Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Judy Heck, Board of Directors, President
Judy Heck has retired from careers in Telecommunications Marketing and Sales Training, Marketing Consulting, and unused Copper cable recovery and recycling. She enjoys writing autobiographical short stories, painting, singing and songwriting, along with golf, hiking and bicycling. She has been an intermittent student and member of CSMís Board since 2006, and is a great believer in the value of music in our lives, having studied the research on human performance and engagement with music. In 2008, she recorded a CD of ballads and old jazz standards with a group of Bendís great musicians ~ Michael Scott, David Ingraham, and Michelle Van Handel. In 2011, she wrote and recorded 8 original songs and recorded with Michael Scott, Andy Armer and Georges Bouhey, with the assistance of Michelle Van Handel in arranging and producing. This would not have been possible without CSM! She is committed to helping to helping CSMís incredible and professional staff and Board to bring music making to everyone who desires it.

Brooke Walton, Board of Directors, Vice President
Studied Political Science at the University of Oregon and shortly after graduating moved to Bend, OR. My husband Paul moved a few months later where we worked on growing our first company, Rhinotronix. A year or so later we started another company unizon's in Coos Bay, OR. After our first daughter was born, we moved to the coast to take over the management of our sandwich shop and sold both businesses in 2007. I then worked at the North Bend Airport (did I mention I am a commercial, multi-engine and instrument rated pilot ) where I managed one of the local FBOs and ran the dispatch department for the air ambulance company based there. That was when I got involved with the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce representing Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston. In 201 I was voted President of the chamber, and formed an Education Committee in an effort to bridge the gap between local business and our schools. I also worked with Southwest Oregon Community College in an effort to bring their business student into their business community. The result was the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Meanwhile, I was also serving on the Budget Committee for the City of North Bend and formed a non-profit organization called Boost Southwest Oregon which was a grass roots platform to have local voices heard in regards to local economic development projects on the local, state and federal levels. When I passed the Cascade School of Music after moving back to Bend about a year ago, I originally looked at the school so that my daughters could continue to play the instruments they love (violin and guitar) and I wanted to start playing the piano again (that was the fist instrument I learned and played it for 7 years before sports got in the way). Being able to serve on this board is not only exciting, but its an organization that encompasses all of my past skills and expertise in one way or another. I couldn't be more proud of the fact that I get the opportunity to serve on this board and help this school grow and move forward with the amazing staff and faculty that clearly share the same enthusiasm as I do.

Christian Malone, Board of Directors, Treasurer
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.

Melissa Barnes Dholakia, Board of Directors, Secretary
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.

Dahniel Barney, Board of Directors
Dahniel works for First Interstate Bank (FIB) here in Bend at the South branch. She is appreciative that FIB puts a high priority on volunteering in the communities it serves. She grew up with her fatherís music in the home, and especially on long car rides. The family didnít go anywhere without a guitar. Itís not just a youth full of music that makes her passionate about Cascade School of Music. She is lucky enough to be the mother of two very musically talented daughters. Her youngest taught herself how to play piano by earing out songs she heard on the radio. Having the talent to play and compose music continues to be a source of comfort and strength for her. Her eldest daughter has the voice of an angel and loves to play the mandolin and dulcimer. Both girls know that the uickest way to make mom tear up is to put on a musical talent show! Dahniel has seen and experienced the way music can influence, even change, lives for the better, which is why she is honored to serve on this Board and Finance Committee.

Kip Gladder, Board of Directors
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.

Maggie Jackson, Board of Directors
Maggie Jackson moved to Central Oregon in 2006 and discovered the Central Oregon Bluegrass Community, led by CSM Faculty members who helped her find her first banjo! She believes music is a powerful force facilitating essential social, intellectual and healing connections between all kinds of people who may have no other cause for connection. At CSM, Maggie taught guitar classes and has been a student herself. She supported and performed at Bendís High and Dry Bluegrass Festival for many years and continues to sponsor house concerts for traveling artists. Currently she plays bass, banjo, and guitar in several Bend based bands. She studied music at Lewis and Clark College until transferring to the University of Oregon for a B.S. in Journalism/Public Relations. After a few years at McCann-Erickson International Advertising Agency, she entered the University of Portland where she earned a B.S. in Nursing. She was a Head Nurse at an Oregon Coast hospital and a Midwifery Practice Manager before becoming the County WIC Program Coordinator/RN where she established health education programs and Bi-County Task Forces to meet client needs as well as providing direct services to clients. Maggie wrote grants and delivered numerous health-related programs for local schools while earning an M.S. in Education from Oregon State University in 2000. She taught Middle School health, language arts and statistics prior to moving to Bend. Maggie highly values information/education and hopes she is able to assimilate resources and opportunities for others.

Steve Kaisner, Board of Directors, Secretary
Steve Kaisner holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinoisí 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. Kaisnerís own musical experience, aside from a grade school attempt at piano, is limited to appreciation.

Don Stevens, Board of Directors
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.

Rick Stilson, Board of Directors
Rick Stilson is the father to five awesome little musicians and spends many weekends at drum and piano performances for Cascade School of Music. He has a degree in Economics from UC Davis and over sixteen years of experience in commercial and custom home construction. He is currently the President of Stilson Builders, Inc. He is passionate about family time and has coached over twenty five youth teams over the years. Rick loves ultra trail running and gets many of his miles in while running with his wife or chasing his kids on their mountain bikes. His other passions include snowboarding, craft coffee, and the lofty idea that he would have enough free time in his week to grab a beer with a buddy.

Louann Thomas, Board of Directors
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 Bendís 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 Womenís 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.

Chris Schroeder Fain - Advisory Board Chair
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.

David Bourke, Advisory Board
Dave served as a Founding Board Member of Cascade School of Music, shifting to the Advisory Board when he moved to Austin, Texas. He is the President of Bourke & Company, a management consulting firm specializing in market research and organizational effectiveness. In Austin, he is a high-level supporter of HAAM 2005, nonprofit organization that provides over 52,000 healthcare appointments for area musicians.

Chris Cochran, Advisory Board
Chris is a founder and partner in The Mortgage Professionals of Central Oregon for 12 years, developed, owned and managed commercial real estate in Bend for 12 years and in 2011, he became a partner at Fratzke Property Management with Brian Fratzke. Chris was a long time Board Member prior to shifting to the Advisory Board.

Bob Dickey, Advisory Board
Bob became President & CEO of Gannett in 2015. He previously was President of Gannett's local publishing division prior to the company's split, from 2008 -- 2015. In that role, he oversaw 92 daily news brands along with approximately 400 non-daily products.

Michael Gesme, Advisory Board

Cristy Lanfri, Advisory Board
Cristy is one of Central Oregonís most generous supporters of the arts. She helped start Arts In Public Places, served as President of the High Desert Museum Board, currently serves as President of Caldera Arts Center in Sisters, and has been a supporter of almost every Arts organization in our community and for childrenís organizations and education in our community at all levels.

Lori Nelson-King, Advisory Board
Lori is a Marketing Writer, Editor and Social Media Manager who centers her work around creating compelling brand identities via creative, customer-centric content. As a B2B copywriter, she helps companies clearly communicate complex information, while attracting high-quality leads and turning those prospects into customers.

Sally Russell, Advisory Board
Sally has served on the Bend City Council since 2012. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Cascade Festival of Music 2001-2006, Broken Top Ltd partnership 1998-2000, and Cascade Cycling Classic 1991-1994. She is a long time member of Friends of Columbia Gorge and supporter of many of the nonprofits in Central Oregon, including Tower Theater, Caldera, and XC Oregon.

Marney Smith, Advisory Board
Marney serves as the long term Director of the Les Schwab amphitheater.

Kelly Sparks, Advisory Board
Kelly leads OSU-Cascades' effort to build a campus in Bend. In collaboration with campus and OSU leadership, Kelly is focused on long range strategic planning, physical infrastructure and the financial health of the branch campus. She transitioned to OSU in 2013 following her role as associate dean for finance and operations at the University of Oregon, School of Law. In her role at the law school, she served students, faculty and staff as the head of finance, human resources, information technology and building operations and maintenance.

Lorri Taylor, Advisory Board
Lori is Vice President of Taylor NW LLC, where her focus is in the Land Development division overseeing projects including the recently completed Shevlin Health and Wellness Center. Lorri and her husband, Todd, have supported multiple community projects and nonprofits across our communities in Central Oregon.

Jim D. Wetherbee, Advisory Board
Jim is a retired NASA Astronaut. Over his twenty-year career, he flew six times on the Space Shuttle. The five-time commander flew two missions to the Russian Space Station, Mir, and two missions to the International Space Station. With thirty-five years of experience in high-hazard operational environments, Jim is passionate about helping leaders and operators in dangerous endeavors with critical mission objectives. He is a lecturer, author, and musician.

Robin Wetherbee, Advisory Board

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