Meet the Dream Team

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Our Board

Bryce Britton (he/him)

President

As President, Bryce is here to listen, learn and lead. As a Financial Representative for Country Financial, Bryce enjoys the educational side of Insurance, showing the value behind the price tag and helping people prepare for retirement. An Oregon native, Bryce has an MFA in Theatre Direction from Ohio University and a BFA in Communications from University of Puget Sound. A true theatre geek, Bryce is never more happy than when he is working on a show or in front of a group of students. Building his business from the ground up has taught Bryce the value in Mentorship and is excited to bring all that ORPIB has to offer to the next generation of LGBTQ+ Small Business Owners.

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Jaime Duyck (she/her)

Vice President

Jaime provides team-driven leadership and enthusiasm to the organization. She brings years of experience managing teams, running a business, and values acts of service. Jaime dropped out of high school at the end of her junior year and later received her GED. In January of 2020, she opened EV EQUITY LLC to provide electric vehicle charging solutions and consultation services in Oregon and beyond. Jaime is honored to hold the position of Vice President and is passionate about championing meaningful progress and visibility of LGBTQ+ businesses in the State of Oregon. 

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Patrick Ranspot (he/him)

Treasurer

Patrick provides leadership and financial guidance to the organization. Patrick has 25 years experience as a financial services professional and has served in various roles on several boards over the past 16 years. He received a B.B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University and has been a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) since 2004. Patrick enjoys learning how businesses operate and recommending best practices and appropriate financial services to help businesses meet their goals. This experience and being part of the greater LGBTQ+ community was the genesis of his involvement to help LGBTQ+ owned and ally businesses succeed.

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Trista Okel (she/her)

NGLCC Certification Board Chair

Trista has spent her life advocating for others and continues to do so through her business and civic activities.Trista attended the University of Oregon. As the owner of Empower BodyCare, which makes topical cannabis and hemp products, she works to give everyone relief from pain with natural remedies as well as empowering communities through education, training, and financial support. Her passion for transformative justice, equality, and social justice drives her in her work every day. She works closely with her wife to attain her goals and they both strive to continually make a positive impact on their community. Trista is thrilled to serve LGBTQ+ businesses in Oregon as the NGLCC Certification Chair.

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Molly S. Callahan (she/her)

Communications Board Chair

Molly Callahan gets the word out. She is the founder of Arete Media, a radical social marketing agency that helps conscientious apparel and lifestyle brands thrive online and become iconic. In high school, Molly served in her first non-profit leadership role as a co-president for teen arts organization Playing For Others. She received a Bachelor's of Mass Communication with honors from the University of North Carolina. Her capstone project was a research-based communication strategy for local non-profit business organization Leadership Asheville. These experiences taught her that to communicate the values and work of a non-profit, you need heart, truth, and strategy backed by data. In her spare time, she writes and performs comedy.

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Max Ablimit (he/him)

Mentorship Board Chair

Max has experienced both failures and successes as the founder of Tarim Consulting, an industry-recognized leader in the Oracle software asset management space. Being an entrepreneur, he understands how important mentorship is to develop an idea and nurture it to fruition and success in addition to hard work and sacrifice. Max has been the beneficiary of mentorship throughout his career and passionate about giving back to the community. It is an honor for him to be able to help connect new and aspiring entrepreneurs with the right resources through ORPIB’s mentorship program, to enable and empower them to succeed and thrive. Max is also grateful for the opportunity to be a volunteer with Great Life Mentoring, a local non-profit that supports underprivileged children receiving outpatient mental care, which has given him the greatest joy in life.

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Nicole Hetz (she/her/ella)

Education Board Chair

Nicole brings a diverse legal perspective to the team. Originally from Argentina, Nicole moved to Portland, Oregon with her wife 5 years ago. As a board member, Nicole contributes her diverse point of view and provides rational solutions to the board. Nicole holds two law degrees, one in spanish (Argentina) and another one in the United States, which she utilizes to help the spanish members of the community who feel the legal disparity in this country. She dedicates her time to work with community-based businesses and helps them develop a strategy for their growth. Her goal is to empower the queer community to build and feel confident about their businesses.

 
 
 
 
 
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Jeana Hooker (she/her)

Acting Secretary, Equity & Inclusion Board Chair

Jeana wants to facilitate and create impactful, transformative change. She brings 15 years of experience in the enterprise software industry and is currently a Sr. Project Manager at Sage. Her true passion and drive is organizational diversity, equity and inclusion. Jeana is a Global LGBTQ+ ERG lead and a Belonging Champion ERG co-lead at Sage. She received an MPA in Nonprofit Management and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Portland State University, and a certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Georgetown University. When she’s not working, or volunteering for social justice and advocacy, she’s spending time adventuring with her partner and two dogs. Jeana is looking forward to connecting with the LGBTQ+ business community and helping them build and/or grow their business with an equity and inclusion lens.

Committee Chairs

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Kim Thorne

Events Committee Chair

Kim brings over a decade of both theatrical and corporate event management experience to her position with ORPIB. For the last twelve years, she has focused on small business development and growth in the sectors of event, retail, logistics, and finance. She is currently a partner and CEO of Vanport Financial, a Portland-based financial services company that empowers business owners by connecting them with web-based bookkeeping, tax, and financial planning experts. Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Stanford University and was further driven to acquire a second degree in Marketing and Statistics from the School of Business at Portland State University. Through work with nonprofit organizations: National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, Daughters of the American Revolution, Portland Main Streets Design Initiative, and RAINN, she has gained a broader understanding of the needs of diverse communities. This understanding drives Kim to create more equitable and accessible spaces that enable participants to achieve their short-term goals and long-term dreams. 

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Julie Eickhof

Membership Committee Chair

Julie brings a wealth of operations expertise to ORPIB– and a passion for leveling the playing field for good folks doing good things. As the founder of creative agency Brand Mechanic, Julie gives values-driven leaders the strategic support they need to launch strong, authentic brands. Before studying professional copywriting and design at Miami Ad School, Julie graduated with honors from UC Davis with a BA in Linguistics and a Minor in Spanish. An avid motorcyclist, Julie understands the power of strong, connected communities and is honored to be helping her fellow LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and professionals gain a greater sense of camaraderie, equity, and purpose through their ORPIB membership.

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Marc Grambo

Membership Committee Chair

Marc comes to us with a 24-year background as a small business owner, which has included both many years of business-to-business sales and his current residential real estate business. Marc has always seen himself as being in the relationship-building business with a strong emphasis on his motto of Doing Well by Doing Good. This motto reflects his commitment to ethical business practices. Outside of the business world, he is also a leader in the local chapter of an international meditation community and a long-term practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. Having spent several years living in India and Nepal, he had the good fortune of receiving teachings from some of the greatest living masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Megan provides accounting and advisory services for small businesses, and has served as Controller and Managing Partner for queer-woman-owned Veritas Consultant Group since 2018. Always one to root for the underdog, Megan has been a proud pioneer in the Cannabis accounting space since 2015, and has been featured as a Taxation panelist at Cannabis industry events. Megan’s 25+ years of accounting experience and former Humboldt County residency have given her a unique understanding of the administrative challenges of operating a Canna-Biz, and she is passionate about helping this underserved community flourish!

Finance Committee Chair

Megan Clarke (she/her)

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