20 Under 40: Kaitlyn Tepe

Director of Marketing and Communications, Cascade Health

Age: 31

“Kaitlyn sets high standards for herself and holds our organization equally accountable. She invests her time and energy in the creation of relationships, outputs, outcomes and interactions that help highlight the very best in Cascade and our community.”

Cheryl Boyum and Eric Van Houten, Cascade Health


Motivated by service to others, Kaitlyn Tepe works to ensure the community knows about the compassionate and high-quality health care provided by Cascade Health. A member of the senior leadership team and involved in the StrengthsFinder program, she provides coaching to employees to help them develop their strengths.

In the community, she is on the steering committee for the Leadership Eugene-Springfield program for 2018-19. She is a longtime volunteer with Trinity House and Festival of Trees and is an active member of First Baptist Church of Eugene.

Get to know them

Q: What motivates and inspires you? 

My motivation comes from my faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. I feel called to use any gift or talent invested in me to the highest of my ability in order to serve the Lord and make a difference in the lives of those around me.  Essential to my beliefs is living with integrity while serving and empowering others to become their best.


Q: What do you hope to see for our community?

My hope is that we would exemplify the positive and unified spirit implied by the word community.  May we build diverse relationships, invest in our partnerships, and embrace a narrative that reflects the best we can be together.


Q: What would you like to say to future 20 under 40 award winners?

This award is certainly humbling, but I have discovered that this award does not mark a goal accomplished, rather a trajectory celebrated. Keep going! Leadership is not an event or a destination, so continue to bring your best each day. Your greatest impact lies ahead.