Leadership Bend Class of 2019 Selections Announced


26 Year Program Engages and Builds Community Leaders

Selections have been made for the Leadership Bend Class of 2019, a non-profit civic engagement and leadership development program of the Bend Chamber. It is designed to identify, educate, engage and connect willing and committed citizens ready for various leadership roles and organizations who believe a healthy community comes from investment in leadership succession.

Participants are chosen from a broad and diverse cross-section of candidates from around the region who must go through a significant application process. Finalists are drawn from acknowledged and aspiring leaders who share a commitment to actively driving a long-term and positive impact.

Having graduated over 400 “community trustees,” Leadership Bend alumni include stakeholders ranging from business owners, CEO’s, city and government managers, superintendents, executive directors, elected officials, industry leaders, engaged professionals and more.


Alaman, Henry – Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company
Bennett, Shannon – Ideal You Weight Loss Center
Bellman, John – ASI Wealth Management
Brown, Ryan – US Bank
Buettner, Mike – City of Bend
Cardwell, Rachel – OSU- Cascades
Clason, Mary (Katie) – Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis
Culhane, Julia – PrideStaff
Dennis, Robert – Mid Oregon Federal Credit Union
Donnelly, Kale – State of Oregon Employment Dpt
Douglass, Scott – Cascade Relays & Cascade Relays Fndt
Forell, Jared – Central Oregon Community College
Graham, Grayson – Tennant Developments
Haakenson, Rachel – NeighborImpact
Johnson, Alandra – Bend-La Pine Schools
Keely, Shon – American Red Cross
Kroon, Fred – Parametrix
Larson, Adam – The Wallace Group, Inc.
Mingus, Brenda – City of Bend
Salciccioli, David – Coachwell
Shaver, Kevin – BBT Architects
Simmons, Heather – PacificSource
Smith, Emily – Every Idea Marketing
Stahrr, Katherine – Bend Dental Group
Stanton, Tim – Humm Kombucha
Parr, Josh – High School Student
Slough, Katie – High School Student
Rolie, Sophie – High School Student

The Bend Chamber believes building leaders is necessary to community succession planning. As one of the fastest growing regions in Oregon and the northwest, the issues have become increasingly more complex and the need for active leadership is great.

Over nine months, participants will work with local leaders, programs and guest educators to expand awareness and understanding of the intricate challenges and opportunities facing the region. The class will also facilitate the Leadership Bend Impact Summit, a class project helping foster sustainability and success within the non-profit community.

This program is presented by Taylor NW and, additionally, made possible by supporters including Pacific Power and the City of Bend.


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