The success of Opportunity Knocks is largely attributed to the passionate, knowledgeable and trained volunteers that serve as team Facilitators. As leaders of their teams, they provide their members with a structured agenda with a strategic focus producing action items for each of the team’s members.
Some of the benefits that Opportunity Knocks Facilitators experience include: Taking pride in helping team members flourish in their business undertakings, Gain insight and learn new skills and practices that improve their professional abilities and contribute to the broader community well being by helping team members improve their business functioning, which then has a positive impact and ripple effect community wide.
If you have an interest in learning more about becoming an Opportunity Knocks Facilitator, please contact Michele O’Hara, Executive Director at email@example.com.
For the past 14 years, Valerie has overseen the marketing for Brooks Resources, one of the region’s oldest and most respected real estate development companies. In her role as the Director of Marketing, she manages multiple strategic marketing plans and day-to-day tactics including events, campaigns, digital marketing and PR. In addition to volunteering for OK, Valerie is a board member of the Family Access Network Foundation Board and serves as the administrator for Building a Better Bend.
Retired executive with experiences across sales, marketing and general management (CEO), high tech and marketing services industries, three start-up companies and two Fortune 1000 companies, operating from the U.S. and Europe, with frequent travel to Asia. Also have done some sales and marketing consulting, and created and taught a class in the Portland State University graduate program on the use of market research to improve the process of innovation. I am currently active with two non-profits, in addition to my work with Opportunity Knocks.
Caleb is a Principal at Bend Accounting PC, a full service accounting firm in Bend.
Andrea, who is still working in retirement, is the owner of Sage Coach, Inc.. An expert in leadership and entrepreneurship, Andrea brings 41 years of business experience to her work. She works with C-level executives, movers and shakers in Human Resources, entrepreneurs, and all leaders. She is the author of An Entrepreneur's Trail Guide and Play to Your Strengths. She has been a Master Certified Coach since 2003, and loves facilitating her OK1 Team. She is an avid reader, a desert hiker, and an amateur watercolor artist.
Linden Gross is a bestselling writer, successful writing coach and blog coach, and the founder of the One Stop Writing Shop. Drawing on her editing and writing background, as well as her experience with and love for teaching, she helps make her clients' messages and writing sound like them—only better. Tapping into her love of travel and background as a national journalist and travel writer, Linden is also the driving force behind Oregon LocalGetaways, where people can find great deals on drive-to destinations.
Georell Bracelin helps businesses brand, plan, market and promote. A Central Oregonian for nearly 20 years, she is the owner and marketing strategist behind Gb2 Agency, a full-service advertising agency. Georell has worked over the years with many small and large Central Oregon businesses and has launched several businesses along the way, including a successful snowboard brand for female riders. Currently, she calls on these years of experience and adventure to help her put together irresistible and creative marketing strategies and campaigns for her clients.
It’s rare that someone finds their passion at such a young age and follows it dogmatically, unwilling to be diverted by adolescent whims. But just like her images, Michelle stayed focused. She got accepted at the USC Cinema and eventually landed a job at National Geographic/Sony, Monterey Bay Aquarium, BBC, and became a media teacher. For over ten years, she’s owned Wahoo Films. Michelle’s genuine passion for her clients is evident in the videos she produces for them.
Simply an artist at heart, Melissa loves the outdoors and finds inspiration in the raw beauty of nature. She grew up in the wild Alaskan wilderness and holds a special place in her heart for all things untamed. She is most passionate about the creative arts, cultivating community and helping others -- so she built a business around it. At Inspired Melissa, she gets to work with inspired professionals whose businesses are fueled by a passion to serve. Her services include launching new businesses, branding, graphic design, website development, and project management. Melissa also manages the Northwest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market, she sits on the Board of Directors for Bend ConnectW, and she leads local women's groups.
Lucy is the Director of Professional Services at Agency Revolution.
Carole is the Owner and Operator at La Rosa, an Authentic Mexican Kitchen.
For more than 20 years I have been involved with the Central Oregon Opportunity Knocks community as well as an account executive in the printing and promotional products industry. My interest and passion for supporting our small businesses and non-profit organizations has resulted in so many amazing, collaborative relationships and has been an inspiring and ongoing source of personal and professional development. I am privileged to co-facilitate the OK 9 team and serve a dynamic group of young, bright and achieving entrepreneurs!
I am a partner in Eclipse Engineering and the Branch Manager of the Bend, Oregon office. I am a licensed civil engineer and licensed structural engineer in the State of Oregon and have an engineering license in 41 US states, DC, and Guam.
Erin is the Membership and Events Manager at EDCO, Economic Development for Central Oregon.
Noelle Fredland is a marketing professional with over 25 years of experience. She most recently retired in 2020 from her role as marketing director of the Old Mill District and the Les Schwab Amphitheater. She is passionate about brand, community, service and culture and has a varied experience in hospitality, retail, restaurants, tourism and entrepreneurship. Founder of the Bend JOY Project.
Todd Laurence is a sales leader in the technology industry, and an Adjunct Instructor for general business classes at OSU Cascades in Bend. He has sold complex enterprise solutions and built sales teams globally for two decades. His industry expertise spans open source software, large scale analytics, cloud infrastructure, robotics, artificial intelligence, supply chain/manufacturing, and even food/ag tech. Todd's sales leadership includes roles at both global technology giants and early stage hardware/software startups, two of which achieved successful IPOs. He has deep expertise in Latin America, where he has closed business deals and delivered keynotes in fluent Spanish at conferences throughout the region. Todd also manages a small family foundation dedicated to "venture philanthropy”, whose mission is to provide seed grants and mentoring to promising early stage non-profit organizations. Todd received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University, and earned an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA. He is an avid runner, alpine skier and outdoor enthusiast.
I help businesses reach higher growth and profitability while also coaching executive teams to perform at their best. My track record of building my business to be one of Oregon's Fastest Growing Companies (2 years in a row) and on the Inc. 5000 (2 years in a row), while also being voted one of the best places to work in Oregon provides a library of actionable experience for my clients.
Business Strategist & Senior Level Advisor with Global Experience - Finance | Operations | Supply Chain
Josh Bostock has 16 years in banking with a passion for helping small businesses grow and succeed. He currently works as a Business Specialist with US Bank helping educate and advise companies on their financial needs as well as connecting them to the extensive resources within the Central Oregon community.
Owner / CEO / President of POA. I don't like doing sales, but it's one of my main job functions, so I came up with an acronym for sales. Now I can say ''I'll go get this CRAAP done'....CRAP is Customer Relationships and Automation Possibilities. I am an avid mountain biker and love living in central Oregon!
A self taught technologist, focusing on the integration of technology and software in the workplace and daily life. I started acKnowledge Security & IT to begin building the much needed bridges between technology and reality. My goals are to facilitate the acceptance of technology and empower users in applying it to the modern day business or life. Above and beyond - my aim is to provide exceptional support & guidance; bringing technology in - to work for YOU!
With over 30 years building outdoor brands, Gary’s entrepreneurial career began in the emerging snowboard industry, and was augmented by work and collaboration with companies including Helly Hansen, Sessions, Nike, KIALOA, Homeschool Snowboarding and more. In 2014, he founded Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW), the first independent outdoor accelerator in the US, to help mentor and grow early and growth stage outdoor companies, and has become known as a community leader and advocate for the outdoor industry. A serial entrepreneur, Gary is also a founding partner in Tokyo Starfish, a vertically integrated cannabis business with production, wholesale and four Oregon retail locations. He was a founding member of the Oregon Outdoor Alliance (OOA), as well as Cascade Cannabis Association (CCA), a cannabis industry organization for Deschutes County. He is also a board member of the Oregon Entrepreneurial Network. representing Central Oregon in both outdoor and cannabis industries through business collaboration and political representation.
Business leader serving as President & CEO of EP Climbing Walls, with a proven 25+ year track record in building and motivating cross-functional teams ranging from 5 to 60 members through all management phases, including vision and strategy, anticipation, needs assessment, design and development, budgeting, execution and completion. Strong and effective communicator with a flexible mindset focused on the support and empowerment of teams to accomplish their individual and organizational goals. Extensive experience in consultative sales, manufacturing, and project management in the construction and climbing wall industries.
Meg Chun is the co-founder and current President of Bend Surf. Prior to launching Bend Surf in 2021, Meg was the CEO and co-founder of KIALOA Paddles where she held a myriad of leadership positions for over 20 years. At the end of 2018 she led the team successfully led the team through the sale of KIALOA Paddles to Werner Paddles.
Prior to living the life of a business owner, Meg spent the first 15 years of her career as a Special Education teacher. Today she blends the skills she acquired as a teacher with her business experience and also spends time consulting, coaching and mentoring others.
Meg is a member of the U.S. Bank Advisory Board, a legacy board member of the Oregon Outdoor Alliance, a board Member of Terra Frma and a co-facilitator of an Opportunity Knocks business group. She is a coach and an active racing member of Bend Oregon Outrigger Canoe Club.
Meg works and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband Dave where she shares her passion for paddling and enjoys the many outdoor activities that Central Oregon has to offer.
As CEO of Kollective I am actively involved in understanding the needs of our global customer base, building a world-class team, and driving an agile and innovative culture. I have 30 years of successful experience in business and technology leadership including three previous CEO stints at Visible Technologies, Talisma, and Captura as well as executive Sales positions at IBM and Lotus.
Having grown up in the Northwest, I was grateful to eventually make my way to Bend, OR approximately fourteen years ago to not only raise a family with my better half, but to co-found a software company, Manzama, here in Central Oregon. My wife and I enjoy enjoy all the great things Bend, Oregon has to offer as well as raising our two kids and two dogs in this great community. I exercise my passion for coaching as part of the staff for the Freshmen Football Team at Summit Highschool and by providing sand volleyball clinics for middle school kids.
Adam is the Executive Director for the OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab. With over 10 years of experience in startup acceleration, small business development, and technology transfer, Adam is an expert at building initiatives that support innovators, entrepreneurs, funders, and their communities.
Adam earned his juris doctor from Duquesne University and a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.
Even though I'm a licensed engineer and I no longer participate directly in the construction industry, I take pride in the title of "builder" more than any other. In school I learned the fundamentals of building; in my first job I was a part of teams that built over $2.7B of industrial and commercial projects; and now I invest my time in building a team to deliver value to our local business clients and our community.
Aaron Schofield, AVP-Branch manager at First Interstate Bank, he has been with the First Interstate Bank for over 10 years. He graduated in 1998 from JCC with AAS in Accounting and started his professional career With Jefferson County as a Staff accountant. He left the county and became a General Manager for Carrols Corporation that he remained in for 15 years.. He serves on the Sunriver Chamber of Commerce and the La Pine Chamber of Commerce and is the Treasurer for both. Aaron also serves on the La Pine Parks and Recreation Foundation board as well as the Sunriver/ La Pine rotary and is the incoming president of the club. Through this board support he believes it help’s better our community and grow business’s. He has a great passion for helping build the community through business development and supports those efforts. Aaron and his wife Sarah support many of the community events and are involved with those efforts. Aaron and his family reside here in Sunriver and volunteer at various community events. Aaron is a New York native and moved to Central Oregon a little over 10 years ago.
Marisa is the Communications Director for the Deschutes River Conservancy and a professional photographer specializing in portraits and events Marisa has a Bachelor’s of Arts in French Literature from the University of Oregon which has allowed her to travel the world teaching language and taking pictures. Marisa is passionate about community, connection, creativity and collaboration.
Brittania Leja is an Associate Organizational Development Consultant with St. Charles Health System (SCHS). The Organizational Development (OD) Team supports St. Charles’ caregivers and leaders in their engagement, inter-personal skills and professional development through leadership courses, coaching and team interventions.
Brittania relocated to Central Oregon from the Chicago suburbs in 2015 and began her career in hospitality sales. In 2019 she joined St. Charles’ OD Team and developed and facilitated classes such as New Caregiver Orientation, Effective Communication, Managing Conflict and DiSC Profile. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she managed the Labor Pool Branch of St. Charles’ Incident Command. This team coordinated the SCHS workforce through the initial COVID response, Mass Vaccine Clinic, the support of our state-issued nurse travelers and National Guard.
Brittania is deeply involved in her community through the area’s personal and professional development organizations. Since 2018, she has served the Bend Young Professionals program as a program ambassador, committee member, committee chair, and now serves as the Advisory Council Chair. She served as the intern for the Bend Chamber board for the 2020-2021 term, and was welcomed to join the BendNEXT board in September 2021. Brittania’s drive for community and connection influence her ties to Central Oregon.
Rob Hambleton is the Branch Manager and Business Partner for BBSI of Central Oregon – an HR services company designed to help businesses with payroll, HR, Risk & Safety and Business Consulting Services.
Rob moved to Oregon in 2002 after a successful Fortune 500 career as a Finance Director for Ford, Kodak, and Dell. Rob was immediately immersed in several community and small business development efforts and in that same year he also started his training company, Soul Canyon Training & Development which has been putting on live and online training programs across the US and Canada for nearly two decades. In 2016, he partnered with BBSI to offer training courses to small business owners in key skill areas for owners and employees. Rob’s passion for small business and entrepreneurship comes initially from working in the family construction business while growing up. Rob also sees that small businesses form the backbone of our economy, but they need certain skills and resources if they are to be sustainable.
Rob has an MBA and undergraduate degrees in Management and Finance from the University of Utah and holds several training certifications in gamification and content development.
After completing Small Business Management Year 1 and 2 at COCC, I wanted to continue my personal and professional growth. I found Opportunity Knocks fulfills that need. It’s been the perfect transition. Being able to discuss my business with experts in a confidential manner has been priceless. It’s like having an experienced board of directors. We’ve been in business 17 years in La Pine and have had the pleasure of employing people in our community during that time. I’ve been married to my husband Tony for 27 years, and we have an amazing 22 year old son, Mike. We live in rural Deschutes county on a small farm keeping us busy when we aren’t working.
LeeAnn is a recovering corporate attorney and founding partner of Allyship in Action. She has served Central Oregon as the family law facilitator for the Deschutes County Circuit Court and was an active member of the state’s Family Law Advisory Committee’s sub-committees on court education and domestic violence. She also provided services to Central Oregon as the bilingual Spanish-English legal advocate for Saving Grace, where she led efforts to expand outreach and access for marginalized communities and provided anti-oppression trainings for domestic violence advocates across the state and region. LeeAnn earned her B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University, her M.A. in International Development from American University School of International Service, and her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. She was a founding editor of The Modern American, a publication dedicated to diversity and the law, and is a certified anti-racism trainer.
I am the co-founder of The Haven, School Board Partners (www.schoolboardpartners.org), Cascade Relays, the Cascade Relays Foundation (www.cascaderelays.com), and Strengthening Central Oregon PAC (www.scopac.net). I am also the Chair of the Bend La Pine School Board, and on the Board of TEDxBend (www.tedxbend.com) and Oregon RAIN (www.oregonrain.org). I was born and raised in Bend and am deeply committed to ensuring our community is inclusive, innovative, sustainable and vibrant. I am mother to two beautiful little girls and wife to my best friend, Scott Douglass.
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.
Veteran public affairs and political consulting professional turned small business owner. I have over twenty years of marketing, public affairs and strategic communications experience in Denver, Colorado, and am thrilled to now call Bend, Oregon home and promote our new venture: The Collective NWX, a community coworking space.
Professional skills include Policy Development, Nonprofit Management, Event Planning, Crisis Communications, Brand Development, Fundraising, Public Speaking, Organizational/Strategic Planning. I am a community-minded problem solver, collaborator, negotiator, strategic thinker, and facilitator.
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.
Affton is the CEO and Founder of Broken Top Brands, a Bend based company curating soy candles, lotions, soap, linen sprays and more. If you were to meet her person, she’d tell you the following: She’s a mother of three, has an immense love for tacos, paddle boarding, hitting the gym, and spending as much time with family and friends as humanly possible.
Founded in 2015 in her small kitchen, the company has grown to its current state in a 10,000 sq foot manufacturing facility in Bend, and a tight knit crew of 27 staff members that now make up the growing company. Affton found success in pitching to key wholesale accounts starting locally, and now features her products in Macy’s, Whole Foods, Crate and Barrel, and more, maintaining sustainable packaging and plant-based ingredients along the way!
Dominic has a 20+ year career in helping brands with development and execution of Product, Packaging, Brand and Marketing strategies. The results of his work have engaged new target customers, increased market share and driven product innovation for large CPG, Direct Market and Start-up companies. In addition, Dominic has 16 years of experience with Harry & David where he was responsible for all Product Development and Branding for 3 national brands, 3 e-commerce platforms and 250 retail stores as well as wholesale and B2B sales channels. Dominic manages his own consulting and project services company (DeMaria Consulting) where he collaborates and integrates into organizations, solves problems and helps companies grow and achieve their goals.
A passion for excellence and results in marketing for premium B2B & B2C brands of all sizes. Experience spans both agency and brand side work in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver BC, Seattle, Portland and now Bend. Strategic C-Level leadership that has led brands from inception through high revenue launches for notables like: J&J's Winnie the Pooh & Pals Bath Time Buddies, Nordstrom's NOL Private Label Brand, AT&T - PocketNet Phone, Starbucks include the launch of Frappuccino, Rembrandt Oral Care Products, Microsoft, Xbox, Nike, Lora DiCarlo, adidas, LinkedIn as well as a wide range of technology startups - all with a passion for best in class category building and disruption.
Jen co-founded Jem Organics, a purpose-centered food manufacturing business. Jen was the CEO for 10 years and helped grow the company to $900K in annual revenue before she decided to sell the majority shares to partners that would be able to fund the growth and take over the day-to-day operations. After 10 years, Jen was ready to take her experience from the school of hard knocks and great success to others in the industry.
Jen is currently a BizDev consultant for a women-owned company and acts as a coach to several small business start-ups, which is Jens sweet spot.
Jen is honored to be an OK facilitator for the OK 6 (FaB; Food and Beverage) group, where she brings support, compassion, and practical industry experience and wisdom to the members.