Mike RileyExecutive 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.
Denise RowcroftSustainability 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 WilsonSustainability 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 LudmerSustainability 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.
Kim McClainBend Energy Challenge Project Coordinator
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Kim joined The Environmental Center in 2015 as Project Coordinator for the Bend Energy Challenge. She has a BBA in Business Analysis and Finance from Texas A&M University. In addition to many years of corporate IT experience, she has nonprofit operations experience and has flown birds of prey for environmental education programs addressing urban wildlife issues. Active in several community organizations, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Central Oregon Locavore promoting local food and farms. When not pursuing her passion for environmental sustainability, she enjoys photography, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, snowshoeing, organic gardening, growing succulents, reading, and Labradors!!
Krystal BennProject Assistant, Bend Energy Challenge
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Krystal joined the Environmental Center in 2016 as the Project Assistant for the Bend Energy Challenge. She studied Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is continuing her degree at Oregon State University. She finds it very rewarding to be employed by a non-profit whose values and goals are in line with her own. Besides work, she enjoys gardening, hiking, traveling and snowboarding.
Lauren WilliamsMembership and Communications Manager
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Lauren joined The Environmental Center in 2015, and is happy to be surrounded by people and ideas that create positive impact in the Bend community. Lauren has a B.A. in Integrated Communications from Butler University in Indianapolis, and is excited to help grow TEC’s reach and visibility. In addition to experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, Lauren has held several volunteer positions for organizations that promote sustainability, conservation and outdoor recreation. Lauren balances out work with lots of time on her mountain bike, hiking with her pup and husband, and volunteering for causes she believes in.
Lindsey HardyBend Energy Challenge Project Director
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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 PyottOffice 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 BaunsgardLED Lighting Guru
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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.
Tim PageDevelopment 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.