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.


andrew weiss, student engagement officer

At YEBW: Andrew manages student relationships and YEBW’s Alumni Network. He is also a liaison for outreach and partnerships with high schools and student-focused organizations. As a YEBW Alumni himself, Andrew wants to inspire future students to explore business and entrepreneurship.

Background: Andrew graduated from Jesuit High School in 2012 and University of Oregon in 2016 with a BA in Advertising and a minor in Business. He attended YEBW as a student in 2012 and 2013, then returned as an Intern in 2014 and 2016. His cousin also became a student, thanks to his referral. He looks forward to seeing YEBW’s growth in the years to come.


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.


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

Caroline Lewis
Rogue Venture Partners
YEBW Speaker and Advocate

Chad Summers
YEBW Partner, Judge and Advocate

Dan O'Leary
Geffen Mesher
YEBW Advocate

David Solomon
Lightspeed Technologies
YEBW Advocate

Diana Hoff
The Renaissance Foundation
YEBW Advocate and Secretary

Frank Helle
Axian Inc.
YEBW Advocate and Vice Chair
YEBW Curriculum Committee Chair

Jeff Gaus
Oregon Blockchain Venture Studios
YEBW Partner, Advocate and Chairman of the Board

Jennifer Flickinger
Umpqua Bank
YEBW Community Involvement Advocate

 John Gilleland
Campbell Global
YEBW Mission Partner

Lauren Wallace
Wallace Tech Law LLC
YEBW Governance Committee Chair

Murali Nallakrishnan
Seven Continents Holdings, LLC
YEBW Judge, Advisor and Advocate

Penny McBain
McBain & Associates
YEBW People Committee Chair

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

Taylor Gentry
Endeavour Capital
YEBW Advisor, Advocate and Alumni

Jeff Gaus at the Tradeshow at University of Portland

Jeff Gaus at the Tradeshow at University of Portland

Murali Nallakrishnan judging at University of Oregon

Murali Nallakrishnan judging at University of Oregon