OK 16: Nonprofit Executive Directors

OK 16

This team is made up of Executive Directors of local nonprofit organizations who work in direct human services.

Meeting time: Third Tuesday of the month from 12 to 2

Facilitators

Kecia Kubota
Kecia Kubota

Kecia has been the Executive Director of Camp Fire Central Oregon since 2013. Previously she was in the business sector for 20+ years managing small businesses in the investment and photography industries. She is enjoying applying her business expertise to breathe new life into the organization and revitalize and grow its programs and outreach in the community.

Julie Lyche
Julie Lyche

Julie N. Lyche has lived and worked in Central Oregon for more than 20 years and has been the Executive Director of the Family Access Network (FAN) since 2003. She has worked with community agencies for over 25 years as a funder and agency provider, focusing on issues involving children and families.

Team Members

Chris Watson
Chris Watson

Since April 2013, I have served as executive director of the Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT), leading WSCAT’s 10-person staff and working with the WSCAT board, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) tribal government, and community partners to promote community development on the Warm Springs Reservation. Before coming to Warm Springs, I served as a senior analyst at the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) in Washington DC, evaluating nearly 100 community-based projects implemented by Native American tribes and nonprofits, including over 40 economic development projects. I have also served as a consultant, researcher, and evaluator for various U.S. and international NGOs; as a grant proposal writer and project manager at a New Hampshire agricultural education center; as a US Army lieutenant, and as an ESL instructor. I have a bachelor’s degree in history and government from Claremont McKenna College and Master’s degree in sustainable development from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT, and have worked or studied in Nepal, South Korea, Germany, Guatemala, and Saudi Arabia. I live in Bend with my wife Hanako and my dog Dewey.

Lauren Olander
Lauren Olander

I am the Regional Director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington based right inside the Bend Ronald McDonald House. I have been with RMHC since the fall of 2019 and was previously the Director of Estate and Gift Planning with American Cancer Society. Prior to joining the non-profit world where I love being able to make a difference in peoples lives each and every day, I was a litigation attorney in downtown Los Angeles. I was happy to leave that world behind and move to Bend with my husband, Jeff and two boys, Jake and Zack.

Chloe Honaker Richon
Chloe Honaker Richon

In 2000 Chloe moved from her native France to Bend to get married and apply the sales and marketing degrees she had recently earned from colleges in France and England. She was lucky to be the first intern at the High Desert Museum, an experience which paved the way for her non profit career . Since those early days, she has worked for Deschutes Children's Foundation, the Environmental Center, Commute Options. She took time off to raise her boys and travel the world and currently works with ReachAnother Foundation.

Katrina Van Dis
Katrina Van Dis

Katrina grew up on a cherry orchard in Eastern Oregon. She loves everything that has to do with food, farms and dirt. Her long term goals sprouted from the desire to understand the juxtaposition between the joy and hard work of farming and how government regulations affect efficiencies, economies of scale and simply getting the food that we need to be healthy and happy. She is a driven professional having received a BS in Environmental Science from Washington State University, an MS in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont, and a Certificate in Ecological Economic from the Gund Institute. Katrina has devoted her professional and personal life to strengthening Central Oregon communities through food access and local-food support.

High Desert Food & Farm Alliance

Christen Eby
Christen Eby

Christen is a PT and the Executive Director of Treehouse Therapies. She has worked in various treatment settings, including private practice, hospital, home, and school settings. She also has experience with aquatic and hippotherapy. Christen earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.