The Team

Janet Brown
Jefferson County Economic Development Director
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
COO
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 Director
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 Director 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.
Roger Lee
CEO
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.
Kip Barrett
Bend Director
I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because….
I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because I have seen EDCO be a driving force to create living wage jobs in our community and expand the diversity of employment opportunities. I believe this creates a better community for everyone and also gives me hope that one day my daughter can find a rewarding career in the profession of her choice here.
The EDCO project I’m most proud of (and why)…
I am pretty excited about BVC in general having participated for a number of years and seen the exposure it generates for the companies and the region. My first project in Bend will likely beat it though!
I live in Central Oregon because…
The quality of life and the outdoor sports available to take advantage of. While the sports have changed over time and I now appreciate how amazing Bend is for my family I am still in love with our location.
When not working, you’ll find me…
When not working, you’ll find me working around the house, gardening or out on a trail of some kind.
My Central Oregon happy place is…
Pretty much any downhill section of single track.
My favorite local beverage is…
My favorite local beverage is Humm Kombucha’s Coconut Lime Kombucha.
My favorite anthem is…
White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Ask me about:
Ask me about Solar
Elise Rossman
Director of Marketing and Communications
I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
it makes our community that much stronger and more resilient.
The EDCO project I’m most proud of (and why)…
is recruiting more Outdoor companies to oure region. Central Oregon’s landscape is so beautiful and vast. It’s exciting to see our existing companies mentoring newcomers, teaching them why this truly is the best place to live.
I live in Central Oregon because …
I can walk out my backdoor and be on some of the best trails in the nation.
When not working, you’ll find me…
On Mt. Bachelor snowboarding, hiking to hot springs, hanging out with my dogs.
The least known thing about me is…

My Central Oregon happy place is…
The outdoors…all of them!
My favorite local beverage is…
Boneyard RPM, The Water Kefir People’s Turmeric Ginger (such a magical elixer!)
Favorite anthem:

Ask me about:
my Old English Sheepdog
Erin Reilly
Director of Events
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!
Ryan Culp
Sunriver/La Pine Area Director
I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
EDCO is passionate about recruiting new capital investment and career opportunities while promoting the assets that make Central Oregon unique. I am passionate about economic development because it allows me to address real issues for new and expanding companies as they create real economic change in a community.
I live in Central Oregon because…
There is no region in the United States that values both a pro-business climate and recreation opportunities like Central Oregon.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me…
In the river during the summer, rock climbing during spring and fall, and skiing Mt. Bachelor during the winter.
The least known thing about me is…
I won a national championship for wakesurfing in 2009.
My Central Oregon happy place is…
Outside during every season.
My favorite local beverage is…
There is so much good beer, but I love the Sunriver Brewing Rippin Northwest Ale.
Caroline Ervin
Prineville/Crook County Director
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!
Heidi Hausner
Director of Membership
I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
As a native Central Oregonian, I hold a deep sentiment for our community and I enjoy serving, collaborating and unifying a diverse group of regional leaders and businesses that together are the key to a vibrant and prosperous area.
The EDCO project I’m most proud of (and why)…
I’m new to this role. Check back in a few months.
I live in Central Oregon because:
Central Oregon is where my heart is. I grew up here and as a new mom to two beautiful little girls I’m excited to share with them similar experiences and opportunities. For a relatively small community, the possibilities here are endless.
When I’m not working you’ll find me…
With my daughters enjoying our Central Oregon wonderland, whether it be enjoying ranch life at home, swimming in a nearby lake, hiking, shopping, checking out a new restaurant and more.
The least known thing about me is…
My family has a Bed & Breakfast in Mexico.
My Central Oregon happy place …
In my backyard with my daughters and our dog Molly appreciating Faith, Hope and Charity.
My favorite local beverage is…
Crater Lake Hazelnut Coffee Vodka on the rocks. YUM!
Favorite anthem
University of Oregon. Go Ducks!
Ask me about:
Mexico and Uganda.
Larry Holeman
Redmond Internship Coordinator
I’m passionate about EDCO and economic development because…
I have seen Central Oregon grow extensively for many years and there needs to be organizations that helps promote positive economic growth. EDCO has been doing just that by contributing and helping our area by bringing businesses and the community together in a very supporting manner.
The EDCO project I’m most proud of (and why)…
I am new to the EDCO team, but as an Internship Coordinator my role is helping young people find internships with our local employers. This is beneficial to not only our upcoming workforce but to our community.
I live in Central Oregon because:
We have lived in Central Oregon for 20+ years raising our family and enjoying all that the area has to offer. There are a wide range of opportunities living here that has had a great impact on our family and will continue for many years to come.
When I’m not working you’ll find me…
I enjoy being outside doing anything from spending time with my family, working in the yard, walking our dog, swinging a golf club or throwing a fishing line in the water.
My Central Oregon happy place …
It can be anywhere so long as I am with my family.
My favorite local beverage is…
Hazelnut lattes and Crux Pilsner
Favorite anthem
Our National anthem
Ask me about:
Internships and how they make a positive impact on our community.