Newberry Habitat Board Member Mayor Ken Mulenex
Newberry Habitat Board Member Mayor Ken Mulenex joined the board in the January of 2013. Like most members on the Newberry Habitat Board of Directors, Ken brings years of experience with him while he represents the City of La Pine- for real!
Ken and his wife Vicki moved to La Pine after finding their retirement wonderland in 1994 when they came up to go fishing and fell in love with the trees, the environment and the way the outdoors weaves in and out of everyone’s life in South County: Their love of Dutch Ovens cooking fits right in with all of the places to fish, hunt, camp, swim, and boat with their friends and family who gather around to enjoy being in such a great place!
After a 20 year stint in the Air Force, Ken retired and went back to college on the GI Bill. He studied Marine Biology and Chemistry. In the late 70’s while attending the World Mammalogy Convention at OSU he participated in the scientific efforts to resolve the problems associated with a pod of 43 sperm whales who beached themselves at Florence, OR. After graduation, unable to find a job in his chosen field he returned to computer electronics with Digital Equipment Corp.
His wife, Vicki, owned an Administrative Services business and, as the business grew convinced Ken to help her with the computer services side of the business. However with the fishing trip to Oregon and the desire to retire and a house now in La Pine it wasn’t long before Vicki sold her business and they made the move. With retirement not providing the level of activity they needed they opened La Pine’s first computer services business. After six years they gave into full retirement, They dabbled in land development and got involved in the local organizations. Politics was the natural progression to what happened next.
After a short period as a La Pine City Councilor, in 2010 he stepped back to deal with a health issue. In 2010 he ran again with two friends. They were elected and Ken was appointed Mayor. In 2012 he became La Pine’s 1st elected Mayor. Ken serves on a number of local, Central Oregon, state boards and other organizations that focus on issues like transportation, city government, economic development, regional solutions, health services, and veteran’s affairs, all in support of his big love: La Pine!
Ken brings a South County perspective to the Habitat board and he will strive to see that La Pine helps to grow the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the future. With his personal contacts and his energy, he hopes to help find more La Pine volunteers for the Habitat board, help with the build projects and, of course, work in the retail ReStore. Mayor. Mulenex wants to remind residents of the importance of building the family Habitat homes and what they contribute to the entire community in terms of the family involvement and making the city they live in a more vibrant community. Ken has seen several homes built in the past few years and notes that the owners are part of the organizations that helps others because they got the help building their own lives and they want to pay it forward. He continuously reaches out to the La Pine community leaders for their greater participation in this effort of building Habitat homes for the La Pine community.
As the capital campaign to pay off the mortgage at the ReStore goes forward, Ken explained how important these capital donations will be for La Pine and the goal to build more homes for qualified families to live here.
Mayor Mulenex is always available for questions and ideas from interested people who would like to get involved. He invites you to call or contact him with your questions or suggestions. 541-306-0159 / firstname.lastname@example.org