Board of Directors
Glenn Van CisePresident
Glenn is an uber cross-country skier, mountain biker, river rafter and swimmer. Oh, and microbrew aficionado! In his spare time he is also a small business and nonprofit finance consultant. He had a long career of leadership positions at Central Oregon Resources for Independent Living, where he helped disabled adults live productive lives.
Jennifer LetzVice President
Jennifer is a Sustainability Consultant who enjoys working with organizations to reduce waste and energy use while improving profits. In a former life, Jennifer worked for the National Park Service as a wildland firefighter, interpretive ranger, and backcountry ranger in places like Crater Lake and Grand Canyon. Her family has lived in Bend for over 30 years (go Lava Bears!) and she loves to mountain bike and hike in her spare time.
A backcountry skier, cyclist, and fly fisherman—to name just a few of his interests—Michael is a virtual junkie when it comes to his hobbies. He is a commercial and residential construction manager with 28 years of experience and a passion for green building. Prior to starting Brightwater Collaborative LLC in 2010, a construction and project management services company focusing on publicly-funded community projects, he managed several school construction projects for Bend LaPine School District for the 2006 Bond Measure, including the Miller Elementary School, the first LEED certified school east of the Oregon Cascades. He is currently focusing his work with OSU-Cascades and the 4-year campus expansion efforts in Bend. Michael is also the Vice President of the Deschutes Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Ken has a masters of environmental management from Portland State University and is an environmental economist working in the energy efficiency field. Recently moving back to Central Oregon, his family is taken up paddle boarding the region’s alpine lakes. Ken is passionate about sustainable economics and in his free time enjoys woodworking.
Can you say river rat? Cort runs at least 6 rivers a year. He is also a part-time small business consultant with 35 years experience starting, growing, and selling successful businesses. Cort is actively involved in his local Rotary and their campaigns to end polio and is the founder of the local Pints for Polio fundraiser. He loves chasing his grandchildren.
Diane is a busy mother of two young kids who cares deeply about leaving the world a better place for future generations. She works part-time as a substitute teacher for Bend La Pine Schools and served for several years as the volunteer Discussion Course Program Coordinator for the Northwest Earth Institute, leading adult reading and discussion groups on voluntary simplicity and other sustainable living topics.
Allen is a parent, volunteer ski patroller at Mt. Bachelor, keeper of bees and semi-retired electronics engineer who wants to preserve quality of life for future generations. And in his spare time he does career advising at Bend Senior High School.
Father of three and sustainability change agent at work, Dave is a Battalion Chief for the Bend Fire Department. He has lived in Bend for 35 years, where he raised his three children with his wife Barb, a Bend native. Dave is the former co-chair of Safe Kids Central Oregon and a member of the Bend Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.
Don is passionate about sustainability and community. He lives communally in a green home he designed and that was featured in the 2012 Green & Solar Home Tour. He also presents “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” workshops to residents in Central Oregon. Don had a long career in home design and building in the Bay Area before moving to Bend in 2009 and is now developing a practice as a life coach.
Jen has worked as an educator, in the indoor and outdoor classroom, for 15 years. She currently works at Cascades Academy where she inspires youth to think critically their about choices, to find their voices, to stand up for what they believe, and to make a difference! Jen is passionate about making Bend a town that connects, protects, and respects people and the environment. While not at school, you can find her outside- hiking, skiing, or teaching women to mountain bike.
A long-time green builder and restorer of historic properties, Jim is also a community activist and resident iconoclast. Jim’s dedication to quality craftsmanship, his strong opinions and his commitment to leaving the world a better place make him stand out from the crowd.
Lisa Seales, PhD
Lisa is an educator, social scientist, writer, and editor with nearly 20 years of experience in environmental education. She currently teaches natural resource management classes at OSU-Cascades and COCC. She has a PhD and an MS in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida, with a focus on water resource management as well as tourism and outdoor recreation. She has dedicated her career to helping find more sustainable ways to balance conservation and development; most recently her main focus has been on governance and policy.
She is a native Oregonian who hails from Eugene, and traveled the world visiting over 30 countries and most of the US before deciding to make Bend her home. Her favorite place to be is outdoors, especially in or on the water; she loves to swim, paddle, surf, scuba dive, and sail. Since moving to Bend, she has taken up cross-country skiing and mountain biking, and returned to some of her favorite Oregon pastimes, downhill skiing, hiking, and camping.
Mary is a retired professional, teaching yoga for fun. Since moving to Bend in 2013 from Montana, Mary has continued her love of birding, backpacking, hiking, kayaking, biking and cross country skiing. Mary’s love of the outdoors grew into a passion for the natural world. She finds joy in protecting predators like wolves, and advocating for the environment. She understands the interconnectedness of all living things and the link between the health of humans and a healthy environment. With a Master’s degree in Education and a strong belief that education is the best way to change the world, Mary is actively involved in philanthropic service dedicated to that work. She is involved in securing educational opportunities for women and girls with endowments through the Women’s Foundation of Montana, and an ongoing Environmental Studies scholarship at the University of Montana.
Peter recently retired after 31-years in his financial advisory practice. He has lived in Bend since the early 70’s. He met his wife Maureen in 1976 and they raised their son Gabe. He has served on many non-profit boards in the community including the Environmental Center board for over 25 years. Peter is a 4th generation Oregonian. His family came out on the Oregon Trail. The family mantra has always been “nobody leaves Oregon.” Outdoor recreation is his passion and Oregon his playground. He has lots of hobbies and interests and loves spending time with family and friends.
Tom is a successful entrepreneur in a range of business, including ranching, oil and gas and internet-based businesses. He and his wife are green building pioneers, nearing completion of their new home which strives to meet the Living Building Challenge, the most-stringent green building certification on the planet. Tom is also a published poet, short-story writer and author public radio commentator, and past-chair of the board of the Montana Community Foundation.