YEBW has always been a volunteer-led initiative to educate Oregon youth in business... Behind the tribe of dedicated volunteers is a small staff that builds the program throughout the year—bringing hundreds of students, alumni, business community professionals and partners together for four life-changing weeks over the summer.

All team members share a personal connection with YEBW...


YEBW Staff

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MARK TAKEHARA, executive director

At YEBW: Mark oversees all aspects of YEBW operations and strategy, including community partnerships and staff development. As an advocate for youth education and equity, Mark believes all students should have the opportunity to attend YEBW.

Background: Most recently, Mark was the President of Hope Chinese Charter School—named ‘#1 Charter School’ in the state of Oregon and ‘Top Public Elementary School’ by niche.com and the Portland Business Journal. Previously, he served in executive roles with national youth organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys & Girls Clubs. He also holds a BA in Business Administration from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of California-Riverside.


kyle kavas, communications and volunteer relations DIRECTOR

At YEBW: Kyle’s focus is communications, community outreach and volunteer engagement. Her journey with YEBW began back in 2011 while serving as a volunteer Judge, Mock Interviewer, and eventually, Advisor. She is passionate about the mission to build the next generation of business leaders.

Background: Beyond YEBW, Kyle has held mar-com leadership roles at Better Business Bureau, Oregon Public Broadcasting and her own venture Oregon Public Relations. Kyle holds a BS in International Business Administration, with a focus in Integrated Marketing, from Alliant International University in San Diego, Calif. Originally from Oregon, she graduated from West Linn High School.


dawn myers, program manager

At YEBW: Dawn builds, plans and executes YEBW programs across university campuses, while ensuring students have a positive environment to learn and grow. She also helps shape and develop the curriculum and other program elements. 

Background: Before joining YEBW as staff, Dawn served as a Company Advisor along with her brother in 2016. She caught the entrepreneur bug after she graduated from University of San Diego, with a BBA in Marketing, and founded the clothing brand ‘Rhipped Label’ out of her mom’s garage. She went on to create and host a Podcast called ‘Why We Work,’ interviewing entrepreneurs on their successes and failures.


Frank Helle
Axian Inc. (retired)
YEBW Chairman of the Board

Penny McBain
McBain & Associates
YEBW Vice Chair and People Committee Chair

Diana Hoff
The Renaissance Foundation
YEBW Treasurer and Development Committee Chair

Lauren Wallace
Wallace Tech Law LLC
YEBW Secretary and Governance Committee Chair

Brett Greene
Portland General Electric (PGE)
YEBW Partner and Advocate

Caroline Lewis
Rogue Venture Partners
YEBW Speaker and Advocate

Dan O'Leary
Geffen Mesher
YEBW Advocate

David Solomon
Lightspeed Technologies
YEBW Advocate

David Trueba
Evoqua Water Technologies
YEBW Curriculum Committee Chair

Jennifer Flickinger
Umpqua Bank
YEBW Community Involvement Advocate

Julia Steinberger
State of Oregon, STEM Investment Council
YEBW Equity Advocate

Mike Ulwelling
Jewett-Cameron Company
Marketing Committee Chair

Roger Lee
Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
YEBW Cascades Advocate