The FAN Foundation Board of Directors is charged with governing the Foundation, cultivating relationships, developing resources and implementing initiatives to increase sustainability of FAN.

Alisa Betz

Alisa Betz

Chair

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Alisa Betz and her family moved to Bend in 2014 and have been loving life here. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Alisa moved to Seattle where she managed International Sales for K2 Sports. She served on a nonprofit board in Seattle for seven years and became very familiar with the issues facing children and families experiencing homelessness. After getting settled in Bend, Alisa searched for an organization with a mission that aligned with her passion for helping children and families. After learning about FAN and witnessing the amazing impact they have in our community, she is honored to be part of the Foundation Board. A busy mom of three children, Alisa and her family enjoy skiing, snowboarding, biking, camping, and cooking together.
Marianna Frisinger

Marianna Frisinger

Vice Chair 

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Marianna Frisinger was born and raised in Lithuania and moved to the United State at age 15. Being raised in a different culture helps bring a grounded perspective to our everyday life and helps one recognize the importance of education. Marianna’s interest in being on the FAN Foundation comes from this perspective. FAN’s emphasis on providing resources to children so they can focus on school, aligns with her priorities. Marianna and her husband Kyle purchased a dental practice in Redmond in 2011. They moved their family to Central Oregon to experience outdoor living, a slower pace of life and to join a smaller community. Marianna has been working as a mortgage loan officer with OnPoint Community Credit Union since 2007 and holds a degree from Portland State University in Business Administration-Marketing. Her community service includes 5 years on the board of ARC of Washington County as Treasurer. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her family, running, hiking, reading and being an active parent of Redmond Little League.

 

Lauren Olson

Lauren Olson

Secretary/Treasurer

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Lauren moved to Bend in 1992.  She graduated from Bend’s own Mountain View High School and went on to receive a degree in International Business Studies from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Lauren works for her family’s business, Cascade Insurance Center, as an agent and a member of management. Her passion for children and education grew while working to open a school in rural Ghana, West Africa. After returning to Bend from San Diego with her husband and two children, Lauren became a member of the FAN Foundation Board because she wanted to serve disadvantaged children and families in the community she grew up in. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading and discovering new outdoor adventures in Central Oregon with her family. .
Valerie Yost

Valerie Yost

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Valerie is a native Oregonian, a graduate of Oregon State University and has lived in Bend since 1999. She is the Director of Marketing for Brooks Resources, one of the region’s oldest and most respected real estate development companies. Prior to joining FAN, Valerie served on the Advertising Federation Board of Central Oregon and is a past Big Sis with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon. As a mother, she realizes the importance of arming children with all the essentials they need to become confident and compassionate individuals and she’s proud to be part of the FAN family helping to do just that.
Melinda Jahn

Melinda Jahn

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Melinda Jahn arrived in Bend 15 years ago by way of Nebraska, Texas, Indiana, Utah, Arizona, and Denmark. It was during her Air Force enlistment in Texas where she met a Dane, her now husband of nearly 21 years. She is a registered nurse, Medicare specialist, and most recently has grown a business in real estate, a career she finds very fulfilling. In her free time, Melinda enjoys dabbling in theater, entertaining, and is always up for a new adventure. Passionate about life, her two teenage kids, and helping people, Melinda is honored to be a part of FAN.
Lizzi Katz

Lizzi Katz

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Lizzi worked in healthcare for much of her career, most recently at the St. Charles Cancer Center. In healthcare, there are endless examples of how quickly one crisis can impact a family’s finances. She was impressed with how Family Access Network was present in our schools to help students and families impacted by unexpected financial challenges. Lizzi’s interest in education has found her teaching cancer prevention in local health classes and covering education for Bend Nest magazine. Raised in New York City, Lizzi migrated west, graduating from the University of Oregon and enjoying the wide-open spaces not found in her childhood. Lizzi moved to Bend in 1996 with her husband Steve when he entered the restaurant business, first opening Pizza Mondo and then Kebaba. Their two children, now college students, were raised in the Bend schools, where Lizzi was a frequent volunteer.
Amy Berger

Amy Berger

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Amy moved to Bend in 2001 and loves the Central Oregon community. She has a degree from the University of Missouri and manages the SBA-Government Lending department for First Interstate Bank, formerly Bank of the Cascades. Amy has two children in the Bend school district, and is passionate about supporting FAN’s mission to ensure that children in our community have access to the services they need to be successful. Amy and her family enjoy biking, skiing, and spending time together outdoors.
Michelle Duff

Michelle Duff

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Michelle Duff is the Communications Specialist at Lutheran Community Services Northwest in Prineville. She is a graduate from Oregon State University and studied Marriage and Family Therapy at George Fox University. She and her husband John moved to Central Oregon in 2002 and have two wonderful children in the Redmond School District. Prior to moving, Michelle worked for Subaru of America, Inc. Michelle’s professional memberships include the Crook County Mental Health Advisory Board, the Kiwanis Club of Redmond and PEO Chapter AQ among others. Michelle has worked with FAN for many years first as a volunteer organizing coat and shoe drives and since 2016 as a FAN Foundation Board Member. Her heart for children partnered with her firm belief in equitable education for all makes her a good fit with the dynamic individuals on the FAN Foundation Board.
Stacey Dehmer

Stacey Dehmer

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Stacey is a newcomer to Central Oregon and moved to Bend in July 2017. After graduating from Denison University, she worked for many years as a legislative aide in Washington D.C., until she decided to move to the west coast for the outdoors and great weather. She spent 17 years in San Francisco working in marketing and communications. Her husband’s career then moved the family to Bangkok, Thailand, and later New Orleans, where she turned her attention to volunteering and giving back to the community. Stacey’s heart has always been focused on helping kids, especially kids at risk. In her spare time, Stacey love to spend time outdoors, read, write, cook, and be with her family. 
Brooke Garcia

Brooke Garcia

Ex-Officio

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Brooke worked in Professional Banking for many years, bringing versatile experience in education, sales, and banking. She is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously she taught Mathematics in a public high school setting for 6 years. Brooke is passionate about education. As a former high school teacher, she understands the benefit the Family Access Network provides to students, breaking down the barriers to ensure that children have a good education. Brooke joined the FAN Foundation Board in 2007.