Pitch for a Purpose

Leadership Bend Impact Summit 2018 Pitch Night Event

  • What: Five nonprofits will take the stage at the LBIS “Pitch for a Purpose” to compete for a sponsor-supported cash prize and an “audience choice” award
  • When: May 1st, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Willie Hall – Central Oregon Community College / Address: 2600 NW College Way Bend, OR 97703
  • Meet: the 2018 Judges

 TOP AWARD: $10,000

Second Place: $5,000

Third Place: $2,500

Audience Award: $1,500


The five finalists to present on the May 1st IMPACT SUMMIT “Pitch for a Purpose” event are:




Dita has been an active and involved member of the Central Oregon community since 1992. Dita has joyfully served as the Executive Director of Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center since 2007, helping Central Oregonians who are challenged with disabilities to learn, grow and thrive.  Healing Reins provides nationally accredited horse-centered therapies to children, teens and adults, ages 4-94, who are struggling to overcome physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral special needs that significantly impact quality of life.  Healing Reins is the only professional organization of its kind in all of Central Oregon and serves people from Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. Under Dita’s leadership, the organization has expanded its programs to address growing community demand for non-traditional collaborative care services, tripled its client base and built a strong foundation for future sustainability. Dita graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and worked in the publishing, real estate and fundraising fields before joining Healing Reins. She is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Certified Instructor as well as a PATH International Certified Equine Specialist. Dita grew up in Los Angeles, but has lived, worked and learned about life in New York and Switzerland before settling in beautiful Bend, Oregon.  She is married, has two daughters, three horses, two mules, three dogs and nine chickens and spends her free time skiing, hiking, gardening and logging trail miles and horse-camping all over the state.  Dita is honored to have been the first recipient of the Central Oregon Impact Summit Award in 2014 and to be tonight’s keynote speaker.

Central Oregon Impact Summit Judges

Dennis Lynn 

Senior Instructor

Dennis Lynn is a Senior Instructor in Human Development and Family Sciences. Having served in a number of administrative and faculty positions at other colleges and universities, he joined the faculty of OSU-Cascades in March 2009. Before moving to Bend, Dennis worked with HIV Alliance in Eugene, Oregon. 

Dennis received his PhD in Human Development and the Family from the University of Nebraska and has focused much of his time and energy on encouraging strong, healthy and resilient families. Two of his favorite courses to teach are “Families and Poverty” and “Religion and the Family”. 

Dennis served two terms as a Board member of the United Way of Deschutes County, and can presently be found volunteering every Tuesday night at Family Kitchen in Bend.  Through the “Families and Poverty” course, Dennis continues to stay involved with agencies and other organizations in the community that work diligently to help people whose needs are often overlooked and underserved.

Connie J. Worrell-Druliner

President – CEO

Connie started the Bend franchise of Express Employment Professionals in 1983. Of over 800 offices, she is one of the original 20 franchisees of Express Employment Professionals, as well as the President and CEO. This year her daughter, Stephanie Miller, joined as a partner to the company.

Through her leadership, the Bend office has continued to win international awards yearly and is in the top tier of recruiting firms across the country.

Connie has served on over 35 boards during her tenure in Central Oregon. Connie currently serves as a board member and is the past president of Redmond Economic Development Inc., past president and board member for Economic Development of Central Oregon, board member of 1st Story, advisory board member for Leadership Bend, Lead Judge for the Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year and the Chamber of Commerce Sage Awards.

Connie was honored by the Bend Soroptomists in 2002 as their Woman of Distinction, by the Bend Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the year in 2005, and in 2006 Connie was selected as the first inductee into the Inspirational Women Hall of Fame established by the Women’s Resource Center of Central Oregon. She has been identified by The Bulletin as one of 15 Women of Inspiration in 2015. Connie and her husband, Jerry, enjoy their seven children, their seven spouses, and fifteen grandchildren.


Adrienne Graham 

Regional Director

Adrienne Graham is an adept facilitator of strategic planning and non-profit board, staff and team leadership development. She has 12 years as a non-profit executive director and brings over 20 years of experience providing training, facilitation and teaching in both public and private sectors. Adrienne designed and delivered community leadership and organizational development programs for The Ford Family Foundation’s Community Leadership Program. She has worked for the City of Corvallis, facilitating community conflict resolution and diversity programs, and for the Oregon Department of Education, leading a statewide project on alternative learning opportunities.

Since establishing Leapfrog in 2005, Adrienne has provided board and organizational development services for a range of non-profits from large, well-established organizations such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in So. Oregon to small, rural organizations on the coast, to local organizations in Central Oregon including Healing Reins, United Way of Deschutes County, KIDS Center, the Tower Theatre and more.

Since 2014, Adrienne has been serving as the Nonprofit Association of Oregon’s (NAO) Central OR Regional Director, providing on the ground support and resources for Central OR nonprofits. In 2017, Adrienne’s role with NAO is expanding to include providing consulting and support for the region’s nonprofits. With the increased NAO activities, Adrienne will be closing Leapfrog in 2017.

Adrienne is a BoardSource-trained facilitator in Non-Profit Board and Non-Profit CEO Assessment and Development Planning. She received her Master’s in Adult Education, Workforce Training and Education, from Oregon State University in 1997. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, BoardSource, and the Alliance for Non-Profit Management, and served as a founding member and board President for the Bend Endurance Academy.

Adrienne calls Sisters her home where she loves to be outside, spending time with family or friends, exploring the trails on foot, mountain bike or XC skis.

Kim Hafermalz                        
Executive Director

Kim, the Executive Director of the La Pine Community Kitchen, was last year’s winner of the Central Oregon Impact Summit.

She has been the Executive Director of the La Pine Community Kitchen for the past three years.  This direct services agency provides free of charge hot meals, fresh produce and clothing to those who are experiencing hunger or a lack of resources in Southern Deschutes County.  Her agency has over seventy volunteers and serves 2,700 customers a year.  This vital community safety net survives on cash, In-Kind donations and grants.  The 2017 budget is over $500,000

In addition to her directorship on the La Pine Community Kitchen, Kim is the Secretary of the La Pine Chamber of Commerce, the President of the local Toast Masters club, the Chair of the La Pine Beautification Action Team, and a Rotarian.

Jim Lee   – (InvitExcellence) –  Former Executive Director of Abilitree                                                   

During his career, Jim served in leadership capacities in the Nonprofit sector for over 40 years, first in Southern California in the at-risk youth, special education and mental health fields, followed by serving as the Executive Director of Abilitree here in Bend retiring at the end of 2012.

While at Abilitree, the organization was recognized as the Bend Chamber Organization of the Year and as a Oregon Top 100 Nonprofit on two occasions. He also has been recognized for Leadership Excellence by numerous organizations including Special Olympics Oregon and more recently as the Opportunity Knocks Facilitator of the year in 2014.

Jim stays active as the Principal at InvitExcellence, a leadership coaching and consulting firm and also volunteers for numerous nonprofit organizations including Shepherd’s House Ministries as an Ex-Officio Board member.

Jim and his wife Carol live in the Awbrey Glen golf community and continue to enjoy all that Central Oregon has to offer since moving here 2003.

Here is a recap from the 2015 Central Oregon Impact Summit