Land Trust Staff

The Deschutes Land Trust is staffed by a diverse corps of conservation and nonprofit professionals. We are passionate about land conservation and exploring the wonders of Central Oregon.

 

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. 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 currently serves on the board of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, formerly co-founded the Central Oregon Trails Alliance, served on the Oregon State Parks Commission for 11 years, and served as a member of Senator Wyden's Central Oregon Recreation Assets Committee. He has also served on the Newberry National Volcanic Monument Advisory Committee, Bend Urban Trails Advisory Committee, Deschutes Province Advisory Committee/BLM RAC, the Bend Riverway Steering Committee, the steering committee for the Greenprint of Deschutes County, and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board - Rules Advisory Committee, among others. Brad is an avid backpacker, skier and cyclist and enjoys being outside with his wife Brenda. (Photo by Greg Burke)

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Phone: (541) 330-0017

 

Pat Cohen is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Operations Associate. 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.


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Phone: (541) 330-0017

 

Amanda Egertson is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Stewardship Director and oversees the management of all of the Land Trust's protected lands. Amanda has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Music and an M.S. in Animal Ecology, with a research focus on songbirds and butterflies. She leads butterfly tours (often with her kids Lucy and Eli as co-leaders) on Land Trust Preserves and is guiding the Land Trust's work with regional monarch conservation.

Prior to joining the Land Trust in 2004, Amanda worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Central Oregon Environmental Center and as a naturalist for the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory. Amanda is a volunteer at the local Humane Society and at Westside Village Magnet School, and is involved with SOMA (Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates) and MACO (Monarch Advocates of Central Oregon). Amanda and her family spend their free time exploring Oregon's great outdoors and snorkeling tropical waters.

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Phone: (541) 330-0017

 

Betsy Hartley is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Donor Relations Officer. Betsy is responsible for meaningfully engaging donors and supporters. Betsy earned her B.S. in Agricultural Education from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Betsy was the Director of External Relations and Marketing for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. As a third generation Californian, she will tell you she visited every state in the U.S. and chose to make Oregon her home over 20 years ago. Betsy enjoys trail and ultra running, hiking, cycling, and just about any activity that living in the Pacific Northwest makes possible.

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Phone: (541) 330-0017

 

Jana Hemphill is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Outreach Manager. She collaborates on membership development, manages the Land Trust database, and assists with communications. Prior to arriving at the Land Trust in 2016, Jana worked as the Member Services Specialist for the American Cheese Society in Denver, CO. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Iowa. After living throughout the American West (and a brief stint in Japan), Jana is happy to be back in Bend. She enjoys being outside as much as possible, including hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and traveling the world with her husband. You can also find her cooking and gardening at home.

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Phone: (541) 330-0017


Neal Marks is the Deschutes Land Trust's Outreach Associate. Neal assists with the Land Trust database, membership development, and communications. Prior to joining the Land Trust in 2018, Neal spent a decade in the coffee industry in wholesale and retail sales, while also pursuing environmental internships and conservation opportunities as a student and volunteer. Neal received his B.A.S. from Evergreen State College and his M.A. in International Commerce from George Mason University. He is also an Oregon Master Naturalist. Neal is a native Northwesterner, and when he is not at the Land Trust office or slinging lattes, you will find him herding his dogs through the woods or fumbling through jazz standards at a local bar.

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Phone: (541) 330-0017

 

Sarah Mowry is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Outreach Director. Sarah joined the Land Trust is 2005 and is responsible for the Land Trust’s outreach including communications, engagement, 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.

Sarah is an Oregon Master Naturalist and has served as Faculty for the Land Trust Alliance's national conference. She served on the program committee for the National Land Trust conference and the regional Land Trust conference, and has published articles in True North Magazine, Cascade Journal, Bend Magazine, Central Oregon Magazine, plus several local newspapers. Sarah volunteers or has volunteered for Westside Village Magnet School, Bend Parks and Recreation, Planned Parenthood, and the Technology Association of Oregon's STEAM committee. Sarah grew up in Portland, but spent most of her time trying to escape to Bend. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys being outside swimming, gardening, hiking, canoeing, or skiing with her family.

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Phone: (541) 330-0017

 

Fiona Noonan is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Conservation Associate. She assists with conservation projects, including developing land management plans and acquisition strategies. She received her B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, where she focused on environmental education, climate change policy, and land rights. Prior to joining the Land Trust in 2018, Fiona worked as a researcher with the Stanford Social Ecology Lab and as an educator in Leadville, Colorado. Fiona is very excited to be back in her home state and to romp around the forests, mountains, and deserts of Central Oregon. Outside of work, Fiona spends her time climbing, backpacking, skiing, canning things, and writing lots of letters.

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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 has presented at numerous meetings, conferences, and events, including at the Land Trust Alliance's national conference, the Coalition of Oregon Land Trust's Oregon Conservation Law Forum, the Pelton Round Butte Fisheries Workshop, the American Fisheries Society, and the OSU College of Earth, Oceans, and Atmospheric Sciences. Brad earned a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon and his J.D. from the University of Washington. He is an active member of the Oregon State Bar.


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Phone: (541) 330-0017

 

Michael Rubovits is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Operations Director. Michael is responsible for the overall operations and financial management of the Land Trust. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Reed College and an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Michael worked and lived in Hawaii, Colorado, and California before coming home to Central Oregon. Most recently he was the CFO at Bronwen Jewelry, and has also served as Director of Finance at the League to Save Lake Tahoe. Michael is most happy and free in the open spaces of the high desert, on his skis or bike, and gets excited about planning the next adventure to a far-flung destination with his wife and daughter.

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Phone: (541) 330-0017


Jen Zalewski is the Deschutes Land Trust's Stewardship Associate. She is responsible for assisting with conservation and restoration at Land Trust protected lands. Jen has a B.S. in conservation biology and an M.S. 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. In her spare time, Jen enjoys crafting, skiing, biking, and getting out on the water with her family.

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Phone: (541) 330-0017