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 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.
I grew up in Central Oregon, graduated from Willamette University in Salem, and then lived (and learned) in Japan for 8 years. I have worked in education in both the US and Japan, in all levels of education from infant care and preschool to college classrooms. I am passionate about always taking the next step in my personal and professional life, and with my organization. I love that I get to continue teaching and learning with both children and adults in my position as executive director of Inspire Early Learning Centers
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.
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.