Administrative Staff

Stephanie Alvstad
CEO and President, J Bar J Youth Services  

“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.

Amy Fraley
Executive vice President, J Bar J Youth Services

As the Program Manager for J Bar J Boys Ranch, Amy Fraley was instrumental in fostering an individualized and innovative approach to residential treatment.  Currently, the Ranch is rated as Highly Effective through the National Correctional Program Checklist.  It also meets all standards established by the Oregon Youth Authority for residential treatment facilities over the past two years.  Amy’s analysis and organizational skills are great assets in balancing the detail of contract management with the larger goal of program development and human resources. Amy models the J Bar J mission of providing innovative solutions for at risk youth and their families in their journey towards personal responsibility and self-sufficiency. 

Amy’s professional background consists of advocating for households in need of low income housing and working with local and state government. Conducting research, compiling information, and maintaining professional information systems are all strengths. 

A native of Central Oregon, Amy is knowledgeable about the unique strengths and challenges that come from living in a geographically isolated community. She is dedicated to facilitating positive change for youth, across the High Desert and the state of Oregon. One example of her commitment is the program, Backpacks in Bend, a local nonprofit organization she established in 2009, to provide weekend food packs for local students. Amy believes the best tool in breaking the cycle of poverty is education and that children cannot learn if they are hungry. Backpacks in Bend distributed more than 18,000 meals in 2012/2013 school year. 

In addition to her full time employment with J Bar J and her service with Backpacks in Bend, Amy is the mother of four children. Finding balance in her own life comes with reading, cooking, and yoga. 

Deirdre Kasberger
Vice President of Operations, J Bar J Youth Services

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
Vice President of Programs, J Bar J Youth Services

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.

Brook Hare
Program Director, Academy at Sisters

Before become the Program Director, Brooke spent twelve years as a part of the Academy’s team, as a Treatment Coordinator and also Program Manager. Brooke holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from highly ranked Chapman University. While employed by The Academy at Sisters, a program of J Bar J Youth Services, she has received additional training in the field of at-risk youth.  These include but are not limited to: Professional Ethics, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Crisis Prevention and De-escalation, Child Abuse Prevention, Suicide Prevention, and Family Coaching.  Brooke is dedicated to the well-being and long-term healing of youth and their families. She has lived in Central Oregon for the past 14 years, and in her free time, enjoys spending time with family.

Sandy Cassio
Program Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon

Sandy tells us “I am beyond thrilled to be part of the BBBSCO team!”   In 2018, she and her husband arrived in the Bend area after living, working, and raising their three daughters in the Seattle/Tacoma area; her goal has been to find an opportunity to connect with and contribute to the Central Oregon community. Sandy’s background in education has taught her to see all children as individuals who have the capacity to flourish and develop into happy, well-rounded adults who recognize and utilize their intellectual, emotional, and cultural distinctions and abilities.  She is passionate about helping children realize their full potential, and have seen, over and over, the vital role that reliable relationships play in the positive development of young people.  

Her Master of Science degree in education, with an emphasis in organizational leadership, has specifically prepared her for administration in a non-profit setting. She has held various positions in non-profit school leadership, through which she honed skills in staff supervision, writing, donor relationships, budget and finance, public speaking, and community relations. Additionally, her experience in nonprofit leadership and administration has given her experience in strategic policy analysis, community networking, organizational management and health, and data aggregation, analysis, accreditation, reports and resultant action steps.  In her native home of the Seattle/Tacoma area, she has long-standing and varied volunteer experiences in working with at-risk youth and families through churches and inner-city shelters and food banks. Over the years, Sandy has learned the value of a team.  She loves to join a team, learn about existing successes, and foster further growth and development of every individual.  She hopes to bring fresh energy and ideas in support of a well-established and passionate team at BBBSCO.

Peggy Carey
Director Strategic Initiatives, J Bar J Youth Services
 

“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.

Woody Medeiros
Program Director of Grandma’s House, Grandma’s House of Central Oregon

Woody has been a leader and advocate for Grandma’s House since 1992. Through these years Woody has grown with Grandma’s House program and used her talents and strengths to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves, developing community partners and long term relationships. Confident, she believes that if you give youth positive support and tools for life you give hope and vision and help guide them towards a future they never knew possible. Woody has also served in roles in numerous community organizations: Homeless Leadership Coalition, one-night Homeless Count, Project Connect, NOVA, Harmony for Women and others.

Eva Gill
Marketing Creative, J Bar J Youth Services

Eva came to marketing through operating a small resort in Tumalo called Rock Springs Guest Ranch with her husband for two decades. Marketing was one of several hats she wore, covering all aspects of website, social media, marketing materials, and advertising. In 2008, an unexpected buyer came forward and they chose to sell the ranch.

Free of the responsibilities of staff, guests, and property, the Gill family set off on a trip around the world. Their circumnavigation took about a year and a half, with the children doing schoolwork online. Creating a position she could take with her anywhere, Eva focused primarily in social media management for a handful of clients. She also developed a following as a blogger, with a website dedicated to the stories and photos of their adventures, using both Dreamweaver/HTML for the main body of the site, and WordPress for the blog.

In her work as a freelance creative, Eva has spoken about social media at national conventions, helped numerous clients set up and develop their online presence, and created content for web and print. She has sold her travel photography as stock, as well as captured the spirit and character of events through her lens. She brings this very diverse skill set and perspective to her position with J Bar J.

Tami Lee
Administrative Assistant