FAN Foundation Board of Directors

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

Lauren Olson

Lauren Olson

Chair

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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. .
Tasha McFarland

Tasha McFarland

Vice Chair

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Like most small business owners, Tasha McFarland has done a little bit of everything for her family’s enterprises, from scrubbing ovens to asset analysis. With a background in property management, she’s particularly concerned about affordable housing in Central Oregon, and the housing crisis in Oregon as a whole, and feels the services Family Access Network provides help raise happy, healthy learners in Central Oregon schools.

Tasha and her husband Matthew moved to Central Oregon in 2000 to work at Hoodoo Ski Area. All 4 of their children have attended Bend-La Pine Schools, with one since graduating from Mountain View High School and heading off to college. Tasha grew up in the Eugene area and still has deep roots in the community, making Mountain View-Sheldon football games a family feud. A graduate of the University of Oregon and an avid Ducks fan, Tasha’s proud of, and grateful for, her Oregon public school education. She finished her MBA in 2006 with the Concordia University program in Bend.

Aside from raising her children, her experience as a community volunteer has been her most rewarding. She has been a classroom volunteer, served on her elementary school’s site council, attendance area review committee, and the District’s Budget Committee, which she chaired for6 years. Tasha has also volunteered with her schools’ PTSOs and booster club, Scouts BSA, Girl Scouts, Oregon Battle of the Books, The Bethlehem Inn, her church, and is a new Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer. These volunteer experiences have cemented her strong conviction in the importance of the services and support provided by the Family Access Network and FAN advocates. In her free time, she likes to ski with her family.

Marianna Frisinger

Marianna Frisinger

Secretary/Treasurer

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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.
Aaron Warnock

Aaron Warnock

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Aaron and his wife moved to Bend in 2006 to join this vibrant community and raise a family. He believes deeply in the FAN mission of connecting Oregon students and families in need with solutions to help those students thrive and succeed. Initially pursuing a career in molecular and cellular immunology, Aaron has worked in high-tech and biotech ventures, chiefly in strategic product development, partner technology solutions and marketing. Aaron has two boys attending school in the Bend-La Pine School District, and has served on 2 PTSO boards. Aaron holds an SB from MIT and a Ph.D from Stanford Med.
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.
Kate Drummond

Kate Drummond

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Kate and her family moved to Bend in 2015 and have loved becoming part of the community. Kate has a Master of Public Administration with a Health Policy certificate from the University of Washington and was a leader in Clinical Effectiveness at Seattle Children’s for several years prior to her move. She is currently engaged in Population Health in Central Oregon. Kate is passionate about how privilege and policy impact health and education outcomes for children and families, an equation that was recently magnified in challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This appreciation prompted her board interest, and she is excited to bring her experience to the FAN Foundation. When not working, Kate and her family enjoy skiing, biking, and paddling throughout Oregon.
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. 
Travis Browning

Travis Browning

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Travis Browning is the SVP Market President with First Interstate Bank for Central Oregon and Gorge Market, which includes the cities of Redmond, Sisters, Prineville, Madras, The Dalles, Hood River, and Bingen. Travis earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Western Oregon State College and has been serving the Central Oregon region since 1999. He has 29 years of combined banking experience as a Loan Officer, Branch Manager, and District Manager. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Travis served on the board for Redmond Economic Development for over 10 years and currently is on the Redmond School District budget committee. Since 2017, he has been on the FAN Redmond Development Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time at sporting events with his family. 
Valerie Yost

Valerie Yost

Ex-Officio

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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.
Alisa Betz

Alisa Betz

Ex-officio

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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.
Lizzi Katz

Lizzi Katz

Ex-Officio

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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.
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.