Meet The Operations Team

/Meet The Operations Team
Meet The Operations Team 2017-12-08T18:05:14+00:00

Oregon Crusaders has assembled an incredibly gifted staff of educators who bring the magic of its program to life.

The Admin Team

Mike Quillen
Mike QuillenExecutive Director
Mike combines his experience of than 30 years of high-tech engineering and management, with his life-long passion for music, teaching, and drum corps. As a member of drum corps as a kid, Mike attributes much of his success in his life to the lessons of playing an instrument, being in an high-performing ensembles, and the teamwork that it takes to achieve something greater than yourself.
William Michael Grimes
William Michael GrimesCorps Director
Michael has over 27 years of experience working with numerous drum corps across the country, most recently as the assistant director for Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, MI for the past two seasons.
Michael, 46, lives in Louisville, KY, where he attended the University of Louisville School of Music from 1989 – 1993, where he studied Music Education. In 1993 he decided to change majors to Special Needs Education/Elementary Education and attended Indiana University.
While teaching special education for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, he began taking classes at Sullivan University for Culinary Arts.
Michael was a chef/saucier at the University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center for the Performing Arts in Dubuque, IA.
He began marching drum corps in 1995 when he joined Bluegrass Brass Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps from Louisville, KY. He was the drum major, and board member in 1995 and 1996, director & drill designer in 1997 & director in 1998.
While directing Bluegrass Brass Sr., he was asked to become the 1997/98 visual caption head for the Golden Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps from Pittsburgh, PA. This same year, the Golden Lancers merged with Cincinnati Glory Drum & Bugle Corps from Cincinnati, OH.
While teaching at Cincinnati Glory in 2000, Michael became their drill designer and at the Mid-West Championships held in DeKalb, IL, Cincinnati Glory won the prestigious high visual effect award & the corps won the bronze medal. At the World Championships Glory placed third in finals and won the high visual effect award again. In 2001 Glory merged with the Marion Cadets, becoming Marion Glory Cadets, where Michael again took on the role as visual caption head/visual designer. He taught Marion Glory Cadets until 2002.
Michael taught on the visual and brass staff for the Bluecoats from 2002 – 2004.
Michael was the visual caption head for the Colts from 2004 – 2006 before taking the position of operations director, a position he held until 2010. During his time at the Colts he was also the 2008/2009 visual designer for the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps.
Michael is a visual consultant, designer & adjudicator for numerous marching bands and state competitions around the country, including….Kentucky, (where he has written for several state championship and Mid States championship bands), Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Tennessee, Michigan and Illinois. He has also written for numerous indoor percussion and color guard programs in Kentucky and Indiana.
He continues to design, consult and teach for several bands in the U.S.
“Becoming the director for Oregon Crusaders is a great honor and privilege. I look forward to meeting and working with all of the administration, members, staff, volunteers and design team in order to ensure a successful experience for everyone in the Oregon Crusader family.”
Ray Morgan
Ray MorganTour Director
Ray has over 14 years of experience in the Drum Corps activity, most recently serving as Tour Manager for Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, MI.

Ray began in the Drum Corps activity with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from Dubuque,IA as a volunteer, then quickly taking over as Tour Director for many seasons. While at the Colts, he also held many various roles such as merchandise manager as well serving on the Colts Booster Board.

Ray, 50 is originally from Stilwell, OK and now lives in Dubuque, IA.

It is with great excitement and honor that I Join the Oregon Crusader family. I look forward to meeting and working with everyone to bring continued success to the Oregon Crusader Organization!

Tour Staff

Miranda Clayton
Miranda ClaytonVolunteer Coordinator
Miranda is happy to be joining OC for a second season from her homeland of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She graduated from McMaster University in 2016 after running the McMaster Marching Band for three years and initiating their SoundSport competition program. Marching arts and drum corps are not super huge in Canada but that does not stop her from trying her best to change that. When Miranda is not giving every ounce of her being to establishing and directing Steel Knights Marching Arts she can be found playing contra with Impact of Hamilton, which is another ensemble run out of Impact Percussion Inc. along with Steel Knights. Outside of marching arts and drum corps she is working towards becoming an accredited social worker and always stops to pet every cat she sees. Miranda would like to extend best wishes for the upcoming season to everyone in the activity but especially the Canadians and other non-Americans who work extra hard to make drum corps happen in the US and at home.
Hailee Jane Reeder
Hailee Jane ReederTour Assistant
Hailee Jane Reeder is a Virginian living in a Texas world. She moved to Abilene TX, to attend McMurry University where she just finished her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Studio Art.
Hailee Jane aged out with the Oregon Crusaders in the 2016 show Hunted. She has been spinning color guard for the past 8 years. She is excited to be working with her OC family this summer and is super excited for the 2017 season.
Drew Strep
Drew StrepTour Assistant
Being a Washington native, Drew has lived in Bremerton, Washington for his entire life. He has been a part of the PNW drum corps scene, since 2011, with Spokane Thunder, Seattle Cascades, and aging out with OC in 2016. On top of the full drum corps career, he has also been a member of our indoor program OC Indoor in 2016 and 2017. Bass drum is his instrument of choice. He is excited for the opportunity to give back to the organization that helped him better himself as a musician and as a person.
Derek Hessing
Derek HessingTour Assistant
Derek Hessing brings a unique set of skills and experience to the administrative team. He marched 6 seasons (2006-2011) with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque IA, where he served as trumpet section leader and horn sergeant. During that time, he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Drake University. After graduating, Derek enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served 4 years as a soprano bugler in The Commandant’s Own United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Having completed his term of service, he is now pursuing a degree in Athletic Training at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Marketing, Communications, and Media

Michelle Stallings
Michelle StallingsMarketing and Web Management
Michelle is a social media marketer and freelance digital designer and brand strategist residing in Southern California. She performed with the Oregon Crusaders in 2011 and 2014 as a member of the color guard. Michelle graduated from California State University, Sacramento with her Bachelor’s in Digital Communications and Marketing and is currently pursuing her Master’s Mass Communications focusing on Web Design and Online Communication from the University of Florida.
Ambar Arries
Ambar ArriesGraphic Design
Ambar Arries is a digital artist from Portland, Oregon. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Oregon, majoring in Digital Arts and Marketing with a minor in Japanese. Ambar marched with the Oregon Crusaders on trumpet starting in 2008, and aged out as horn captain in 2011. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games, making art, and snuggling her pups.
Kade McKeever
Kade McKeeverPhotography and Video
Kade is a freelance photographer/videographer from Tri-Cities, Washington. He currently works at a Boys and Girls Club where he teaches photography/videography, music, and digital art classes. He is also the assistant director to IMPACT Percussion, a newly founded Independent A Class percussion ensemble based out of Kennewick, WA.

Kade is a veteran of the Oregon Crusaders, marching bass drum from 2014 to 2015, and marching OC Indoor in 2016. He is joining OC this season on media staff and is excited to document and share the OC17 story with the world.

Cook Team

Keith Jones
Keith JonesFood Coordinator
Keith Erwin Jones Jr. is a Louisville native with a rich background in both the marching and culinary arts. He has spent the last eight years as a premier chef at several highly rated restaurants in the Louisville Metro area.
Keith started his undergrad studying music at Morehead State University under the direction of Dr. Richard Miles, but ultimately he chose to follow his dream of becoming a skilled chef and moved back to Louisville. With his full commitment to the art and culture of Louisville, He Started his Career at Hillbilly Tea as a line cook and rose to Sous Chef of the restaurant. He left Hillbilly Tea to work at Jack Fry’s, a time honoured staple in Louisville, Ky. Using his seasoned culinary vocabulary, he eventually was offered the Executive Chef position at Bistro Le Relaise.
Keith made it a point in his career to excel and be known as a chef to make honest food. While in his journey he has worked alongside with some of the most notable chefs around the states. He was even given the chance to accompany “The Young Gunz and Bourbon” group of Louisville at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, New York.
Music has always been a part of Keith’s life even with the challenges and commitments of being an executive chef, so for the past five years he has been on the Ballard High School Marching Band staff as the Visual Coordinator.He has continued to teach both music and culinary skills while also working full time in the fast paced food industry of Louisville. He is currently splitting his time between band rehearsals and working as the executive chef for The Louisville Palace and Mercury Ballroom. Keith believes just like music, food brings people together. He is excited for the opportunity to provide well balanced and nutritious meals for the hard working Drum Corp Athletes, staff and volunteers of Oregon Crusaders.
Steven PerryHead Cook
A resident of Oregon for fifty-seven years. Marched Oregon Crusaders drum and bugle corps from 1973 to 1981 as a percussionist, mainly as a marching timpanist. Studied computer-aided drafting at Clackamas community college and built custom cabinets and furniture for 25 years. Presently a part owner of a small motel in MT Vernon, Oregon. Worked as a support staff cook for the Cascades drum and bugle corps 2013 and 2014 and cooked for crusaders 2015, 2016 and 2017. Looking forward to this year and hopefully see the corps make finals

Health and Wellness

Emily Feck ATC, L
Emily Feck ATC, LHead Athletic Trainer
Emily is the head Athletic Trainer for the Oregon Crusaders. Emily graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2014 with a bachelors degree in Athletic Training. She focused on performing art medicine her senior year during an internship with the Cincinnati Ballet. After graduation Emily toured as the Head Athletic Training for Blast! during the 2014 Japanese tour. Emily is currently living in Cincinnati. This will be her third summer with the Oregon Crusaders.
Bill Schueler, MSN, RN, CEN, WVTS
Bill Schueler, MSN, RN, CEN, WVTSHealth Staff
Bill returns to his second year as a member of the Oregon Crusaders health staff. An emergency nurse since 2000, Bill has seen it all and nothing surprises him. Moving to Oregon in 2005 from the Midwest, he honed his skills in the Portland area. He holds a master’s degree in nursing and board certification as an emergency nurse and healthcare violence prevention specialist. Bill has recently pivoted into a new role in patient safety.
Since being exposed to drum and bugle corps at a young age, a love for the marching arts keeps him involved in the activity. He has had the opportunity to serve as adjunct percussion instructor for Century High School since 2007. Bill was member the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corp’s front ensemble from 1998 to 1999. While a young family and busy career keeps him from touring with the corps, Bill is honored to work with an excellent, experienced health team. Realizing these are some of the best years for the corps members, the health team’s passion is a healthy, competitive corps.
Diobel Mendoza-Castner
Diobel Mendoza-CastnerHealth Staff
Diobel is a Bay Area native (Union City, CA), who recently moved to the Pacific Northwest from Orange County, CA. Diobel earned both her B.S. and M.S. in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). She has since worked as a researcher and exercise physiologist for CSUF and is now works in research at the Portland VA. Diobel is also a founding member of the Health and Wellness program for the Concord Blue Devils (2014 to present).
Diobel is no stranger to the performing arts. Aside from a long history in dance, Diobel was a member of the James Logan High School World Guard (2000-2002), the Concord Blue Devils A Corps Color Guard (2004-2005) and a performer with Blue Devils Entertainment
Devon Nash, ATC
Devon Nash, ATCAthletic Trainer
Devon is thrilled to join the DCI family as a certified athletic trainer working with the Oregon Crusaders. Graduating from Western Michigan University in December of 2017, Devon completed a bachelor of science degree in athletic training and a bachelor of arts degree in dance. Devon completed years of performance in the Western Michigan Dance Department, while also covering multiple concerts as their athletic trainer. In her free time, Devon works with the Dance Department to diagnose, manage, and treat the dancers. Devon spent 5 years teaching at a dance studio in western Michigan, and completed 3.5 years on Western Michigan’s Dance Team where she performed with the marching band at various Western events and sport games. Devon is excited to put her specialized focus of sports medicine in the performing arts to use with the Oregon Crusaders, to keep members marching, dancing, and playing for another healthy, successful season.