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
Meeting time: 3rd Thursdays from 7:30 – 10am
I work for La Pine Park and Recreation District as the adult programs director and the facilities director. I have spent the majority of my career in marketing and organizational development, both in the private and nonprofit sectors. Additionally, I have been a pastor for more than 20 years.
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.
Owner/Operator of Leonardo Excavation LLC, Luke Leonardo, has over 10 years of excavation experience. He started in Northern California working for the family logging company. He soon found his passion in excavation and then began to excel in forestry construction. He has completed projects in stream restoration, logging road construction, mining, timber harvesting, erosion control, and material transport.
In 2011, Luke and his wife, Cassie, decided to make the move to Central Oregon in search of a better quality of life. They fell in love with the area, decided to put down roots, and started Leonardo Excavation LLC in the Spring of 2017. Luke is excited to bring his expertise into the residential arena, and looks forward to helping you with your next project, big or small!
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.
I am a graduate of COCC's small business management program which helped us to build a business in La Pine that was purchased by a Fortune 500 company in 1999. While enjoying retirement, I started a women's fitness center in Bellingham, Washington before selling it and moving back home to La Pine where I worked for the SBDC and started La Pine Business Center 12 years ago. I have facilitated for OK in that past and am delighted to be co-facilitating the first OK Group in La Pine.
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.