Meet the New Staff Members at the Oregon Conference

David Freedman
Vice President of Finance

David accepted Jesus as his Savior in his third year of college. He was attending Rutgers University in New Jersey where he completed a degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. After finishing at Rutgers he headed for Andrews University where he took two semesters of religion classes and then entered the seminary, following his brother, John, who is now the president of the Washington Conference. After finishing seminary David spent time pastoring in the New Jersey and Nevada/Utah Conferences.

David made the transition from pastoring to Treasury back in the New Jersey Conference where he filled various roles in the Treasury Department, including Treasurer. He then went on to become Secretary Treasurer for the Alaska Conference and has now filled the position of Vice President of Finance/Treasurer for the past 20 years, working in the Alaska, Illinois, and most recently, Texico Conferences.

When asked why they chose to come to the Oregon Conference, David had the following to say…“My wife and I define part of our definition of happiness with being where the Lord wants you to be and doing what He wants you to do. From the very beginning we have felt that this is the Lord’s will for us. We prayed, counseled with friends, and looked into the Oregon Conference and felt impressed by the Lord that we should make this move to Oregon. We have no question this is where the Lord wants us. He equips those He calls.”

David’s wife, Ann, was born in Cuba, coming to the US when she was eight years of age. She is a bilingual 1st and 2nd grade teacher. They have three grown children, one grandchild, and another one on the way.

In his spare time David enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with his wife. He looks forward to exploring the Northwest once his family arrives in Oregon. He is also excited to have trees, grass, and water around again.

Brian Gosney
Under Treasurer

Brian graduated from California State University Sacramento with a B.S. in finance and then went on to get his CPA license. He has been a resident of the Portland area for the past 20 years, spending time in private accounting practices as well as time as the Vice Principal of Finance for Portland Adventist Academy. In July of this year he accepted the invitation to fill the position at the Oregon Conference as Under Treasurer.

Brian’s wife, Sharon, is a physician at Portland’s Adventist Medical Center. Brian enjoys fly-fishing, and going to baseball games with his teenage son.

Something you might not know about Brian… he recently learned to play string bass to keep up with the rest of his musically talented family.



Violet Paraschuk
Assistant Director, Human Resources

Violet Paraschuk grew up in Estonia, a state in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. She married Alex, who is Russian, and moved to Russia. In 2000 she and her husband moved to the US and attended Andrews University Seminary where she graduated with a masters in religion. Violet spent time working in the Human Resources Department at Andrews as well as in the Center for Adventist Research. In 2010 her husband was invited to pastor two Russian companies in the Oregon Conference.

Violet enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with her husband and teenage son, Mark. Something you might not know about Violet… while in Russia she worked for Bible Translation Institute translating the New Testament from old Greek into modern Russian.



Carol McLeod
Associate Superintendent, Elementary Education

Carol grew up in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, in southern Africa. When she was 19, Carol came to the US on a scholarship to attend Walla Walla University and has been here ever since. Carol completed a degree in education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, she is working on a Masters in Administration.

Carol held the positions of teacher and vice principal for Tualatin Valley Academy as well as teacher on Hawaii’s Big Island at Kona Adventist School and as principal and teacher at Lincoln City Adventist School.

Carol has two daughters and enjoys hiking and painting in her spare time.

Something you might not know about Carol… she’s an artist. She takes after her father, who was a very well known wildlife artist in Africa. Her preferred mediums include pastels and ceramics.


John Jokela
Association Treasurer

John grew up in Minnesota, and attended the University of Minnesota where he graduated with a Bachelors in Accounting. Later in his career, he went on to get his Masters in Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology. For the 10 years prior to his joining the Oregon Conference team, John served as the Senior Accountant at the Blandin Foundation as well as town treasurer for Harris Township, Minnesota.

John, his wife Lisa, and their four children enjoy exploring the Northwest. They’re still looking for flowing lava, which they haven’t seen yet and are a little disappointed.

In his spare time John enjoys spending time with family and exploring new places.

Something you might not know about John… he’s been a distance runner for 30 years. He has run more than 250 races, four of those being marathons. He’s run almost 15,000 total miles so far.


Dale Milam
Associate Superintendent, Secondary Education

Dale has taught in the Northwest for almost 20 years, spending 13 years at Mid Columbia Adventist School alone. He also taught on Orcas Island in Washington and most recently, he has been at Milo Academy acting as Vice Principal, School Counselor, College Counselor, and teacher of Biology, Algebra, and Bible.

In July he accepted the position of Associate Superintendent for Secondary Education in the Oregon Conference, making this the first time in 23 years that he and his wife, Darla, will not be working in the same building.

Dale and Darla have two sons in college. In his free time Dale enjoys photography, sports, camping, climbing, hiking, canoeing, bicycling and bird watching.

Something you might not know about Dale… he has seen four presidents in person. They are, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Regan, George H. Bush, and George W. Bush.


Jared Lehman
Business Intern, Treasury Department

Jared grew up in the Portland area and graduated from Walla Walla University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. He has spent time working with Wells Fargo Bank, Northwest Adventist Federal Credit Union, and Compushare Management Systems. In June, Jared began a business internship with the Oregon Conference.

Jared’s wife, Jina, is an RN at Providence Portland Medical Center. He enjoys basketball, volleyball, camping, hiking and flying.

Something you might not know about Jared… he owned an airplane before he bought his first car. He also dove Guam’s Blue Hole – one of the best blue holes in the world!




Liesl Schnibbe
Administrative Assistant, Human Resources Dept.

Liesl grew up in Wenatchee, Wash. She graduated from Walla Walla University in 2009 with a degree in Spanish and graphic design.

Liesl has spent time as a camp counselor, office staff, and director of horsemanship at Camp MiVoden, as well as a task force worker in the Upper Columbia Conference.

She enjoys reading, learning about languages and cultures, hiking, and just being outdoors. Something you might not know about Liesl… she has her pilot’s license and is SCUBA certified.