Land Trust Staff
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 deschuteslandtrust.org
|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 deschuteslandtrust.org
Phone: (541) 330-0017
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 deschuteslandtrust.org
Ashley Lowrey is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Land Steward. She is responsible for assisting with conservation projects on the Land Trust’s preserves and easements. Ashley has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Prescott College and a M.S. from the University of Montana in Environmental Science with a focus on watershed conservation and restoration. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Ashley was Program Manager for Wolftree, a science education and research nonprofit in Sisters. She grew up in Oregon, and after several years spent in other western states, returned to her home in the high desert in 2012. Ashley is an avid trail runner, and likes to explore new trails with her lab Ella. She also enjoys skiing, reading and cooking.
Email: ashley at deschuteslandtrust.org
|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.
|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
Email: amanda at deschuteslandtrust.org
Phone: (541) 330-0017
|Karly Hedrick is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Outreach Specialist. She assists with outreach including communications and social media marketing. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Karly worked for the National Forest Foundation and Sisters Chamber of Commerce where she coordinated events, volunteers, and outreach. She recently returned from four months of adventuring in South America and has a new appreciation for her Central Oregon home. In her free time, Karly loves to hunt for morel and chanterelle mushrooms and make them into tasty dinners. She’s an avid hiker, hula-hooper, and reader.
Email: karly at deschuteslandtrust.org
Phone: (541) 330-0017
|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 deschuteslandtrust.org
Phone: (541) 330-0017
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.