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 oversees all development activities, land conservation projects, stewardship activities, and community engagement. Brad was a founder 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, co-founded and is currently chair of the Deschutes Trails Coalition, 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


Peter Cooper is the Deschutes Land Trust's Stewardship Associate. Peter will assist with the management and monitoring of our protected lands, as well as helping implement restoration projects and engaging with the local community. He earned his B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. After graduating, Peter worked as a seasonal restoration and stewardship associate for the Eugene-based McKenzie River Trust, where he helped with a wide variety of restoration projects. Peter has lived in Oregon his entire life and enjoys the variety of climates and landscapes that make this state so great. In his free time, you will find Peter exploring new places, backpacking, skiing, cooking, going to see live music, playing sports, and hanging out with his friends and family.

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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


Cara Frank is the Deschutes Land Trust's Outreach Associate. She assists with the Land Trust's Walks + Hikes program, database administration, membership development, and outreach.

Cara hails from Colorado, but grew up in the great Pacific Northwest. Cara earned her B.A. in Park, Recreation and Leisure Studies from Western Washington University. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Cara worked as an administrator and as an adaptive outdoor instructor committed to inclusive outdoor recreation. She is thrilled to be part of the team's efforts towards conservation and caring for our lands. When she is not working, you'll find Cara outside with her pup, skiing, cooking, advancing community ties among members of the deaf community, backpacking, crafting, and cycling.

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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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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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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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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


Rebekah Ratcliff is a Deschutes Land Trust Outreach Associate. Rebekah assists with Land Trust outreach, communications, and volunteer programming. Prior to joining the Land Trust in 2019, Rebekah worked as an educator and administrator for an Oregon Outdoor School and was committed to making our forest a place for all. Rebekah received her B.S. in Sociology and Anthropology from Southern Oregon University with focuses in environmental sociology and social movements. She also earned her certificate in nonprofit management. Rebekah is an Oregonian through and through, and her deep connection with this land seems to find its way into every aspect of her life. Whether she is working, volunteering, eating, painting, climbing up things, falling down things, or walking through the pines and sagebrush, there are almost always bits of Central Oregon soil to be found.

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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 Manager. 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