Our Partners: Board of Directors & Staff

Our Board of Directors is highly-dedicated group of up to 20 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

Officers & Committee Chairs:

President - Wendy Graunitz, OnPoint Community Credit Union
President Emeritus - Odette Adair, Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate
Vice President - Robert Jones, Retired BLSD Principal
Treasurer - Brian Newton, Jones & Roth CPA
Secretary - Gretchen Hawkins, Bank of the Cascades
Allocations Chair - Rod Ketner, Capsugel
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
Angie Cole, COCC Early Childhood Education
Eric Cornett, Century Insurance Group
Ron Gallinat*, BLSD School Board Representative
Ken Goodin, Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, P.C.
Bob Jones, Retired, BLSD Principal
Shay Mikalson*, BLSD Superintendent
Matt Montgomery, Principal La Pine High School
Julianne Repman*, BLSD Director of Communications and
School Safety
Mark Roberts, Nosler, Inc.
Elisabeth Thomas, Lis Thomas Content
Britt Wehrman, TDS Telecom

*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
Heather Knox, Office & Event Coordinator