OUR BOARD

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Locavore board, please email info@centraloregonlocavore.org

NICOLLE (NIKI) TIMM

NICOLLE (NIKI) TIMM

President and Founder

Niki is the founder of Central Oregon Locavore and a Bend native who grew up eating fresh seasonal produce from her mother’s garden, fresh raw milk from the local co-op, and various local foods of all kinds.

After earning a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University in Ashland, Nicolle moved to Denver where she worked as a labor and delivery nurse in a large, high-profile hospital. It didn’t take long for her to become disillusioned with city life and she soon found herself working part-time on a raw milk dairy near Boulder and becoming reacquainted with the local food scene.

Since Nicolle’s return to Bend she has made many good friends among the farmers and local-food advocates of Central Oregon. Seeing a need to support the local economy and the local food movement, Nicolle assisted in forming a small food co-op, which over time has evolved into the current nonprofit, Central Oregon Locavore.

Nicolle is a firm believer that we have to be the change we want to see in the world and is actively trying to take steps to create a more balanced, loving, sustainable and earth-friendly society.

In addition to founding Central Oregon Locavore, Nicolle currently works at St Charles Medical Center in Bend and Redmond as a labor and delivery nurse. Nicolle recently became a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and is now part of the lactation team at SCMC, which is headed by her mother!

Nicolle’s dream is to see the local food movement explode onto the scene and reconnect us with our food, with our neighbors and with the Earth.

KAREN SWIRSKY

KAREN SWIRSKY

Vice President

Karen Swirsky is a long-time Bend resident who got interested in the local food movement when she realized the environmental costs of transporting food. It was enough to convert her from being a vegetarian to an enthusiastic carnivore! She is a land use planner who has served on many boards during her time in Bend. Karen is an avid outdoorsperson who loves to hike, paddle, and cross-country ski with her husband Nils. She may be the only person in Bend who doesn’t own a dog.

HILARY SMITH

HILARY SMITH

Treasurer

Hilary has lived in Bend since 1997 and is an outdoor enthusiast. She developed a love of Bend soon after moving to here, not only for the great outdoor sports but for the amazing community and people that Bend has to offer. In 2006 she decided to open her own firm enabling her to provide a more personal approach to her work. She enjoys running her own practice because of the time it allows her to give individual attention to her clients. Hilary also owns her own ranch and is strongly committed to giving back to the community and helping build a sustainable environment for our future.

  • HWC Tax & Business Consulting, PC, Owner
  • B.S. in Accounting, Linfield College
  • 15-years’ experience in the accounting field with a focus on tax preparation and small business consulting
  • Certified Public Accountant, licensed in 2004
  • Owner-Piggyback Ranch
  • Gloucestershire Old Spots of America, Treasurer
JIM JANS

JIM JANS

Secretary

Jim is your genuinely friendly and highly experienced chief financial strategist and owner of ProCFO. He has been a CPA for eighteen years and counting. After finishing his MBA at the University of Washington, he began his career in Boise, Idaho working at Deloitte & Touche, Idaho Power Company, and IDACORP Energy. When IDACORP exited the energy trading industry, Jim decided it was time to become his own boss. Jim is a devoted family man who is kept on his toes with his children’s school and sports activities. He also loves skiing and a bit of globe-trotting (when it’s not tax season, of course).

HOLLY PERZYNSKI

HOLLY PERZYNSKI

Raised on a farm in a small town of Maryland, Holly learned early on the importance of supporting thy neighbor and the positive impact one can make when engaging with your local community. Upon graduating college, Holly was ready to spread her wings and experience city living on the West Coast in Seattle where she started her real estate career in the commercial real estate sector. After 13 years in the big city, the traffic and chaos started to take a toll and she was ready for a lifestyle change back to a smaller community that was visibly surrounded by natural landscape. In 2013 she moved to Central Oregon, where she found she wasn’t alone, as everyone else appeared to be moving too.

Building upon her real estate background Holly transitioned into selling residential real estate in Central Oregon with a focus on relocation. While working closely with her clients to get settled into the local community she has learned people have a consciousness and awareness of wanting to consume quality food they just don’t realize how easily accessible it is. Holly is enthusiastic when she is able to connect the new Central Oregonians to the bounty offered by our local farmers and ranchers and is proud to be advocating for the positive impact Locavore is making in the local community.

ABBY KELLNER RODE

ABBY KELLNER RODE

Abby Kellner-Rode has been involved in local nonprofits, including the Bend Food Project,  since she and her husband, Andre, moved to Bend in 2010, to join their physician son, Matt Rode and his family, farmer son David, and daughter, Maija, an artist & graphic designer.  Abby, Andre and David, are beginning a family farm in Alfalfa area east of Bend. Their long term plan is to raise vegetables and animals using organic, sustainable practices.  For 32 years, the Kellner-Rodes lived in Alaska, where Abby taught Kindergarten, and was a children’s librarian in the school and public libraries. Formerly an East Coast native, Abby graduated from Colorado College in 1975, with a B.A. and received a teaching degree from University of Alaska, in 1981.She is passionate about the importance of supporting locally grown food, food security, nutrition, community involvement, forging connections and collaborations with other people and organizations.  As a former elementary school teacher, she sees the link between fresh food, nutrition and learning. COL provides an important service here and her involvement will continue to support its crucial mission, including outreach to promote the organization.

CHARLOTTE LIN

CHARLOTTE LIN

Charlotte is a family physician and medical acupuncturist who has been practicing at Bend Memorial Clinic since 2009. Originally from the East Coast, she moved west to work on the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, AZ for 3 years. Living in the Southwest is where she really fell in love with recreating in the great outdoors. As a family physician, she focuses on health promotion and disease prevention by emphasizing the importance of regular activity and food-as-medicine. Charlotte strongly believes the local food movement is critical to a healthy community.

In 2016 she started a local chapter of the nationwide ‘Walk with a Doc’ program here in Bend which provides the community an opportunity to learn from a BMC doctor while walking with them. She enjoys exploring the outdoors by bike,ski or kayak and when the season is right getting her hands dirty in her garden.

JULIE REBER

JULIE REBER

Julie Reber has been selling real estate most of her adult life (17+ years). She is a licensed Principal Broker for Sotheby’s International Real Estate – licensed in both California and Oregon.
Central Oregon is where Julie is raising her family (and pigs, cows, chickens, ducks, goats, etc., while cultivating a hay, vegetable and “clean meat” farm – “Freedom Rock Farms” in Bend, OR). About 4 years ago she and her family left the big city for an even more challenging experience – Farming in Central Oregon! As a recovering vegetarian, she has decided that if she’s going to eat meat, she needs to know how that meat made it to her plate and what that animal was eating. Julie believes that having a relationship with your food is not only important for your own nutrition, but good for the environment. Balancing kids, real estate, farming and volunteering takes some serious focus and a very free spirit – Chaos is the new black! 🙂

CHRIS HATFIELD

CHRIS HATFIELD

Guest of the Board: Legal

Chris has been serving Central Oregon as a lawyer since 1996. His practice focuses primarily on business and real estate issues, and he is counsel for several Oregon nonprofits. Chris has helped many Central Oregon nonprofit organizations handle everything from formation and tax issues to the day to day issues that all organizations face. Chris has a strong interest in rural poverty issues and an interest in supporting local farmers. Chris’ services were volunteered to Locavore by his wife Audrey. When Chris isn’t working as a lawyer or working on various project assigned to him by Audrey he spends his time climbing western peaks and cycling.

JIM FIELDS

JIM FIELDS

Guest of the Board: Honorary Founding Member

Jim is the head farmer at Fields Farm, a sustainable farm using organic methods, which has been growing produce for the local market since 1989. The farm operates a CSA and Farm Bucks program, and also sells at the Bend Farmers Market, local grocery stores and several restaurants.

Jim and his wife, Debbie, grow a wide range of vegetables including arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, brussel sprouts, specialty broccolis and cauliflowers, cabbage, carrots, collards, corn, cucumbers, garlic, greens, lettuce and lettuce mix, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, peppers, potatoes, onions, scallions, summer squash and tomatoes. They have 10 varieties of potatoes, garlic, kale and lettuce mix in larger quantities for store and institutional sales.

CENTRAL OREGON LOCAVORE

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit supporting local food and farms through educational programs and a year round indoor farmers market.