Wally's House is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteer board members and a wonderfully energetic executive director currently employed by Curry County.
The center is being operated with public funding, principally from a CAMI grant with some additional funds provided by the office of the Curry County District Attorney.
Wally's House is being organized as a 501(c)3 organization which will operate completely apart from the County and will be funded with public funds and donations.
"I wanted to be a part of Wally's House to see if, in even a small way, I could be a part of helping the children of our community."
I have worked as a teacher doing my student teaching in Special Education. I taught fourth, seventh and eighth grade in remedial reading. I worked as an LPN in a hospital for the newborn nursery and a Doctor's Office. My last and most loved profession came from my Criminal Justice Degree. I worked at the Mesa, AZ Police Department for twenty years. I was Lead Investigator in the Missing Persons Unit. This often crossed over to the Sex Crime Division and Physical abuse and homicides.. This involved both run-a-ways and adults. Working over a hundred cases at one time is very challenging, but I loved it. I never dreaded going to work. After retirement, my husband and I moved to Gold Beach where I have been in charge of the Evidence Room for Gold Beach Police Department.
I serve on the Board because I have worked with children during all of my professions. I wanted to be part of Wally's House to see if, even a small way, I could be a part of helping the children of our community.
My Husband, Larry, and I opened a production brewery called Arch Rock Brewing Company in Gold Beach January 2013. We are so pleased how well the Brewery has been received by the community we love.
Wendy Lang was born and raised in Gold Beach, Oregon. She graduated from Gold Beach High School in 1985 completed her Business Degree at Merritt Davis College of Business. Wendy currently works as a Senior Probation Officer at the Curry County Juvenile Department. Wendy has worked for the juvenile department for over 10 years and has been advocating for at risk youth for over 13 years. She has been extensively trained in sexual abuse cases involving children, and is passionate about their needs.
Wendy is has been married to Mike Lang for over 20 years and they have three children. The oldest son, Ricco Lang, who is a deputy in Douglas County, the middle child is daughter Lacy Lang, who attends University of Oregon, and Abby Lang, is the youngest and a student at Gold Beach High School.
Wendy enjoys camping, horses, sports, and staying involved in the community. Throughout the years Wendy has coached youth sports, volunteered in several organizations, and served on numerous boards. She and her husband are both Search and Rescue volunteers for the Sheriff’s Department and enjoy making Gold Beach their home.
I am currently serving as President of the Board at Wally's House. I have lived in Gold Beach for seven years and have participated in the community theater, volunteered at the 3rd Street Food Bank. I am the superintendent of Handicrafts at the county fair; something I look forward to doing every year. I was a social worker and (briefly) a teacher before returning to the University for a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology where I served adults in a medical setting until I retired.
Mary and her family moved to Curry County in October of 2014 from Queen Creek, AZ. For the last 20 years, she has worked with at-risk children in the educational, community and residential treatment setting, advocating for youth and families. Most recently, Mary served as the school based therapist for Curry Community Health in Brookings, OR, where she provided individual and counseling services to families, as well as crisis intervention services for adults in the community. She currently serves as the Quality Assurance and Compliance Officer for Curry Community Health.
After attending high school in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Mary attended Arizona State University and received her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies in 1998. She also attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and received her Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology in 2001. She is extensively trained in crisis intervention, suicide prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification and several behavioral assessments.
Both Mary and her husband Jay enjoy being involved in the communities around Curry County, and share a passion for helping at-risk youth. In fact, they met working at a juvenile residential program and have been together for over 8 years. They have one young daughter, Makenzie, who also enjoys being at community events. Together, they are involved in the community parks development, children’s foster programs, youth sports, and several fundraisers. Mary is currently serving as the Secretary for Wally’s House.