Board of Directors

Board Chair and President

Jim Schell
Jim Schell

Jim Schell is a serial entrepreneur, having bootstrapped four successful businesses over a 40-year, Minneapolis-based career. Following the sale of his fourth and largest business (200 employees) Jim began a writing career and has authored six books on small business, including one of the nation’s leading sellers in that category, Small Business for Dummies. Since Jim moved to Bend in 1994, he founded Opportunity Knocks, CO 2-1-1, Volunteer Connect, TEDxBend and Looking Forward.

Marketing Team

Georell Bracelin
Georell Bracelin

Georell Bracelin is the owner & strategist of the GB2 Agency, a full-service advertising and creative agency that helps clients build authentic, innovative and engaging brand experiences. A Bend resident for over 20 years, Georell has partnered with many Central Oregon businesses and is a trusted marketing resource in helping clients build meaningful – and lasting – relationships with their own customers.

Membership & Events Team

Alan Dale
Alan Dale

Alan Dale is an attorney with the law firm Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, where he focuses his practice in the areas of business and municipal law. Alan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law. Alan enjoys spending his free time on outdoor pursuits with his family.

Rich Lyon
Rich Lyon

Richard Lyon is the owner/CEO of Bend Commercial Glass, Central Oregon’s largest commercial glass contractor with 23 employees. He has been a member of Opportunity Knocks for two years. Richard purchased Bend Commercial Glass in 2013 after moving his family from Seattle, where he spent twenty years in commercial real estate development and was actively involved in the city’s architectural and design community. Richard holds an undergraduate degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from the University of Washington in Real Estate and Urban Design.

Jamie Christman
Jamie Christman

Jamie Christman is the Executive Director of Leadership Bend and Director of Government Affairs with the Bend Chamber of Commerce. She also currently serves as the City Club of Central Oregon board President. She previously held the role of Co-Host and Executive Producer of “Talk of the Town,” a local community televised town hall program. She also brings business, entrepreneurial and public relations experience to the proverbial community table. A native Oregonian, Ms. Christman split time growing up between Lodi, CA and eastern Oregon whereby the dichotomy of the two regions sparked her passion for people, cultures and communities leading to her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and, eventually, her passion for the mission of OK.

Facilitator Relations Team

Ken Streater
Ken Streater

Ken Streater is an entrepreneur and community growth leader. As an international adventure travel outfitter Ken led wilderness expeditions on five continents, facilitating camaraderie and life changing experiences for clients from around the world. As an owner of NAI Cascade Commercial Real Estate, Ken and the team are reshaping the brokerage industry by embracing the value of community before commodity. And, as a founding partner of Motivation.com and author of books and producer of live events that showcase everyday heroes as the cornerstone to our evolution, Ken sparks the desire in people to be more individually and do more for one another, recognizing that community growth is paramount to personal success.

Jay Riker
Jay Riker

Jay is the Advanced Operations (Contractor) at Cascadian Group, LLC. He is a technically skilled and business-savvy senior manager/consultant with extensive experience in sales, project/ product management, manufacturing operations and business development. Jay has a solid record of profitable sales growth and driving operational and manufacturing efficiencies through Lean initiatives. He is adept at analyzing production systems and client requirements, identifying root causes of problems, and delivering strategically-focused decisions that deliver positive financial results for both client and company.

Special Projects

Preston Callicott
Preston Callicott

Preston’s early career was spent in sales, marketing, business development and management for Hewlett Packard, Advanced Micro Devices, and Price Waterhouse Management Consulting Services. After that, he made the transition to Silicon Valley startups in such roles as business development, product development and information technology. Today Preston is the CEO of Five Talent Software, a Bend-based company focused on custom websites, mobile apps and custom enterprise application development.

Steve Curley
Steve Curley

Steve is the director for the Small Business Development Center at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. He loves working with entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them build a business that works for them. Steve has been a business owner himself and worked with hundreds of small businesses throughout his career doing research, developing strategy and creating brands.

Shannon Mara
Shannon Mara

Shannon Mara is the CFO of Sudara. Shannon has worked in healthcare management and business consulting since moving to Bend in 1994. Prior to that she was a strategy consultant in San Francisco and a chemical engineer. Shannon holds an MBA from Stanford University, where she developed expertise in entrepreneurship and brand development; she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame. Shannon loves to guide change, put the right people in the right spots, find the right people, and inspire and challenge organizations.

Manny Freitas
Manny Freitas

Manny Freitas is a seasoned technology business professional. His experience includes roles in senior leadership positions in hardware, software, operating systems, and computer networking product companies. Since moving to Bend in April 2016, Manny has joined EDCO, become an Opportunity Knocks mentor as well as a business advisor to Simbaware and ttMarketing, and has joined the Board of Opportunity Knocks.

Karen Douglas
Karen Douglas

After a long and diverse career in the media industry, Karen launched her own consulting business, Karen A Douglas Consulting, in 2016. Energized by cohesive teams and driven by the details, she offers Project Management services to local, growing businesses. Karen's portfolio includes team development, software implementations, event coordination, product launches and group facilitation. Having lived in Bend for over 20 years, when she's not working hard she's playing hard in the Central Oregon wilderness and bringing that renewed energy back to her clients.

Legal Team

Alan Dale
Alan Dale

Alan Dale is an attorney with the law firm Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, where he focuses his practice in the areas of business and municipal law. Alan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law. Alan enjoys spending his free time on outdoor pursuits with his family.