Chatta @ Bennington Properties, Vacation Planner
Vacation Planner Chatta Tsuchiguchi has worked for Bennington Properties since 2007. She moved up to Central Oregon from a town just south of San Jose; Morgan Hill, California. An impromptu ski trip to Mount Bachelor lead her away from the sunny confines of her Northern California home and introduced her to a seemingly whole new world.
“The beauty and diversity of Central Oregon was as unexpected as it was thrilling. The air was so crisp and the colors so vivid, I felt as if I had been living in a black and white world.”
Hayley Pletcher, Vacation Planner
Vacation Planner Hayley Pletcher joined the Bennington Properties team in the fall of 2013. Hayley started working in the hospitality industry out of high school, working for a company in Bend. The she took a year off to start her family. She returned to work in the Sunriver area, first for Sunriver Resort, and now Bennington Properties.
Hayley grew up in Redland, Oregon, in the northwestern part of the state. After attending Chemeketa Community College for two years, she deciding to work in Sunriver. Hayley loves living in the area with her family, including her daughter and their three dogs: a mastiff, a pit bull, and a chihuahua. Her family moved to Sunriver for the first time when she was eight. Since then she has lived all around Central Oregon, but now she loves the area and doesn’t want to leave.
Jess Rae Willis, Vacation Planner
Vacation Planner Jess Rae Willis joined the Bennington Properties team in late August, 2015. Jess Rae brings with her a background in the vacation rental business as well as small business ownership.
Jess Rae grew up in San Luis Obispo, California alongside two sisters and a brother. After high school, she joined the United States Navy. The Navy took her to Hawaii for three years, then Guam for six and a half years and finally San Diego for six years.
Gina @ Bennington Properties, Vacation Planner & Marketing
Gina is a Vacation Planner and Marketing Associate with Bennington Properties. She helps guests find the perfect home to visit or plan an event in Sunriver. She also manages our company social media sites, blog and handles most marketing promotions. Gina is originally from Burney, Califonia, but grew up in Oakridge and Salem, Oregon. She has been working in the travel industry for over 18 years. A second generation graduate of Oregon State University, she is a loyal fan and defender of the OSU Beavers!
Ohana Bennington, Guest & Owner Services Greeter
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As official greeter, nap-location tester, and purveyor of happy thoughts, Ohana Bennington makes up the core of Bennington Properties. She loves her job and all of her co-workers, especially the ones who remember to bring treats.
Ohana was born January 12th, 2014, in Willamette Valley’s Woodburn, Oregon, to attentive parents and a nice lady named Gina. Her new family, the Benningtons, were anxious for her arrival and very excited when she was born. They called her by a beautiful name, Ohana, which means family. The name is perfect for her because it alludes to the Bennington’s connection to Hawaii, highlights the family business that serves families, and proves the fact Ohana is not a pet, but rather a part of the family.
Lane Herther, Guest & Owner Services Representative
Lane Herther has been a Guest & Owner Services Representative at Bennington Properties since early 2014. Lane has over two decades experience in customer service, including telemarketing, retail, and restaurants. He has lived in Bend with his wife since 2006. They first met in 1999 at the Albuquerque (NM) Balloon Fiesta. It was true love-at-first-sight fashion, they were flying high.
Lane was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, fostering his love for hot air balloons and green chilies. A brief couple of years in Colorado Springs preceded a move back to New Mexico, this time to Taos. Lane has his Bachelors Degree in Communications with a Fine Arts minor and his Masters Degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.
Kelly Riley-Jones, Office Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant Kelly Riley-Jones has worked for Bennington Properties since 2009. She started at our front desk, and has worked her way up to since. Prior to coming to Bennington Properties, Kelly was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service in Salem. Kelly and her husband Rick used to visit Sunriver every February and quickly fell in love with the area. They bought a house here for retirement and put it in our rental program until they were ready to move here. When they finally moved out for Rick’s retirement in 2009, Kelly decided to take a job with us!
Tiffani Nelson, Property Services Coordinator
Guest & Owner Services Representative Tiffani Nelson has worked at Bennington Properties since July 2014. Working as an Inspector before coming into the office and working in Guest & Owner Services. Before starting at Bennington, Tiffani has worked at the Sunriver Resort, in the village, and also at the Sunriver airport as a wing runner for the glider planes at Sunriver Soaring.
Tiffani grew up in Aberdeen, Idaho, where she went to school until moving to Central Oregon as a freshman in high school, she then finished her schooling at Bend’s Summit High School. Tiffani has two younger brothers and a younger sister who live in Sunriver with her mom, Janae, who also works at Bennington Properties as Property Services Director. She also has a younger brother and younger sister who live in Idaho with her dad and step mom, and an older brother who lives in Washington; that makes six siblings!
Rafael Vazquez, Property Services Technician
Property Services Technician Rafael Vazquez has worked for Bennington Properties since 2011. Prior to helping our homeowners and guests, he worked in construction and at a working ranch in Sisters, Oregon. Rafael lives in Bend with his wife and children.
Rafael grew up in Mexico, near Mexico City, in a town called Puebla Mexico. The baby of the family, he has two brothers and one sister. As a child, Rafael spent his days on a soccer (futbol) field. He honed his skills so well that by the time he was fourteen, Rafael was already playing at a semi-professional level. When not kicking a soccer ball, he loved to draw.
Joe Gentle, Property Services Technician
Property Services Technician Joe Gentle began working at Bennington Properties in February of 2016. Joe brings a lifetime of construction experience, as well as a lifetime in Oregon, with him.
“I think the best part of working for this company, especially coming from a corporation, is the family atmosphere and having an owner who is hands-on and cares about his employees as much as he cares about the clientele.”
Robert Waters, Property Services Technician
Property Services Technician, Robert Waters, joined the Bennington Properties team in 2016. He brings with him five years of experience as a Maintenance Technician for Sunriver Resort and four years as Inventory Manager at Hertz Car Rental.
Robert was born in Riverside, California where he spent his youth playing team sports like soccer and basketball with his friends. Robert also enjoyed playing video games and practicing his skills at the gun range with his parents. His favorite childhood memories include going on many trips with his parents. His favorite of all vacations was visiting Hawaii. There, he explored the beaches and lava flows and enjoyed the hula dancers with wide-eyed enthusiasm.
Kristi King, Guest & Owner Services Representative
Guest Services Representative Kristi King started working for Bennington Properties in November of 2016. With a background in accounting, she worked for a small Downtown Bend business prior to joining the Bennington team. Before making the move to Oregon, Kristi ran a Southern California-based medical non-profit. She fully developed her altruistic nature as she worked with all ages, children through seniors, experiencing health problems such as breast cancer.
While born in Logan, Utah, Kristi was raised in North Las Vegas before her family moved to California when she was 16. Kristi loved growing up in a huge family of two brothers and four sisters. As children, they spent their days outside, on roller skates and bikes, playing with the other children in the neighborhood. Every so often, the family would head back to Utah to visit the grandparents.
Joni Perkins, Guest & Owner Services Representative
Owner & Guest Services Representative Joni Perkins joined the Bennington Properties team in 2016. She has a long relationship with Bennington Properties; first as a client and now an employee.
Joni was raised on a dairy farm in rural South Dakota with her parents and five siblings. While growing up, she learned the ways of farm life, complete with open land, chores, and family dinners. She attended school in Leola, South Dakota, graduating in 1986. A few months after graduation, Joni began her career with the airlines.