Selections awarded for Leadership Bend’s class of 2016

The selections have been awarded for Leadership Bend’s Class of 2016. Leadership Bend, a program of the Bend Chamber, is designed to identify, educate, train and connect willing and committed citizens to leadership roles within the community.

Selections are made from a broad and diverse cross section of the community and must go through a rigorous application and selection process. The final participants are drawn from acknowledged and aspiring leaders who share a commitment to actively driving a long-term and positive impact in the community.

Leadership Bend is excited to announce the following selections for the Class of 2016:

Renee Alexander, BBT Architects

Geoff Babb, Bureau of Land Management

Derek Bickel, EverBank

Garrett Chrostek, Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, P.C.

Ann Cook, Double Tree by Hilton

Wayne Dickinson, Bank of the Cascades

Wendy Edde, City of Bend

Jacob Fain, Morgan Stanley

Dan Fishkin, Veritas Corporate Law, P.C.

Nancy Gammond-Moody, Barrett Business Services, Inc.

Amanda Gow, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon

Shelley Griffin,  Harcourts The Garner Group Real Estate

Meghan Hall, Brooks Resources Corp.

Jeff S. Hinman, Karnopp Petersen, LLP

Ben Holloway, Deschutes Brewery

Christin Hunter, Windermere Central Oregon Real Estate

Cheryl McIntosh, Lenity Architecture (co-owner Studio Absolute)

Shelley Nelson, NeighborImpact

Barry Nielsen, Central Oregon Radiology Associates, P.C.

Michele O’Hara, Zolo Media

Stacy Pell, Deschutes Brewery

Valerie Rekward, Delicious Design

Rachael Rees van den Berg, Bend Chamber of Commerce

Matt Sybrant, Economic Development for Central Oregon

Becca Tatum, George Jackson Academy & Union Theological Seminary

Aly Waibel, Opportunity Knocks

It is the Bend Chamber’s belief that everything begins with leadership. As a growing and very special region in Oregon, the issues become increasingly more complex and the need for leadership is greater than ever. After all, who will “pass the torch” and continue to build upon what was already created by our pillars before us?

“I’m excited to guide another class of emerging local leaders through this program and see the impact they will have on this community,”  said Jamie Christman, executive director, Leadership Bend.

Over the course of nine months, the participants of Leadership Bend will work with local leaders to expand awareness and understanding of the complex issues and opportunities facing Bend and the region.

Now in its 23rd year, the program has over 360 alumni that include a variety of business owners, CEOs, city managers, superintendents, executive directors, elected officials, industry leaders and professionals. Leadership Bend is fully supported by local community resources and is grateful for a community that believes in investing in its local leadership.

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