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Kristine Gittins – BOARD

Vice President of Finance Benchmade Knife Company, Inc.

Kristine Gittins graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Accounting, earned her CPA license after graduation. She is currently the Vice President of Finance for Benchmade Knife Company and has been with the company for six years. Kristine was the first female Board Member on the Oregon Logging Conference while working with manufacturers in the forestry industry for 23 years, including as President of Triad Machinery. Kristine believes in CAIS because as a public charter school, it provides a platform for Oregon students to learn beneficial hands-on skills while enhancing the local talent pool for crucial manufacturing employees. Kristine says, “CAIS provides kids with a unique, alternate opportunity to allow them to succeed in doing something they love and feel fulfilled in school, where they might feel discouraged with a mainstream curriculum.” Kristine’s involvement continues Benchmade Knife Company’s enduring support as a founding partner with CAIS. Kristine has two children and resides in West Linn with her husband.

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