Julie Hotchkiss serves as director of development for Oregon State University – Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Julie has enjoyed a long career supporting non-profit organizations. Since moving to Central Oregon in the mid-90’s, Julie spent three years as director of development for the Deschutes River Conservancy and a decade with the High Desert Museum. She previously served as director of planned giving for Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she also practiced law.
Julie holds an undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., and a law degree from Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Va.
Ms. Pulliam is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University where she received both a BBA and an MBA. She has more than 19 years of public service experience and an additional 15 years of management consulting/auditing experience in the non-profit sector. Ms. Pulliam was the shelter director for the City of Austin municipal animal shelter for 10 years where she provided community leadership in the City’s efforts to reduce animal euthanasia, end animal homelessness, and improve animal living conditions. Ms. Pulliam focused city and community resources on prevention programs in the areas of animal sterilization, cruelty prevention, community outreach, and education. Additionally, Ms. Pulliam implemented programs including transfers to rescue groups, foster programs, open adoption concepts, microchip programs, etc. to increase the live outcomes for animals in the shelter. Other accomplishments include an ordinance that mandates sterilization for any dog or cat impounded more than once, an ordinance that mandates microchip insertion for all dogs and cats leaving the shelter, funding for free microchips for high intake neighborhood dogs and cats, implementation of reclaim and/or field citation waivers in return for sterilization of the pet, and new ordinances that promote animal welfare by mandating appropriate animal care and prohibiting unsafe transport in unenclosed vehicles, and the opening of the new state-of-the-art animal center in late 2012.
Bonnie is a Senior Vice President of Sales/Marketing/Brand Development and has worked in both the Fortune 500 corporate environment and the private sector. She hold a masters degree in International Marketing and Organizational Effectiveness. She and her husband, Mike, moved to Central Oregon 11 years ago from the Portland area. They love the PNW and they love animals! Animals have always been important in their lives, and they are currently mom and dad to 2 precocious cats, Ellie and Lazlo. Bonnie is excited to make a difference in helping to end the euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs by providing resources and education to those most at risk. The end goal is to make Central Oregon a more humane community for us all.
Lori is currently the Community Liaison Officer for the Bend Police Department. She is a retired Portland Police Detective and a former Oregon Department of Justice Special Agent. Lori has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. She moved to Bend from Sandy, Oregon three years ago. Animals have always been an important part of her life. She currently has two beautiful kittens, Kato and Ruby Rue. Lori loves to travel, hike, bike, and ride her motorcycle in her free time!
Brittany is the owner and sole personal trainer for Rise & Grind Fitness - a business here in Bend, that she started 10 months ago. She has worked with children and adults in the health and wellness industry for over 10 years, and has a passion for coaching children's athletics (she was one of the top softball players in the Bay Area). Brittany has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and Business and has worked with companies such as DreamWorks Animation, ABC Sports San Francisco / Bay Area and most recently, a fitness startup called Grow Fit. She and her husband Rick have lived in Bend for a year and reside with their two small dogs Oliver and Finnius Deschutes (who they rescued here in Bend!) and their gigantic cat Hemi.
With over 25 years of experience in business with a focus in accounting, Jade Mayer started his career in public accounting with KPMG in Portland, OR. Mr. Mayer moved to Bend, OR in 1997 and has been with Brooks Resources since 1999, currently serving as Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Mayer has a long history of public service; currently he is a board member and treasurer for the Deschutes River Conservancy and is a board member of Economic Development of Central Oregon.
Mr. Mayer has also served in the past as the Chair of Central Oregon Trail Alliance, a member of the Deschutes county Audit Committee, a member of the City of Bend’s Budget Committee, a board member of Visit Bend, a board member of the Bend Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of J Bar J Youth Services. Mr. Mayer enjoys the outdoors and spends as much time as allows on white water and mountain biking adventures.
Dr. Byron Maas has been practicing for over 20 years in companion animal medicine and surgery and is the owner of Bend Veterinary Clinic. He co-founded the Bend Spay and Neuter Project and has spent time serving on both the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Central Oregon and Bend Spay and Neuter Project as Board President. He initiated the in house shelter medicine program at the shelter and was instrumental in establishing the mobile SNIP clinic serving the greater Central Oregon region. Byron is passionate about population control in companion animals worldwide. Dr. Maas was the first veterinarian to volunteer and establish the Esther Honey Foundation’s clinic in Rarotonga. Dr. Maas collaborates regularly in developing nations with Animal Balance, an international provider of High Volume, High Quality Spay and Neuter, to provide veterinary care especially in sensitive island communities such as the Galapagos Islands, Samoan Islands and others. He is also a certified master trainer for ARK sciences.