Board of Directors & Staff

Our Board of Directors is highly-dedicated group of community members who have volunteered to support the Foundation for three-year terms. The general board meets monthly to direct the fundraising and giving programs for the Foundation according to our mission, vision and funding priorities. The Board operates under the guidance of the Executive Committee comprised of annually elected officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Committee Chairs and the Superintendent. General Board members are asked to participate in a variety of ways by serving on committees:
Allocations-classroom grant and activity fee scholarship over-site
Board Development-recruitment and onboarding of new members
Finance-annual budget planning and administration
Marketing-marketing and public relations for the foundation
Development-events and fundraising

For more information and to inquire about serving on the board please email [email protected]

2022-2023 Officers & Committee Chairs:

President, Odette Adair, Coldwell Banker Bain
Vice President & Development Chair, Lisa May
Treasurer, Brian Newton, Jones & Roth CPA

Allocations Chair, Sarah Billeter, Cascade Hasson Sotheby's Realty
Board Development Chair, Wendy Graunitz, OnPoint Community Credit Union
Perseverance Chair, Cheri Helt, Zydeco Cocktails & Kitchen
Public Relations/Marketing Chair, Sara Odendahl

2022-2023 Board Members

Sarah Billeter, Cascade Sotheby's International Realty
Robi Cole, AVID
Andy Frank, Ryder Communications Group
Benjamin Haag, First Interstate Bank
Robert Jones, Retired BLSD Principal
Maureen Kadleck, Lonza Pharma & Biotech

Richard Nkansah, Lonza Pharma & Biotech
Leslie Reif, Assistant Principal La Pine High School

Dr. Steve Cook, Bend-La Pine Schools, Superintendent*
Shirley Olson, School Board Representative *

*non-voting due to affiliation with the Bend-La Pine School Board


Jamie Goldman, Executive Director-Operations
Anne Westerhoff, Executive Director-Development & Events