Meet Our Local Owners

The Thomason Family – Southern Oregon Elmer’s

Elmer's Local Owners - The Thomason Family

The Thomasons just celebrated 26 years in Grants Pass, OR. They own and operate six Southern Oregon Elmer’s – Albany, Springfield, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford and Klamath Falls. Dave is a longtime restaurateur and former Restaurateur of the Year recipient.

The Thomason Family are supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs as well as Wildlife Images, a non-profit corporation which provides care and treatment for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife indigenous to the Pacific Northwest.

And… they are avid University of Oregon Duck fans! We’re proud to have the Thomasons as a part of the Elmer’s family.

The Copeland Family – Elmer’s Hillsboro

Elmer's Local Owners - The Copeland Family

Since day one Samantha Copeland has loved working at the Elmer’s Hillsboro location. Originally hired to be the General Manager in 2007, Samantha learned quickly and made strong connections with her team members, Guests and community. Almost four years later, the Copeland Family felt so strongly about Hillsboro Elmer’s that they purchased the business and now operate it as a part of the Elmer’s franchise system.

The Copeland Family resides in Forest Grove, Oregon. The Copeland children keep busy – Cheyanne enjoys cheerleading and Josh recently asked his girlfriend to marry him with a proposal at Elmer’s!

The family knows how to play, too – they don’t go anywhere without their four wheelers. They enjoy camping wherever they can ride together – the mountains, or their favorite sand dunes in Florence, Oregon.

Fred & Jacky Donnell – Elmer’s Palm Springs

Elmer's Local Owners - Fred & Jacky Donnell

Jacky began her Elmer’s career in Boise, Idaho.  She started as a hostess and quickly worked her way up into management.  In 1990 she moved to Palm Springs as the General Manager.  Over time she became Director of Franchise Operations.

In 2008 she and her husband Fred, a longtime resident and retired Palm Springs policeman purchased the Elmer’s Palm Springs restaurant.  Together they have built a solid business, having the highest sales increase in the company for the past 5 years. They are the recipients of the Restaurant of Year award in 2011 and 2013.