Gary and Debi Kelso met while serving at Shepherd's House together in early 2007. Debi had lived in Bend for 25 years, recently retired from the school district. Gary, a former Wisconsin business owner, had completed a discipleship program at Salem's Union Gospel Mission before helping open Shepherd's House in 2005. "While serving together, our eyes were opened to the need our community had for food relief," says Debi. The two decided to do what they could to help.  After a great deal of thought and prayer, they used Debi's savings to fund The Giving Plate’s startup fees and expenses. Soon after, The Giving Plate opened its doors, just as the economic downturn was hitting Central Oregon, leaving hundreds without jobs. It was clear from the start that this was God's timing. Gary & Debi have been committed to “rescuing” food and making it accessible to those in need ever since.

 

Board Members

 

KRISTI LUCAS

Chairman of the Board

msblucas@icloud.com | 503.887.3500

 

GARY KELSO

Co-Founder, Vice Chair

seeker11258@yahoo.com | 541.410.3621

 

BROOKS mARKELL

Treasurer of the Board

brooks@focusfinancialservice.com | 541.389.3000

 

Adam Spangler

Board Director

aspangler@BOTC.com | 

DANIEL OLSON

Secretary of the Board

dnolsonny@msn.com | 541.728.0521

 

CYNTHIA ARMSTRONG

Board Director

cjarmstro@aol.com | 541.317.3532

 

 

Executive Team

DEBRA RANEY KELSO

Co-Founder & Executive Director

djraney@ymail.com | 541-410-3086

 

Kelley Grant

Operations Assistant

kelleylgrant@yahoo.com | 520-250-7814

 

RANAE STALEY

Bookkeeper

ranaestaley@bendbroadband.com | 541-771-1194