Rockaway Beach resident Patrick Dennis has appointed to the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay board of directors and serves in the Mass Care and Sheltering division.
After graduating from Emory University, Dennis joined a fulfillment startup company in Dallas, Texas, until he realized his passion was not in the corporate world. So he signed up with the Peace Corps and worked for two years on a variety of projects in Cameroon, West Africa.
Finding the right opportunity after the Peace Corps brought Dennis to the Oregon Coast where he now works as Finance Manager for the North County Recreation District in Nehalem. He also serves as a mentor in the ASPIRE program at Neahkahnie High School, and is member of the Economic Development Council of Tillamook County budget committee.
Dennis says he joined the EVCNB because he “admires the dedication and selflessness” of the organization, and believes the work it does is “invaluable to the local community.” He added, “I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the board and look forward to trying to get the local youth excited about emergency preparedness.”
Bayside Gardens resident Bill Devlin has been appointed to the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay board of directors, and serves as a member of the organization’s Community Emergency Response Team division.
Devlin was a building contractor in Oregon, before switching to technical writing and information technology consulting. He was a community member of the OHSU Institutional Review Board for 16 years, and currently serves as Executive Director of Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad in Garibaldi.
“When I moved to the coast last summer, I was looking for an opportunity to become involved in community volunteer work,” said Devlin. “When I learned about the emergency corps, that was ‘all she wrote.’”
“The EVCNB has enjoyed incredible commitment and support from many fine people in the community who donated generously of their time, skills and resources to help prepare our region for emergency challenges of all sorts,” he added. “I hope to put my skills and experience to work in that same vein, helping to carry forward the amazing spirit of community involvement at the core of the organization.”