Our Partners: Board of Directors & Staff

Our Board of Directors is highly-dedicated group of 19 community citizens who have volunteered to support the Foundation for three-year (renewable) 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, which comprises annually elected officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer), Committee Chairs, the Superintendent and Executive Director. Each board member is also asked to serve on at least one sub-committee (Allocations, Board Development, Finance, Public Relations and Resource Development).  For more information and to inquire about serving on the Board, please email education.foundation@bend.k12.or.us

Board of Directors 2017 - 2018

Wendy Graunitz

Wendy Graunitz

Odette Adair

Odette Adair

President Emeritus
Robert Jones

Robert Jones

Vice President

Officers & Committee Chairs:

President - Wendy Graunitz, OnPoint Community Credit Union
President Emeritus - Odette Adair, Coldwell Banker Morris
Vice President - Robert Jones, Retired BLSD Principal
Treasurer - Brian Newton, Jones & Roth CPA
Secretary - Gretchen Hawkins, First Interstate Bank
Allocations Chair - Angie Cole, COCC
Board Development Chair - Michele Emery, EARTH2O
Public Relations Chair - Dave Beltramini
Resource Development Chair - James Boss, US Bank

Members (listed alphabetically):

Jennilynn Aston, Karnopp Petersen LLP
Eric Cornett, Century Insurance Group
Stephanie Erickson, Community Member
Ron Gallinat*, BLSD School Board Representative
Ken Goodin, Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, P.C.
Rod Ketner, Lonza
Sam McCoy, Avid Cider Co.
Shay Mikalson*, BLSD Superintendent
Matt Montgomery, Principal La Pine High School
Jennifer Newton, Five Talent
Julianne Repman*, BLSD Director of Communications and
School Safety
Elisabeth Thomas, NAVIS

*Those members marked with an asterisk are non-voting due to their affiliation with the Bend-La Pine School District or School Board.


Michelle Johnson, Executive Director
Jess Willard, Office & Event Coordinator