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 three life-changing weeks over the summer.

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


YEBW Staff


john chang, executive director

At YEBW: John oversees YEBW operations and programs. He also focuses on growth strategies, community partnerships and staff development. As an advocate for youth education, John believes all students should have the opportunity to attend YEBW.

Background: Before officially stepping into his role, John served incognito as a Company Advisor at YEBW 2016. Previously the Director of Operations and Finance for Social Venture Partners, John has extensive experience building thriving programs for Oregon-based businesses and nonprofits. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Labor Economics from University of Oregon and Accounting credentials from Portland State University. He is also a proud Wilson High School Alumni.


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, Company 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 ‘Post Grad Radio,’ interviewing entrepreneurs on their successes and failures.


zack dean, program assistant

At YEBW: Zack supports operations and program development, assisting the Program Manager with planning and logistics. He enjoys collaborating with the team on a variety of projects to help each week run smoothly.

Background: Outside of YEBW, Zack runs a small freelance company he started almost three years ago, focusing on screen printing and design. People close to Zack consider him a workaholic. Zack graduated from Tigard High School in 2016 and is currently a student at Portland State University majoring in Supply Chain and Logistics with a focus on Operations Management. A proud YEBW Alumni, he completed all three programs and served as an Intern multiple summers.


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

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

Caroline Lewis
YEBW Speaker and Advocate
Rogue Venture Partners

Chad Summers
YEBW Partner, Judge and Advocate

Dan O'Leary
YEBW Advocate
Geffen Mesher

David Solomon
YEBW Advocate
Lightspeed Technologies

Diana Hoff
YEBW Judge and Advocate
The Renaissance Foundation

Frank Helle
YEBW Judge and Advocate
Axian Inc.


Jennifer Flickinger
YEBW Community Involvement Advocate
Umpqua Bank

John Gilleland
YEBW Mission Partner
Campbell Global

Megan Chrisman
YEBW Judge and Advocate
Oregon Business & Industry

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

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

Taylor Gentry
YEBW Advisor, Advocate and Alumni
Endeavour Capital

 Jeff Gaus at the Tradeshow at University of Portland

Jeff Gaus at the Tradeshow at University of Portland

 Murali Nallakrishnan judging at UO

Murali Nallakrishnan judging at UO