Martha Bewley is converting to a mostly paperless system at her 509-J office.It’s been a busy four months since Madras resident Martha Bewley was hired as the new chief financial officer for the 509-J School District, which was in the middle of budgeting and new construction projects.

The 509-J Board of Directors was pleased to be hiring someone who grew up in the area and was already familiar with the local communities and cultures.

Martha (Loredo) Bewley was born at Mountain View Hospital in Madras to parents Rodolfo and Gloria Loredo, and grew up in Culver. The family moved to Mexico for four years while she was in middle school, then moved back to the states, where she graduated from Culver High School in 1999.

“In high school, I took elective self-paced accounting courses. It was always something I wanted to do,” she said.

Part of a close family that takes an active part in the community, Bewley’s siblings include sister, Carino Bautista, who works for Saving Grace in Madras, and brothers, Rudy Loredo, who joined the National Guard and served in Iraq, and Danny Loredo, a well-known CHS wrestler.

After high school, Bewley worked at the Madras Boys and Girls Club as program director until 2002. That same year, she and Tim Bewley, a Madras High School graduate, were married.

Enrolling in Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City, she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and a Master of Business Administration. Her first job was at Grant Thornton, a large accounting firm in Oklahoma City.

Deciding to move back home, she worked at a small accounting firm in Bend for seven months, before going to work for Mountain View Hospital for six years.

Bewley held several positions and worked under several administrators. She started out as the hospital’s controller, served as an interim CFO, then was promoted to the director of finance. She served as interim CFO again, before being hired as the hospital’s CFO in January 2011.

On Jan. 22, she was hired by the 509-J School District, but is still assisting the hospital district with transition items, including an audit, through June 30.

Bewley arrived at a busy time for 509-J. “We were in the middle of a $66 million budget, with $26 million in construction – which was approved last night, thank heavens,” she said.

She handled the transactions to sell the bonds to finance 509-J’s construction. “We sold the bonds, with $2.2 million in premiums, for a $24.8 million bond issue,” she said, adding, “Of that $24.8 million, $15.9 million was for the in-town work (performing arts/sports center) and the rest for the refinancing of the 2002 bonds, which was a savings of $1.6 million to the taxpayers.”

Bewley is also involved with the continuing work to secure funding for the construction of the Warm Springs K-8 school.

In addition to her work for the school district, as of July 1, Bewley will become the CFO of the Jefferson County Education Service District. She currently is an ESD board member.

In the community, she is a member of the Madras Aquatic Center Board, since being appointed in November 2011, and was on the current special election ballot running unopposed for a board spot.

She volunteers as a classroom facilitator for the “My Future, My Choice,” abstinence program (formerly STARS) at the middle school, and last year led a Girl Scout group.

Her personal interests include running, gardening, and their pets, which include three dogs, a goat, two indoor cats and a few outdoor cats.

“Tim and I are planning to do the `Tough Mudder’ in June in Fossil. It’s a 10-12 mile run, plus 25 military-style obstacle courses,” she said, noting her sister Carino, brother Rudy and friends Michael and Rosie Riley will join them. She also plans to do the Hood to Coast run this year.

Of her new job, Bewley said, “There’s been a lot of learning and getting to know about school districts. It’s more long-term and different from the hospital, where you’re dealing with patients and there can be life and death situations at times.”

“It’s been very exciting and the people here are just great. I see myself having a lot more balance in my life than in my last positions – which is something I’m really looking forward to,” she said.

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