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  • Mike Riley

    Executive Director
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    Mike joined The Environmental Center in 2008 as Executive Director. He has 30 years of experience with environmental, community radio, and health care nonprofit organizations and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Washington. Mike is married with two boys and works hard to balance family, work, outdoor fun, and community involvement.  He can’t imagine a better place to live than Central Oregon.

  • Ani Kasch

    LED Project Assistant
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    Ani has taught experiential environmental education, made maps, served coffee, instructed people of all ages in conservation and community living, pulled in 100-pound halibut, and collared endangered squirrels for a living. And now she is excited to continue spreading love for the world by encouraging use of LED lights! She fully supports bicycle travel in all ways, especially commuting. If she can’t get there by bike, she is much less likely to go! When not at the Environmental Center you can find her out on her mountain bike, getting vertical on rocks at Smith, pickling beets, and attempting to build a bench out of a broken down wooden pallet.

  • Claire Londagin

    FoodCorps Service Member

    Meet our new FoodCorps service member, Claire! This native Oregonian grew up in Portland, and is excited to return to work in her home state. Claire recently received her B.A. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from Green Mountain College. She will be working at elementary schools in Central Oregon delivering garden-based education, increasing connections for teachers from curriculum to school gardens, and providing technical assistance in garden development and improvement for the Garden For Every School project. Claire is excited to tackle the complex issues that cause food insecurity in our own Oregon communities as well as around the globe. She is also passionate about preserving biodiversity through seed saving and sharing, as well as growing beautiful healthy plants and gardens. When not working, Claire can be found tending to her own plants, practicing yoga, playing music, and cooking with friends.


  • Denise Rowcroft

    Sustainability Educator
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    Denise joined The Environmental Center in 2006 and is responsible for our Learning Garden and Rethink Waste Project. She has a B.A. in Outdoor Education from Prescott College and over 15 years of experience with youth in classroom, outdoor and therapeutic settings. When she’s not busy being a new mom, she’s probably skiing, floating a river, or creating jewelry and art from upcycled materials at Lost and Found Art.

  • Jackie Wilson

    Sustainability Educator
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    Jackie joined The Environmental Center in 2007 to lead our EarthSmart youth education programs.  She has a Masters in Sustainability Education from Antioch New England, a B.A. in Biology from St. John Fisher College, and has worked with youth in the field and classrooms for over 16 years.  She weaves together her passion and experience for the natural world, sustainable living, education and environmental stewardship into her dream life here in Bend.  When not at The Environmental Center, she can be found skiing, hiking, backpacking, playing and exploring the world with a smile.

  • Jess Ludmer

    Sustainability Educator
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    Jess joined The Environmental Center in 2016 as a sustainability educator. Jess joined TEC with over 10 years of classroom and field experience, including eight years with The Northwest Outward Bound School. She has a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University and a B.A. in Adventure Education from Prescott College. When not at The Environmental Center, Jess can be found backpacking, throwing pottery, and climbing with her husband and pup.

  • Lauren Williams

    Membership and Communications Manager
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    Lauren joined The Environmental Center in 2015, and feels lucky to be surrounded by people and ideas that create positive impact in the Bend community. Lauren studied communications and media at Butler University in Indianapolis, and is thrilled to be in Central Oregon to help share TEC’s stories. Lauren has experience working for other nonprofits as well as advertising agencies, and is passionate about being involved in the community. She’s a nature lover who loves to explore trails, see new things and end the day with great food, friends and games.

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    Lindsey Hardy

    Project Director, The Energy Challenge
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    Lindsey has her BA in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College. She thinks helping to save the planet makes for a pretty cool job and loves that she gets to help people realize that we can all make this world a better place.

    She has worked as the Assistant Manager at a green living store in Ithaca, NY, served a year in AmeriCorps as the Solarize Pendleton Coordinator in Pendleton, OR, and most recently was the Outreach Coordinator at Sunlight Solar. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Energy Trust of Oregon. In her spare time she likes to be outdoors running, riding bikes, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, or snowboarding. If she has to be inside, she doesn’t mind playing board games or reading books.

  • Marianne Pyott

    Office and Facility Manager
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    Marianne joined The Environmental Center in 2013. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education from Prescott College and spent 10 years with Outward Bound.  She settled down to raise a family and a handful of chickens. Depending on the season her free time is spent hiking, rafting, skiing, knitting, and doing all things herby for her home business, Healing Cauldron.

  • Neil Baunsgard

    Program Manager, The Energy Challenge
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    Neil joined the Environmental Center team in 2015 and studied Environmental Studies, Economics, and Energy Policy at Western Washington University. He has worked in corporate sustainability management and is very happy to be living close to both family and the outdoors in Bend. When he is not geeking out about LED lighting, you can find him on trail running, XC skiing or climbing. He will be hard to miss, as he is often sporting colorful shorts or running tights.

  • Peter Dempsey

    LED Lead Installer

    Peter recently joined The Environmental after a spectrum of private sector jobs including sole proprietor of a motorcycle accessory company. Peter received a B.A. in Economics with a minor in History from UC Davis. He has also taught High School Social Studies which is one of his passions. He is a teacher at heart, which is one of the reason he loves the Environmental Center and the Education it provides. He has lived all over the country. But after living in San Francisco for 10 years, Peter and his wife, Patty, moved to Bend  to raise their two children in 1989. When he isn’t working he loves camping, fishing and enjoying all Central Oregon has to offer.
  • Tim Page

    Development Associate
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    Tim joined The Environmental Center in 2015. Tim has a B.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University. Tim has worked for a spectrum of non-profit and private sector businesses specializing in outdoors, education, advocacy and web marketing. When Tim is not working, he can be found camping with his family, fishing, skiing Mt.Bachelor, mountain biking or rock climbing.