OK 10: Anti-Racism at Work
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.
René Mitchell is the Director of Marketing for Humm Kombucha. Previously, René was co-founder and Director of Client Services at Bend-based branding agency, tbd, providing strategic direction for some of the most innovative local and regional businesses. René is a creative convener and promotes arts, culture, and social change as the founder of Scalehouse Collaborative for the Arts, visionary of the Bend Design conference, and a founding partner of Scalehouse Gallery (formerly At Liberty Arts Collaborative). René brings a unique perspective to the work, informed by decades of creative exploration both professionally and personally, and believes that art, design and creativity has always been one of the greatest tools for shifting perceptions, creating conversation, challenging the norm and amplifying voices that have been historically underrepresented. René finds most of her inspiration from her two young daughters and their creative pursuits. She loves film festivals, books, far flung destinations, and spaghetti.
Mindy Aisling lives in Bend with her husband, a teacher at Redmond High School, and her teenage son, a student at Mt. View High School.
A long-time entrepreneur and previous business coach, Mindy brings years of expertise to the Downtown Bend Business Association, where she's been in service to the Downtown Bend community since 2015.
In her free time, Mindy loves long backpacking adventures, challenging mountaineering trips, playing board games with friends, listening to live music, competing in bar trivia, and like any good Bendite, drinking craft beer.
I am the Executive Director of The Haven. I was fortunate to have been hired a few months before we opened so I have gotten to see this whole story unfold. I have been a business owner and Executive Chef in my previous career.
I moved to Bend in 2003, and have served as the Executive Director of Volunteers in Medicine for the last 12 years. I was raised in very small town in Mississippi, and have an undergraduate degree in International Relations, and a Masters in Public Administration. My professional interests are in strategic planning, board and organizational leadership, health in all policies, and creating a better Bend. My husband, Mike, and I have raised 3 daughters who have all graduated from Bend-LaPine schools and are my proudest accomplishment(s).
Mike joined The Environmental Center in 2008 as Executive Director. He has 30 years of experience with environmental, community radio, and health care nonprofit organizations and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Washington. Mike has co-chaired a variety of City of Bend advisory committees on growth, transportation and sewer infrastructure and co-chaired Go Bend 2020, the PAC that led the campaign to pass Bend's $190 million transportation bond measure in November 2020. He was a founder of 88.9 KPV high Desert community Radio and Bend 2030. Mike is raising two boys with his wife Minny Purinton. He works hard to balance family, work, outdoor fun, and community involvement and can’t imagine a better place to live than Central Oregon.
I am the Executive Vice President at Mid Oregon Credit Union. My core values are integrity, excellence, knowledge, and work ethic. I believe in free market principles, individual responsibility, and independence.