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As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation, we are governed by a Board of Directors including offices of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.   Our Board receives no compensation.  If you would like to learn more about our organization, please see our About Us page.

“It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it."
Vince Lombardi


Juliane L. Leighton, MD

A community physician, wife and mother to three boys, Juliane founded Friends of the Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center in September 2010 with the belief that developing a sustainable indoor community aquatic center would make a consequential positive impact on the Brookings-Harbor community by enhancing year-round access to fitness and recreational programming.  She believes that recreation is under-recognized as a significant means to improve the wellness of individuals and communities and feels a sustainable indoor aquatic center would provide numerous opportunities to address a variety of physical, social, economic and intellectual needs in the Brookings-Harbor community.

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Friends of the Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center (Tax ID 27-4852463) ~  PO Box 6489, Brookings, OR  97415  ~  541.251.0617
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Our Board

Vice Chair/Director

Vanessa Nidiffer

A Brookings native, Vanessa earned her BA in English from Willamette University and later a Masters in Teaching from Lewis and Clark in 2003. After teaching high school language arts for two years, Vanessa and her husband made the decision to return to Brookings and raise a family. Bringing up her own young daughters in Brookings has increased her awareness of the crucial need for year-long swimming lessons, indoor recreation opportunities, and an engaging activity place for families.  Vanessa also believes this endeavor would be a boon to our economy and in general improve the health and wellness of our population.  She hopes to get the community involved and excited about all of the beneficial attributes an aquatic facility would bring to the Brookings-Harbor area.

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Former FBHAC Directors

We recognize these individuals and offer our gratitude for their service to FBHAC.  

Gail Hedding, Treasurer/Director

Laura Irish, Secretary/Director

Mike Irish, Director

Pam Brown, Director

Ron Griswold, Director

Liz Bauer, Director

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Tiffany Hicks

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Bonnie Ell

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A wife, mother of one daughter, and Relay For Life Specialist for the American Cancer Society, Bonnie Ell joined the FBHAC Board because she believes a recreation center with aquatic facilities would significantly enhance the health and wellbeing of our community. After graduating with a double major in Professional Communication and Spanish from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT, Bonnie moved to Portland, OR where she met her Brookings-raised husband, Chris Ell.  Chris and Bonnie moved to Brookings in the fall of 2010 to live and work on the beautiful southern Oregon coast, where they pursue their love of the outdoors.  Bonnie enjoys lap swimming for exercise and would love a recreation center in town to train for triathlons and to bring her daughter to for swimming lessons and other fun recreational activities.


Michelle Carrillo

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Stacey Reynolds

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Stacey and her husband Spencer, a Brookings-Harbor native, returned to the Brookings-Harbor community in the fall of 2009.  As an owner of a marketing and graphic design business and mother of a young son, Stacey strongly believes in building a healthy community by providing opportunities for each community member to thrive. She joined FBHAC’s Board because the presence of a community recreation & aquatic center would offer such an opportunity to all Brookings-Harbor residents.  

As a graphic designer, Tiffany seeks out opportunities to be creative and combine her marketing skills with her passion for creating opportunities for youth. She has served on the non-profit KASPER (Kids After School Program for Education and Recreation) Board since 2009 and strongly believes that a recreational and aquatic center would provide much needed year-round access for fitness, swimming lessons, recreational and social opportunities not just for youth, but for all members of our community. She believes in the vision of FBHAC and especially looks forward to taking her four children to swim in December!


Chuck Weller

A former high school English teacher, counselor, and middle school principal,  Chuck is involved with Friends of the Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center because he believes the people of this town want and need an aquatic center. Furthermore, he has seen Brookings-Harbor citizens accomplish wondrous things when they identify, desire, and accept meritorious goals. Chuck sees an Aquatic Center as a reality soon enough for him to utilize it in his lifetime.

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