Ruthie McKenzie- Board Position #1

Board Secretary

Term – 2017 to 2021

I am new to the Crook County Parks & Rec Board in July 2017. I have lived in Crook County off and on for 40 years. I believe that recreation is a integral part of a healthy and productive life; I wanted to be part of providing art and recreational programs for our community so decided to join the board. I really enjoy the parks, museum and library in our community. I presently serve as the treasurer for the Crook County Historical Society Board of Directors.
Prineville, OR

Darlene Henderson- Board Position #3

Vice Chair

Term – 2017 to 2021

I have lived in Crook County for five year and am new to the board as of July 2017. There are so many exciting things happening in our community and want to be a part of them so decided to become a part of the Parks & Rec board. In particular I am interested in a new swimming pool, the 20- year comp plan for Parks & Rec and the Barnes Butte trails, I feel very passionate about these. I enjoy our community as it is friendly and courteous; the high desert climate is great with warmth during the day and cooling off at night and we get just enough snow to remind us of winter; the beautiful rim rock that surrounds Prineville and creates a picturesque setting; the creative ways to manage waste water through Meadowlakes Golf Course and the new wetlands; the parks and green spaces around town offer recreation opportunities for residents and visitors; the lower 66 trail network for a quick mountain bike ride; and the Ochoco National Forest providing camping and mountain biking opportunities. I am on the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) Board of Directors and the Steering Committee for “Crook County on the Move-a new initiative to help Crook County residents keep moving, be nourished and stay refreshed. For recreation I enjoy playing golf and am an avid cyclist-I commute to work by bicycle most days and enjoy mountain biking on gravel roads; I am RN and have been working in healthcare for 37 years, mostly at St. Charles Prineville; I was in the Air Force Reserves and Air National Guard Nurse Corp for 20 years and retired as a Major. My husband and I have been married for 41 years with one son who lives in Utah; I grew up in a small town in Northern Minnesota so I find the size of Prineville and pace of here  life here very comfortable.
Prineville, OR

Carol Benkosky- Board Position #4

I moved to Prineville in 2012 and recently retired from 35 years of working for the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.  Because of the wide variety of places I have worked, I have a good understanding of the pressures and needs of managing land to provide a wide variety of recreational experiences.  Prineville is truly blessed with a wonderful Park system that I believe is an incredible asset to our community.

I am an avid gardener, walker, a compulsive litter picker and advocate for making our Parks more age friendly – especially meeting the needs of our Seniors and disabled residents.   I take my 89 year old disabled mother to the Madras Aquatic Center to help her strengthen her legs and have seen what a benefit a year-round, warm therapy swimming pool could be to our community in helping seniors, people recovering from injury or illness, and disabled individuals to live stronger, healthier lives.

Prineville, OR

Jeremy Logan- Board Position #2

Board Chair

Term – 2017 to 2019

I have been a Parks & Rec Board member since May of 2016; I have lived in Crook County for 19 years. I feel that it is a privilege to be on the Parks & Rec Board knowing that the decisions we make will affect the future of Crook County’s recreation and that we have a direct impact on the livability and quality of life for the residents. My favorite thing about our community is that anyone can get involved and have an impact. I am also the Regional Commissioner for AYSO, the Varsity High School Soccer Coach and a past president of the Crook County 4-H.
Prineville, OR

Jason Carr- Board Position #5