The Board

 


Patti Adair
Deschutes County
Current Employment: Deschutes County, Deschutes County Commissioner
Past Experience:
Chaired the Deschutes County Republican Party for 2 years.
Civic Involvement:
  Holds positions in the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), Deschutes County Audit Committee, East Cascades Workforce Investment Board, Economic Development Advisory Committee – Sisters, Hospital Facility Authority Board, EDCO Board member.

Bruce Anders

St. Charles Health System
Current Employment: St. Charles Health System, Deputy General Counsel
Past Experience: Bruce was the Vice president and General Counsel for Cook Inlet Region, in for over 9 years and was the Cheif in the Leasing & Permitting Section in the Division of Oil and Gas for the State of Alaska. Before that, he worked in law for over 9 years along with serving in the US Army.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board member.

Bill Anderson
Mid Oregon Credit Union
Current Employment: Mid Oregon Credit Union, President/CEO since 1994
Past Experience: Mid Oregon Credit Union since 1990; 30 years of financial institution experience.
Civic Involvement: Previous President, EDCO; Chairman, Northwest Corporate Credit Union and Consumer Credit Counseling; Board Member of Bend Rotary Club.

Tom Anderson
Deschutes County
Current Employment: Deschutes County, Administrator
Past Experience: County Administrator since 2012, Deschutes County Community Development from 1998 to 2012, last eight years as Director of Long Beach, CA. From 1986 to 1998 in various staff and management financial development and general government positions.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board member from 1998-2004, Deschutes United Way.

Tom Barrett
BendTel
Current Employment: Founder & CEO of BendTel, Inc.
Past Experience: Tom was a flight controls design engineer at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, before moving to Bend in 2001 to pursue his outdoor interests (including skiing, bicycling, and hiking). He founded BendTel in 2003 and has been its CEO ever since.
Civic Involvement: Tom supports a variety of civic organizations including the Bethlehem Inn, the Boys & Girls Club, and Habitat for Humanity. He occasionally writes telecommunications articles for industry publications.
Brian Bergler
First Interstate Bank
Current Employment: First Interstate Bank, SVP, Corporate Real Estate & Facilities
Past Experience: Brian has previously worked at the Bank of the Cascades from 2009 to 2017. He started as the Other Real Estate Owned Specialist then moved his way up to Vice President OREO Manager, Vice President Construction Manager/Commercial Loan Officer, SVP Construction Management, and finally as SVP Corporate Real Estate & Facilities.
Civic Involvement: Former President/Board Member of the Central Oregon Builders Association from 2004 to 2008.

Travis Browning

First Interstate Bank
Current Employment: First Interstate Bank, Redmond Market President
Past Experience: Travis has had 20 years of experience in banking.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board member.

Jon Bullock

Redmond Proficiency Academy
Current Employment: Redmond Proficiency Academy, Executive Director
Past Experience:
Served as the Chair of the Kids Helping Kids Division of Children’s Miracle Network in Eugene, Oregon, on the Executive Council of the National Association of Student Councils, as a mentor with the Oregon Association of Student Councils, and as a volunteer with Sparrow Clubs, USA, coaches competitive youth soccer, Oregon Tech University Adjunct Professor.
Civic Involvement: 
EDCO Board member, Redmond City councilor, Board of Trustees for Southern Oregon University, Redmond Executive Association President, Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools Chair.

Joe Centanni
Capstone CPAs
Current Employment: Joseph W. Centanni, CPA, PC – Owner/President
Past Experience: Before becoming the owner/ senior certified public accountant for Joseph W. Centanni, Joe was the owner/CPA for Integrity First Financial Services, PC from 2004 to 2011. From 2001 to 2004 he was a tax preparer at Fladwood, Morton, & Knobel, LLP.
Civic Involvement: Redmond City Councilor, Redmond Economic Development, Inc. Board member, Redmond Chamber of Commerce Board member, Redmond City Budget Committee member, Redmond Downtown Association member, Leadership Council for City Center Foursquare Church in Redmond.
Matthew Chancellor
Pacific Power
Current Employment: Pacific Power, Regional Business Manager
Past Experience: MidAmerican Energy Company from 2001 to 2017. Starting as an AIM drafter, moving up to a Governmental Distribution Design Technician, a Distribution Operator, the Supervisor for Distribution Control, and the Manager of Key Accounts.
Civic Involvement: American Leadership Forum class 35, Bend Chamber Advocacy Council, Deschutes County Emergency Management Planning Committee, Bend Chamber Legislative Committee, Graduate of Illinois Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy, PEDCO vice president, and REDI executive director.

Steve Curley
Oregon SBDC
Current Employment: Oregon Small Business Development Center – Associate State Director
Past Experience: Business Advisor at the Small Business Development Center; Brand Consultant with over 20 years of experience including principal of Blue Space Markets, 10 years of publishing experience with Multnomah Publishers.
Civic Involvement: FoundersPad Mentor, Opportunity Knocks Board Member and Marketing Chair, Bend Venture Conference Volunteer, City Club of Central Oregon Member.
Valerie Cunningham Current Employment:
Past Experience: Deschutes brewery manager since 2017; director of communications at the Portland Business Alliance for three years; 15 years at Waggener Edstrom, a global communications agency in Portland, assigned to the Microsoft account.
Civic Involvement: Leadership Portland class of 2016, Leadership Bend class of 2018, currently oversees community giving program at Deschutes Brewery

Kim Daniels

Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce
Current Employment: Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director
Past Experience:
 Kim has had over 13 years of experience working in marketing and advertising. 
Civic Involvement: 
She was a team captain and helps as a fundraiser for the Polar Plunge to help benefit the Special Olympics for the past 10 years. She is also an ECDO Board member and was previously a board member for the Prineville Crook County Chamber of Commerce.

Connie Druliner
Express Employment Professionals
Current Employment: Express Employment Professionals, President-CEO, Owner
Past Experience: Connie has owned and operated Express Employment Professionals in Central Oregon for 30 years and has 35 years of experience in the staffing industry. Connie started the Bend Express Personnel and Express Professional Staffing office in 1983 and opened the Redmond Express office in 1999. She is one of the original 20 franchisees of Express Employment Professionals. Today, there are approximately 658 offices worldwide.
Through Connie’s leadership, the Bend and Redmond offices have continued to win international awards and are in the top tier of recruiting firms across the country. This was illustrated by Connie and her staff’s designation as Franchisee of the Year in 2003. In 2005, Connie received Express Employment Professionals’ prestigious Gordon Blair Heritage Award in recognition of her extraordinary enthusiasm, positive attitude, and significant contributions to the organization. The Bend Express has also reached the Circle of Excellence every year.
Civic Involvement: Connie has a history of active involvement in the community, which includes serving over 35 organizations as a board member or chair in Central Oregon. She is currently serving as President of REDI, Board Member of EDCO, and Board Member of Hayden Homes’ First Story.

Carolyn Eagan
City of Bend
Current Employment: City of Bend – Economic Dev. Director
Past Experience: Eagan worked as the Regional Economist for Central Oregon and South Central Oregon with the Oregon Employment Department. In that position, she produced and analyzed employment trends, including the unemployment rate and monthly job growth in the region’s major industries. She has been a member of both Redmond Economic Development Inc. and the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board. Eagan has been consulted by economists and journalists nationwide on analysis pertaining to Bend’s economy.
Civic Involvement: Board Chair for Commute Options for Central Oregon, Bend’s Transportation Safety Advisory Committee and was integral in forming the City’s Road User Safety Task Force.

Richard Esterman

City of Sisters
Current Employment: City of Sisters, City Councilor
Past Experience:
Civic Involvement:
EDCO Board member
Steve Forrester
City of Prineville, City Manager
Current Employment: City of Prineville, City Manager
Past Experience: Has spent 25 years in the Forest Products Industry, serving as a general manager of facilities in Redmond, Lakeview, White City, and Prineville Oregon.
Civic Involvement: Pioneer Memorial Hospital Board, Community Bank Board, Crooked River Roundup Board, Crook County Budget Committee, Crook County School District Facility Committee, EDCO Board, and the League of Oregon Cities.

Jeremy Groh
Combined Communications
Current Employment: Combined Communications, General Manager
Past Experience: General Sales Manager and Marketing Consultant at Alpha Broadcasting from 2009 to 2015. Marketing Consultant at Rose City Radio from 2004 to 2009 and Marketing Consultant at Clear Channel Radio from 2001 to 2004.
Civic Involvement: Opportunity Knocks Member.

Julie Harrelson
The Harrelson Group
Current Employment: The Harrelson Group, CEO; CEO HGI, Fund Manager, Cascade Angels
Past Experience: Julie was previously a Board Advisor for US Bank, Central and Eastern region, as well as OSU Advantage Accelerator and the Center for Women’s Leadership. She Co-founded the Related Experience pre-Harrelson Group from 1998 to 2009 where she was the Executive VP, President, CEO, VP of Sales and Marketing, and Director of Education.
Civic Involvement: She is a board member/development chair for Metropolitan Family Service and she was a Dean’s Advisory Council Member at the Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs. She was also an advisory board member with the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator.
Coby Horton
U.S. Bank
Current Employment: U.S. Bank, Regional President
Past Experience: Before becoming the Regional President for U.S. Bank Coby was the Vice President Commercial Banking Manager. He has also worked as the Vice President Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo Bank.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board Member, Bend Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Bend Economic Development Advisory Board, Better Together Board member, and Greater Bend Rotary Member.

Alison Huycke
Francis Hansen & Martin
Current Employment: Francis Hansen & Martin, Partner
Past Experience: Ms. Huycke moved to Bend in 2006 following years of family vacations in the region. During law school, Ms. Huycke clerked for Feibleman & Case, a family law firm in Salem. Through this opportunity, Ms. Huycke gained valuable experience in civil litigation. Upon joining Francis Hansen & Martin, Ms. Huycke has directed her focus to corporate law. She has experience in many different areas ranging from drafting of simple wills to large business sales.
Civic Experience: Ms. Huycke participates in the Young Professional Network. She also is on the Board of Directors for B.E.A.T., an educational theatrical nonprofit organization here in Bend.

Becky Johnson
Oregon State University-Cascades
Current Employment: Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, Vice President
Past Experience: Rebecca L. (Becky) Johnson, Ph.D., is vice president of Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, serving as the campus executive and reporting directly to the provost and executive vice president of Oregon State University.
Prior to coming to OSU-Cascades, Dr. Johnson had built a nearly 25-year career at Oregon State University, most recently, as vice provost for academic affairs and international programs. Prior to her appointment as vice provost, Dr. Johnson was the associate dean for academic affairs and international programs in the OSU College of Forestry. She joined OSU as an assistant professor and holds the rank of full professor in the College of Forestry.
Civic Involvement: Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors (1990-2003); Chair, Oregon State University Strategic Planning Steering Committee (2003-2004); Bend 2030 Vision Builder Award (2009); Higher Education Assessment Team of Central Oregon (2009-present). City Club of Central Oregon (2009-2013).

Greg Lambert
Mid Oregon Personnel
Current Employment: Mid Oregon Personnel, President & CEO
Past Experience: Founded Mid Oregon Personnel in 1984.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board Member
Tia Lewis
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Current Employment: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Shareholder
Past Experience: Tia has been practicing law for 25 years. Previously she focused on areas in Real Estate and Land Use.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board member; Deschutes Children’s Foundation, past board chair and current board member since 2006; Rotary Club of Bend.

John Lynch
Bend Manufacturing Solutions
Current Employment: Bend Manufacturing Solutions, Founder, Owner
Past Experience: John was the Vice President of Outback Manufacturing from 2004 to 2006. From 1999 to 2004 he worked for CoorsTek as a Manufacturing Engineer.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board Member

Jade Mayer
Brooks Resources Corporation
Current Employment: Brooks Resources Corporation, CFO
Past Experience: Brooks Resources Corporation Corporate Controller, High Desert Beverage Distributors Controller, Met One Instruments Controller, KPMG Audit Manager
Civic Involvement: Bend Business Political Action Committee Member, City of Bend Budget Committee Member, Central Oregon Trail Alliance Board Member and Treasurer, Deschutes River Conservancy Board Member and Treasurer, Visit Bend Board Member and Treasurer.

Matt McCoy
Central Oregon Community College
Current Employment: Central Oregon Community College, Vice-President for Administration
Past Experience: Smoke Jumper, Vice-President of the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association, General Counsel of the Council of Institutional Investors, Majority Counsel of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Accent Product Group, University of Arizona College of Law, University of Arizona.
Civic Involvement: Central Oregon Workforce Investment Board, Oregon Workforce Alliance Executive Committee, Cascade East Area Health Education Center Advisory Board, OSU Central Oregon Advisory Board.

Rick Molitor
New Basin Distilling Company
Current Employment: New Basin Distilling Company
Past Experience: Rick was previously a superintendent at Jefferson County School District 509-J from 2008 to 2017.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board Member

Don Moore
Cascade Natural Gas
Current Employment: Cascade Natural Gas, Region Director – Oregon
Past Experience: Director of Business Development, Spire – Birmingham, Alabama.
Civic Involvement: Japan-America Society of Alabama (JASA) Board of Directors, Executive Committee Officer, Children’s Hospital of Alabama – Committee for the Future, University of Alabama, Culverhouse College of Commerce – International Business Advisory Board

Tyler Neese
Central Oregon Association of Realtors
Current Employment: Central Oregon Association of Realtors, Government Affairs Director
Past Experience: Tyler worked at CGI, LLC/American Case Management Association as The Director of public policy and communications, the communications manager, and as the communications and publication assistant. Prior to this experience, he was a marketing representative with IWS Wood Products Inc.
Civic Involvement: Board member of Central Arkansas Trail Alliance.

Josh Newton
Karnopp Petersen LLP
Current Employment: Karnopp Petersen LLP
Past Experience: Since 2000, Josh has been an attorney with Karnopp Petersen LLP. Josh concentrates on complex, civil dispute resolution, particularly involving natural resources such as land and water. He also advises clients on environmental and natural resource issues in Oregon and California. Josh’s practice includes the representation of a federally recognized Indian tribe, providing a suite of general and special counsel services.
Civic Involvement: Member of the board of trustees for the High Desert Museum (Chair 2015 – 2018); member of the Rotary Club of Greater Bend; former member of the Oregon State Bar Legal Services Program Committee (Chair 2014); former member of the Oregon New Lawyers Executive Committee (Chair 2007).
Dan Oxford
AmeriTitle
Current Employment: AmeriTitle, Deschutes County General Manager
Past Experience: Has worked for AmeriTitle for the past 3 years.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board member

Wes Price
Harrigan, Price, Fronk & Co. CPAs
Current Employment: Harrigan, Price, Fronk & Co. CPAs, Partner
Past Experience: Over 30 years of experience with Harrigan Price Fronk & Co. LLP; partner since 1989.
Civic Involvement: Boards of Directors involvements include Economic Development for Central Oregon (past president, current vice president), On Track Ministries, Tennant Family Foundation, Bend Chamber of Commerce (past president), Business Oregon Finance committee 11 years (current chair), Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) (current vice chair). Wes also spent 24 years as a volunteer coach for multiple sports programs, totaling 47 seasons of sports coached.
Sally Russell
City of Bend
Current Employment: City Of Bend, Mayor Pro Tem
Past Experience: Executive Director of Cascade Festival of Music. Director of marketing and assistant to the president at Broken Top Limited Partnership. Cascade Cycling Classic Executive Director.
Civic Involvement: Currently Coordinator at Deschutes County Committee on Recreation Assets. Previously on the Galveston Revitalization Committee, Tower Theatre Board of Directors, City of Bend Urban Area Planning Commission, and Cascade Festival of Music Board of Directors.

Kelly Simmelink

Jefferson County Appointee
Current Employment: Jefferson County Appointee, Commissioner
Past Experience:
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board member 

Eric Strobel
Barrett Business Services
Current Employment: Barrett Business Services, Inc, Area Manager
Past Experience: EDCO Business Development Manager, Central Electric Cooperative GIS Manager and District Manager.
Civic Involvement: City of Bend Economic Development Advisory Board, Rotary Youth Leadership Camp Regional Chair, Rotary Scholarship Committee.
Zak Sundsten
Umpqua Bank
Current Employment: Umpqua Bank, Bend Commercial Banking Center
Past Experience: Zak has been in the banking industry for over 20 years.
Civic Involvement: He volunteers his labor and sits on the board of directors for the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity. He is currently the Financial level board member for EDCO.
Brent ten Pas
Central Electric Cooperative
Current Employment: Central Electric Cooperative, Director of Member Services and Public Relations
Past Experience: Previously worked as federal affairs manager for the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA)—a joint action agency comprised of locally owned electric utilities, special districts, and a rural electric cooperative— from 2008 to early 2019. Before NCPA, Brent spent fifteen years working for the California State Legislature in various capacities including press secretary, legislative director, and chief-of-staff.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board member
Julia Theisen
Visit Central Oregon
Current Employment: Visit Central Oregon, CEO
Past Experience: Julie has a background in sales and marketing. She worked as VP of Sales and Marketing with Aspen Chamber Resort Association for 10 years. Before that, she worked for PGA Tour for 6 years as a Sales and Marketing Manager.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board member

Mandy Weidman
COBA
Current Employment: Central Oregon Builders Association, SVP Operations & Sales Manager
Past Experience: 15 years in the financial industry
Civic Involvement: Mandy is heavily involved in the local building industry from education to resources for the contractors. She plays a key role in every aspect of the organization, and outreach to the community.

Melanie Widmer
City of Madras
Current Employment: Madras Sanitary Service – President, Co-owner; Mayor- City of Madras
Past Experience: Madras Airport and Industrial Site Committee.
Current Civic Involvement: Madras City Council; Madras Redevelopment Commission; Madras Public Safety Commission; Madras Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce board; Airshow of the Cascades Committee; Madras Public Arts Commission; Madras Sister City Committee; SMART; Living Hope Christian Center board.
Keith Witcosky
City of Redmond
Current Employment: City of Redmond, City Manager
Past Experience: Keith was a deputy Director for PDC as well as the Director of Government Relations and Project Coordinator before becoming the City Manager of Redmond. He was also the Policy Director/Manager for the City of Portland.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board member

Amber Yates
SGA CPA’s
Current Employment: SGA CPAs & Consultants
Past Experience: Amber has been in accounting for over 20 years. She has had work experience in tax, accounting, and financial consulting fields.
Civic Involvement: EDCO Board Member, ST. Charles Foundation Board, Central Oregon Estate Planning Council, Central Oregon Chapter of Women for Winesense, Family Access Network, Oregon Society of CPAs Education Foundation. Union County Oregon CASA, P.EO., Opportunity Knocks, and the Union County Ambassadors.