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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Diane is executive director of Healthy Beginnings, a nonprofit that provides free health and developmental assessments of families with children under the age of five. She has 20 years as a social worker in both New York and Oregon, and prior to Healthy Beginnings was an executive leadership coach helping organizations build thriving teams. She has lived in Bend for 5 years with her family and enjoys skiing, hiking and travel.
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.