Our Board

Happily retired motorcyclist and fly fishing enthusiast, Kent has spent his lifetime traversing the Pacific Northwest as an Environmental Health Specialist Fishery Technician and ultimately as an Assistant Project Biologist @ Lower Granite Lock & Dam for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, WA, 2009. This is where he met the love of his life and married her. Kent spent his entire career serving as a public employee working to better the environment and interacting with federal, state, corporate and private entities as well as the public. Kent comes from a strong line of pro baseball players and enjoyed semi-pro ball himself as a young man. Kent is passionate about social justice and is excited about this new adventure in Sammy’s Place.


Kathleen is a resident of North Tillamook County and is excited to be joining the Board of Directors of Sammy’s Place,  Recently retired, Kathleen spent her life working for non-profit social service agencies. The last 15 years of her career were spent serving as the Executive Director of the Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center. During her time at the Center TCWRC implemented comprehensive outreach, education and violence prevention school-based programs; created partnerships with law enforcement agencies, healthcare providers,  local faith communities and other local and state organizations and opened our County’s first domestic violence shelter. Kathleen also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Kathleen has two children, three granddaughters, and two great-grandsons. She spends part of the year in Oregon and part in Mexico, a place that stole her heart many years ago. She is currently attempting to learn Spanish and painting. 


Kathy Jean Hrywnak200x200Kathy Jean brings years of experience working with people who experience disability. She and friends founded Sammy’s Place in 2006, through which she continued to serve individual families. Already a willing learner and compassionate person, she has learned to use those innate abilities even more skillfully in her years of doing the work which she is thrilled to be doing. After working with the Chick family, she and Julie realized that they could expand the mission of Sammy’s Place to include a larger community which will meet even more people’s needs. Committed to bringing the vision to fruition, Kathy Jean is excited by the challenge and eagerly anticipating the chapters to come.


julie-chickJulie lives in Nehalem with her husband Phil and boys Blake and Noah. Blake has Down syndrome which has never stopped him or the family to explore the wonders of the north Oregon coast – or other amazing places. Her passion is the outdoors and recreation; combining this with 8 years of experience in the environmental education and outreach arena at a local Oregon coast non-profit offers motivation to get those experiencing disability integrated through local farming and outdoor recreation. Julie has worked at FACT Oregon for over two years and now serves on the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities; an advisory committee for Oregon Developmental Disabilities Services; and Co-chairs the Physical Activity team for Tillamook County Wellness.


Vicki_Website200x200Vicki is a true homegrown Oregonian. After graduating from David Douglas HS she began her career at Standard Insurance Co. where she worked in investments, earned a B.S. in Business from Portland State University with a 12-year-old at home and eventually retired as Vice President. Now she lives on the north coast of Oregon with her husband, Brian, 3 dogs, and her two grandchildren close by. She and Brian travel internationally when it is not the salmon fishing season. They are both very involved grandparents and understand the importance of caring for a child with Down syndrome and looking out for the future.




On March 1, 2019, twenty-four people gathered on the hillside of Nehalem and poured out passion, need, desire, and will to achieve a community culture that includes everyone in ‘the dream’ where all means all and to acknowledge we are finished looking at those with disability through an old-antiquated lens. Our belief is about supporting everyone’s full potential and honoring the choice of where someone wants to live, work, and participate in the community. Sammy’s Place has assembled the commitment of what it sees as a ‘Dream Team’ in the development of it’s Advisory Team. This team of people brings a breadth of experience of living, working, and thriving with a disability, locally and statewide. Sammy’s Place is honored to be surrounded by such talent, creativeness and grace, and those who know the North Coast of Oregon is a perfect place to live, and a choice we all should share. 


The Advisory Team has the intention:

1. To keep the communication flowing between the executive team and the community.
2. To harvest a breath of knowledge and passion for the project.
3. To build the board with intentional integrity. 
4. To maintain a positive forward movement in the growth of the overall team and project.
Sammy’s Place: Where everyone is supported to learn, grown, and thrive!

ANTHONY STOPPIELLO, Architect, Nehalem


GLADYS JACOBSEN, Parent, Nehalem


JOE WYKOWSKI, Founder, Community Vision Inc.

JULIE DALE, Parent, Tualitan, OR

LARK MILLER, Nehalem, Caregiver

LYNDA CHICK, Family member, Nehalem

KIMBER LUNDY, Tillamook County

LEAH GREENWOOD, Halstead-Greenwood Consulting, Vancouver, WA

PAUL PETERSON, Parent/Grandparent, Oceanside, OR

SUE HILLIARD, Parent, Nehalem