BOARD MEMBERS

Tualatin Valley Professional Fire Fighters Union 1660 Benevolent Fund.

All of our members serve on a voluntary basis. 

Chad Ledson
Chad Ledson
President

Life isn’t easy and even those who are bravely accustomed and dedicated to the service of others occasionally find themselves in need.  As the parents of three children, one of whom is medically complicated, my wife Lisa and I understand that as well as anyone.  When the Tualatin Valley Firefighters Benevolent Fund provided support for our family, Lisa and I were humbled and moved beyond words.  Serving on the Benevolent Fund Board is one way that I diligently work to give back and to both support those who have supported us, as well as to pay forward the unmistakable light of support and encouragement to any of us when we need it. 

“Be strong enough to stand tall, smart enough to know when you need help and brave enough to ask for it” -Mark Amend

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Todd Flint
Treasurer

Todd Flint has been a Firefighter/Paramedic for over 25 years.  He began his career as a volunteer firefighter for the Vancouver Fire Department. He worked for AMR and the Eugene Fire Department before being hired with TVF&R in 2007.  Todd is a single father of two, and volunteers his time as a Little League Umpire, Local 1660 activities, and for the TVF&R Firefighters Benevolent Fund.  Todd has been the Treasurer of the Benevolent Fund since joining the board in 2017.

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Steve Balsiger

Hired in 1978 as a firefighter at Tualatin Rural Fire Protection District. Served as a paramedic, engineer, and officer until retirement at the end of 2003 from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.  Aside from work, he is an avid family man, decent woodworker, and enjoys golf and various other activities. 

Kurt Koudelka
Kurt Koudelka

Kurt Koudelka is a Lieutenant with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and was hired in 1999. Discouraged by the tradition of “passing the hat”, and feeling that fire service families deserved a more professional and organized system of assistance when tragedy struck, Kurt joined forces with Lieutenant Chris Hart and Lieutenant Jon Koenig to form the Benevolent Fund. Kurt enjoys photography and traveling with his wife, Caroline, and their daughters, Lauren and Hannah.

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Jon Koenig
Vice President

Jon Koenig is a Lieutenant with the Woodburn Fire District, and has been a member of the IAFF Local 1660 since 1998.  With the support of his family, Jon has enjoyed a life of dedicated volunteer service to others.

First Christian Church, Elder 1999-Current

Mission 2 Mexico, Board Member 1997-Current

El Faro Orphanage B.C. Mexico, Past President, Board Member 2004-Current

Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union L-1660, Trustee

Benevolent Fund, Charter Member, Vice President

 

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve in concert both the Fire Service and the needs of its family members.”

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Dan O'Grady
Secretary

Dan was hired as a firefighter in 1985 with Tualatin Rural Fire District and retired as a Lieutenant from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue in 2016.  During his time, he served as a firefighter, engineer, and officer with 23 of those years as a member of the Hazardous Materials Team.  He has been a member of the Benevolent Fund since 2017.  Dan enjoys spending his retirement time with his wife Kim, two children, and two granddaughters.  

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Stephanie Jacquemin

Stefanie is the Internal Recruiting Director at Nike, Inc.  She leads an enterprise-wide recruiting function focused on reimagining the internal recruiting experience and optimizing employees' growth and career acceleration.  She has held a variety of roles within the Human Resources function over her 25+ year career with Nike.  Additionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Organization Effectiveness. Stefanie’s passions include their two boys (ages 10 and 12), running, camping, travel, baking, and volunteering in the community.  Stefanie is the wife of TVF&R Firefighter, Tom Jacquemin. 

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Lyn Bruton

Lyndon Bruton, a lifelong Oregonian was born in Eugene and grew up in west Portland. He was a Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue firefighter from 1980-2005, originally an employee of the Tualatin Rural Fire Protection District. At retirement Lyn was a Lieutenant/Paramedic at the Somerset Station. Lyn is married to Kimie Kaizuka-Bruton. He is the father of three daughters; Nancy, Jessica and Maya.

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Dennis Katz

Dennis Grew up in Paterson NJ and moved to Oregon in 1969 to attend Chemeketa Community College. After graduation he was hired as a dispatcher for Washington County Fire Dist. 1 in 1971, and Tualatin Fire District  in 1972. In 1973 he was hired by the Beaverton Fire department. Dennis retired from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue as a Battalion Chief in 2004. He is Secretary Emeritus for IAFF Local 1660. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.

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Jared Whitney
 

Jared Whitney has been a career firefighter for the last 17 years with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.  He is married and has three beautiful girls.  Jared has been with the benevolent fund since its inception. 

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Sonny Mann

Sonny has been a member of TVFR since 2011. He started out as a volunteer firefighter and later completed an internship with the district. He has been a career firefighter since 2015. Fostering a desire to serve others with compassion and belief in leaving a positive impact in the lives of people, has been one of the core reasons for Sonny to serve on the benevolent fund. In his free time, Sonny enjoys riding his motorcycles, and taking extended road trips across the US with his wife and their 4-year-old Labrador, Pepper!

Joe Lemon
Joe Lemon

Joe Lemon has been with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue since 2011. New to the a Benevolent fund, Joe hopes to continue the fire service tradition of looking after our brothers and sisters and their families during their time of need.