OK 2: Business Owners and Community Leaders in La Pine and South Deschutes County

Team 2 members are business owners and community leaders in La Pine and South Deschutes County

Facilitators

Aaron Schofield
Aaron Schofield

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.

Kathy Debone
Kathy Debone

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.

Team Members

Andy Meeuwsen
Andy Meeuwsen

I have been and Insurance and retirement advisor for the last 16 years with COUNTRY Financial and have owned my own agency for 13 of those 16 years. My biggest joy is owning my own business, being an employer of full time jobs in Southern Deschutes Co., and helping those that I come into contact with. My time away from work seems to be chasing my 4 kids around the state as they participate in school and activities, as well as having time with my wife of 23 years.

Patrick Jackson
Patrick Jackson

Patrick Jackson is a Loan Officer at Mann Mortgage in Central Oregon where he processes loan applications from start to finish, including mortgage refinancing and educating clients about their different financing options. Patrick has worked with reputable real estate agencies, including Coldwell Banker, Sotheby’s, and other national and local real estate firms. Patrick helps homeowners and new buyers secure a loan that suits their budget and goals.

Charla DeHate
Charla DeHate

I have been in management for medical organizations for over 30 years and have been the CEO of La Pine Community Health Center since 2011. I enjoy working at a community health center and for a non-profit company where we serve those that need 360 care--medical, behavioral/mental health, dental and assisting with social determinants of health.