Board Members

Karen Hobbs, Executive Director

Karen is a trained teacher and supports students as a volunteer in the Rachel’s Challenge “Chain Links Club” at Cascade Middle School- a group that actively promotes anti-bullying, inclusion, kindness, student empowerment and community outreach. She is involved in Boy and Girl scouting in Bend.

Karen has a BA (Honors) in Humanities and a post graduate teaching degree, and has taught Prison Education professional development modules to colleagues.

Kelley Carson

Kelley Carson is the Director of Client Services for BendBroadband in Bend, Oregon. In this role, she is responsible for strategic oversight of customer experience. Her focus is ensuring operational excellence with an embedded culture of continual review and process improvement. Kelley spearheads and executes initiatives to achieve and exceed customer acquisition, retention, and brand promise goals. She was awarded the BendBroadband Leader of the Year Award for 2011 and strongly believes that a culturally mature, empowered, and engaged team has led to BendBroadband’s success within the communities it serves.

A 20 year veteran of the cable industry, Kelley began her career in 1993 with Cox Communications in Omaha which led her to Cox Phoenix and Cox Wichita where she held a variety of positions including call center project manager and operations manager. She served as Installation and Service Director at BendBroadband prior to her current role. Kelley received her BA from College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.

Charlie Burdick, Member

Charlie Burdick is a retired corporate research scientist who holds some three dozen patents in various fields. In his corporate capacity Charlie worked directly with numerous industrial companies located in Europe, China, Indonesia, Australia and Canada as well as the U.S.

Within the Winning Over organization he has been active in planning expansion of the adult outreach programs.

Emily Patterson, Member

Ms. Emily Patterson is the Director of Customer Relations at StreamIt, an online video hosting service in Bend. Before moving to central Oregon, she spent three years in the Republic of Moldova. For two of those years, she taught English as a foreign language with the Peace Corps. During the last year, she served as a communications assistant and editor for USAID at the US Embassy in Moldova.