The Team

Janet Brown      Jefferson County Economic Development Manager

I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
I want this beautiful, fun corner of Central Oregon where I grew up to be economically healthy and vibrant, and I enjoy doing    my part to help make it happen!

The EDCO project I’m most proud of (and why)…
Helping Aero Air, dba Erickson Air Tanker, with their Enterprise Zone, a first of its kind in the state.  Incentives are an    important component for new and expanding businesses and Erickson Air Tanker and The Erickson Aircraft Collection are    awesome new community partners!

I live in Central Oregon because…
It’s always been my home and in all my travels, I love coming back to the mountains and sunshine.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
On a warm tropical island diving, exploring or on the beach with a mai tai!

My Central Oregon happy place is…
Summer time at the lake, relaxing in the sun and sleeping under the stars on our little houseboat, aka our floating tiki bar.

Erin Chaiet      Operations Manager

I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
Every day, every project, every solution is different. We get to touch so many different aspects of the community.

The EDCO project I’m most proud of (and why)…
The Airline Travel Banks that we’ve executed.  They are two of a handful of instances where the entire EDCO team dropped    everything to work together towards a very targeted, very strategic goal.  That’s not to say other projects aren’t as    significant or collaborative, but rarely are our projects so well defined and bear such a laser-line end date.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
Gardening, cleaning my house, baking, being a mom to two fantastically spirited and loving girls (ages 5 & 7) and a wife to a    rockin’ middle school band teacher.

My Central Oregon happy place is…
Walking on the Bend river trail.

My favorite local beverage is…
Crushed Strawberry Martini at Astro Lounge on Bond Street in Bend.

Caprielle Foote-Lewis      Sisters Manager

I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
It’s such rewarding work! Every day we help business owners and entrepreneurs connect to valuable resources to assist with    their success. Strategic projects foster local entrepreneurialism with a positive, engaging, and supportive business climate. In    addition, everyone is affected by the work we do! By assisting small businesses and entrepreneurs, we contribute positively to    society by strengthening the economy. Our assistance helps to protect and enhance our quality of life.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
With friends and my teenage sons, Tristan and Brendan, running trails, skiing, mountain biking, sailing, scuba diving trips,    riding my horse Lily, listening (or dancing) to music.

My Central Oregon happy place is…
The Peterson Ridge Trail, skiing at HooDoo, or horse camping with the saddlebags.

My favorite local beverage is…
Vaquero IPA at Three Creeks Brewery.

Jon Stark      Redmond Manager REDI

I live in Central Oregon because…
Lifestyle and proximity to outdoor adventures.  I am also fond of the culture of the Redmond community, it just feels like    home. I enjoy weekend camping trips to local lakes in the summer with my family.  Can’t beat the commute to or from – 30-40    minutes!

When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
Fishing on the Deschutes or Columbia River or camping and enjoying water sports with my family.

My Central Oregon happy place is…
Paulina Lake in mid-June – the Kokanee fishing is spectacular.

My favorite local beverage is…
I sure enjoy the margarita’s at Diego’s in Redmond!

My closest brush with fame was…
An opportunity to competitively ski race at the national level, but I fell short of a US Ski Team berth.

Ask me about..
How to catch Deschutes River Steelhead, Columbia River Spring Chinook or Fall Salmon or how to make the best sidecar    (brandy margarita) on the planet.

Brian Vierra      Venture Catalyst

I live in Central Oregon because…
I want to help create opportunities for my children. I want Central Oregon to not just be a great place to play, but also a great    place to work and raise a family.

The EDCO project I’m most proud of (and why)…
The Bend Venture Conference is really the crown jewel of EDCO’s work to help entrepreneurs launch, and scale start-ups in    Central Oregon. We bring together the most compelling new companies and technologies with the most sophisticated investor    group at the biggest and most exciting event in the state. It is truly showcasing the fruits of our labors!

I live in Central Oregon because…
I love to mountain bike on the endless miles of trails and snowboard during the winter.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
With my family and friends, out on the trails or in the mountains.

The least known thing about me is…
I spent 3 years in Tanzania teaching economics and commerce.

My Central Oregon happy place is…
The Green Lakes Trail!

My favorite local beverage is…
10 Barrel’s Apocalypse.

Brian Vierra

Roger Lee      Executive Director


I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
It is an organization that, though very small compared to the regional economy, has the ability to positively influence it by improving the quality and quantity of jobs as well as the diversification of employers operating here

The EDCO project I’m most proud of…
The team we have at EDCO – staff and board members that have made and are making this regional-local experiment in Central Oregon a model for economic development in our part of the U.S. It is amazing how much more we are accomplishing together as a region that we ever could independently. That accomplishment really translates into a brighter future for our residents.

I live in Central Oregon because…
Of the people and all the region offers in the way of amenities (health care, culture, food & beverage, education) and easy    access to outdoor recreation (skiing, fishing, backpacking, horseback riding, cycling, etc). There are few places in the country    that are “communities of choice” where amazing people from across the world have a made the conscious decisions, even    sacrifices, to live. Professionally and personally it’s energizing and enriching to cross paths with residents who are so    passionate about the place they live.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
You will find me busy with something! In addition to being outside doing anything with my wife and two children, I’m a music    hound, rock hound, landscaper, dry stack mason, woodworker, and historic home renovator.

My Central Oregon happy place is…
Spending time with my kiddos and beautiful wife, Kristen.

My favorite local beverage is…
A tough one – there are so many!  Being a 25-year cider veteran, I’m partial to Red Tank’s Happy Apple and Atlas’ Apple    Cider, but Oregon Spirit Distillers’ Absinthe is probably my favorite.

Tom Rowley      Bend Manager

I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because….
Meaningful, rewarding work is foundational for the wellbeing of people and communities. Assisting companies as they create and sustain that type of work is a privilege.

The EDCO project I’m most proud of (and why)…
As a start, just getting to know the people and businesses EDCO is fortunate enough to work with, what their goals and needs are, and how we might be able to assist them.

I live in Central Oregon because…
I can!

When not working, you’ll find me…
With my family (dog included) exploring all the great things in and about the area.

My Central Oregon happy place is…
Outside!

My favorite local beverage is…
I really like Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter – rich and not to hoppy.

Ask me about:
Sustainability, green building and when you can take me to play golf or go fishing.

XXXXX      Marketing Manager

I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because….

The EDCO project I’m most proud of (and why)…

I live in Central Oregon because…

When not working, you’ll find me…

The least known thing about me is…

My Central Oregon happy place is…

My favorite local beverage is…

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Erin Reilly      Membership Development/Events Manager

I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
I love connecting people, businesses, ideas and resources together and “watching the magic happen.”

The EDCO project I’m most proud of (and why)…
Anything where EDCO has tried doing something a little (or a LOT) different.

I live in Central Oregon because…
Bend was literally the only place I was willing to leave 12 years on Maui for. A different kind of paradise.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
On the River Trail with my dog Sam, he’s the naughty one off-leash…

My Central Oregon happy place is…
Snowboarding on Mt. Bachelor!

My favorite local beverage is…
Humm Kombucha, any fun new flavor

Ask me about…
Maui, anytime!

Steve Parnell     Sunriver/La Pine Area Director

I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
“It Changes Lives” EDCO creates business opportunities and those opportunities create jobs, jobs give people hope and breaks the cycle of poverty… It Changes Lives.

I live in Central Oregon because…
I’m an Oregon native and I love my state, in every way. I live in Central Oregon because of its laid back life style, family orientation and of course the geography, so many things to see and take part of.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
Sandy and I are groupies for two popular local bands; “Precious Byrd’ and “Elliot”. Two of our 4 sons play in these bands, and we love to follow them, hang out at concerts and occasionally work their Merch Table. Check them out on the web or download their music, guaranteed you’ll love them. We also get to play and hang out with our grandkids; Grey, Finn, Maddie, Emma, Shawn, Tievon & Tristan.

The least known thing about me is…
I was born on the University of Oregon campus; guess I am a Duck from birth… Although I’m really a Platypus… A Duck bill & a Beaver tail… OSU, UofO All Good!!

My Central Oregon happy place is…
Westside Church on Sundays, Elk lake in the summer and Smith Rock all year. We like to swim and hang at the lake. No I don’t climb but I do love watching others do it and also just watching the wildlife, constantly changing shadows and colors.

My favorite local beverage is…
I love 10Barrel and Good Life. But the best is still Deschutes “Mirror Pond”.

Caroline Ervin      Prineville/Crook County Manager

I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
I love my community and want to see it thriving. I live and work in Crook County and I’m raising my family here.

When not working, you’ll find me …
Spending time with family, cooking, swimming, camping, or reading.

My Central Oregon happy place is…
Prineville Reservoir

My favorite local beverage is…
Earth2O

Ask me about…
Why Prineville is the best place in Central Oregon!

Teri Hockett      Technology Industry Coordinator

I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…

I live in Central Oregon because:

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