OK 16: Nonprofit Executive Directors
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
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.
I am the Executive Director of NeighborImpact and started my career in nonprofit management in 1988. I have served in leadership and staff roles in local, state and national organizations. I have been a local elected official since 1997, serving on the county commission, city council and school board. I have also served on various state boards and commissions.
Brad has worked for the past ten years empowering Latino families to thrive in Central Oregon as Executive Director of the Latino Community Association. He serves on several committees including the Parenting Education HUB, Better Together Latino Success Initiative, Let's Talk Diversity Coalition, FAN Steering Committee, and is a board member of the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board. Prior to moving to Central Oregon, he served in the Peace Corps in Uruguay, and lived abroad in Mexico and Thailand. Economic/social justice and cultural literacy are the driving forces that motivate how he lives his life. Away from work, Brad enjoys writing, playing music, hiking, and gardening, as well as playing soccer with his son Gabriel.
I am a lawyer and the Founder/Director of Red Earth RISING. For the last 25 years, I have specialized in women's rights, human rights and, specifically, violence against women. My work life has ranged from life as a journalist in Liberia, Field Assistant with NSF in Antarctica to my legal career as legal counsel, lobbyist, and law professor. Currently, Red Earth RISING has two projects: one in Uganda and another in Guerrero, Mexico. I received a B.A. in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Georgia, Athens and my J.D. from Lewis and Clark School of Law.
Carol-Ann is passionate about combining her love of the outdoors with bringing people to a new level of ability in their daily function. She is the founder of Destination Rehab. Carol-Ann grew up in Eugene and attended Willamette University before moving to attend Duke University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She demonstrated leadership and service as Class President of her DPT class, and upon graduating worked in Jacksonville, FL at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. Carol-Ann founded Destination Rehab in 2016 and enjoys working with patients with a variety of complex neurologic conditions including spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson's, Guillian-Barre, CP, spina bifida and multiple sclerosis. Carol-Ann is a licensed physical therapist in Oregon, and a member of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association and the Neurologic Section.
Kim has spent her career advocating for children living in the margins through no fault of their own. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Minor in Early Childhood from Western Washington University. With a career in early education, program management, grant writing, fund development, leadership, collective impact collaboratives and a fierce advocacy for children and families living in poverty and isolation in rural communities, she brings unique knowledge and stories of radical change to the conversations. Kim is the Executive Director of Friends of the Children Central Oregon.
Derek is the Executive Director at Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend. Derek was born and raised here in Bend, Oregon. The Boys & Girls Clubs have been a part of Derek’s life since high school. Derek attended the Club throughout high school participating in the Club’s basketball program and later became a volunteer coach. During his first summer back from college Derek began his career at Boys & Girls Club as a seasonal summer staff member. Since the Summer of 2005 Derek has held many different positions in the Club: he was our first Site Director of the Ariel extension (now known as the East Bend Club), Teen Director of the Downtown Bend Club, Club Director and Bend Area Director among many others before recently accepting the Executive Director role in June of 2014.
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.
Suzanne is the Executive Director of Oregon Adaptive Sports. She is a former financial executive who has worked in a variety of organizations in Central Oregon and northern California. Her industry experience ranges from software to manufacturing, aerospace to retail. Before working in the private sector, Suzanne worked in public accounting. Suzanne holds a bachelors degree in Accounting from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Alison is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Founder of Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is "A working ranch that restores purpose and spirit to veterans of all ages"
Marinus is the Executive Director of ReachAnother Foundation. The ReachAnother foundation helps build capacity in Ethiopia for neurosurgery, and care for children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Sinds 2009 we helped train the countries' 12 neurosurgeons, and have provide surgery for 500+babies, who until a few years ago all would have died.