Valerie’s youngest son was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, and it was during his stem cell transplant that she decided to decorate his hospital room. Hearing the other children on the cancer floor say that they wished their rooms looked like his, made her start thinking about how she could make that happen. She founded Rock’n Rooms in 2012, and is dedicated to helping all local children with extended hospital stays, giving them a “rock’n room” to help them get through a tough time. Valerie is a wife and a soccer mom to 4 busy boys.
Vice President & Fundraising
Joan Shepherd has an extensive background in non-profit and private foundation leadership. Prior to joining Rock-n-Rooms, Joan managed the distribution of her own and others handmade quilts benefiting the Hillsboro Elks’ Fallen Solider program and Casey Eye Institute at OHSU. Joan is a two-time breast cancer survivor and uses her experience to heighten understanding of the disease to others. Joan has run (3) successful golf tournament fundraisers benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Joan has also created “Bag Buddies” for Rock’n Rooms, these are fun fabric covers that go over children’s IV and Chemo bags. Joan is a great asset to Rock’n Rooms, and brings her caring attitude and compassion for helping others to the families and children who need it the most.
Robin Jasper understands the importance of creating a healing space for a child. Her grandson spent a total of 37 weeks hospitalized for cancer treatment. She is committed to giving each local child with an extended hospital stay a room that will be comforting and uplifting for them. “A hospital can be a scary place for a child. We’d like to help brighten their spirits by surrounding them with things that bring them comfort”. Robin has been with Rock’n Rooms since it began in 2012. She is a proud grandmother of 8 grandchildren.
Deb Roark has an extensive, lifelong background as a volunteer and professional for 2 dozen non-profit organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities and SET Family Medical Clinics serving as a Volunteer Programs Coordinator and a Community Relations Programs Coordinator. She has also worked in medical, dental and Cancer clinics for decades. In 2016 she met and was inspired by Valerie Morton the Founder of Rock’n Rooms and her testimony and mission and decided to volunteer to help create more community awareness to help more children be comforted throughout their extended hospital stays.
Al Roark, with a 30-year career in computer information systems work also has an extensive background as a community volunteer. He has volunteered for 10 years as a first responder/first responder instructor, 5 years as an Emergency Room volunteer patient advocate, 7 years as a volunteer Probation Officer and 8 years as a victim’s advocate /chaplain for the Sheriff’s Office. Al is also a member of several volunteer organizations where he volunteers his time to assist wherever needed. He met the founder of Rock’n Rooms, Valerie Morton in 2016 and learned that her organization needed a computer expert to volunteer to redesign and maintain the website. Al is also assisting Rock’n Rooms with developing the community awareness documents such as business cards, brochures, posters, event flyers etc.