Meet the Team Behind Your Team!

Executive Director

Sonja Donohue

Sonja directs all of the daily operations of the foundation, including fundraising event coordination, marketing, and all foundation initiatives.

With a critical eye towards marketing, public and community relations, public service, fiscal management, and corporate partnership, Sonja Donohue brings a wide array of experience to her role as Executive Director for The Center Foundation.

Sonja started her professional career as an entrepreneur, opening a small and successful wine, gourmet food, and catering business. She took this experience and transitioned into the private club industry where she dedicated 15 years to learning, growing, and then obtaining a Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation. During her time in the private club industry, Sonja created many unique and successful marketing programs and membership strategies for prestigious clubs in Idaho and Central Oregon. After leaving the club industry, Sonja moved into the role of Community Relations manager for BendBroadbandâ, where she was able to foster her love for philanthropy and helping in the community. Sonja grew her program with BendBroadbandâ by over 70% during her five-year tenure, managed budgets upwards of $1 million, and made contributions to over 120 nonprofit organizations in the greater Bend, Oregon area.

In her role as Executive Director for The Center Foundation, Sonja has cultivated growth and improvement for the organization that has allowed the foundation to prosper. She continually solicits and cultivates key partnerships with corporate contributors, community members, and peer organizations. And, she has effectively rebranded the foundation and positioned the organization for growth since joining the team in 2015. With a strong community network, Sonja is constantly working to create and sustain long-term partners who are passionate and aligned with the mission and services at The Center Foundation.

Along with her professional accomplishments, Sonja is a dedicated wife, and mother of two. She loves spending her free time with family, enjoying the Central Oregon outdoors – skiing, hiking, and exploring.

Athletic Trainer Supervisor

Lynn Rigney

Lynn has a very diverse background in the athletic training profession. Her first position was with Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, as a temporary head athletic trainer for one year. She then moved to Santa Barbara to work in a private physical therapy clinic for five years, while working in the traditional setting at UCSB as the only athletic trainer with club football and as an outreach athletic trainer in the community. During her time in the Southern California, she worked the 1984 Olympics at the rowing and canoeing site gaining valuable experience with Olympic level athletes.

She then moved back to Humboldt County to work in a physical therapy office and do outreach to local high schools covering all sports. She was offered a position with The Pacific Lumber Co. as the rehabilitation specialist and ergonomic advisor to 1,800 employees and stayed for 14 years. During her tenure she was able to work the last Olympic Festival 1995 in Colorado Springs.

Lynn was ready for a change in environment so she moved to San Diego, California, finding a place to work at a local high school for a short period of time before she found a position at a small private school with 500 students between 7th and 12th grade. She spent the last seven years developing and building the confidence of these student athletes.

Moving to Bend and starting her new position as athletic training supervisor at The Center Foundation was a great opportunity for her to put all experiences to use. Having worked with youth, industrial, amateur, and Olympic level athletes gives her a broader perspective in the care and prevention of injuries.

Lynn’s passion in life is Endurance Riding. She has ridden the “Pony Express Trail” which consisted of a 2,000 mile, 8-week trek from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Virginia City, Nevada, in 2011. She continues to compete in multi-day rides and has completed the highly coveted “Tevis Cup” 100-mile race several times. She has two horses, Mio and Adagio, and a border collie, Tuli, and is now enjoying Central Oregon life.

Athletic Trainers

Tessa Adair, ATC

LaPine High School Athletic Trainer

Tessa Adair was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. She started at Oregon State University in 2008, and after transferring to the University of Oregon for her second year, she decided to return to Beaver Nation to complete the Athletic Training Education Program.

During her last two years in the program, Tessa worked in the fall with Western Oregon University football, winter with Oregon State football, and one year and a spring with West Albany High School. There she decided she wanted to pursue the athletic training field at a high school level. In 2014, she graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.

After graduation, she moved to Bend and was given the opportunity to work at The Center Foundation. She is stationed at La Pine High School in the afternoons and works in The Center cast room in the mornings. Her favorite part of her job is being able to work in a wonderful, supportive, and down-to-earth community.

Michael Estes MS, ATC

Crook County High School Athletic Trainer

This is Michael’s second year at Crook County High School. He has a Master's degree from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor's from Oregon State University. You could call him a Buck. His favorite thing about his job is the variety—it’s never the same thing twice and there’s never a dull moment. In Michael’s spare time, he plays with his kids and raises a small flock of sheep.

Lindsay Hagler MS, ATC, CSCS

Mountain View High School Athletic Trainer

Lindsay became interested in athletic training having spent a considerable amount of time in the athletic training room while playing sports in high school. She enjoys the atmosphere of being around sports and interacting with high school students. For Lindsay, the ability to facilitate an athlete’s recovery from an injury from start to finish and seeing them back out in competition is a great feeling and sense of accomplishment.

Lindsay graduated from George Fox University with a bachelor’s in Athletic Training and Fitness Management, providing her the opportunity to work closely with the Portland State University football team. She received her Masters in Sports Medicine from Western Michigan University, while working at a local high school as their first athletic trainer. She has been the athletic trainer at Mountain View High School for six years. When she has free time, she enjoys various outdoors activities in Central Oregon, as well as riding her motorcycle and spending time with family and friends.

Emily Tracy, ATC, MA

Summit High School Athletic Trainer

Emily was born and raised in Evergreen, Colorado, and went to a small high school in the mountains. She started at Colorado State University in 2001 as a Pre-Vet student. When she decided instead that she wanted to focus on humans, she fell in love with the world of medicine, and had the opportunity to work with rugby, ice hockey, and baseball.

Emily received her Bachelor's Degree in Sports Medicine and went to graduate school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to get a Master's degree in Athletic Training. After a three-year stint at Colorado State University building the Sport Clubs Athletic Training program, she had the opportunity to move to Bend. She has been with The Center Foundation since 2010.

Emily spends her mornings in the Cast Room at The Center and is the athletic trainer for Summit High School (Go Storm!) and the Outreach athletic trainer for Culver High School (Go Bulldogs!). She says she is blessed to be a part of such a great program and is passionate about helping the kids in Central Oregon.

Andrew Traut MS, ATC, CSCS

Bend High School Athletic Trainer

Andrew began working in clinical sports medicine while obtaining his undergraduate degree at The University of Georgia in 2004. During his time at UGA, Andrew had the opportunity to work as an athletic trainer with the football and men’s basketball programs. Following his undergraduate education and experience, he attended The University of Oregon for graduate school. While continuing his education, he served as an athletic trainer with the U of O football, and track and field teams. Since completing his graduate degree in 2009, he has been working as an athletic trainer in the high school setting. He began his work at Bend Senior High School in 2011 and has been a proud Lava Bear ever since. In addition to his clinical role, Andrew is a teacher at BSHS and professor at Oregon State University-Cascades.

The thing Andrew loves the most about athletic training is the diversity of his work. In the course of an average day, he will work to promote The Center Foundation, teach (often on two different campuses), evaluate and treat athletes prior to events or practices, and manage injuries that occur during multiple athletic competitions. In his clinical duties, he will see injuries that range from ankle sprains and hamstring strains, to cardiac events and spinal injuries. As an athletic trainer, he has the opportunity to participate in every element of healthcare for our athletes. He loves the complex interactions between providing injury prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation, all in an afternoon. By striving to do these things well, he can provide the best possible care for his athletes and patients. For Andrew, there is nothing better than seeing those that he has helped care for, to improve, recover, and succeed at their goals. This is ultimately why he loves athletic training and sports medicine.

In his time away from work, Andrew loves to spend time with his girlfriend, Jordan, and his dog, Remi. He also enjoys fly fishing, fly tying, snowboarding, and martial arts.

Kathleen Thompson MS, ATC

Part Time Athletic Trainer

Kathleen is originally from Gresham, Oregon. She played collegiate softball on scholarship, was injured, and through that discovered her love of athletic training. She transferred to Oregon State University to pursue athletic training and graduated with a degree in exercise and sport science in 2011. Kathleen met her wonderful husband at OSU and spent the next four years stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, while he served in the Army. In Washington, Kathleen was the athletic trainer at White River High School and worked for ATI Physical Therapy. Upon completing his Army commitment, Kathleen and her family moved to Bend. They have two sons, ages 2 years and 7 months, and a giant, slobbery Labrador named Benny.

Kathleen loves being the per diem athletic trainer at The Center Foundation, because it still allows her to spend the majority of her time taking care of her boys, while at the same time, not having to give up her second love, taking care of athletes.

Alex Walker, ATC

Sisters High School Athletic Trainer

Alex Walker was born and raised in South Pasadena, California. She began her studies at Oregon State University in 2010 and the Athletic Training Education program in 2012.

During her time at Oregon State she worked with West Albany High School, Oregon State Gymnastics, and Western Oregon University. After her experience at West Albany High School, it became clear to Alex that she wanted to work at a high school in the future. In 2015, she graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and moved to Bend, accepting a job with The Center Foundation as the athletic trainer for Sisters High School. Alex’s favorite part about her job is being able to work with her athletes in such a caring, supportive, and tight-knit community.

During her free time, she enjoys Central Oregon activities, as well as photography and traveling. Recently, she went skydiving for the first time and is looking forward to new adventures.

High School Team

The following doctors donate their time and expertise to support young athletes. They volunteer hundreds of hours each year and work closely with their team’s athletic trainer to ensure injuries are diagnosed and treated properly. All other Center physicians also attend sporting events throughout Deschutes County to provide additional medical support for young athletes.

Dr. Tim Bollom

Bend High School Team Physician


Dr. Scott Jacobson

Mountain View High School Team Physician


Dr. Blake Nonweiler

Summit High School Team Physician


Dr. Viviane Ugalde

Concussion Medical Director


Board of Directors

The Center Foundation Board of Directors is a dedicated group of community leaders and medical professionals who embrace the foundation’s mission to keep kids healthy and safe while participating in school athletics.

  • Tim Bollom, Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Surgeon
  • Chuck Brockman, MPT, Physical Therapist, Board President
  • Scott Burton, Director Community and Business Relations, Regence
  • Tom Carlsen, MD, Retired
  • Derek Garrett, CFO, The Center, Treasurer
  • Cammy Gilstrap, Clinical Director, Cascade Surgicenter
  • Mike Gonsalves, CEO, The Center
  • Natalie Good, MD, St. Charles Health System
  • Anthony Hinz, Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Lindsey Hopper, VP Medicaid Pr., PacificSource
  • Jenny King, Marketing & Community Relations Director, The Center
  • Glen Lasken, Attorney at Law
  • Patsy Melville, High Desert Insurance
  • Shay Mikalson, Superintendent, Bend LaPine School District
  • Blake Nonweiler, Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Surgeon
  • Viviane Ugalde, Physiatrist and Rehabilitation Physician

Did You Know?

680 sporting events attended by our athletic trainers and physicians every year.