Board of Directors

Cheryl Smejkal

President

Cheryl has a background in business as an office manager, loan officer and escrow secretary. She took a number of years off to be a stay-at-home mom until 2004, when she began volunteering and working at the Child Advocacy Center for 2 years. For the last 10 years, Cheryl has worked as an advocate for children of sex abuse at Victim Services, DA Office, Juvenile Division. Cheryl and her husband, Bob, have 2 grown daughters: Kelly, a Mental Health Therapist and Stacy, an Assistant Manager at a Salem humane society.

Cheryl first became acquainted with Hosea through Ken Harvey. It has been a blessing to her watching this wonderful staff interact with these young people on the streets. She loves that Hosea doesn’t just give out a free meal 3 times a week; they help these youth find work, get off drugs and make connections to have a life off the streets. These kids see and feel the love of Jesus from all who work at Hosea.

Dr. John Hickey

Secretary

John originally became acquainted with Hosea through his relationship with our previous Executive Director, Ken Harvey. He began serving on the board and his eyes were opened to the plight of homeless young people in Eugene and how complex some of their stories were. John was incredibly impressed by how much Hosea could do on a small budget to bring compassion and respect to these kids and expose them to God’s word. It’s been his pleasure to serve on the board and watch this organization continue to grow.

John is a family physician who practices in Brownsville, Oregon.

Aaron Walker

Treasurer

Aaron has 24 years of experience in banking. He received his BS in Finance from the University of Oregon and his MBA from Colorado State University. Aaron and his wife, Antonette, have two children, Christopher and Hallie.

Aaron decided to come on board as the Treasurer for Hosea Youth Services after feeling a calling to follow the Bible’s direction to serve the poor and disadvantaged of the world. He now uses his skill and experience in Finance to help Hosea steward its resources well.

Suzanne Planck

Board Member

Suzanne joined the HYS board in 2016. She currently works as the Family Services Coordinator for the Falconi Anemia Research Fund. She has a BSN and BS in Nutritional Science. She is married with 4 grown children—three boys and a girl.

Suzanne got involved in Hosea to connect with at-risk and homeless youth and better understand their situations, struggles and hopes so that she can work to be a part of the solution and help them realize their value and the love and purpose that God has for them.

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Ben Kearney

Board Member

Ben Kearney joined the Hosea Board of Directors in 2016. Ben is an attorney at Arnold Gallagher specializing in business, real estate, estate planning, trusts and probate. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Oregon School of Law. After law school, Ben served four years on Active Duty as an attorney in the Army’s Office of the General Counsel in the Pentagon.

Ben and his wife Jennifer have two kids. In addition to his service with Hosea, Ben currently serves on the Board of Directors of Youth for Christ – Lane County, the NCU Center for Leadership and Ethics, is a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lane County, and a past school board member of Eugene Christian School.

Ruben Garcia

Board Member

Ruben has been the owner of Environment Control, a commercial janitorial service company in Eugene, Oregon for 25 years, and has been in management in this field for over 35 years. He is a graduate of Biola University, Class of 1978, with a B.A. in Communications.

Ruben first took interest in Hosea Youth Services a few years ago due in part to his care about the plight of homeless people and homeless youth in particular, and also through his personal connections with Dave Williams and Tauna Nelson. Ruben joined the board of Hosea in 2015.

John Urness

Board Member

John graduated from Portland State University in 1979 with a BS and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He then graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1983, and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1983. John joined the law firm that is now Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson, P.C., that same year. He has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys since 1993 and is a frequent speaker on estate planning and elder law issues. John is married to Linda Urness, his wife of 36 years. They have four children and two grandchildren.

Tim Calhoun

Board Member

Tim currently works at Summit Bank in Downtown Eugene and has been there the past 13 years. He has seen the need to help the problem of homelessness grow over the years, especially for the youth, who should never be have to worry about a place to sleep or a meal to eat. Growing up in church, he realizes the best way to do this is by showing the love of Jesus.

Tim and his wife, Stefanie, have two amazing children, Judah and Adelayde. They ran nursery through 5 year olds for their church for 7 years and love to see Jesus move in the lives of the youth. In his spare time, you will find Tim on the golf course. He has volunteered for and served on the Advisory Board for The First Tee of the Willamette Valley in the past.

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Filling Voids, Offering Love: His Dad had a lot of anger and was short on nurture. This young man came to the Drop-In Center several times before he was admitted to the guys’ house. He would pick up jobs and look for work. His girlfriend was pregnant and he was trying to get his stuff together. We went out to another town to pick up some of his belongings and his Mom was there, but not Dad. On the way back, he shared that he asked his Dad what he could do to make him proud and he said, “I won’t be proud of you until you are the President of the United States.” Here is a young man with the hope kicked out from under him. He is a bright, personable guy full of potential. He continues to do temp work from time to time and is still “trying to get his stuff together.”

Contact HYS

Mailing Address:
PO Box 5531
Eugene, OR 97405

Drop-In Physical Address:
(Inside the church on 8th & Monroe)
834 Monroe Street
Eugene, OR 97402

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Most Urgent Needs

- YOU: Volunteers
- Monthly Support (Donations)
- Winter Garments (esp. coats)
- Clean, New Undergarments
- Backpacks & Jeans
- Camping Equipment
- Toiletries
- Paper and Cleaning Supplies

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