Rogue Retreat’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Engel as the organization’s new Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer. He began this role effective January 25, 2023, with transition support from Interim Executive Director & CEO Bill Ihle. 

“This is the start of a new chapter for Rogue Retreat, Sam is an excellent fit for where the organization is now and for where it needs to be in the future.”  Stated Tom Fischer Board Chair Person.  “As Sam adjusts to his new position, having Bill continue on in an advisory role is a perfect transition scenario”

Sam brings extensive non-profit experience to our organization that was founded to create opportunities for those experiencing homelessness to have hope. He has served at the Director level for the past 15 years. Most recently, he comes from his role as Social Determinants of Health Director at AllCare Health in Grants Pass, where he built a network of community benefit organizations to address the community’s complex social needs.

Previously, Sam served as the Executive Director of the Josephine County Food Bank. He is skilled at building long-term strategic partnerships and is known for his ability to connect with teams, volunteers, and supporters to create a positive community impact. Sam is local to the area and is a graduate of Southern Oregon University. He is immensely passionate about making lasting changes in the lives of those experiencing homelessness in our community.

“We are very excited to have Sam at Rogue Retreat,” said Bill Ihle, Interim Executive Director & CEO of Rogue Retreat. “His strong leadership abilities and community ties will ensure that Rogue Retreat’s mission, will continue for years to come.”