OK 21: The Emerging Leaders
Brittania Leja is an Associate Organizational Development Consultant with St. Charles Health System (SCHS). The Organizational Development (OD) Team supports St. Charles’ caregivers and leaders in their engagement, inter-personal skills and professional development through leadership courses, coaching and team interventions.
Brittania relocated to Central Oregon from the Chicago suburbs in 2015 and began her career in hospitality sales. In 2019 she joined St. Charles’ OD Team and developed and facilitated classes such as New Caregiver Orientation, Effective Communication, Managing Conflict and DiSC Profile. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she managed the Labor Pool Branch of St. Charles’ Incident Command. This team coordinated the SCHS workforce through the initial COVID response, Mass Vaccine Clinic, the support of our state-issued nurse travelers and National Guard.
Brittania is deeply involved in her community through the area’s personal and professional development organizations. Since 2018, she has served the Bend Young Professionals program as a program ambassador, committee member, committee chair, and now serves as the Advisory Council Chair. She served as the intern for the Bend Chamber board for the 2020-2021 term, and was welcomed to join the BendNEXT board in September 2021. Brittania’s drive for community and connection influence her ties to Central Oregon.
Rob Hambleton is the Branch Manager and Business Partner for BBSI of Central Oregon – an HR services company designed to help businesses with payroll, HR, Risk & Safety and Business Consulting Services.
Rob moved to Oregon in 2002 after a successful Fortune 500 career as a Finance Director for Ford, Kodak, and Dell. Rob was immediately immersed in several community and small business development efforts and in that same year he also started his training company, Soul Canyon Training & Development which has been putting on live and online training programs across the US and Canada for nearly two decades. In 2016, he partnered with BBSI to offer training courses to small business owners in key skill areas for owners and employees. Rob’s passion for small business and entrepreneurship comes initially from working in the family construction business while growing up. Rob also sees that small businesses form the backbone of our economy, but they need certain skills and resources if they are to be sustainable.
Rob has an MBA and undergraduate degrees in Management and Finance from the University of Utah and holds several training certifications in gamification and content development.
I moved to Bend from Southern California in 2006 with my husband. I'm a Mom to 3 young boys that keep me going. We are a family that enjoys the outdoors from skiing in
the winter to hiking in the summer and enjoying the high lakes. I have had a strong career in large box retail and small box for the last 18 years. I have a background in
operations and human resources.
I have been with Broken Top Brands since September 2021 working as the Wholesale Account Manager. My responsibilities are to build and maintain relationships with ourcustomers while meeting sales and profit goals. I also supervise sales strategies and collaborate with buyers to drive sales opportunities throughout the selling process.
As of right now I am the Sales Manager at Ryan Walker State Farm. Later this year we have a second location opening. Once that happens I will manage our original office. I’ve only worked with Ryan for 2 years but it’s been off to the races from day one. In my free time my wife and I stay very busy doing our best to keep up with our two toddlers. We enjoy getting outdoors as much as possible whether that’s a day at the lake or a neighborhood bike ride.
Henry is the Account Manager at Wahoo Films, a full service, script-to-screen video production company that maintains clients not only in the Pacific Northwest, but throughout the country and world as well. His passions include storytelling and developing concepts and storylines for the projects he works on with his team. Wahoo Films produces short films with big impact- from conservation and environmental films to sustainable technologies and corporate videos.
As a fifth-generation Oregonian, I was fortunate to land back on home turf to help grow Algofy in Central Oregon following 3 years of development in Barcelona. I spend my working hours making sure our clients and team have the tools and support they need to actualize the opportunities that exist in digital marketing. Outside of work, you can find me on a trail, lake, or rock wall.
My name is Caitlin Sims and I am the Branch Manager for Washington Trust Bank. I've been a part of the Central Oregon community for the past nine years, all in branch banking. I have over 12 years banking experience, six of them in management.
I am part Creative Director, Manager of Open Space Event Studio and work part time as a producer for The Call to Create Podcast, Patronage Films and Central District Investments, LLC. I am also an independent creative and board member with Desert Diamond Productions—a newly formed women led arts and entertainment nonprofit.
I am the Executive Director of Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA), a regional nonprofit with a mission to develop, protect, and enhance the Central Oregon mountain bike experience through trail stewardship, advocacy, collaboration, and education. I have a t-shirt that says "Ask me about trails" because all I talk about is trails! When I'm not working you can find me...you guessed it...out on a trail!
I am the Annual Fund Manager at The Environmental Center. I lead the fundraising team, write grants, coordinate donor cultivation plans with our Executive Director and Board, and manage the donor database. I also serve on our DEI committee, working to guide the organization toward more just, inclusive, and equitable practices. In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar and singing, spending time with my family, and outdoor activities like camping, fishing, biking, and rock climbing.