board of directors

The Academy’s Board is crucial to our success. Our Board Members donate time and resources, work many of our events, and represent us within the community.

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Rachel Greenwald Rhoads


Bend Premier Real Estate- Broker

For the past 8 years Rachel Greenwald-Rhoads has worked as a real estate broker in Central Oregon. Rachel began her career as a residential real estate agent and her adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit ultimately led to her career as a commercial broker. Rachel’s unmatched work ethic, perseverance and drive helped her to become an accomplished residential broker and since accepting the challenge of the commercial side, she has already established a name for herself in the Central Oregon market as a trusted and hard-working advocate for her clients.

Rachel’s former work as a teacher of at-risk youth taught her to think outside the box and to appreciate the value of honesty and the importance of listening. As an outdoor adventure guide, Rachel’s primary responsibility was to lead individuals and teams through challenging situations.


Melinda Halpern

Vice President


Leif Hasselblad



Christian Linenko

Board Member

Mary Overman


For the past 12 years, Mary has aimed to bring discourse and equity to her community through her work in nonprofit fundraising and marketing. In addition to her career in the fields of art and healthcare, she has volunteered with arts and culture, animal welfare, and social services organizations. She admires BEA programs for their reinforcement of her core values: community, physical and mental health, and ongoing opportunities to learn.

Mary is an avid rock climber and loves watching the youth climbing teams absolutely crush! She is inspired by the hardworking team of board and staff members and looks forward to fostering youth in the outdoors through BEA programs


Yon Perullo

Board Member

Yon Perullo is the CEO of RiXtrema, a financial technology company providing market risk analysis
software to financial professionals.

Prior to RiXtrema Yon held several institutional asset management roles. As an asset allocator, he served
as the Chief Investment Strategist for the public market investments of Tresalia Asset Management a multi-billion dollar Mexico City-based family office, and the Chief Risk Officer and Director of Asset

Allocation for Fiduciary Research, a $10Bn investment firm where he focused on designing and implementing the asset allocation, risk management and hedging programs for defined benefit and nuclear decommissioning trust assets.

Yon has also been a portfolio and risk manager for hedge funds and mutual funds, running strategies at Guggenheim Asset Management focusing on long-only and long-short global equity, and at Nascent Strategies where he ran a market-neutral equity portfolio. His career started in fintech at FactSet Research Systems where he was head of quantitative analytics and charged with directing the global sales and development of FactSet’s suite of quantitative products, including alpha modeling, portfolio simulation, and risk analysis.


Naomi Morenzoni

Board Member