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Biographies of Deschutes Land Trust staff.
Brad Chalfant

Brad Chalfant is the Deschutes Land Trust's Executive Director.  He is responsible for the leadership and direction of the organization, as well as for communicating the Land Trust's mission to the public.  Brad provides overall supervision of fundraising activities, land and conservation easement acquisitions and land management activities.  Brad was one of the original founders of the Land Trust, the first President of the Board and became the Executive Director in 1997.  Prior to starting the Land Trust, Brad was the Property and Real Estate Manager for Deschutes County.  Brad earned a B.G.S. in Economics and Geography from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College. Brad is an avid backpacker, skier and cyclist and enjoys being outside with his wife Brenda. (Photo by Greg Burke)

Email: bsc at
Phone: (541) 330-0017

Lisa Bagwell is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Development Assistant.  She helps support the staff with a variety of duties including database management and outreach. Lisa received her B.A. in Psychology, Human Development from Vanguard University of Southern California and her teaching credential with Masters work from National University. She grew up in Salem, OR and after spending the last twenty years in Southern California, she moved to Bend in the winter of 2007. With her husband, Gary, and faithful canine companion, Sierra, Lisa enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and gardening.  The Deschutes Basin and the breathtaking mountain views have been a great inspiration for her lifelong love of photography, and she looks forward to exploring all that Central Oregon has to offer.

Email: lisa at
Phone: (541) 330-0017

Zak Boone 2012

Zak Boone is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Associate Director. He is responsible for managing the Land Trust’s many fundraising, outreach and marketing endeavors. Zak was previously the Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Oregon. He received his B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College, and his Masters in Public Administration/Nonprofit Management from Portland State University.  Zak is a board member of, and co-chairs the fellowship committee for, the Rotary Club of Bend/Mt. Bachelor. He is the past chair of the Nonprofit Network of Central Oregon steering committee. Zak is a native Oregonian with a passion for doing just about anything outdoors, preferably with his wife and two daughters, and is an avid reader, fan of college athletics, amateur meteorologist and below average golfer

Email: zak at
Phone: (541) 330-0017

Pat Cohen 2014. Pat Cohen is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Office Manager. Pat is responsible for general management and organization of the Land Trust’s office. Pat received her B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maine. She most recently worked for the Bend 2030 Vision Project and brings a wealth of experience in office management, fundraising and campaign coordination to the Land Trust. Pat returned to her home state of Oregon in 2001 after spending over 25 years on the east coast, primarily in New England. When not working for the Land Trust, Pat enjoys the many outdoor recreational opportunities in Central Oregon and teaching her cats Lucky and Hoover new tricks.

Email: pat at
Phone: (541) 330-0017

Egertson Family Amanda Egertson is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Stewardship Director.  She manages the Land Trust’s Preserves and monitors our other conservation projects. Amanda has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Music, an M.S. in Animal Ecology (with a research focus on songbirds and butterflies), and extensive experience in outreach and interpretation.  Prior to joining the Land Trust, Amanda worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Central Oregon Environmental Center and as a naturalist for the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory.  Amanda and her husband Chris moved to Bend in 2003 and spend as much of their free time as possible outside—hiking and skiing the Cascades, tidepooling along the coast, and exploring the Oregon deserts. Now they share their adventures (and many more) with their daughter Lucy and son Eli.

Email: amanda at
Phone: (541) 330-0017

Sarah Mowry Sarah Mowry is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Outreach Manager. Sarah is responsible for the Land Trust’s outreach including communications, marketing, volunteering coordination and membership development.  Sarah has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College and a M.S. from the University of Montana in Environmental Science with a focus on sustainable food systems. Prior to joining the Land Trust in 2005, Sarah was the membership program manager for an educational technology nonprofit in Eugene, OR. Sarah grew up in Portland, but spent most of her time trying to escape to Bend. Now finally landed here, Sarah enjoys being outside swimming, gardening, hiking, canoeing, or skiing with her family.

Email: sarah at
Phone: (541) 330-0017

Brad Nye

Brad Nye is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Conservation Director.  He is responsible for identifying and carrying out the Land Trust’s conservation projects, including conservation easements and fee acquisitions.  Prior to joining the Land Trust, Brad worked for five years as a habitat conservationist for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. Brad earned a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon and his J.D. from the University of Washington.

Email: bnye at
Phone: (541) 330-0017

Jen Zalewski. Photo by Jay Mather.
Jen Zalewski is the Deschutes Land Trust's Land Steward. She is responsible for assisting with conservation projects on the Land Trust's Preserves and easements. Jen has a BS in conservation biology and an MS in wildlife biology from Humboldt State University where her Master's thesis focused on river otter ecology. Prior to joining the Land Trust as a staff member, Jen led mountain bike and birding tours for our Walks + Hikes Program. Locally, Jen has worked for The Nature Conservancy and The High Desert Museum. In her spare time, Jen enjoys skiing, canoeing, surf trips at the coast, fussing over her landscaping, and trying to get things to grow in her garden.

Email: jen at
Phone: (541) 330-0017


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