Crook, Deschutes, Grant and Jefferson Counties

The SMART Central Area team implements SMART programs, and raises funds to support SMART in Central Oregon.  In 2016-2017 in SMART’s Central Area, we served 710 PreK through third-grade children with the help of 309 local volunteers. We are focused on recruiting more volunteers and establishing strong financial support among our communities to ensure we can continue this important work of empowering local children through reading.


Click here to read SMART Central’s Year-end Report.

Click here to read SMART Central’s 2016-17 Newsletter.

Local Staff:

Sue Stephens – Senior Program Manager

Jennifer Zardinejad Area Manager

Jennifer Zardinejad
Area Manager




Volunteer Opportunities:

SMART always welcomes new volunteers! Check the Get Involved page for descriptions of various volunteer positions. For volunteer openings in the Central Area, click here › or call 541-355-5600.

Business Partners:

SMART Business Partners are local businesses that support SMART through financial contributions and employee volunteerism. For a list of our Central Area Business Partners, click here ›.

Being an active member of our community is important to SMART. We are a proud member of the Bend Chamber of Commerce.

Leadership Councils:

SMART Leadership Councils are groups of individuals who help SMART flourish in our local communities through fundraising and recruitment.  Thank you to our Central Area Leadership Council members:

  • Ben Eckstein – Karnopp Petersen
  • Golsima Hagen – Hurley Re
  • Harriet Langmas – Community Member
  • Jane Teater – Retired Educator and Member of the SMART Statewide Board of Directors
  • Jim Linker – Umpqua Bank
  • Maggie Kirby – Craft3



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