Our Partners: Board of Directors & Staff

Our Board of Directors is highly-dedicated group of 17 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 2019 - 2020

Wendy Graunitz

Wendy Graunitz

Michele Emery

Michele Emery

Vice President

Officers & Committee Chairs:

President - Wendy Graunitz, OnPoint Community Credit Union
Vice President - Michele Emery, EartH20
Treasurer - Brian Newton, Jones & Roth CPA
Allocations Chair - Angie Cole, COCC
Board Development Chair - Michele Emery, EartH2O
Public Relations Chair - Dave Beltramini
Resource Development Chair - Stephanie Erickson

Odette Adair, Coldwell Banker Morris
Eric Cornett, Century Insurance Group
TBD*, BLSD School Board Representative
Gretchen Hawkins, First Interstate Bank
Robert Jones, Retired BLSD Principal
Rod Ketner, Lonza Pharma & Biotech
Dr. Jennifer Laughlin, St. Charles Health System
Matt Montgomery, Principal La Pine High School
Jennifer Newton, Bend-La Pine School District
Elisabeth Thomas, Summary Content Marketing

*non-voting due to their affiliation with the Bend-La Pine School District or School Board.


Michelle Johnson, Executive Director
Jessi Lord, Program/Office Coordinator