cancer. Their four daughters as well as several HDV members provided support and assistance to her during that difficult period.

Bert has a long history of sports participation, especially racketball, handball, and baseball and is currently working on learning the game of pickleball, along with some other HDV members.

  Art McEldowney

Virtual Office Manager