See who is speaking this month!
Everyone is invited to this luncheon. Please arrive by 11:00 am if ordering from the menu. The speaker will begin at noon. There will be time for questions and answers at the finish of the presentation. No RSVP needed.
Black Bear Diner
1465 NE 3rd St.
Bend, OR 97701
The corner of Third and Olney
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Liliana Cabrera comes to Central Oregon from the Central Coast of California. Prior to moving to Redmond, Liliana worked as a Community Health Educator for Planned Parenthood in Monterey County. Her work as a Community Educator has allowed her to follow her passion to work in the field of social justice and given her the opportunity to do so in Central Oregon.
Jenna graduated from Vassar College and the University of Arizona College of Law. She clerked for the Alaska Court of Appeals and was a Fellow with the National Association for Public Interest Law. Before moving to Bend in 2013, she practiced law in Alaska and directed a lobbying and consulting practice.
Leslie became a CASA in Sonoma County, CA in 1997 and has been an enthusiastic supporter and volunteer ever since. She received a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies.
CASA advocates for children in the foster care system.
Rebeckah has supported projects like the Pain Standards Task Force, a regional group of providers committed to educating their peers around the topic of safer opioid prescribing and evidence-based alternatives for individuals living with chronic or persistent pain. She managed the development of the 2016-2019 Central Oregon Regional Health Improvement Plan, and supports the work of numerous committees and workgroups striving to serve our communities in their effort toward creating a healthier Central Oregon.
Ms. Berry received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, her Masters of Science at the University of Kentucky, and is credentialed as a Certified Health Education Specialist.
Rebeckah moved to Bend, Oregon in 2006. She spent eight years working at Deschutes County Health Services as a Programs Coordinator and Health Educator, where she worked closely with school districts and non-profit organizations throughout Central Oregon, increasing the accuracy, consistency and comprehensive nature of their sexual health education among students and consumers of varying ages and backgrounds.
Rebeckah enjoys mountain biking, all kinds of trail running, and backpacking. She looks for opportunities to be outside as much as possible. Before she began working at the COHC, Rebeckah and her significant other traveled the US and Canada in their minivan for a year exploring and enjoying nature.
Amanda is a native to Bend and graduated in 1999 from Bend Senior High and holds a degree from the University of Oregon in International Business.
Amanda began working with J Bar J in 2011 as part of the events and development team. During that time she oversaw J Bar J's biggest fundraiser, the Oregon High Desert Classics.
In 2013, Amanda accepted the position of Program Director for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Amanda is also a Big Sister to an 11 year old girl and truly believes and lives the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Mikaela comes to Central Oregon from Seattle. Prior to beginning her work for FAN she worked for Outdoors for All, an adaptive recreation organization and for her family's business. Upon her relocation to Bend Mikaela found FAN and was struck by it's practical approach to work with students and families through basic needs connections. No longer on the program side, she is enjoying development and event planning that focuses on donor retention and diversified funding. Mikaela is also the head coach for the girls lacrosse team at Sisters High School and a strong proponent for female empowerment at the youth level.
The Family Access Network improves lives by ensuring that children have access to basic need services. FAN is unique to Central Oregon, located in all public schools in Deschutes and Crook County. Working through one dedicated FAN advocate, a child or parent is connected to essential services such as food, shelter, heating, health care, clothing and more. FAN has been in existence since 1993 and has served over 130,000 individuals since it's inception.
Margi will talk about a draft plan for management of the upper Deschutes River that is being prepared by the Deschutes Basin Board of Control. She will address canal piping by local irrigation districts, small-scale hydropower, stream flows, river health and agricultural water use efficiency.
Margi is a locally based consultant with a decade of experience in energy efficiency and resource conservation. She is currently consulting with the Farmers Conservation Alliance in creating watershed plans for eight Central Oregon irrigation districts that will be called the Central Oregon Irrigation Efficiency Improvement Project.
Our speaker and the river management issue will be introduced by Gail Snyder.
Senator Knopp will summarize the last legislative session in Salem.
Tim Knopp is a native Oregonian who has lived in Central Oregon for over 39 years. He and his wife, Melissa, have been married over 30 years and have 4 children: Reagan(his wife, Caitlynn), Emilie, Daniel, and Grace.
His background includes nearly 20 years as a small business owner and community service as a former little league coach and board member of the Bend Chamber of Commerce as well as serving as a current board member of affordable housing non-profit, First Story. Tim is the Executive Vice President of the Central Oregon Builders Association and the Executive Director of Building Partners for Affordable Housing.
Tim previously served in the Legislature from 1999 to 2005 for three terms, including one as Oregon House Majority Leader. He led the PERS Reforms of 2003.
Caroline and her 14-year-old son, Jack Skidmore, recently returned from a three day Climate Reality Leadership training event, presented by former US Vice President Al Gore.
"Climate change is not only hurting the planet, but it's also having a negative impact on important social justice issues," said Caroline. "It affects everything and everyone, even our food supply. There's a real sense of urgency around this."
The presentation is tailored to the Northwest and will specifically invite groups to get involved in the climate change conversation and take various local actions.
Caroline is a speech pathologist and operates Skidmore Speech and Language Services in Bend.