2015 Board of Directors

Cascade Beagle Rescue’s Board of Directors is a working board.   All of our board members play a key role in making our organization function.  All of our board members have fostered, adopted, and worked at events over the years.  We are pleased to present our current members.


Amy Freeman – President


Amy began volunteering for CBR in 2005 as a foster when a huge puppymill case landed on its doorstep.  She has been part of the event team of putting on our annual fundraiser, Beaglepalooza, and any other community events that need help.  Amy’s love for beagles started with Snoopy, but she didn’t realize how like Snoopy her first beagle Boomer would be – TROUBLE.  With the help of CBR she adopted her second beagle Belle, a senior girl from Virginia and nursed her back to health.  She graduated from Oregon State with a BS in Merchandising Management.  Out of school, she began her Nike career at Niketown Portland and worked in the retail division for over 3 years.  Amy then returned to Oregon State and was the Director of Marketing for the OSU Athletic Department for 4 seasons (Go Beavs!).  She returned to Nike in 2002 and is currently the Licensed Retail Brand Manager working with the NFL, MLB and college teams on their retail programs.  She has also recruited her family into the CBR circle as volunteers, fosters, and beagle owners.


Stephanie Frye – Treasurer


Steph has owned beagles for 30 years.  In 1984 she bought a female puppy, Willy, for her husband Gary on Valentine’s Day.  Willy was enough to hook them into the breed we all love!  Steph and Gary currently have 3 beagles and she enjoys doing agility with her beagles.  She has also owned two 1957 Chevrolet cars and restored them! Steph managed a dental practice for many years, but now enjoys doing rescue in her retirement and she is our Adoption Coordinator along with her Treasurer duties.  Steph & Gary Frye are co-founders of Cascade Beagle Rescue, along with Denise Lowe.


Lowell Sochia – Secretary


Lowell is a native Oregonian who joined the CBR team in 2007 as our web developer.  In 2010, Lowell took on the daunting task of organizing  ”Beagle Palooza”, our annual fundraiser event.  Additionally he has fostered beagles in need.  In fact, Porsche, Joey and Bhel, 3 CBR Alum beagles, found their forever homes with Lowell & Nik.  The undying dedication to our organization was instrumental in the election of Lowell to the Board of Directors in 2010 and he is now serving his second term.


Denise Lowe – Executive Director


Although Denise grew up in California (Santa Monica and later, St. Helena), she is an Oregon native.  She has always loved animals and had many pets in her life ranging from reptiles to birds but dogs always held top billing.   Denise’s work in rescue began with Giani, a very abused beagle, who she adopted when she was 7 months old.  Please take a moment to read her story here:  Giani’s Story.  It is because of this dog that Cascade Beagle Rescue exists. In starting her work in rescue she quickly realized there was no standardization; no organizations in place to specifically help rescue organizations grow, develop and succeed, so she founded the Animal Rescue Association of America.



Jodie Kester – Board Member / Volunteer & Foster Coordinator


Jodie began volunteering for CBR in 2010 as a foster. She has been a foster for over 10 beagles and adopted 2 of them, Lady in 2010 and Luna in 2014. Jodie and her daughters, Paige and Abbey, love working with the rescue. Both girls have worked with the rescue through projects with their Girl Scout troop and continue to make Welcome Home bags for newly adopted foster beagles. Jodie works in the Beaverton School District as a teacher. She graduated from Western Oregon State University in 1992 with a BS in Elementary Education. She earned her Masters of Education from Oregon State in 2013. Working with the rescue has brought much joy and enrichment into her family.