Meet our Board
Kevin is a financial advisor in Medford and a former NFL player. He joined the RBTRV board because he has seen first hand in his own family the power of a safe and healthy home.
Valerie A. Rinkle
Valerie A. Rinkle MPA, CHRI Medford Oregon Operates a boutique healthcare finance and reimbursement consulting firm with national reach. She has over 40 years of experience with healthcare policy and revenue management including 10 ten years as the Revenue Cycle Director for the Asante Health System. She is the author of numerous books and articles on healthcare reimbursement. Valerie brings fiscal and business systems expertise to the board as well as experience with Medicare and other payer policies concerning services furnished in homes to improve safety and accessibility.
Field Based Care Manager at La Clinica joined the RBTRV Board in March of 2022. She enjoys volunteering her time to local nonprofits that support our underserved and often forgotten communities including RBTRV, CASA, and Ritmo Alegre. She is a member of the 2040 Vision implementation Committee for the city of Medford, a member of the Phoenix/Talent School District EDI Committee and while no longer in a formal role, a Community Health Worker for her community whenever possible. Zulma has a passion for equity work and work that enhances quality of life for members of her community. That is why she chose to join the RBTRV board, because we serve a population that lacks resources in our community and create solutions that improve the quality of life of elders and those with disabilities in our community.
Dr. Heather Thomas
Dr. Heather Thomas is the Program Director and professor for the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy program at Southern California University. Prior to this appointment, she was the founding Program Director of an Doctorate in Occupational Therapy program in Oregon. She has been working in occupational therapy education for over 19 years, serving in a variety of roles including program director, curriculum coordinator and academic faculty. She has a long history of presenting at international, national, and state conferences. Dr. Thomas provided OT services and education in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, and co-developed a rehab technician certificate program at a university in Haiti. She has served in a variety of leadership positions within the California state OT association (OTAC), Los Angeles OT Leadership Forum, Los Angeles City Council, and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She currently serves as a Regional Director for the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon and on the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together. She is the author of the top selling activity analysis textbook Occupational and Activity Analysis which is used across the world. Her practice background includes working in acute rehabilitation and acute settings, with those who have sustained traumatic and progressive neurological disorders. Dr. Thomas obtained her bachelor’s degree in human services, master’s degree in occupational therapy, and Ph.D. in health care management.
Born and raised in the Rogue Valley, I've proudly called this region my home for my entire life. Alongside my wonderful wife, we've raised our children amidst the natural beauty and community spirit that define this area.Presently, I hold the position of attorney for the cities of Phoenix, my hometown, and Ashland. This role allows me to not only give back to my community but also actively contribute to its development and progress.
Beyond my professional life, I've remained deeply committed to various organizations that hold a special place in my heart. My volunteer efforts with such organizations as the Rogue Flyfishers, Mt. Ashland Association, and the Southern Oregon Historical Society have allowed me to connect with the community on a profound level. I've had the distinct privilege of serving as the President of the Southern Oregon Historical Society since 2017, and I continue to be inspired by the preservation of our rich local history.
Most recently, I've dedicated my time and energy to the noble cause of Rebuilding Together Rogue Valley. Through this endeavor, I've had the opportunity to witness the incredible impact that collective community efforts can have on those in need.
In both my professional and volunteer roles, I have a deep passion for this extraordinary region and its people. I look forward to the continued privilege of serving and contributing to the Rogue Valley, a place that will forever hold my heart.
RBTRV gives our community back their independence and allows them to thrive in their current environment. It is a privilege to be a part of an organization that improves the lives of our community members.
Alex Bellen B.S
Retired Naval Officer and 27-year civilian employee of the U.S. Navy. Volunteer experience includes establishing a Meals on Wheels program and a community-wide suicide hot line. Local community involvement in light opera and theater. Active and regular attendee at the National Leading Age Conference to address ageism. Keen interest in the complex issues associated with aging. Brings willingness to be both an active volunteer and board member.