Leadership Bend Alumni Association

Leadership Bend Alumni

There are now nearly 600 alumni of the Leadership Bend program, which is celebrating 30 years in 2023. Leadership Bend alumni are some of the most connected and engaged leaders in our region. They represent a diverse community of influencers who build life-long, powerful relationships through the LBAA network. While each graduate contributes to the region in their own significant way, all share a common passion for changing their community for the better and taking an active role in creating a strong future for all. 

LBAA Sustainers' Circle

While all Leadership Bend graduates are invited to all LBAA events and programs, please consider joining the LBAA Sustainers’ Circle.

When you join the LBAA’s Sustainers’ Circle, you help ensure long-term sustainable funding for the Alumni Association and the Leadership Bend program, ensuring we have an evergreen pipeline of engaged, collaborative and action-oriented community leaders.

All alumni who contribute $100 or more to the program in a year are automatically a part of the Sustainers’ Circle. Joining the Circle has benefits – but above all is the opportunity to make a meaningful investment in a program that makes a difference.

Each year, you’ll be invited to attend the Leadership Bend graduation dinner and ceremony, and to join in a Sustainers’ Circle exclusive event where we have an opportunity to connect, share updates about Leadership Bend/LBAA and get your feedback on programmatic direction.

We encourage you to invite your employer to match your gift to the LBAA. All contributions, individual or organizational, are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Would your or your company like to make a further investment in Leadership Bend or the LBAA? Please contact Chloe Crabtree for more information at Chloe@bendchamber.org.

Leadership Bend is supported by Taylor NW, St. Charles Health System, Pacific Power, ASI Wealth Management and many likeminded businesses who believe that a healthy community comes from investment in leadership.

LBAA Members

Renee Alexander, LB 2016
BBT Architects*

Renata Beck, LB 2003

John Bellman, LB 2019
ASI Wealth Management*

Mike Buettner, LB 2019

Conor Carlsen, LB 2008

Krista Charlton, LB 2020

Cody Cloyd, LB 2022

Rob Garrott, LB 2021

Colleen Goldblatt, LB 2015

Ben Hemson, LB 2017

Jessica Higgins, LB 2022
Invera Wealth Advisors*

Matt Kelly, LB 2022

Maggie Kirby Weiland, LB 2015

Fred Kroon, LB 2019

Sarah Lauderdale, LB 2020

Sarah Monkton, LB 2022
Best, Best & Krieger*

Patricia Nelson, LB 1997
Two Spruce Law*

Lauren Rose, LB 2017

David Rosell, LB 2003
Rosell Wealth Management*

Jeff Sanders, LB 2022
Mid Oregon Credit Union*

Angela Saraceno, LB 2022

Jo Wells,  LB 2022

LBAA Leaders

Shannon Bennett, LB 2019
Ideal You Weight Loss Center*

Stephanie Betteridge, LB 2020

Emily Boynton, LB 2022
Mosaic Medical*

Chloe Crabtree, LB 2022
BendNEXT/Bend Chamber*

Beau Eastes, LB 2018
Old Mill District*

Chad Hildebrand, LB 2020
Play Sports Bend*

Jeff Kitchens, LB 2018

Kelly Michel, LB 2018

Joshua Romero, LB 2018

Mike Szabo, LB 2015
Szabo Landscape Architecture*

Eric Webber, LB 2022


LBAA Visionaries

Tom Headley, LB 2018
Century West Engineering*

LBAA Trustees

Ken Betschart, LB 2021

Jody Saffert, LB 2021

* indicates an employer that is financially supporting a Leadership Bend graduate’s membership in the LBAA.

Thank You, Leadership Bend Alumni Supporters

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Small Business


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