Congratulations Leadership Bend Class of 2023!

Congratulations Leadership Bend Class of 2023!

PublIshed on Jun 16, 2021

Leadership Bend

Back Row (L to R)

Dan Stake, Chad Young, Lisa Clark, Trever Campbell, Kris Knight, Shawn Evilsizor, Gary Crockett, Zavier Borja, Ted Jones,

Frank Thaxter, Emily Kirk, Pete Bozin, Cyrus Mooney, Matthew Guthrie, Graduate Advisor (LB 2022), Talena Barker

Front Row (L to R)

Jenn Kovitz, Michael Nelson, Gil Levy, Patricia Strange, Bradley Howk, Amanda Bird-Zimmerman, Kate Burns, Theresa Drulard, Michael Leeland, Savanna DeLuca, Lindsay Gardner, Bess Goggins, Emma James, Lynn Spinoglio

Not pictured: Dana Wilson 


Twenty-eight outstanding individuals formally graduated from the Leadership Bend program on June 15, 2023.

These participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and industries, and differing lengths of time living in Central Oregon.

What they all have in common is a commitment to Bend and our region, and a willingness to work collaboratively to create a strong future for all. Over nine months, they spent more than 90 class hours learning about local challenges and opportunities firsthand from decision makers, and through interactive work. They additionally completed three impact projects outside of class hours and carved out time to connect and nurture their relationships with each other.

Grateful thanks to the participants, their employers, our sponsors and the many people who take the time to educate these future leaders.

The Leadership Bend Class of 2023

Amanda Bird-ZimmermanOld Mill District
Zavier BorjaState of Oregon
Peter BozinParametrix
Kate BurnsMerrill O’Sullivan, LLP
Trever CampbellKernutt Stokes, LLP
Lisa ClarkBureau of Land Management
Gary CrockettSELCO Community Credit Union
Savanna DeLucaWild Heart Therapy + Consulting
Theresa DrulardSt. Charles Health System
Shawn EvilsizorMorrison-Maierle
Lindsay GardnerBryant Lovlien & Jarvis P.C.
Bess GogginsBoys & Girls Clubs of Bend
Bradley HowkPartners in Care
Emma JamesRosell Wealth Management
Ted JonesUS Bank
Emily KirkCentral Oregon Daily News
Kris KnightUpper Deschutes Watershed Council
Jennifer KovitzCentral Oregon Community College
Michael LeelandHayden Homes
Gil LevyKIDS Center
Cyrus MooneyBend Chamber
Michael NelsonSazan Group
Lynn SpinoglioFirst Interstate Bank
Dan StakeMid Oregon Credit Union
Patricia StrangeOtak
Dana WilsonCity of Bend
Chad YoungSkanska USA Building


For questions about Leadership Bend, please contact Talena Barker at


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

The Bend Chamber is actively supported by these Signature Investors

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