Carol Stiles

Congratulations to Carol Stiles, 2018 Woman of the Year Award recipient!

Over a period of 20 years, Carol developed the first  Head Start program for Bend and Central Oregon. During that time, she and the programs that evolved from that first program have impacted so many families and children in central Oregon.


The Family Resource Center was born with Carol as one of the founding members.

While serving as the executive director of the Head Start Programs in Central Oregon, Carol was a part of the group of citizens and professionals that came together to create a community action plan addressing parenting and family services needs throughout our community. The Family Resource Center was born with Carol as one of the founding members.

She spearheaded the administrative and funding arm of the Family Resource Center bringing Central Oregon Community College into the mix as an anchor for several enriching programs that served the needs of Central Oregon’s families. She has shaped our community from the inside out by working to bring much needed services that help sustain healthy families in our community to this day.

Recipient’s Organizations and Activities:

  • Central Oregon Community College Early Childhood Advisory Committee – designed and implemented Early Childhood Education degree.
  • Committee on Early Education and Development, Chair – created a 10-year strategic plan for Deschutes County for services to young children and families which became a state model.
  • State Task Force on Incarcerated Parents – addressed unique issues of families of incarceration and implemented a model to address concerns. Co-wrote a grant for Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office to create a mentoring program successfully funded and continuing to operate as the COPY Project.
  • Family Resource Center of Central Oregon – founding member to provide parent classes for various parenting needs. This non-profit successfully continues today.
  • Governor’s Early Childhood Task Force – appointment to work with state agencies and business to create the Oregon Pre-kindergarten legislation. This was successfully passed and continues funding early education in Oregon communities.
  • Central Oregon’s Child: Everyone’s Business Conference, Co-chair – over 250 registrants with speakers from state legislature and Department of Education. Created benchmarks, awareness and plan.
  • Central Oregon Concussion Committee, Chair – initiated to bring multi-disciplinary stakeholders together to create awareness of the risk of youth concussions and assure consistent referral and protocols.
  • Protect Your Brain Concussion Conferences, Chair – three statewide conferences addressing current research, procedures and protocols for identification and treatment of youth concussions. National and local speakers with specific breakouts for medical providers and school professionals. Execution required tremendous facilitation and diplomacy with many stakeholders often with divergent approaches.
  • United Way Radiothon, Project Manager – established networks, partnerships and sponsors with one month to execute United Way’s first radiothon.
  • Co-Serve International – work with this international group to teach leadership classes in colleges in second-world countries. Presented and published a paper on Volunteerism at a national leadership conference. Currently mentoring a leadership student in Afghanistan

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  1. Dorothy says:

    Congratulations Carol, your Dad would be proud.

  2. Dee Ann Lewis says:

    Carol Stiles exemplifies what leadership means! We are grateful for her commitment to making Central Oregon a place where all children can thrive and for providing a strong role model for other women in our community. Congratulations Carol!

    Family Resource Center

  3. Carol Stiles says:

    I cannot describe what an honor it is to be awarded the Bend Chamber of Commerce 2018 Woman of the Year. It is humbling to receive this amazing recognition. Thank you to Lawnae Hunter for her nomination, to the people who supported my nomination, to the delightful interview committee and to the Chamber. There are many countries that would not allow women to come together to celebrate each other for their accomplishments. In those countries, we would have been at great physical risk to do such a thing. So let us not only acknowledge all women but this country, even though
    not perfect, where we can do so without fear.

    Thank you again.

  4. LAWNAE HUNTER says:



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