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Jeff Keto


Graduate of North Salem High School and University of Oregon School of Business. Additional training in financial analysis, auditing and risk assessment, business plan review, business lending, bond financing and loan portfolio management. 


Worked over 15 years in commercial banking for US Bank with positions in auditing loan portfolios for documentation and risk, commercial lending to small and medium size businesses and as a district manager in NW Oregon. Worked for Oregon Department of Energy for 14 years analyzing new energy projects for funding and managing the state energy loan program with over $150 million portfolio. Worked for 2 ½ years in business finance to promote economic development for Oregon Economic Development Department prior to retirement in 2014. 


Prior civic activities include Clatsop County United Way financial advisor, president of Astoria Kiwanis Club, Commander of Lower Columbia Power Squadron. Current activities include serving on the Santiam Hearts to Arts board and volunteer work as a small business financial advisor to promote economic development.

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Jo Ann Hebing

Director & Santiam Chorus Liaison

Education:  BA from Occidental College in 1959; various graduate courses ensued.


Professional Experience:  Taught music in Los Angeles City Schools from 1959-1960.  Became a church organist in 1959 and taught private piano lessons.  Stayed home and had 3 children from 1960-1963.  Substituted in music and classroom from 1963-1966; taught 1966-1967, continuing as organist and giving private piano lessons.


Moved to Honolulu, Hawai’I, in 1967.  Accompanist for choirs and chapel organist until 1969, moved

back to California and substituted until moving back to Hawai’I in 1970 permanently.  Became a full-time teacher in 1970  (classroom and then music), church organist, Sweet Adeline member and future director, member of various quartets.


Husband’s sabbatical in Colorado in 1974-75: took various music courses, became substitute organist and volunteer in music in elementary school.  Returned to teaching position in Honolulu until 1988, including church organist, Sweet Adeline director and quartet member.


Moved to Oregon in 1989, became choir director and organist (including children’s choir, handbell choir, handbell ensemble, handchime choir, orchestra) for 14 years.  Retired from the church in @2003 and started the Santiam Community Chorus in @2004.  Continued volunteering in music in the schools for another 7 years as teacher of choral music and accompanist.  Became a board member of H2A, official title being Community Outreach Coordinator (or CORD) and SKATE, an organization to get a skate park in Mill City.


Retired from the chorus in 2003, but have continued as accompanist, assistant and mentor, as well as retiring as volunteer teacher in the schools. I have been an accompanist for Missoula Children’s Theatre for @15 years and accompanist for school musicals, which I plan to continue.  Have been playing in a string quartet for 10 years, taking up the cello as a new instrument but not very successfully!!!


Main emphasis in life now is the family farm and husband of 56 years.

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Ken Cartwright

Director & KYAC Management

2013 to Current: General manager, program director and original designer and petitioner to the FCC for Mill City Community Radio KYAC LPFM. Trainer of DJ's and programmers, audio engineer and technician, community grants coordinator for station, 5 day a week morning show host and director of youth in broadcasting programs. Director of remote broadcasting programs. Repair and maintenance of most electronics relative to radio station operation.  


2007 to Current: Videographer and producer of CCTV content for the city of Stayton, Stayton Cooperative Telephone Company and independent producer of community videos. I have attended and recorded and made available city council meetings for Stayton, Sublimity and Lyons. In addition to special videos of Town Hall Meetings, arts and cultural programs and community events.  


2007 to 2011: Designer, engineer and general manager of a LPAM (low power AM radio) community

station for Stayton and Sublimity. Also program director and GM of AM KCKX 1460 for 6 months.  


2011 to 2014: Program developer for KMUZ 88.5 & 100.7 FM in Salem. Involved in their startup in 2011 and donated and setup their original broadcast studio in the Williamette Heritage Center in Salem. Hosted their morning drive show Ken Till Ten for several years before moving to Mill City to put KYAC on the air.  


1975 to 2013: Owner, operator and Luthier of Cartwright's Music Repair shop. Starting out in Coos Bay Oregon and ending in Salem and then Stayton Oregon. Building, repairing and restoring string musical instruments as well as teaching repair and music. All aspects of retail and customer service. 


I have been a musician since 1954 and still perform and teach guitar, mandolin, upright bass, fiddle and Dulcimer. Was a radioman in the US Navy from 1963 to 1965. I have served on many nonprofit boards as well as the current Santiam Hearts to Arts. Still do stringed instrument repair work part-time from my home.   


Ken Cartwright 158 SW Broadway Mill City OR 97360 Cell: 503-507-2941

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Sherri Cardwell

Director & Grants Manager

Sherri has been in the Transportation Industry for over 20 years. She has held many management positions in the Lumber and Freight Industry. Sherri has done every position in a professional office from answering phones to account receivables and accounts payables.



Sherri joined the Hearts to Arts board in June of 2015, She has quickly taken on the position of Grant Manager and had her first successful grant awarded in November on 2015. Sherri s a member of the Santiam Community Chorus and also The Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Mill City, OR.



Sherri loves spending time with their grandchildren. Sherri feels it is important to be a positive part of your community and give back whenever you can.




Sherri Cardwell 175 S.E. Ivy St. Mill City, OR 97360  503-897-6175

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Randall Craig


Randall investigated Santiam Hearts to Arts, discovering radio station KYAC, where he now volunteers as a DJ. When station manager Ken Cartwright approached him about serving on the board of directors, he willingly agreed.


Randall has a BS in Business Management from Marylhurst University and comes to H2A with career experience in financial management and leadership. He has worked with several nonprofits and served on the board of directors for NW Resource Federal Credit Union in Portland. 


Randall enjoys working in his yard and playing Ping Pong, so it is no surprise that he has organized events and operations for both Portland Parks Bureau Community Garden Program and Portland Table Tennis Club. Now his energies are focused on KYAC community radio where he hopes to make a difference in support of the arts in the Santiam Canyon. 

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Mike Medley

Previous Director and co-founder

Mike is a co-founder of Santiam Hearts to Arts and performed in the rolls of Treasurer, Secretary and business manager. After a hiatus of a few years, he has returned and now fills the roll of Recording Secretary.


Mike has had active membership in a number of non-profit organizations ranging from the South Coast Storytellers Guild, the Linn County Cultural Coalition, the American Legion, the Santiam Canyon Chamber of Commerce and the North Santiam Canyon Economic Development Corporation


Mike has also held the position of City Councilor with the City of Mill City. He has lived in Mill City since early 2006 and is a strong supporter of our local communities.

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Renate Medley

Previous Director and co-founder

Renate is a co-founder of Santiam Hearts to Arts and takes care of the website and other tasks when needed.

Renate holds a master’s degree in English with a minor in speech communication from California State University, Long Beach. Within an extensive variety of teaching venues, she has taught classes ranging from college English to preschool drama She met her husband, Mike, as a member of South Coast Storytellers Guild in California.

After moving to Oregon in 2006, they discovered that shrinking school budgets had limited arts opportunity in area schools. Understanding the impact music, art, and drama can make on quality of life and community, they decided to open Santiam Hearts to Arts.

Renate's life has always been about the next great adventure, and her involvement in community and the arts is no exception. She is always anxious to discover what wondrous opportunity will present itself next. She and Mike enjoy travel, the arts, and outdoor activities. They have three grown children in three different states.


Denise Sanders


Denise Sanders is our visual communications/ graphic artist.  More kayaker, than yacker, you won’t hear her much, but you have seen her work that she has done for Hearts to Arts over the years.  She designed the KYAC logo, before there was a KYAC radio station.  She had seen the call letters available on a list, and wanted to play with them, so made the logo with the kayak spinning in the radio waves, hoping there would be a KYAC radio station to go with the logo.  Mill City is popular with white water kayakers, with runs beginning and ending at the Mill City Bridge.


She painted the Dare to Dream painting for Hearts to Arts in 2011, has made the posters for the KYAC concert series for 8 years, designed the Art Mart poster, and others. She is also maintaining the Hearts to Arts website now.


She is hoping to see the fine arts grow in the canyon, and has started “Artists Connection”, a monthly meeting of artists at the community center in Mehama.

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