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 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 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.
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 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.