OK 9: Service-Based Businesses
Team 9 members are owners and leaders in service-based businesses.
April holds an M.A. in Applied Anthropology with an emphasis in Visual Anthropology. Over the last 15 years, April's work has taken her across the world and close to home in marketing companies and social service agencies. April's passion is to help companies and organizations define and capture their uniqueness, to reach their audience and stand out from competitors. April owns O'Meara Photography.
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!
Jennie Thom is an Artist, Instructor and the owner of Bright Life Creative Studio. She creates her own original art, and helps others discover and embrace their own creativity. She believes in anyone and everyone’s creative potential, and shows this as she skillfully yet effortlessly brings out the artist in those who find themselves sitting in front of a blank canvas at one of her painting parties.
She has taught art on 2 continents in 2 languages and has showcased her talents in ways ranging from gallery exhibits to performance art to independent film. For years she sold her paintings at high end art shows all over the US, from the Portland Pearl District to the Twin Cities of Minnesota and just about everywhere in between.
Jennie holds a B.A. in Fine Art from San Diego State University, and has lived in Bend, OR for over 10 years.
I am a personal trainer, outdoor explorer and movement coach helping others find joy in movement. I started JessBFit 6 years ago as an alternative to the big-box gym. As a *not* naturally gifted athlete, I felt very uncomfortable in "fitness training" spaces. Instead, I found my pathway to fitness through hiking, climbing and being active outdoors: first in the White Mountains in New Hampshire and now in the Cascades Range. I most enjoy exploring the forests, mountains, deserts and coastline of the Pacific Northwest on foot.
With over 10 years of web design experience, and a degree in Multimedia Design from the University of Oregon, Kevin holds a multidisciplinary background of graphic design, computer science, and business. As the CEO and head client liaison, you have Kevin’s ear and attention from start to finish. Kevin’s keen and unmatched eye for detail, his leadership on the board of local business associations and nonprofits, and his background in international e-commerce management and video production make him a regional leader in this industry. He currently enjoys all that Bend, OR has to offer with his wife, Sarah, their son Beck, and their dog, Lennon.
After nearly two decades in Broadcast Television I started my own video production company. I've spent time as a television producer, sports and news anchor, as well a feature reporter. I still love to tell stories, but now my goal is to do it for you. I tell clients let J-Cam Productions be your “Chief Storytelling Officer”. I will use video and sound to share your story on the web or social media and it has been found that video is the most effective way to market your business.
Irene is the founder of Therapy RCM Partners, a billing and consulting service for rehab therapists in private practice across the U.S. With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Irene has an in the trenches knowledge of medical billing best practices and is committed to helping rehab therapist navigate their revenue cycle.
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.