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About Us

Our Staff

Curt Floski, Executive Director

I’m currently serving as the Executive Director of Shepherd’s House Ministries. I’ve spent the last 35 years focusing on the life controlling issues that lead to homelessness in America. I’m passionate about creating places of grace where men, women and children find hope and healing. In addition to our local work, we have created nationally recognized programs within the Rescue Mission field through Grace Network International, a consulting ministry that works with missions and organizations desiring to create cultures of grace. I hold a B.A. and M.A and am a certified Reality Therapist. When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking in the wilderness and have always enjoyed sports. I’m married, have three children, and we all live here in Central Oregon.

Cash Lowe, Chaplain

As a freshman in college, I first volunteered at a small rescue mission in downtown Seattle and have been serving in mission work ever since. I’ve walked alongside the hurting and broken for over 35 years sharing the Good News of the Gospel while reaching out to those whose lives have been impacted by abuse, addiction, and trauma. For more than 14 years, I’ve provided training for rescue missions and recovery centers. I’m a graduate of Puget Sound Christian College and have a Masters in Ministry with an emphasis on Missiology from Hope International University. My wife Lisa and I have four children and live in Redmond, Oregon.

Curt Floski, Executive Director

I’m currently serving as the Executive Director of Shepherd’s House Ministries. I’ve spent the last 35 years focusing on the life controlling issues that lead to homelessness in America. I’m passionate about creating places of grace where men, women and children find hope and healing. In addition to our local work, we have created nationally recognized programs within the Rescue Mission field through Grace Network International, a consulting ministry that works with missions and organizations desiring to create cultures of grace. I hold a B.A. and M.A and am a certified Reality Therapist. When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking in the wilderness and have always enjoyed sports. I’m married, have three children, and we all live here in Central Oregon.

John Ryan, Director of Operations

I joined Shepherd’s House Ministries in 2020, after working in the healthcare and homeless non-profit sector for 13 years. I have a B. S. degree in Finance and Economics from Oregon State University, am married to my beautiful wife, Marie, and have two children as well as two rowdy but lovable dogs.

David Notari, Director of Development

For the past 32 years of my professional life, I have been immersed in organizations that help people. As a school teacher of seven years, it was my pleasure to help shape and pour into young minds. As a Camp and Conference Leader of eighteen years, I had the privilege of shaping programs and experiences that helped people reach their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Now, as the Development Director of Shepherds House, I am privileged every day to convey our mission and vision to those interested in stepping deeper into the work we do. Every person has incredible worth and value, and each deserves to be loved unconditionally no matter what their circumstances. That is how we live out each day at Shepherds House and I enjoy conveying and living out those values with those who decide to join us as donors, volunteers, or community partners. I’m a dad of three amazing adult children, all enjoying their lives both in Oregon and California. I have an amazing wife, Debbie, who is a teacher and lover of high schoolers. I love the ocean and mountains and find myself participating in a variety of endeavors. One of my greatest joys is cooking and it’s always better when I get to cook for others. I love to surf most of all because it feeds my soul. I consider it a privilege to be apart of such a great community here in Central Oregon and an even greater community of caring and loving people at Shepherd’s House.

John Lodise, Director of Emergency Services

My early life was filled with schooling - a diploma from St. Francis Regis High school in N.Y.C., a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College in Massachusetts, and a law degree from U.C.L.A. After working as a lawyer in Los Angeles for 11 years, and working at being an ex-lawyer for 14 years after that, I came to Shepherd's House in Bend in 2014. After nearly seven years with SHM, I have become a husband of three years to Dart Eastwood and a resident of Redmond. I find my joy equally in helping those in need, and in journeying by foot and canoe through the Central Oregon wilderness accompanied by Dart.

Peter Cookson, Addiction Recovery Specialist and Mental Health Coordinator

Hope. Love. Connection. These are at the foundation of how we work and what we try provide to all those who walk through our front door. As someone who has dedicated most of his adult life to working with the still suffering alcoholic and addiction. Within five minutes of entering Shepherd’s House for the first time, I knew I had found the single most important job of my life. Unabashedly, my own personal story includes addiction, homelessness, and hopelessness. And everyone kept asking the wrong questions; instead of wondering why someone got addicted or pondering upon how could someone throw their life away, what had gone so wrong, we need to compassionately listen to their stories, empathize with their brokenness, and ask why not use, why not escape the trauma of their lives. Rather than punish, love them and provide connection. Rather than shame, help build them up and let them know we value them and that they matter. Instead of tossing them aside, offer them hope and let them know they cannot disappoint us, that Grace matters, and that they have found a home at Shepherds House and we are their family. We offer them hope, we show them we love them, and we provide them with the one thing more than anything else addiction has robbed them of, connection.

Loomis Goode, Men's Intake Coordinator

I am originally from Central New York. I spent sixteen years at the Syracuse Rescue Mission; first as the Residential Services Manager and then as the Building Services Manager. I retired in January 2003 but in 2005 I was offered and accepted the position of Compassion Ministries Pastor at Westside Church in Bend. After three years at Westside, I came to Shepherd's House as the Assistant Director. I later became the Chaplain and eventually the Discipleship and Intake Coordinator. I am currently serving as the Director of Intake. I have served at The Shepherd's House for the past 12 years.

Amie Schultz, Behavioral Health Specialist

In 2019, I began working with Shepherd’s House Ministries and I also graduated from Multnomah University with a B.A. in Psychology. Six months later, I started pursuing my master's degree in Social Work with Boise State University. My life experience is one that has deeply shaped me to pursue my passions, and in that, it is to work with people and help others to reach their potential and grow in ways they would not have thought was possible, and even if possible, experience healing and freedom from the things in life that has caused them pain and has oppressed them. I believe that each person has an inherent worth and most people will do well if they can. However, so often the world is working against them, in life circumstances and social support, and if I can be a voice of empowerment, or a person who listens to them and comes along side to see them, then that in itself fills a need that person has, to be cared for. This is what makes me so incredibly excited to be apart of the Women and Children’s Center. We get to meet women daily and offer a healing a safe environment for change to take place. In my spare time, I enjoy hikes and lake days with my husband and two daughters and or English bulldog.

Ryan Smith, Emergency Services Associate

I was born in Bend, Oregon, and grew up in Prineville. I received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oregon State University and am currently working toward a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. As a young adult, I was always highly involved in athletics and wrestled for the University of Oklahoma as well as Oregon State. I enjoy anything outdoors, working out with friends, and being a father. I love living in Central Oregon and am involved in the recovery community here.

Cat Wallace, Women's House Manager

I came to Bend in February 2020, began volunteering at the Men’s Center in October, and was hired on as House Manager at the Women and Children’s Center in December. I find the W&CC a beautiful place to serve and to heal from my own past. One of my favorite aspects of working at the W&CC is being able to personally connect with the women and share my passion for creativity with them. I believe that creativity in community is a form of play, and play is universally important to each individuals well-being. Also, it’s been proven that the act of being creative releases dopamine in the brain, reduces anxiety and depression so, for that reason, I strive to encourage creativity in the women. In my free time, I enjoy paddle boarding, quilting, and studying the Scriptures.

Bart Elliott, Facilities Manager

I came to the Shepherd's House in 2012 looking to change my life. Since then, I have graduated the program and joined the staff in 2014 as a House Manager and am currently their Facilities Manager. When I’m not working, I enjoy fishing and spending time with my grandkids and my dog Tinley.

Stephen Piercy, Spiritual/Physical Health and Wellness Coordinator

I entered into the Shepherd's House inpatient program in 2013 and graduated in 2014. This is the place where I experienced what Jesus looks like in the flesh. Through the love and grace I experienced through the staff and residents, I finally understood how to walk out a new life in recovery and every area of my life. Especially in the relationships I've been given through this process. I am currently the Spiritul and Physical Health and Wellness Coordinator, where my role is to walk along side of our men, through their spiritual and physical goals. I am honored I get to do this, it still feels unbelievably surreal.

Lynelle, Registered Nurse

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Samantha Ewing, Administrative Assistant

I started volunteering at Shepherd’s House in 2019 at the Men’s Center and grew to love the atmosphere and the people in it. Almost two years later, I was blessed with the opportunity to join staff. Helping people has always been my passion as I’ve volunteered in a multitude of areas over the years. But loving on others with different stories and backgrounds is what I do best. I love challenging myself, learning new things and am currently working on finishing my Bachelor’s in Psychology. My favorite activities are reading, hiking, eating, and watching scary movies (not the cheesy ones).

Rachele Meehan, Data Entry

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Board of Directors

Dr. Randall Jacobs, Chair

Bend Memorial Clinic, Director of Urgent Care, Retired
Mosaic Medical Mobile Clinic, Retired

Ken Marshall, Vice Chair/Secretary

City Center Church, Assistant Pastor citycenterchurch.org

Affiliations

Love INC of Central Oregon – Board
Redmond Cold Weather Shelter Committee-Member Redmond Ministerial Association – President

Amy Kasari, Antioch Church, Pastor of Compassion & Justice

City Center Church, Assistant Pastor citycenterchurch.org

Affiliations

Love INC of Central Oregon – Board
Redmond Cold Weather Shelter Committee-Member Redmond Ministerial Association – President

Chris Starling

Arbor Mortgage Group

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Steve Howrey, Oregon Mutual Insurance Co.

Affiliations
Grace Network International – Board

Emily Nelson

Associate Pastor- Mountain View Fellowship of Redmond