Advisory Board

Advisory Board


Dino Vendetti has spent his career as an entrepreneur, investor, and executive in leading technology companies. He is focused on building and growing the tech ecosystem in Bend, Oregon. He recently founded Seven Peaks Ventures, is co-founder of Founders Pad Accelerator in Bend, and an adjunct professor of computer science and entrepreneurship at OSU-Cascades.

Prior to Seven Peaks Ventures, Dino was a general partner with Formative Ventures, Bay Partners and Vulcan Ventures. Earlier in his career, he held senior executive positions at Qualcomm, Metawave, and Dain Rauscher. He began his career in engineering design and management roles at TRW and US West Cellular.

Active board seats and investments include: Vungle, Droplr, Manzama, CrowdStreet, Amplion, Inbound Writer and Statehood Media.


Chris Van Dyke began practicing law in Oregon in the mid-1970s. After nine years in the public sector, including four years as a district attorney for Marion County, Chris moved to the private sector. He began as an attorney for Nike, where his role eventually morphed into that of marketing director, product developer and brand manager. From there, he moved to Patagonia where he was responsible for the management of marketing and branding communications, including advertising, catalog, website, retail and PR. Chris also co-founded Nau Inc. a sustainable outdoor clothing retailer. Chris is currently consulting for various consumer product companies on branding and sustainability issues.

Shannon Mara has worked in business management and consulting since moving to Bend in 1994. Prior to that, she was a strategy consultant in San Francisco and a chemical engineer. Shannon holds an MBA from Stanford University, where she developed expertise in entrepreneurship and brand development. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame. Shannon loves to guide change, put the right people in the right spots, find the right people, and inspire and challenge organizations. She sits on the board of Opportunity Knocks, an organization dedicated to the viability and education of small business in Central Oregon. Shannon is the chief operating officer of Volunteers in Medicine, a medical practice that provides primary, specialty, dental, vision, and mental health care to those without health insurance. She also loves to read, ski, run, bike, and do yoga with family, friends and Eddie the Whoodle.