Board of Directors

Melissa Barnes Dholakia, Board Chair
Melissa Barnes Dholakia is founder of MBD Partners, supporting new and existing charter schools and small districts in the areas of school design, goal setting, monitoring, and performance reporting. She works with new schools to design their educational program, mission-based business plan, and accountability measures. She also works with existing schools and small districts in refining their work in each of these areas. Prior to this, Melissa helped to build Lighthouse Community Charter Public Schools in East Oakland, where she served as co-Director for ten years. LCCPS operates two K-12 schools, supporting traditionally underserved students in achieving the college and career of their choice. Melissa earned her BA from Whitman College, MA from University of Oregon, and was a 2002 New Leaders for New Schools Fellow.

Steve Kaisner, Secretary
Steve Kaisner holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering. Along with his wife Heather and two daughters, Steve found his way from Portland to Bend in 2007. Even though he holds regular office hours as a full-time telecommuter, Steve always appreciates the opportunity for a lunchtime bike ride and the additional family time that comes with working from home. His oldest daughter shows promise as a violinist thanks to the Cascade School of Music while his younger daughter is still finding her musical groove. Mr. Kaisner’s own musical experience, aside from a grade school attempt at piano, is limited to appreciation.

Lori King
Lori King holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in Journalism from Iowa State University. Ms. King has been an active volunteer in the community with organizations including TEDxBend, BendFilm and Cascades Academy. She brings over 15 years of marketing and content management experience with high tech companies, including NeXT Computer, Silicon Graphics, Apple and Narada Records. She currently works as a full-time consultant for clients, including MapR Technologies and Moementum.

Kip Gladder
Kip Gladder, Board Member Kip received his B.A. in Education at Washington State University, his M.S in School Administration at Portland State University, and his Ph.D in Educational Leadership at the University of Oregon. After teaching for 7 years he was an elementary school principal for 24 years. He has also taught graduate level classes in Educational Administration at PSU, Lewis & Clark, UO and initiated and chaired a Masters in School Administration program with the University of Phoenix. Having worked in schools that had strong string and band programs for young people, Kip is dedicated to helping promote those experiences for Bend area youth. He has taken beginning classes at Cascade School of Music and is a fledgling guitar student.

Christian Malone
Christian picked up the guitar in high school and has enjoyed the continuous pursuit to grow from mere player to musician ever since. He enjoys all types of music, but is especially fond of electric blues and old school rock 'n' roll. Christian moved to Bend in 2008 for its quality of life and outdoor recreational amenities. In addition to enjoying music, Christian and his family like to hike, snowshoe, and mountain bike the local trails. Christian obtained his law degree from Willamette University and focuses his local practice on civil and criminal litigation. He currently serves in the Oregon State Bar's House of Delegates.

Chris Schroeder Fain
Chris has been in the financial services industry since 1985. She has lived in Central Oregon since 1979 and has been very active in the community. Chris focuses on assisting high net worth women, women entrepreneurs and women who have unique issues such as divorce, or loss of a loved one as well as Family Trusts. She enjoys helping clients reach specific goals through careful planning and attention to detail. She is a strong believer in general education for families that will pass on their wealth to future generations. She gives many seminars in the community to help educate on financial matters such as retirement planning, asset allocation and many others. She has spoken to the Cancer Society of Oregon, Network of Entrepreneurial Women, American Association of University Women, and national conferences for women financial professionals. Chris was a keynote speaker at the Kiwanis Pacific Northwest District Convention in August 2012. In March 2013, Chris was a keynote speaker at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Conference at St. Charles Conference Center in Bend on "Financial Planning: In Sickness and In Health." She has served on the board and advisory board for Hospice "Partners in Care," and currently serves on the Assistance League of Bend advisory board and the board of Cascades School of Music.

Don Stevens
Don is a new Board Member of CSM. Previous non-profit board experiences in Central Oregon include the Ronald McDonald House, Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club and the City Club of Central Oregon. Don received a BS in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Denmark researching Danish school design. Following the Fulbright year, Don returned to his Alma Mater, U of Cincinnati, where he taught architectural design for 15 years as a tenured Associate Professor. This teaching experience included, among other duties, lecturing on architectural acoustics. This knowledge of acoustics was basic in his practice as an architect in his designs for theaters and schools with music departments. The most recent success was the design of the Madras Performing Arts Center.

Louann Thomas
Louann holds a BS from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and initially worked as a Medical Technologist/Clinical Chemist. Later she joined the healthcare computer industry and was Vice President of Customer Service and Strategic Planning. She enjoys music of all kinds and as a child played the violin and piano but now prefers to listen and enjoy. She and her husband moved to Bend in 1996 and have seen quite a change in the community over the years. Louann has been involved in many of Bend’s community activities: Chair of the Bend Development Board, Central Oregon Symphony Board in various positions, Arts Central Board, President of the local chapter of Quota International, tournament chair of the Three Sisters Open Golf tournament, President of Awbrey Glen Women’s Golf Association, and an active member of Grace First Lutheran Church serving as Chair of Capital Funding and Endowments. To relax, she enjoys a friendly game of golf, travelling the world, duplicate bridge, Mah Jongg, hiking in the Cascades and making pine needle baskets incorporating artifacts into her baskets found while hiking. Louann has been a long-time supporter of the Cascade School of Music and is delighted to be a part of this vibrant organization that plays such an important role in our community for musicians of all ages.



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