OK 20: Community Engagement Nonprofits
Team 20 members are key employees in nonprofit organizations that promote economic development and community engagement in Central Oregon.
Meeting time: First Wednesday of the month from 8 to 10am
Marisa is the Communications Director for the Deschutes River Conservancy and a professional photographer specializing in portraits and events Marisa has a Bachelor’s of Arts in French Literature from the University of Oregon which has allowed her to travel the world teaching language and taking pictures. Marisa is passionate about community, connection, creativity and collaboration.
Erin is the Membership and Events Manager at EDCO, Economic Development for Central Oregon.
Derek spent 23 years in the United States Marine Corps, serving as an enlisted Marine and an officer, both on the ground and in the air. This included serving as an F/A-18 aviator and in the special operations community. He has been a member of Project Recover (previously the BentProp Project) for more than 15 years and currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer. He studied history at Oregon State University for his undergraduate education. He holds an M.A. in Higher Education Leadership and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. Additionally, he holds a credential from Stanford University in Non-Profit Executive Leadership and is a 2019 President George W. Bush Scholar. His research interests and focuses include adult development, veterans accessing higher education, the impact of structure and stratification on leadership practices, and more. He spends his spare time in the outdoors, reading, and staying active. Some of his goals include running a marathon in every state and visiting every National Park.
Louise is the Program Director for the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (HDFFA). She has an MS Environmental Science and a BS Ecology and Conservation. Though curious about pretty much everything, Louise is particularly passionate about connecting people to the natural world and each other through an inclusive, collaborative and interdisciplinary approach.
Before coming to Sisters-Folk-Festival,-Inc. as Development Director, Steven served executive stints at Minnesota’s St. Paul Winter Carnival, Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and several of Oregon’s iconic festivals including da Vinci Days, Waterfront Blues Festival, Eugene Celebration and the Oregon Truffle Festival. He has taught event management as an adjunct faculty member for Arizona State University’s Hospitality and Tourism program, the University of Oregon’s Arts and Administration graduate program, and in the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music. He and his wife Kat, a Eugene native, have lived in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, and Ashland and moved to Sisters in 2017.
I am an outgoing and energetic young woman from Chicago, who is now the Program Coordinator for the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA). I have a degree in environmental biology and got my start in the outdoor world of work through Americorps. Since I can remember, I've been spending my free time hiking, biking, camping, and in the water when the weather is warm. A sense of community when it comes to outdoor recreation is something I've always strived for, and have found that in my town and workplace.