Board of Directors
Board Chair and President
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.
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.
Paul Adams is the co-owner of Deep Roots Business Solutions, which focuses on providing accounting, HR, benefits management, tax support, and more for the non-profit community. He has twenty years of organizational leadership experience, including over a decade in executive-level teams in non-profit organizations.
Paul’s personal mission is to take care of the details so others can be at their best. He has a knack for explaining complicated ideas in a way that others can understand and act upon. Paul seeks to bring clarity, compassion, and humor to everything he does.
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My experience is in leading change management, operations excellence and strategic sales and marketing execution. I have set and executed core strategies for successful launch and commercialization of forward-looking products, services and key initiatives. Collaboratively built positive, productive relationships with colleagues, staff members, external partners and community leaders. I have led companies from start-up to growth stage and acquisition.
I actively work to provide support and growth for technology companies as a board member of The Technology Association of Oregon. I am a community volunteer; I co-founded Women in STEAM of Central Oregon, a group focused on promoting career opportunities and delivering resources to local female women in STEAM, and working to create social equity and eliminate gender bias in STEM careers for girls.
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.
Sonja Donohue is the Executive Director of The Center Foundation. She is an expert in delivering results in sales and marketing through relationship building and proven marketing strategies. Her specialties include: ustomer service, strategic planning, team building, communication and interpersonal skills.
I am a big picture gal with a bias toward action. I have built my career in the non-profit and education landscape, taking big ideas from dream to implementation. I am most at home professionally when I am building, connecting and bridging people, sectors and industries to benefit children and families. I know the power of bringing people together in a non-competitive, high-trust environment to grow the level of problem solving and learning that is possible.
As the Bend Chamber Investor Relations Manager, Lila seeks to discover, build and strengthen the Chamber’s partnerships with its lead members and sponsors. Lila’s background in sales and building new business enables her discover and cultivate ways to collaborate with business leaders, in aims to drive a stronger business community for Central Oregon.
“I believe the path to a prosperous, resilient economy and strong quality of life, starts with a culture of community leaders, looking beyond their door-steps to find new ways to collaborate with one another, invest in progression, and face challenges head-on.”
As a self-starter with a natural mind for business, Lila began her career path at age 16 as a bank teller in Chico, CA. After putting herself through college with a BA in Anthropology & International Relations, Lila continued to guide rafts in Northern CA and Montana, before entering sales in the Food & Beverage industry for almost 9 years. As an avid whitewater kayaker, snowboarder, trail runner, climber, and mountain biker, it was always Lila’s dream to settle in Bend; Where independent business and the great outdoors collide! After 6 years of building new market sales throughout beautiful Oregon and beyond, Lila managed to land in Bend with a successful career as a Regional Sales and Key Account Manager for 7 PNW states. Now Lila is using her skills and savvy in sales, business development, and key partner relations, to fulfill her dream of supporting Bend’s business network through the Chamber
Brenda Speirs is the Queen Bee at Buzztag, a boutique corporate gift and brand merchandising agency with big-firm capabilities. Most days you’ll find her searching tirelessly for standout promotional products that tell her clients’ brand stories. Because to Brenda, it’s not just about slapping logos on stuff. It’s about how people feel when they receive a branded item. It’s about providing customers with a new favorite coffee mug that will hold their morning fuel or an unbelievably comfy hoodie that they wear around the house every single weekend. It’s about making people say “I love this.”
I work with organizations that need a Chief Operating Officer but can't afford an experienced candidate full time. I provide a fractional model where I work with 2 - 3 businesses at any given time, serving as a part-time Chief Operating Officer who can help them with strategic planning, leadership, staff development, project management, and much more. In short, I drive execution for key initiatives and priorities to move the needle and to help organizations transform from striving to thriving!