Board of Directors
Pat Kauffman, B.S.N., Certified Rehab Specialist, Licensed Health Administrator (President)
Raised in Eugene, Oregon, Pat Kauffman earned her associate's degree in nursing at Sacred Heart Hospital, and was employed as an acute and critical care nurse early in her career in both Eugene and central Oregon. She moved to Medford in 1982 with her husband and two daughters after obtaining a Nursing Home Administrator’s license, and earned her B.S. in Nursing through Southern Oregon University. In 1986, Pat was recruited as the Director of Nursing/Health Care Administrator for Rogue Valley Manor in Medford and rose to Assistant Executive Director after developing a Home Health Agency for Rogue Valley Manor. She was appointed Executive Vice-President of Health and Associated Services for Pacific Retirement Services, where she administered all aspects of health care retirement communities in multiple states, including state and federal licensing. Pat retired from PRS in 2006 after 20 years of service and currently serves on the board of PRS’s Community Housing, which provides low-income housing for seniors in several states. As adjunct faculty at SOU, Pat was also involved in bringing the Oregon Health & Science University's nursing program to the Rogue Valley.
Ralph Burrelle, School counselor (retired) (Vice-President)
Ralph holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Washington State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Oregon. After teaching English for four years in Washington, he moved to Medford in 1976 as a school counselor at what was then Medford Mid-High School. In 1980, he accepted a counseling position at Medford Senior High School, which became North Medford High School in 1986, and remained there until his retirement from public education in 2009. In addition, Ralph served for over 20 years each as activities director, department chair, and scholarship chair at the school. From 2006-2009, he served in the presidency cycle of the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling. After leaving the Medford School District, Ralph worked as an educational consultant for the American College Test company and as an undergraduate applicant evaluator for Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. He has served on several boards in the Rogue Valley and has volunteered with a variety of area service organizations.
Jim Maize, Land Use Planner (Treasurer)
Jim joined the OnTrack Rogue Valley board in 2009 with a strong desire to support the organizational mission, which provides an extremely important lifeline to individuals, families and the community. A native Oregonian, Jim has lived on the West Coast throughout his life, except for four years at the University of Colorado, where he earned a degree in political science. He moved to Medford in 1976 to start a small landscape company, and had a 17-year career working for the City of Medford in the Planning Department. In 2006, he began his own land use consulting business. Jim is the father of three children and six grandchildren, all of whom live in Medford, except for a son living in NYC.
Joan T. Middendorff, Realtor (retired) (Secretary)
Joan is a retired realtor with 26 years of real estate experience. She has been an OnTrack Rogue Valley board member since 2012, and is vice-president of the board's housing committee. Joan serves OnTrack because of her desire to be part of a dynamic organization dedicated to helping people change their lives. She also serves as a Commissioner on the Housing Authority of Jackson County, and is a former Medford Parks and Development Commission member. Joan is on the Pear Blossom Festival Association Board, and chairs the Jackson County Board of Property Tax Appeals. She is a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, serves as a Torchbearer Gamma Chapter President, and is past-President of Rogue Valley Community Development CDC. Joan holds a Mediation Certificate through SOU. She is the mother of two sons, two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.
Jacqueline Amato, M.D., P.C.
Dr. Amato is a private practice psychiatrist who is board certified in both adult and child psychiatry. She began serving on the OnTrack Rogue Valley board in January 2018. She graduated from University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1994. Dr. Amato did her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. After practicing at the Peace Health Medical Group for nine years, she moved to Medford in 1999. She now has three offices where she treats patients - Medford, Grants Pass, and Florence. Dr. Amato inspires others to live healthy, active lives and leads by example. She is very active and enjoys long walks with her three dogs, rowing, spinning, and swimming.
Tammie Davis, Technical Sales Engineer and Oregon Licensed Real Estate Broker
Tammie moved to the Medford area from the Sacramento region in fall 2016 to be closer to family. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. She loves the small-town feel of the Rogue Valley, and in an effort to be more community-minded, she obtained her OR real estate license in January 2018. Her vast career has been in the fiber optic industry, working as a technician, process analyst and engineer for Qwest Communications/CenturyLink, then moving to a technical sales role for a fiber optic test and measurement manufacturer. She currently works for a fiber optic manufacturers rep firm as a sales engineer. Tammie is the proud mother of three adult children - two daughters and one son. She is also a very involved grandmother to six, ages 2-11 (three boys and three girls). It is her experience with addicted loved ones that motivated Tammie to join the board of OnTrack as an effort to pay it forward. Both of her daughters have graduated from the Mom’s HOME Program, and it is with that experience she chose to work with OnTrack.
Rick Nagel, C.P.A.
Bio coming soon.
Tricia Prendergast, Communications, Executive Director (retired)
Tricia has lived in the beautiful Rogue Valley since 1972, having raised her three wonderful, now-grown children here. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Communications, with advanced studies in Elementary Education. Tricia has enjoyed a diverse professional background, starting with teaching preschool, then high school, and then enjoying a an eight-year career in residential and commercial real estate sales. When her children reached school-age, she spent three years working for Phoenix-Talent school district as director of communications and community education, fully coordinating two successful tax base elections to renovate all school buildings.
After working at Rogue Valley Medical Center in public information and marketing, she completed a 10-year career with Asante Child Development Services managing communications, marketing, and fund development. Tricia most recently devoted her last 10 years as executive director of Magdalene Home in Medford, a charity nonprofit home for homeless teenage mothers, where she performed all facets of communication, marketing, community relations, fund development, and grant writing.
Her extensive volunteer activities include 16 years on the Medford school board, during which she co-chaired two successful bond campaigns to build Abraham Elementary School and the new South Medford High School, as well as numerous other district facility improvements.
Tricia recently joined the OnTrack board in 2019, after closely observing the board’s valiant efforts to overcome the challenges experienced in the previous few years. She is pleased and impressed with the redirection and community outreach of the current administration and board and feels a strong desire to help guide that direction.
Tricia is now retired, although she still enjoys her lifelong practice of yoga, teaching six Anusara yoga classes per week at the Rogue Valley Family YMCA. She and her husband enjoy traveling and visiting their four children and five grandchildren across the country. She also enjoys hiking, biking, and river rafting. She is learning to draw and paint watercolor, and hopes to write and illustrate her own children’s books.
Neil Smith, Owner, Airscape Fans; Professional Engineer
Born in Lansing, Michigan, Neil spent his formative years in Montreal, Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering at Concordia University (Montreal). Upon graduation, Neil moved to San Jose, California where he spent 24 years in the HVAC industry. In 2008 he moved his business (airscapefans.com) to Medford and expanded into manufacturing. Neil believes that many of our problems, ranging from environmental to social, are caused by our profligate use of energy.
Trisha Vaughn, MSN, Certified Nurse Midwife
Trisha joined the OnTrack Rogue Valley board in 2017. She moved to the Rogue Valley in 2013 from San Diego where she was practicing as a full-scope midwife for a community health service organization. Trisha has served as the Director of Women’s Health Services for the Rogue Community Health Center. She is now practicing as a certified nurse midwife, providing health and obstetrical services to women in a rural setting who struggle with addiction, high-risk pregnancies and elevated social determinants of health.
Trisha holds a bachelor's, master's and doctorate in nursing as well as a certificate in midwifery from the University of Colorado Health Sciences program. She also holds undergraduate degrees from Indiana University in fine arts and journalism. Trisha was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2003 and received the Nursing Leadership Award for Excellence in 2004. She is a 200-hour Hatha Yoga instructor and is a certified Khalsa Way prenatal yoga teacher. Trisha has a passion for women’s health and working with the under-served. Her desire to see positive change in the lives of women and children has brought her to OnTrack Rogue Valley.
Holly Elder Wade, RN
Holly is excited to be part of an organization that provides recovery programs for the Rogue Valley Community. In her 20-year career as an RN, Holly has been a high-risk labor and delivery nurse for 17 years, most of that time at Sutter Medical Center Sacramento delivering 500-600 babies a month.
Since relocating to the Rogue Valley, Holly has worked with Asante Ashland Community Hospital in the Birthing Center, and with Mercy Flights. Currently she is with Providence Medford Medical Center in the perioperative department, admitting patients having surgery and recovering those that go home.
Holly has a passion for helping those with substance use disorders (SUD) and helping to change their lives. She is on the Pain Management Steering Committee at Providence Medford Medical Center. She takes the opportunity to share her knowledge of the opiate epidemic and how health care providers can reduce the risks of addiction and help patients with SUD. She provides education to every patient prescribed post-operative pain medication, explaining the risks and benefits and alternatives for non-narcotic pain relief.
Holly’s interest in the opiate epidemic is a result of the death of her oldest son from opiate overdose. She is grateful for the opportunity to honor her son and help those suffering with SUD.