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Speakers & Presenters 

New speakers and presenters continue to be added. Please check back closer to the event date for a full list.

Keynotes

David Vobora
Founder, Adaptive Training Foundation
Keynote Presentation
 
The Oregon Sports Summit is excited to welcome former NFL player David Vobora as our 2022 keynote speaker. Upon retiring from the NFL in 2012, he opened Performance Vault — a sports performance training center aimed at helping rebuild wounded warriors. Soon after opening, he launched the non-profit organization called Adaptive Training Foundation. ATF provides access and inclusion to individuals living with physical or traumatic impairments by empowering them through exercise and community.
 
David is a hope dealer, an alchemist of human development, and a sweat psychologist. He always has one eye on personal and foundational growth, the other eye ensuring no one is left behind in the process, and both feet firmly planted in the present. We look forward to him sharing his inspirational story and wisdom with attendees at our 2022 event.

Session Presenters and Panelists

Michael Bergmann

Principal Consultant, IncubatorU
Session: How Maupin's World Class Venue Came to Life Through a Simple 5 Step Methodology- Who is Next?

Michael Bergmann is a former Nike executive of 30 years, president of Portland Track, founder of IncubatorU, and just generally a guy with vision who gets stuff done, especially in the realm of running, facilities, and events. Bergmann is a Sport Oregon board member and is the VP of the Board of Directors at the McKenzie River Community Track.
 
Janis Breedlove
Vice President of Events & Experiences with Sports Events & Tourism Association
DMO Track: Session 3 - A Look to the Future: Sports ETA Symposium 2024 in Portland
 

Janis Breedlove is Vice President of Events & Experiences with Sports Events & Tourism Association, responsible for event design and logistics. She earned her MBA and BS from Portland State University. Prior to joining Sports ETA in January 2020, Janis was Executive Director of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission.

Kat Dougherty
Paramedic, Adventure Medics
Session: Event Medical
 
Kat Dougherty got her start in medicine in 2007 after attending a Wilderness First Responder course. During college, she was a volunteer firefighter while earning her EMT (2009) and Paramedic (2011) licenses. From 2013 – 2017 she worked as a full-time firefighter/paramedic. After moving to Bend, OR in 2018, she began working with Adventure Medics to reconnect with her love of adventure and roots as a wilderness medical provider.
Michael Finley

Curriculum Manager, National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security
Session: Risk Management for Event Safety

Michael is Manager of Curriculum for the National Center for Spectator Sports, Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.  He oversees the curriculum development of all domestic and international training courses. Michael is former law enforcement/SWAT and has conducted training events and exercises at a local, state, national, and international level.

Jessica Gabriel
Communications Director, World Athletics Championships Oregon22
Session: Welcoming the World - A Conversation with WCH Oregon22
 

Jessica Gabriel is the Communications Director at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. Prior, she was with TrackTown USA for close to seven years, ending her time there as the Senior Director of Marketing. Jessi received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota. While there, she was also a D1 student-athlete in track and field and then a volunteer assistant coach in the sprints and jumps.

AJ Gaulton
Fan Experience Director, World Athletics Championships Oregon22
Session: Welcoming the World - A Conversation with WCH Oregon22
 
AJ Gaulton is the Fan Experience Director at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. AJ grew up locally in Pleasant Hill, OR, and graduated from Pacific University, where he also was a student-athlete in their basketball program. AJ has worked in three professional sports leagues prior to his current role, including the MLS, NBA, and NFL. During his time in Louisiana, he spent 2015-2019 as the Operations Director with one of the largest free festivals in the U.S., the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.
Jennifer Hartley
Event Organizer
Session: Strategies to Maximize Participant Experience
 

Jennifer Hartley is well-known in local sports circles, serving in leadership roles at Babe Ruth Baseball and more recently as Tournament Director for the Pacific Northwest Cal Ripken Regional Baseball Tournament in 2019 and 2021. She currently serves on the Willamette Valley Youth Football and Cheer board of directors.

Jessica Joyce
Director of Event Operations, Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission
Session: Strategies to Maximize Participant Experience (Moderator)
 

Jessica assists sports event planners in the promotion and production of sports events across the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. She facilities venue coordination, sports event microsites, team and staff information and housing. Additionally, Jessica organizes and conducts the annual Oregon Sports Summit, a educational conference for sports event planners and industry professionals.

Joey Jewell
Senior Director, Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission
Session: Utilizing Your Local Sports Commission
 

Joey leads the development of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region as a premier sports event destination. Through his partnership with community leaders, venue managers and regional sports teams and clubs, he advocates for leveraging existing sports assets and developing local sports venues. His work facilitates the growth of sports tourism through marketing, strategic partnerships and hosting sports events.

Jill Mestler
Meet Director, Oregon Track Club
Session: Event Planning Core Concepts
 

Jill Mestler has been an integral part of the Oregon Track Club since 2001, beginning as the OTC All Comers Volunteer Coordinator and as the Meet Director since 2005.  She coordinates and plans 10 “all comers” track and field events annually. She is also an active member of the youth xc committee and helps organize their programming which includes hosting practices and additional meets.

Teresa O'Neill
Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships, Travel Oregon
DMO Track: Session 2- Exemplifying a Partnership Success: IRONMAN 70.3 Oregon
 

Teresa is currently the Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships for Travel Oregon after beginning her tenure as the Director of International Sales and Marketing in 2005. Before that time, she honed her hospitality and tourism skills at Travel Portland as the European Sales Manager and as Director of Sales at Kimpton Group Hotels. 

Angie Onyewuchi
President/CEO, Travel Salem
DMO Track: Session 2- Exemplifying a Partnership Success: IRONMAN 70.3 Oregon
 
Angie is the President and CEO of Travel Salem. Prior to joining Travel Salem in 2007, she was the Executive Director of Pentacle Theater, and was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Portland Opera/Broadway Across America series prior to that. Angie has a bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Oregon and lives in Salem with her two daughters.
Brian Owen
CEO, Seaside Chamber of Commerce
Session: Events that Raise the Bar
 

Brian J Owen is currently the CEO of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. A significant aspect of Brian’s job is creating and running successful events. Helping event promoters of all event types has become Brian’s passion. He uses his experiences from community-focused gatherings to significant sporting events. His pride and joy event is the one and only “Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament.” 

Kimberly Parker
Regional Supervisor, Minor League Baseball
Session: Title IX 50 Years Later- the History, Accomplishments, and Future Change
 

Kimberly Parker is a Regional Supervisor for Major League Baseball, responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations administration and components of governance for 24 Minor League teams. She earned her BA and MBA from Western Illinois University. Prior to joining MLB, Kimberly was the first female General Manager of the Burlington Bees, a former Minor League team in Burlington, Iowa.

Claire Ruddenklau
Event EMS Manager, Adventure Medics
Session: Event Medical
 

Claire grew up in New Zealand and realized her love for emergency medicine while working and assisting during the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. She completed her Wilderness First Responder course in 2013 and her Wilderness EMT course in 2017. Shortly after, she moved to Bend, OR and began working at Adventure Medics as an EMT and then quickly transitioned into the role of Event EMS Manager.

William Wyckoff
Founder & Owner, Eclectic Edge Racing
Session: Event Planning Core Concepts
 

William Wyckoff has owned and operated Eclectic Edge Racing for the past 34 years. His company has been involved with over 5,000 events, through either production or timing and announcing. During his career in Colorado and Oregon, he has worked as a Race Director for 300 events, including the Eugene Butte to Butte

Alli Young
Director of Operations
Northwest Athletic Conference
Session: Strategies to Maximize Participant Experience
 

Alli Young is in her fifth year as the Director of Operations for the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). As DOO, she oversees 15 NWAC Championship events and additional special events. She also oversees the NWAC marketing and branding including website and social media along with the NWAC Director of Athletic Communications.