Staff

Administrative Staff

 Stephanie

Stephanie Alvstad
Executive Director, J Bar J Youth Services  
salvstad@jbarj.org

“Seeing teens that are struggling or facing great challenges turn their lives around and become happy, healthy, productive adults is a great honor and joy. At J Bar J Youth Services, we see kids succeeding every day.”

Stephanie first started with J Bar J in 1989, working with teens at Cascade Youth & Family Center, for 8 years. She has served as the Executive
Director of J Bar J Youth Services for the past 17 years. In this role, Stephanie is responsible for the financial stability of the organization,
turning around what was a $200,000 annual deficit to an annual net profit of approximately $200,000, building a healthy reserve, and establishing an endowment. Stephanie has overseen the addition of multiple youth serving programs to J Bar J, including the Academy at Sisters, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, and the numerous programs at Cascade Youth & Family Center. Her focus has been on building the capacity of the organization in working with an effective board of directors, implementing policies and procedures following best management practices, and developing a strong management team. Stephanie believes in the potential of young adults and has committed her career to support them.

Stephanie is a member of the Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs, the Rotary Club of Greater Bend, the Equal Access for Girls Coalition, and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Coalition. She graduated from the University of Montana summa cum laude with a B.A. in Social Work.
When not at work, Stephanie can be found hiking, riding horses, or spending time with her family.

 Deirdre Mims Kasberger

Deirdre Kasberger
Director of Operations, J Bar J Youth Services
deirdrek@jbarj.org

Deirdre has served as the Program Director for Cascade Youth & Family Center for over 15 years.  This year she moved to Director of Operations for J Bar J Youth Services.  Deirdre is responsible for the design, development and implementation of programs as well as supervising and monitoring those programs and their staff.  In addition to her positions with J Bar J, Deirdre has served as Director for the Department of Community Justice for Hood River County for 5 years, as a Juvenile Counselor for Hood River County and as the Director of Programs for the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities (NORCOR).  Deirdre has extensive experience in grant writing, juvenile justice, and homeless and runaway youth.  Deirdre has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon State University.  She has served as a board member for Give Them WINGS, Inc., the Central and Eastern Oregon Juvenile Justice Consortium (CEOJJC), Equal Access for Girls and The Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center. 

Bruce Waldrup 

Bruce Waldrup
Program Director, J Bar J Youth Services
bwaldrup@jbarj.org

Bruce has been advocating for youth in our community the majority of his career and has been working with the youth at J Bar J for the past 16 years.  He has vast experience with sex offender treatment and has focused on addressing the unique and varied challenges for all adjudicated youth.  Bruce works to model the J Bar J mission of providing innovative solutions for at risk youth and their families in their journey toward personal responsibility and self-sufficiency.  His education includes an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Long Beach State.  Bruce currently serves on the Oregon Adolescent Sexual Offender Treatment Board (OASOTN) and in the past has served on the Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Board.

 Amanda

Amanda Gow
Program Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon  
agow@bbbsco.org

“Working with J Bar J Youth Services has offered me the opportunity to work in a field that fuels my life’s passion.  The children we serve are incredible and it is truly an honor to be able to offer them support, open doors for opportunity and help them find their path to success.  I am blessed beyond measure to be part of such an outstanding organization.” 

Amanda Gow began working with J Bar J in 2011 as part of the events and development team.  During that time she oversaw J Bar J’s biggest fundraiser, the Oregon High Desert Classics.  Amanda appreciates her time in the development department because it allowed her to interact with the kids from each program and to learn about the unique characteristics of each division and the good work that is being done for kids and families in our community.  In 2013 Amanda accepted the position of Program Director for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  Amanda is also a Big Sister to an 11 year old girl and truly believes and lives the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters.   Amanda is a native to Bend and graduated in 1999 from Bend Senior High.  Amanda holds a degree from the University of Oregon in International Business.  In her free time you can find Amanda running the trails of Central Oregon, competing in CrossFit, and traveling the world.

betsy

Betsy Warren
Director of Private Programs, Academy at Sisters 
bjwarren@academyatsisters.org

“What started as a career, developed into a life’s passion.  J Bar J Youth Services has offered me the opportunity to help young women change the course of their lives”.

Betsy began working with at risk youth in 1994 when she was hired by J Bar J Youth Services to help develop a program for young women.  Betsy managed The Academy at Sisters from its inception in 1994 through the spring of 2005. It was during this time that she recognized her passion was in helping empower young women to discover their strengths and find a healthy path in life.

Following a seven year absence, she rejoined the team at J Bar J as the Director of The Academy at Sisters in November 2013, and is delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with this progressive and dynamic organization again.

Betsy is a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.  She has also served as the Executive Director of Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center and Executive Director of Ponca Pines Academy.

She spends her “off work” hours outdoors enjoying kayaking, biking, hiking and skiing.

Peggy Carey

Peggy Carey
Director Strategic Initiatives, J Bar J Youth Services
pcarey@jbarj.org

 “As a Registered Nurse and community activist I am interested in the components of a healthy community. Working with J Bar J Youth Programs is an opportunity to work with kids and families to affect the health of the communities served in the deepest, most fundamental ways. Healthy kids and families are the bones of a healthy community. As our communities grow and change, the need is greater than ever to support healthy kids and families. I believe in the simple but powerful mission of J Bar J Youth Programs.”

Peggy has worked as both a nurse and an administrator in health care, with an emphasis in cancer care, for the last 35 years. Peggy led the development of St. Charles Cancer Program for 30 years before moving to Colorado. She recently returned to Bend from Vail, Colorado where she provided leadership as Vice President for Shaw Regional Cancer Center from 2010-2016. In both communities Peggy supported initiatives connected to healthy communities by building prevention strategies and leading coalitions of citizens committed to making a difference in the wellness of their community.

 Peggy received her Bachelors in Nursing from Southern Oregon University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  She has served on many committees and boards at the local, state and national level and has had the pleasure to be involved in several Bend projects such as the Ronald McDonald House and Hospice House, now Partners in Care.