2014-2015 OVFA Board
REX PARKS, PRESIDENT Rex is a volunteer Captain with Cloverdale (not the one on the coast) RFPD. Located in the center of the “Golden Triangle” between Bend, Sisters and Redmond, the Cloverdale community covers 40 square miles of farm, ranch and agricultural lands. The district has approximately 1500 single-family homes with about 3500 full time residences and is still growing, as are most of the areas in Central Oregon. Rex has been employed with ODOT as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic since 1988 starting in the Bend equipment shop before moving on to his current position as the Field Mechanic for the Santiam Junction and Detroit maintenance areas. He had been the SEIU/OPEU union shop steward while in the Bend equipment shop, and now for the Santiam Junction and Detroit crews. Hunting being another of his passions, Rex has served as an executive officer in the Bend chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association. Rex was introduced to the OVFA when the annual conference was held in Bend in 1998. He has been a regular attendee every since. Taking classes to move him from firefighter and apparatus operator to company officer, the OVFA’s annual conference, local training and the National Fire Academy, have all been a vital part of his training curriculum. In 2002 while at the conference in Coos Bay, Rex was asked and chose to become a part of the ambassador program. Rex has a son who lives in Redmond and works for ODOT at Santiam Junction, a daughter who lives and works in Portland, and 4 grandchildren. mailto:email@example.com
KIRT HICKEY, 1st VICE PRESIDENT Kirt applied for the position of Ambassador and was elected as a two year Director with the OVFA in 2011. He has been a Volunteer Firefighters with Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services District since 2006. He has served as Secretary, Vice President and President of the Hermiston Firefighters Association. To pay the bills he works as A Correctional Officer with the Department of Corrections. He is married to Stella, his wife of 7 years who supports and works alongside him in his volunteer activities. Together they have four young daughters. He has earned the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and spends some of his free time helping Boy Scouts. He has a love of outdoor sports such as fishing, hunting, camping and a good round of golf. He believes every firefighter deserves to have access to great training and hopes during his term of service on the OVFA board to build solid training opportunities for all firefighters. mailto: gro.afvonull@2serpeciv
STELLA HICKEY, SECRETARY/TREASURER Stella has been with the Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services District since 2007 when she founded the Hermiston Fire Corps Program, a volunteer support services organization. Stella started out in 1998 in pursuit of her EMT-Basic the first step on her way to becoming a Paramedic/ Firefighter but a serious back injury left her unable to finish pursuing that dream. In 2005 she married Kirt, who a year later became a volunteer firefighter with Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services District. In 2009 she accepted the position of Oregon Fire Corps State Advocate and began the running of the State Fire Corps program. In 2011 she hosted the first State Fire Corps Conference in Gresham, Oregon. Along with her duties as a State Fire Corps Advocate, Stella is also a Member of National Fire Corps Speaking Bureau. Stella believes that a successful firefighter has a strong support system. She desires to help develop workshops and training in Oregon to target firefighter’s health and family. She looks forward to helping strengthen the OVFA in any way that she can. mailto:gro.afvonull@yraterces
Analisa was born and raised in Jackson County. She started out at Jackson County Fire District 3 as a Student Firefighter in 2003 and became a Volunteer Firefighter with the district in 2005. In July of 2012 she moved to Jackson County Fire District 4. She was inducted as an OVFA Ambassador position in November 2012 and then voted onto the OVFA Board in 2013. Her goals for the OVFA are opening OVFA opportunities to more departments, and enhancing the training program within the organization. Analisa spends her spare time with her family and friends. She continues to work on her Associates Degree in Fire Science and maintains an EMT License.
JASON SERVATIUS, 2nd VICE PRESIDENT Jackson County Fire District 3. Jason is a Firefighter/EMT with Jackson County Fire District #3. Jason is a third generation firefighter. His grandfather helped to form the volunteer fire department in Jerome, Idaho and his father started as a volunteer in Idaho as well, later becoming Fire Chief at Central Point Oregon and then Deputy Fire Marshall of JCFD#3 following his retirement. Jason became involved in 1999 as a student firefighter with JCFD#3 when he was 17 years old and became a volunteer firefighter with JCFD#3 in 2000. He was named Volunteer Firefighter of the Year in 2007. He has also served as a board member and president for the JCFD#3 Volunteer Executive Board. Jason would like to see more districts and departments work together with paid staff and volunteers so that everyone has the same opportunities. As an OVFA Board member, he hopes to help recruit more volunteer departments and ambassadors, and help OVFA grow to serve more communities. Jason is married to Amanda Servatius. He enjoys hunting, fishing camping, cooking and bowling. mailto:gro.afvonull@1rotcerid
LAURA THOMAS, DIRECTOR POSITION #1 Laura is currently a volunteer Firefighter and EMR with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue District #1, Lincoln City, Oregon coast. She is in training as a CISD counselor and co-teaches the Fire and Fall prevention for older adults, and Fire Safety for children. She started firefighting in 1994 with the Friday Harbor Fire Department, San Juan Islands. She then attended Chemeketa Community College for the Fire Command program. Earned NREMT-B certification and did an internship with Willamina Fire Department before moving back to Washington for family reasons. Her educational background includes Church Ministries Pastoral Studies from ORU, culminating in her ordination as a Chaplain and a two year Paralegal program. She is single, with no living children and at least 5 rescue cats at any given time. Family includes a sister, Lisa Graham, a firefighter and a EMT-B with Seal Rock Fire, and her mother Sandra Briggs, volunteer medic, Chaplain and co-teacher at NLFR. Laura's paid employment is Security at Chinook Winds Casino. She does many hand crafts including counted cross stitch, plastic canvas, and crafting 1/12 scale dollhouse replicas. She enjoys the beach, day hikes and working with computers. Her goals as a member of OVFA include a renewed focus on safety, education for the public to lessen the need for fire and emergency services and to work with other agencies for greater reach and effectiveness. Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org