Board Members

We are thankful for our board members, and team staff for their dedication to the success of our Life Skills Program

  • Ellen Anthony | Admin. | book keeper | Board Member

    Ellen uses her skills in bookkeeping to add to the board's skill set. She has a keen mind for business and numbers and takes great pride in seeing Life Skills keep in the black. She has years of experience in business and currently works for two non-profits and volunteers in another. The board has moved forward in development with the aid of Ellen's tireless efforts.

  • Terry abbott | life skills board member

    Pastor Terry Abbott and his wife, Janelle, along with their 3 children, Jennifer, Jamie and Jeremy, came to River of Life Assembly in September of 2003.  Pastor Terry has a passion for the gospel in shoe leather.  He wants to see the good news of Jesus Christ walked out in the lives of all who call River of Life Assembly their home church.  His favorite things are fishing, hunting, golf and computers. 


    As Joel learns more and more about Life Skills through questions, conversations, and seeing first hand the results of the curriculum being used to heal people’s lives, the more his passion for the class grows. He continues to fall in love with the way God is using it to restore people from their reactive lives which are caused by their experiences in the past. He relates it to being delivered from the negative times in his own life. He was looking for a ministry, a mission, if you will, that he could get involved in, and feels this is it.

  • les haarstad | life skills board member

    Pastor Les Haarstad has been the Pastor at Lyle Celebration Center since 1981. Since that time he has been very involved in a variety of ministries throughout the Mid Columbia. He became a member of our Board in September 2015, and is currently our chairman. We so appreciate his insight and guidance as we strive to improve the Life Skills outreach to those who are hurting and don’t know why. He sees the Life Skills curriculum as a tool for people to use in their quest to “Live Life to the Full”.


    Chad is a graduate of Multnomah. He has started / pastored a church in the past, and has now found yet another way to help people find answers for their lives, being the HR manager for a large firm in Sherman County. He is a very accomplished marketer, and enjoys getting the word out about opportunities that he is interested in. He brings a lot of wisdom and insight to our Board of Directors, and we are thankful that he decided to help guide us through the process of meeting the needs of the hurting men, women, and children of our area.


    Even though Duane is one of our newer Board Members, he is certainly no stranger to Life Skills. He has personally completed the classes. He had a great reason to do so, as his favorite girl told him no Life Skills, no relationship. He has said several times how thankful he is for the Life Skills program. He is a successful business owner and brings a lot of insight to our Board of Directors. We are grateful that he made the decision to take time from his busy schedule to help us help the hurting of our area.


In our board and staff members, you will find years of dedicated service and commitment to individuals and families of our community. They love to see people thrive and contribute positively in their families, jobs and communities.


Meet our staff of highly dedicated, motivated and passionate personnel

  • Pam Hughes | Ex. DirECTOR | Women's & Teen's Facilitator

    Pam has a passion to help people live a full and abundant life becoming all they can be. She puts practical application to the many items that need to be taken care of in the day to day operations of Family Life Skills of Oregon. She is Mental Health First Aid Certified for Adults and Youth. In addition she is the Chaplain for Hospice of the Gorge. She is also one of the Women's facilitators in the Phase I and II programs along with the main facilitator for Teen program.

  • Mike Hughes | Assistant Director | Men's & Teen's Facilitator

    Mike has a desire to see people whole and healthy! Mike brings many years of Human Relations to the Center and we are indeed pleased to have Mike and his expertise at work in HR Family Life Skills Center! Want to know more about this program and how it can help you, your family, work, and or business? Mike would honored to share with you the vision of what Life Skills can do for you. 

  • Ellen Anthony | Admin. Secretary | Asst. Site Manager

    What doesn't Ellen do? She keeps us all on our toes keeping us organized and things running smoothly! She represents the Center at our local community meetings. She LOVES doing what she does and it shows. We are so glad to have Ellen on our team!

  • Julie Sprague | Women's Facilitator

    Julie's love for people and seeing them come to wholeness is evident in all she does. She has compassion for the women she facilitates and leads with integrity.

  • Marnette Sprouse | Women's phase 1 & 2 Facilitator

    Marnette’s own life story and choice to live the truths she has gained through Life Skills, have contributed to her living life as an over-comer today!  As a facilitator, her passion is to have the courageous women in her classes discover these very same truths.  Nothing compares to seeing her students begin to unlock the lies that have long held them captive.  Watching as each one begins to walk in freedom, living life fully with the knowledge that each day holds promise and a hope for the future…this is the thrill and joy of being a facilitator for her.  Marnette has a background and variety of experiences as an educator.  In her current day job, she thrives as a reading assistant, working in a local elementary school. 

  • Craig Warneking | Pastor, MEN'S PHASE 1 & 2 FACILITATOR

    Craig has been dedicated to helping people for many years. With over 25 years in the ministry, he was a youth minister, regional youth director, school teacher, private school principal, and presently a pastor. His desire to assist people better their lives is a driving passion.

  • Barbara Riley | Life Skills Facilitator

    Barb has worked in Social Services for over 25 years and is a certified Professional Life Coach.  She moved to the Columbia River Gorge area in 1987 and is a Core member for the Sanctuary Team for Self Sufficiency.  Barb was raised in the South and has experiences much like some of her customers.  She says she feels everything that happens to us is a gift because we can learn so much from the experience that will allow us to help others.  Barb says her heart is full of gratitude for the opportunity to attend the "Learning to Live, Learning to Love" course and feels honored and humbled to help share the material with others.


    John attended his first Phase 1 class in July, 2011. Since then, he has gone from wondering (out loud) if this is for real, to becoming a very outspoken believer in the Life Skills curriculum.  He can’t hardly get in a conversation without telling a man how it helps the broken and hurting people of the Mid Columbia find reasons for their actions, and deal with those root causes to achieve healing in their lives and relationships.   He is a prolific facilitator, having taught several Men’s Phase one classes and a Phase two class.  We are extremely fortunate to have him as one of our facilitators.


    Business owner/Entrepreneur. Passion to help others become. Sunday School teacher for the adult class. Teach frequent personal bible studies to various newcomers. Assist the pastor in every and all ways possible, including: media and sound, tracking of new members and visitors and ushering. Father of two sons 28 & 21, Court appointed special advocate (CASA) 4 years. 


Dr. Paul and Judy Hegstrom:

Lived the first forty years of his life not understanding the driving force that caused him to self-destruct again and again.  He could not understand why his anger would never subside. He could not communicate or identify his feelings.  His anger harmed his family, and nothing was ever resolved.  He knew something was wrong, but lived his life in denial.  Over $20,000 was spent on counseling where he was given “labels”. However, it never got to the root of his problem...


president & CEO


Heidi has been with Life Skills Home Office since 1985.  With her present position, she has now worked in every area of Life Skills International, including having an affiliation of her own.  She believes whole-heartedly in the "Learning to Live, Learning to Love" program as it has helped change her life.  She is responsible for daily operations, training's, Center Support, Center Development.