amanda-headshotAmanda Gow
Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of   Central Oregon

“I was born and raised in Bend and am honored to be able to lead an organization that improves the quality of life and the experience of kids in my hometown.  I believe that mentoring will not only change the lives of children throughout Central Oregon for the better but will also improve our overall community.  Every child deserves the opportunity to experience the beauty of Central Oregon and to hear the simple words ‘I believe in you’.  Imagine the difference in our community if every child reached their full potential!”

Amanda started with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon in 2010 as an Events Coordinator and quickly became the Events & Marketing Manager for all J Bar J Youth Services.  During this time she managed the Oregon High Desert Classics, the Big Brothers Big Sisters events and managed the marketing and PR for all of the J Bar J programs.  Amanda loved this job and grew to appreciate how much J Bar J does to support families and kids in all stages throughout Central Oregon.   In 2013, Amanda accepted the role of Program Director with BBBSCO. Amanda now oversees program and fundraising for  all 3 counties included in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Amanda is the board chair for Oregon Club of Central Oregon, a member of the Bend Rotary, a community activist and a Big Sister to a fantastic 12 year old girl. Amanda is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a bachelors in International Business.

When not in the office you can find Amanda running the trails of Central Oregon and taking advantage of the Central Oregon lifestyle or in the Redmond airport because her other favorite hobby is travel.

ElysiaElysia Kiyija
Programs Manager

“Of all the voices in the world telling kids they can’t, I am committed to finding the voice of a mentor to tell kids they CAN!”

Elysia started with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon in 2015 as an Enrollment and Match Specialist.  She is dedicated to bringing together adult volunteers (Bigs) and kids (Littles) in matches that will encourage the child to flourish and achieve.

Elysia is a graduate from Western Oregon University with a B.S. in Public Policy and Administration. When she isn’t in the office, she can often be found cross country skiing, camping, trying to get some sun or eating sushi whenever she can.

Jenna RandsJenna
Match Support Specialist, Deschutes County

Jenna started with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon in 2011 as the Match Support Specialist. She has built strong relationships with our matches, guiding them through many difficult and rewarding challenges.

Jenna has been matched with her Little since 2012. She is a graduate of Oregon State University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Science. She can often be found enjoying the outdoors, playing with her new puppy Augustus, and spending quality time with loved ones.

janet_resizedJanet Pacheco
Jefferson County Coordinator

Janet grew up in Madras where she is the Program Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon. She loves her home town for its cultural diversity and strong community support.  “It’s a privilege to serve the youth in Jefferson County and to be a part of an organization whose mission is to better the lives of our children to make responsible adults of our future.”

When she is not working Janet enjoys spending time with her three children, singing about everything she is doing, and hosting gatherings for friends and family.

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Rosie Laurie
Community Outreach & Events

Rosie attained her BA degree in American Studies and Social Sciences from Oregon State University-Cascades. Rosie developed a passion for contributing to her community and being an advocate for those who struggle to find their voice in her years serving as a student government leader for her University. While attending OSU-Cascades Rosie developed a profound relationship with her advisor and eventual Mentor. Due to her positive experience she works hard every day in the office to connect our youth with a mentor who is just right for them.

When Rosie is not trying to find the perfect mentor for every person who comes into our office she spends her time with her 7 year old daughter, her husband and family. Rosie spent her childhood growing up on the beaches of Puerto Rico where she learned to speak Spanish and found a love for the Latino Cultures.

Bridget Branson Albert

Bridget Branson Albert
Redmond Program Coordinator

Bridget Branson Albert moved to beautiful Bend, Oregon from San Francisco in 2001 after receiving her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University and her teaching credential from University of San Francisco.

She began working for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon in 2002 as the Office Manager/Volunteer Recruiter/ Event Coordinator. She greatly enjoyed her work with the organization but left in 2006 to be a stay-at-home mom to her two wonderful boys.

After relocating to Reno, Nevada for six years, she returned to Bend in 2016 and was ecstatic to rejoin the BBBSCO team as the Redmond Program Coordinator.

Although being a mother to her boys is her greatest passion, she greatly enjoys traveling, horseback riding, volunteering and Pilates. She has lived in Austria and Japan and also volunteered her time in a school for disabled children in Zambia, Africa.

Bridget was a Big Sister in the school-based program to a Little Brother and firmly believes in the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. She feels all children should have the opportunity to have a mentor who will assist them to reach their ultimate potential.

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” – Steven Spielberg

Crystal Bright

Crystal Bright
Enrollment and Match Specialist

Crystal began working with Big Brothers Big Sisters in the summer of 2016 as our Enrollment and Community Outreach Specialist. Coming from a background in child advocacy, Crystal has always been passionate about the physical and emotional safety and well being of children. As part of her collegiate career, Crystal interned with both Child Protective Services and Juvenile Detention taking on the role of advocate. Shortly after achieving her Master’s degree in Social Work she moved to Namibia, Africa where she spent two years facilitating at an after-school organization for orphans and vulnerable children.

When she isn’t in the office, Crystal Can be found planning her next worldly adventure as she throws the ball for her dog at the park.