Land Trust Staff

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

Dec 17, 2017: The Land Trust is currently hiring for a Major Gifts Officer.

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


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.

Email: pat at
Phone: (541) 330-0017


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

Marina Heppenstall is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Outreach Associate. She helps to coordinate events and volunteers, and assists with communications. Marina has a B.A. in Biology from Whitman College, and a M.S. in Environmental Science with a focus on sustainable agriculture from Washington State University. Before joining the land trust in 2017, she worked for WSU Extension engaging stakeholders in a multi-state biofuels and biochemicals project. Marina also serves on the Deschutes Leadership Committee of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters where she helps to promote environmental policy in Central Oregon. Marina also enjoys trail running with her dogs, hiking, and traveling.

Email: marina at
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 excited to be back in Bend. She enjoys being outside as much as possible, including hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing with her husband, road biking, and traveling the world.  You can also find her cooking and gardening at home.

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

Sarah Mowry is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Outreach Director. 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 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


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 BA 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.

Email: michael at
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 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