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Ron & Kelli Jaecks
Power Duo In Health Care

Ron and Kelli Jaecks

    By Harvey Gail

    Salem can boast two significant players in the healthcare scene. Ron and Kelli Jaecks make their home in South Salem and have dedicated their lives to improving the health and quality of living in our community.
    Ron Jaecks, MD, FACS has served this Salem community for nearly 20 years as a highly respected general surgeon. He can also be called “Governor Jaecks” as the elected Governor representing the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) on their national Board of Governors.
    He achieved this honor after 25 years of being an active fellow of the (ACS), and President of the ACS-Oregon Chapter in 2013-2015 On the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Council, Dr. Jaecks reenergized its annual Day at the Capitol in Salem. In acknowledgement of this effort, for four straight years, Oregon ACS has received a grant from the American College of Surgeons to support its legislative advocacy efforts. Ron also participates on the national stage by attending the American College of Surgeons’ Clinical Congress and ACS’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC.
    Dr. Jaecks is an expert in laparoscopic surgery (minimally invasive surgery) and he devotes much of his practice to patients with breast cancer, colon cancer and other complicated surgical problems. In 1997, he moved to Salem to join Kaiser Permanente, Northwest.
    He has excelled in advanced laparoscopy and is now working to bring robotic general surgery to Salem. Ron views his work in surgery as a highly effective and compassionate avenue for community involvement.
    In addition to his clinical practice he is very involved in his profession as well. For many years he served as an active board member of the Medical - Polk County Medical Society and helped lead its Foundation in its annual fundraiser for Project Access and Med-Assist. He mentors young medical students interested in surgery practice.
    While achieving some notoriety as a “rock star surgeon” because of his long hair and flashy clothing, Ron can also be seen at almost every Green Bay Packers’ game (either at a local Packer Bar, affectionately know as ‘Packer Church’, or Lambeau Field), dressed as “Super G-Force Man.” He also gained national exposure when he was attacked by a Barred owl while running in Bush’s Pasture Park back in January 2015. This event spurred the sale of “Owl Attack” signs and t-shirts, which benefitted the Salem Parks Foundation, and a segment about the incident on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
    Ron Kelemen, CFP®, a certified financial planner with The H Group, has served with Ron Jaecks on the local medical society and foundation boards. Kelemen knows Jaecks as a leader in the drive to robotic surgery.
    “Ron is a leader in Salem’s medical community.
    His appearance, outlandish attire and demeanor can put even the most worried patient at ease,” he said.
    Part two of the super couple is Kelli Swanson Jaecks. If you have seen a play at the Pentacle Theatre and Verona Studios, you might have seen her and not even known it. Her roles as Violet in “9 to 5,” Roxie in “Chicago” or Mayzie LaBird in “Seussical” and many more have entertained Salem citizens over the years. She also was the inaugural winner of “Dancing with the Salem Stars.”
    The lady behind the costumes is a serious professional. As an experienced dental hygienist, with a Master’s degree in Communication, she has just finished six years on the national board of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, serving as the president in 2014-15. In that role, she worked nationally to advocate for the profession of dental hygiene and worked to increase access to oral health care for all Americans.
    Kelli continues her advocacy efforts here in Oregon. She has been appointed by the Governor to the Oversight and Advisory Committees for both of Oregon’s Dental Pilot Projects. She also serves on the board for the Oregon Oral Health Coalition, whose mission is, “Improving General Health through Oral Health for all Oregonians.” She considers it a great responsibility to be a healthcare professional and thoroughly enjoys employing her leadership skills and passion for oral health care in these statewide arenas.
    Kelli also owns and operates Verbal Impact, LLC, through which she speaks, writes and consults in the areas of women’s health, oral and overall health. Visit her website at
    Affectionately calling each other “Lovey,” the couple is happy when they have a weekend together at home in Salem. They make service to the community a priority. For the last few years, the Jaecks’ have been the hosts of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation’s Crystal Apple Awards Red Carpet Show.
    “It is a fun way to give back to our community and honor educators who work so hard to help our kids succeed,” said Kelli. For the Jaecks, providing excellent patient care is important, but so is leading and being part of the conversations that shape and change health care systems, delivery and access.
    Ron and Kelli work to make positive change happen for their patients, clients and community. Power couple indeed!

January 2017 Events:
Nature Talk, “Vanishing Landscapes:
Saving Our Native Plants & Habitats”

Showy Milkweed is a
native plant that provides
habitat for monarch butterflies

Thursday, January 12, 6:00-7:00 pm
Reception to follow,
Learn how to integrate native plants into garden designs and public spaces with Lynda Boyer, restoration biologist and native plant manager at Heritage Seedlings, Inc. Lynda will explain how to support backyard pollinators, birds and other critters by restoring native prairie, riparian and savanna habitats. This event is copresented by the Straub Environmental Center, Willamette Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society, and the David Douglas Society.
Location: Eco Hub @ The Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301
Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door
No registration or RSVP required.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:00–9:00 pm
Deadline for Nominations: Tuesday, January 17 @ Midnight
    Go Green! The Straub Environmental Center and Marion County Public Works proudly present the Eighth Annual Mid-Valley Green Awards. This year’s theme is “Una Tierra.” Enjoy vegan and traditional paella, Spanish wines and salsa music while celebrating environmentally-friendly people and businesses! To nominate a person or business located in Marion or Polk Counties for a Green Award visit www.MidValleyGreenAwards. org. Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, January 17, at midnight.
Spinning Room @ The Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill Street SE,
Salem, OR 97301
Tickets: $60/person
$55/person if purchased by March 5
' $400/table of eight
To purchase tickets, visit www.straubenvironmentalcenter. org or call 503-302-4645.
The Mid-Valley Green Awards are sponsored by Marion County

    Saturday, January 21, 10:00-11:00 am Learn about water’s great adventure from rain to stream to ocean and back to the sky! The Straub Environmental Center’s Nature Kids program teaches children in Grades 1-3 about natural science in fun, engaging ways. Classes take place on the third Saturday of each month through May. Nature Kids is aligned with Common Core, Next Generation Science and STEM standards.

Location: Eco Hub @ The Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301 Cost: $15/class; $10/if registered one week in advance To register: Email StraubEnvironmental- or call Bobbie Snead at 503-508-5225. Photo Caption: Stream ecology studies with Maureen Foelkl, Straub Environmental Educator

    Thursday, January 19, 7:00-8:00 pm When people talk about what makes great wine, they often think of location, elevation, climate, drainage—and certainly the soil. And dirt does matter! Just ask Dr. Scott Burns, professor of geology at Portland State University. Scott will reveal why the Willamette Valley produces such great wine: it starts with the soil and the fascinating natural forces that created it.
Location: Loucks Auditorium
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty Street SE,
Salem, OR 97301
Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door.

No RSVP or pre-registration required

The Straub Environmental Lecture Series is sponsored by Marion county


Thursday, January 26, 6:00-7:00 pm Join Zach Urness, the outdoors writer for the Statesman Journal, and add to your adventure wish list! Zach will share some of his top picks for winter destinations—from family- friendly outings to challenging adventures for seasoned enthusiasts. Hear about Zach’s fat tire bike trip into the Deschutes National Forest as well as some other surprising seasonal outdoor experiences.
Location: Capitol Subaru
3235 Cherry Avenue NE,
Salem, OR 97301

Cost: Free and open to the public
No RSVP or pre-registration required.
“Outback in Oregon with Zach Urness” presentations are presented by the Straub Environmental Center.
    The Straub Environmental Center inspires our community to connect with and care for nature in the mid-Willamette Valley.

New Location:
Eco Hub
1313 Mill Street SE
Salem, OR 97301

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12363
Salem, OR 97309
Media Inquiries: 503-302-4645

CB|Two Architects
CB Two Architects is one of the region's fastest
growing architectural design firms

South Block Apartments,
a Mountain West Development
Designed by CB Two

    Successful architecture is more than just napkin sketches and construction drawings. The architect must understand not just how buildings are designed and built, but also how people will use them, how they will function and perform over their lifespan, and how they will remain economically viable.
    CB Two Architects is committed to designing innovative and efficient buildings and developments that exceed the expectations of each client. Through extensive experience, we understand how architecture integrates with real estate development to create positive results.

    Each CB Two project has a distinctive design that focuses on programmatic solutions and architectural integrity. We look for opportunities to maximize project value with creative solutions while supporting the pragmatic requirements of the client or owner.

    As a Salem-based firm, we focus on community involvement and improvement through architecture and land development. It has always been a mission of CB Two Architects to improve our community and our region through thoughtful and well executed design.
    In addition to our passion for and dedication to our home community, we excel at working in other cities and municipalities.
    We recognize the value in each development as an asset to the community around it. With each project, we become experts in that jurisdiction’s requirements to ensure a successful permitting process. We have a proven record of success in communities throughout the United States and Canada.

    CB Two Architects is an evolution of the successful architectural firm Curry Brandaw Architecture. Established in 1987, Curry Brandaw focused on designing senior housing facilities across the United States and Canada, and excelled at maximizing architectural programming, construction efficiency and economic value to the client. When the firm disbanded in 2007, Senior Principal Garth Brandaw selected some of the best talent to join him in creating CB Two Architects.
    Garth had a vision that CB Two could bring new, dynamic designs to the architecture of the mid-Willamette Valley region and his hometown of Salem.
    Since its inception, CB Two has focused on creating buildings that make a strong architectural statement while imparting value to the client and comfort and efficiency to the user. Though CB Two continues to perform a good deal of work in the expanding senior care market, our focus has broadened to include commercial, residential and community- oriented developments that have garnered many awards for sustainability and design excellence.
    Today, CB Two Architects is one of the region's fastest growing architectural design firms. We offer a full-range of unique client services that include everything from master planning to construction management to graphic design.

    The CB Two Architects team is made up of highly skilled and experienced professionals. This team includes nine architects, six architectural interns, project managers, and specialists in graphic design, interior design, permitting, contract administration and construction management. The eclectic and integrated nature of our staff ensures that we can meet and exceed the expectations of each client. We offer expertise, creativity and value through the entire development process, from concept to occupancy.