The following are Core Members (see below for complete bios):
- Neil Bryant
- Preston Callicott
- SJ Camarata
- Tom Carlsen
- Linda English
- Rita L. Hansen
- Tim McGinnis
- Tia Newcomer
- Jim Petersen
- Rod Ray
- Jim Schell
- Jillian Taylor
- Amy Tykeson
Neil is an attorney and shareholder at Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, a Bend law firm providing legal representation for individuals, businesses and public sector clients throughout Central and Eastern Oregon. Neil’s practice areas include business law, estate planning, tax law, labor/management, water law and real estate law. Neil represents many small and medium size businesses on a wide variety of issues ranging from employee matters to successor planning. He regularly advises clients on real estate matters including purchasing and developing, leases, landlord-tenant issues and water rights. Neil also represents the Bend Park & Recreation District, which has received national recognition for its parks and programs.
Neil served as an Oregon State Senator from 1993 to 2001. He received the Outstanding Freshman Legislator award in 1995 and the Outstanding Legislator Award from the National Republican Legislators Association in 1998. While on the Senate, Neil chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 2001. Neil served as the Government Affairs Director for the Oregon University System and the Chancellor’s Office from 2004 to 2009. In May 2012, Neil was appointed to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission by Governor Kitzhaber. The Commission coordinates higher education policy with the Oregon University System and community colleges in Oregon.
Neil is currently the chair of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon (CAC). The CAC serves as the political voice in Salem on behalf of Oregon’s arts, heritage and humanities. Through lobbying, the CAC works to increase Oregon’s public investments in the many non-profit arts and education programs throughout Oregon.
Preston Callicott is a co-founder and CEO of Five Talent Software, a strategic technology and consulting company that specializes in mobile technologies, database-driven applications, digital marketing, and design. Preston has over 37 years of management experience in High-Tech companies and consulting organizations. His career started at venerable institutions such as Hewlett Packard, Advanced Micro Devices and Price Waterhouse – Management Consulting Services. In 1990, he found his love for startups, and was on the executive teams as a founding member for over a dozen startups. Preston brings deep experience running companies and managing consulting teams, processes and client relations. Preston has a broad knowledge of technology in system architecture, database, coding, infrastructure, social media, web/internet technologies.
SJ CamarataS.J. is an entrepreneur and executive with a diverse career spanning several sectors including software technology, medical/health care diagnostics/treatment and consumer products and he has co-founded several companies in these sectors. He has served in executive management positions including Vice Chairman, CEO, President, Vice President and Director throughout his career and currently serves on or has served on over 20 boards and advisory boards for private, publicly traded and not for profit companies.
Several of the companies that he currently works with in the capacity as a director, on the board or on an advisory board include Esri, Inc., the University of Utah, Humm Kombucha Europe, NewTech Holdings, LLC and several others. In addition he provides strategic advice to over a dozen other companies. S.J. has a B.S. degree from the University of Utah and an MLA degree from Utah State University.
Thomas J. Carlsen, M. D.
Tom's medical career was in Bend; he was a practicing surgeon as well as the managing partner of The Center for Musculoskeletal Care and Research. He also served as a consulting Orthopedic Surgeon for the U.S. Olympic Team, U.S. Ski and Hockey Teams as well as coordinating medical services for Physiotherapy Associates on the PGA, LPGA and Champions Golf Tours.
Following his 35 year career as an Orthopedic Surgeon, Tom is currently a medical educator and consultant to the medical industry. In this role he teaches surgical skill labs, sales and marketing techniques and consults for their marketing and branding departments. He also provides leadership on medical product design and development. Tom is currently the President of the board of directors of TCF (The Center Foundation), a non-profit organization that helps support children in Central Oregon. TCF is active in research, education and scholarship incentives and contributes over $500,000 yearly in direct support of student athletes.
Tom earned his M.D. from U. of Minnesota in 1975 (AOA Honors), B.A. from St. Johns U. (after spending 1969 and 1970 at U. of Vienna) and in 1980 was chosen to be a Fellow at the Kerlan-Jobe Society.
Linda is passionate about cycling: she founded Dirty Freehub, an organization that promotes gravel riding by providing curated bicycle routes. Linda is also on the Board of Directors for Family Kitchen, an organization that provides free meals to the food insecure in Central Oregon.
Linda is the founder of the non-profit organization LINGOs — Learning for International NGOs -- which provides online learning to 70+ international nonprofits around the world including Save the Children, World Vision, The Nature Conservancy, and Habitat for Humanity.
Linda also founded Net Ingredients, a small web marketing consulting business. And she worked at Save the Children as an eLearning Manager. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Linda worked at Microsoft in a variety of international marketing positions, including several years at the European, Middle East and Africa HQ where she managed 4% of Microsoft’s revenue for the region.
Linda has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Syracuse University with an emphasis in artificial intelligence.
Rita L. Hansen
Rita has more than 30 years of engineering management, operations management, and project management experience in a diverse range of industries including steel manufacturing, building products and electronic components manufacturing, distribution & warehousing, telecommunications and software development. Rita has successfully spearheaded major projects that include building and expanding manufacturing plants, implementing new technologies for manufacturing processes, performing company-wide system conversions, and re-engineering basic production operations.
Rita specializes in startup and early phase environments with an emphasis on domestic and international opportunities in the clean tech, alternative energy and renewables, and sustainability arenas. Before re-settling in Central Oregon, Rita and her husband traveled for 7 years visiting 26 countries focusing on exploration, mountaineering, and sailing. Rita holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from University of Washington and over the years has continued her education in the fields of management, mathematics, languages, and education.
Tim is an Oregon native; he was born and grew up in the small eastern Oregon town of Nyssa. He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force before attending and graduating from Portland State University, followed by a B.F.T. degree at the American Institute of Foreign Trade (Thunderbird). Tim went to work for Chase Manhattan Bank in 1968 and over the course of his career held a variety of positions, ultimately retiring in 1996 as the C.E.O. of Chases’ Asia Pacific Region. From 1996 to 1998 he was the Limited Chairman and C.E.O. of Tristate Holdings. Tim currently lives in Tumalo and custom farms 500 acres of premium grass hay. His philanthropic activities include the High Desert Museum, Central Oregon Community College and Portland State University.
Tia is a leader that empowers people by creating order out of chaos. How? Process development, analytics discipline, customer insight led, cross-functional team building. Half COO, half CMO. She is married to a lieutenant in the fire department so she understands what constitutes a real emergency.
A senior executive with experience across commercial operations, marketing, sales and data science, she has spent the last 5 years in the women's consumer healthcare industry (Cord Blood Registry, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Prelude Fertility) with a +15-year foundation in tech and CPG (Hewlett Packard, PepsiCo, Frito Lay, Clorox, Revlon).
A market maker, she grows and scales businesses by working cross-functionally to develop strategy and then execute. She makes things happen by turning thoughts and insights into action, quickly spotting the relevant patterns and issues.
Experience in startups, mid-sized companies and matrixed Fortune 100 companies.
Once a Husker, always a Husker, she holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Nebraska, is a Seth Godin altMBA graduate and earned a Masters from working for Fortune 100 companies.
Her free time is spent enjoying the outdoors with her family on a bike, water device or by foot with the occasional triathlon training thrown in for good measure.
Jim joined Karnopp Petersen LLP in 1980 after practicing law in Portland for a number of years. Jim retired from the active practice of law at the end of 2012. Prior to his career in law, Jim served in the U.S. Air Force for six years as a fighter pilot.
Jim has counseled individuals and businesses from a diverse client base in the areas of corporate, business and real estate law as well as in sophisticated estate planning. He has significant experience in business and personal counseling, mergers and acquisitions and commercial contracting, as well as a technical knowledge of estate and gift tax laws. He also has served as outside General Counsel to and on the boards of two public companies with headquarters in Bend.
Jim has always been committed to serving the local community. In addition to being an active Rotarian, he has chaired Deschutes United Way and is a past Board Chair of Cascade Healthcare Community, the parent organization that owns St. Charles Medical Center - Bend and St. Charles Medical Center - Redmond. Jim is a co-founder, past Board Chair and current Board Member of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades, a clinic providing free medical care to the uninsured residents of Deschutes County. Jim was selected by the Bend Chamber of Commerce as Bend’s Citizen of the year in 2004 for significant and lasting contributions to the Bend Community.
Jim is a “Double Duck” having received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Oregon.
Dr. Ray is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Bend Research, Inc., where he began working in 1983. After Bend Research’s sale to Capsugel in October 2013, Dr. Ray was appointed to their Scientific and Business Advisory Board. During his time at Bend Research, Dr. Ray held numerous positions specializing in the development and commercialization of a wide range of products. He was instrumental in directing the management of large-scale programs to advance pharmaceutical compounds through the development process to commercialization, and served as the primary management contact for client companies. In addition to his expertise in advancing pharmaceutical processes and products, Dr. Ray has extensive experience in commercializing diverse products for the electronics, energy, medical, agricultural, and space industries.
Dr. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and a master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado - Boulder. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado and Oregon. Dr. Ray holds 21 U.S. patents and has 41 scientific publications.
Amy is the Managing Trustee for the Tykeson Family Charitable Trust. She is also the former CEO of BendBroadband.
As president and CEO of BendBroadband, Amy built a highly regarded company known for technology leadership, customer service and corporate citizenry. Through industry advocacy she helped shape national telecom policy. Family-owned BendBroadband was sold to Telecom and Data Systems in 2014. During her 34 years in the cable industry, Amy served on the boards of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, CableLabs, C-SPAN and Oregon Cable Telecommunications Association.
Currently Amy is the managing trustee of the Tykeson Family Foundation, overseeing operations and contributions to education, healthcare and the arts. She serves on the boards of OHSU and OPB and is a member of Central Oregon Regional Solutions Advisory Council and OSU-Cascades Advocacy and Advisory Board. Amy is active with several start-up companies in Oregon.
Past board service includes the Catlin Gabel School, The Nature Conservancy of Oregon and Economic Development for Central Oregon. Amy was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame and has received the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership, OSU Cascades’ Distinguished Service Award, the Central Oregon Community College Citizen of the Year Award, and Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award.
Jim SchellJim’s first career was as an entrepreneur in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he founded or co-founded four businesses in sports related industries. The third of the four businesses grew to 200 employees before he sold it in 1990. The remaining three businesses were sold at intervals prior to 1990. Following his first career he moved to San Diego in 1990 where he began a writing career. Over the course of the following ten years he authored six published books, four of which were New York published and two self-published. The fourth book, Small Business for Dummies, was co-authored, is in its fifth edition, and has sold in excess of 500,000 copies.
In 1994 Jim moved to Bend where he continued his writing career and began a third career as a social entrepreneur. In the course of that career he has successfully completed three turnarounds; the Humane Society of Central Oregon, the Boys & Girls Club of Bend, and the Partnership to End Poverty. Additionally he has been either the founder or co-founder of Opportunity Knocks, the City Club of Central Oregon, CO 2-1-1 (social service phone referral service), Volunteer Connect and Lights On Publishing. He is past Board Chair of TEDxBend which he cofounded in 2012.
Jim also volunteers for Opportunity Knocks, consults with small businesses, facilitates a group of document management companies from around the U.S. and mentors/coaches dozens of small business owners and their staff. Jim’s wife Mary is a past small business owner in Bend and they spend their winter months in Tucson. Jim graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Economics.
Jillian runs a business consulting and executive coaching practice out of Central Oregon, advising leaders though challenging scenarios. From aligning a team around a strategic plan to addressing deeply rooted conflict, she is known to her clients as a compassionate truth-teller.
Prior to moving to Bend, Jillian worked for business consulting firms based out of Seattle, Atlanta, Orlando and Portland. As an entrepreneur she started her first business, Synergy Consulting, in Seattle in her twenties. Later she became a member of the Operations Solutions Team for an international HR company leading large-scale change projects before returning to the Northwest. She is able to bring a broad business perspective, having worked with large organizations like IBM, Hewlett Packard, Standard Insurance, mid-sized private organizations such as REI, Rodgers Instruments, and Biamp Systems, and small design and service firms.
Jillian has a Masters in Organization Development and is professionally trained as a coach. She has served her communities as Board Chair of the Crisis Clinic of King County and Board President of Profile Theatre in Portland. Currently she is an active Bend Chamber and City Club member and leads the coaching program for Leadership Bend.