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.
Community Outreach Coordinator
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.
Pam has been a volunteer with Rock’n Rooms for several years. Her business background made her a natural choice to join our board as treasurer. She brings computer and organizational skills to the table. She is a breast cancer survivor and knows how helpless and scary a cancer diagnosis and treatment can be. Pam also volunteers with the Hillsboro Elks Lodge #1862 as well as two domestic violence houses in Washington County.
Brenda Wright recently joined our Board of Directors team. She retired from Intel in 2016 and brings 24 years of experience as an administrative assistant and project manager. During her time at Intel, Brenda was involved in coordinating a number of volunteer events and is looking forward to using her wide range of skills to assist in organizing future fundraising activities.
She is grateful for this opportunity to support Rock’n Rooms’ mission of helping medically-challenged children and their families to have a brighter stay while in the hospital and gain a deeper understanding of the needs of these special families. While this work can be emotionally challenging, she is prepared to dedicate her time and energy in expanding her role and truly making a difference.
Brenda has been married to her husband, Jim for 43 years and they have two daughters. She can frequently be found working on various craft projects, one of her favorites being sewing Halloween costumes every fall for her two granddaughters.