Chatta Tsuchiguchi, 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 led 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.”
Susie Bashaw, Vacation Planner
Vacation Planner Susie has been serving guests of Bennington Properties since the winter of 2016 - 2017. She comes to our family after having many years experience in the hospitality field. Susie is always happy to assist vacationers and paints a beautiful picture of everything Sunriver has to offer.
“I worked at a competitor here in Sunriver and on my break, one day stopped in and applied.”
Susie grew up in Grants Pass, OR with her brother and two sisters. She is widowed, but surrounded with love by her 12 children and 16 grandchildren. Rounding out her family are her dogs, cats, and chickens! Susie hopes to add some horses to the mix soon.
Collette Vale, Vacation Planner
Collette grew up in Menlo Park, California with her seven siblings. Her family is very close which is likely why so many of her siblings migrated to the Portland area in 1990 and what inspired them to travel from all over the country to meet in celebration of Collette’s 60th birthday recently, so it’s no surprise that Collette’s favorite family tradition is their annual reunion on the McKenzie River complete with campfire songs, whitewater rafting, and plenty of dancing.
Collette caught the vacation industry bug when she became a travel agent in 2012 and joined Bennington Properties in July, 2018. Besides the people, Collette’s favorite feature about Bennington Properties is our Dog Loving™ vacation rental homes because Collette and her husband love to travel with their Daschund, Jake, and know that Bennington has thought of every doggy detail for their four-legged and two-legged guests! She also thinks the Bennington Properties dog park and dog washing station are really neat.
Lisa Beal, Vacation Planner
Lisa is a native Oregonian, making her way to Central Oregon over 20 years ago. She and her future husband have three sons, Devon (17), Logan (16), and Jaden (13). Lisa has two dogs named Boba and Aurra, after her family’s favorite Star Wars characters. She joined Bennington Properties in August, 2018.
Lisa is a huge fan of rock hounding. Hunting all over Central Oregon for Opal, Jasper, Obsidian, and Petrified Wood is a favorite activity for she and her family—dogs included! If she had your undivided attention for an hour, Lisa would teach you all about cutting thunder eggs and tumbling your found rock treasures along with a fun lesson about how these gems are formed.
Lisa Barnett, Sunriver Group-cations™ Coordinator
Lisa was born in Fountain Valley, California and raised in Fresno, where she still enjoys traveling to spend time with her parents. Lisa visited a friend in Central Oregon and the rest was history—she was so enamored that she never even bothered to travel home to gather the rest of her belongings—and that was 15+ years ago! She relocated to Bend in 2003 and enjoys all that Central Oregon has to offer with her partner, Nicholas, and their kooky kiddos Sydni (10) and Walter (6).
Growing up, Lisa was an only child but always had her best friend, Patches, the dog, by her side. She even taught him how to play tetherball so they could spend hours entertaining each other. Lisa loved basketball and the performing arts as a child and dreamed of being either an FBI profiler or a stage actress when she grew up. She was a self-proclaimed, “major klutz” as a kid and was always recovering from some accident, sporting splints, casts, or crutches regularly.
Gina Wearin, Marketing Coordinator
Gina has been a part of the Bennington Properties team for five years. In fact, she was our Christmas gift to ourselves, with her first day of work being on Christmas Eve! She manages the Bennington Properties email marketing campaigns, social media accounts, blogs, and most marketing promotions. We are proud to take advantage of Gina’s over two decades in the travel industry.
Originally from Burney, California, Gina grew up in Oakridge and Salem, Oregon. She spent her childhood enjoying the life of a close-knit small family atmosphere in a country rural town. After graduating from high school in Salem, Gina became a second generation Beaver by attending Oregon State University. To this day, she remains an ardent supporter of the OSU Beavers!
Ohana Bennington, VP of Dog Loving Vacations
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.
Kipa Bennington, Head Ranger, Camp Bennington
Kipa is the Head Ranger for Camp Bennington. Kipa loves it when kids explore the amazing world of Sunriver. From Sunriver's rich human and natural history to its amazing plant and animal life, Kipa wants you to experience it all.
Kipa's name comes from the Hawaiian word "ho'okipa." In the Hawaiian language, ho'okipa means hospitality, friendliness, generosity, and taking care of others. The culture and traditions of the Hawaiian people have been an important part of Kipa's family for many generations.
If you are 12 or under, don't forget to ask for your Camp Bennington Ranger Guide.
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Haylie Collins, Guest & Owner Representative
Haylie has been a part of the Bennington Properties Guest and Owner Services Team since June of 2017. She was born, raised, and lived all her life within 20 minutes of Sunriver. Haylie grew up in a family with two brothers and two sisters. Now, she has a child of her own, and fills her house with four dogs. Her knowledge of Central Oregon makes Haylie an invaluable member of our team.
“I am a big people person. I love meeting new people and although I am shy, it's still nice to see new faces and come out of my shell.”
Samantha Georgi, Guest & Owner Representative
Sam joined Bennington Properties in August, 2018. She’s lived in Oregon for six years. Sam ended up in Bend because Central Oregon reminds her of her small hometown of Chester, California, but with more amenities and ready access to endless outdoor explorations by foot, bike, or kayak. When she decided to relocate from Southern Oregon a few years ago, she felt like it was the right fit.
Sam’s only child is her “dogter,” Ginger, an 11-year old Lab, Boxer, and Staffordshire mix.
Sam’s favorite childhood memory is when her Mom used to tow her and her brother in a sled behind their Suburban on unpaved roads in the winter, which may have kicked off her love of the outdoors!
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!