Meet the dream team!
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.
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.
Megan Clarke (she/her)
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!
Jeana Hooker (she/her)
Secretary and Equity & Inclusion Advisor
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.
NGLCC Certification Director
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.
Molly S. Callahan (she/her)
Molly Callahan gets the word out. For over a decade, she has gotten her hands dirty in freelance media creation, leading to her role as the marketing manager for Dovetail Workwear. 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 stand-up comedy.
Okima Daniels (she/her)
Equity & Inclusion Director
Okima provides structure, feedback, and programing to facilitate equity and inclusion both within ORPIB and with its Members. Okima moved from SW Oregon to Portland in 2009 where they have participated in diversity and inclusion initiatives and activities via various work groups. Okima received their Bachelor of Science with a focus Psychology from Portland State University in 2015, where they built a passion for understanding individuals and the intersectionality of experience. Okima went on to be licensed as a General Securities Principal, and currently works in Compliance for a local Financial Firm. Their experience, and skills have caused them to be deeply ethical, compassionate, and devoted to fostering an equitable and inclusive future. Okima is excited to realize these passions with ORPIB and their members.
Mentorship Board Director
Michael is an energetic professional focused on discovering insightful solutions to complex challenges, both in design and in his community. As an architect, Michael is passionate about uncovering the opportunities and challenges inherent in the growth of the city or neighborhood and works to gain a broad perspective on the issues facing communities through his work.
As the chair of numerous community organizations, Michael is committed to making a difference through mentorship, advocacy, and spirit. His love for mentorship truly shows through his role as Chair of the Rotary Club of Portland’s Enterprise Academy Camp, an entrepreneurship focused camp for local High School students and his involvement with De La Salle North Catholic High School’s Corporate Work Study Program, wherein he mentors high school students with an interest in the profession of architecture by providing hands-on experience in the field.
Work and community involvement aside, Michael is never more at peace than when he is with his partner, his dogs, a glass of wine, and a riveting discussion about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Michael can’t wait to apply his years of knowledge and expertise in mentorship at ORPIB and believes our community has no greater call to action than the mentorship of the next generation of LGBTQ+ individuals and business owners.
Nicole Hetz (she/her/ella)
Education Board Director
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.
OUR COMMITTEE CHAIRS
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.
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. Her experiences as an entrepreneur and business advocate have reinforced her values of community stewardship, mission-driven business approaches, and corporate integrity. 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.
Ayla comes from a decade of graphic design experience.