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.
Adam is the Executive Director for the OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab. With over 10 years of experience in startup acceleration, small business development, and technology transfer, Adam is an expert at building initiatives that support innovators, entrepreneurs, funders, and their communities.
Adam earned his juris doctor from Duquesne University and a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.
Christine McClanahan, is the new Event and Fundraising Manager at Bend FC Timbers, developing and promoting club events. A proven fundraiser launched and executed fundraising strategies for nonprofits, helping market their brand and generate financial sponsorships for annual events.
My aspirations in life are to continue to craft my passions: Community Outreach, authentically “think-outside-the-box”, and building interpersonal relationships. I enjoy bringing individuals, businesses and leaders together for united purpose to support the non profits mission.
Educational background includes BS in Business and Accounting, Human Resource Management from California State University, Chico and University of California, Santa Cruz. As a life-learner follower of nonprofit and Public Radio podcasts. I enjoy backpacking all seasons, daily yoga practice and spending time with my three college age sons in Boise State University and University of Utah
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.
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.