Board Members

Board of Directors

An elected five-member Board of Directors governs the Bend Park and Recreation District. The District’s Board of Directors is responsible for developing district goals and setting policy. The Board meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

To contact District staff and Board members:

Click HERE to see Board of Directors meeting agendas and minutes.

Board of Directors:

  • Nathan Hovekamp, Chair
  • Brady Fuller, Vice Chair
  • Ted Schoenborn
  • Ellen Grover
  • Lauren Sprang

Nathan Hovekamp, Chair – Board term through June 30, 2021
Nathan Hovekamp moved to Bend in 1997 and has been on the board since 2015. He has a B.S. in biology, an M.S. in zoology, and a Ph.D. in education, and experience in college biology instruction, natural interpretation, and conservation. He has served on the Bend Planning Commission, the Bend La Pine School Board, the board of Central Oregon LandWatch, and Bend Park and Recreation’s citizen advisory committee for Riley Ranch Nature Reserve. Nathan aspires to “contribute to the award-winning excellence that is the hallmark of Bend Park and Recreation.”


Brady Fuller Vice Chair, Board term through June 30, 2019

Brady Fuller was elected to his board position by general election in May 2015.  Brady has lived in Bend since 2007 and works for the engineering firm CH2M as a Project Manager focusing primarily on water-related projects.  Brady earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Iowa. Brady and his wife have two children and he coaches two youth soccer teams. Brady enjoys outdoor sports including hiking, canoeing and fishing. Brady has served on the Bend La Pine Schools budget committee, and is active in advising high school engineering programs.


Ted Schoenborn – Board term through June 30, 2021
Ted has been on the board since 2003. He is retired from a career in US Public Health Service. He is also the station manager of (and helped to build) KPOV LP FM, Bend Community Radio, a community radio station that serves under-represented voices in the Bend community. For nearly 20 years he served as Park Board Chairman in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. The parks developed there won statewide design awards. His experience in building parks and developing recreation programs within budget continues in Bend.


Ellen Grover – Board term through June 30, 2019
Ellen and her husband moved to Bend in 2005 and have enjoyed its lifestyle and community ever since.  Now with two school-aged children, she and her family enjoy the many parks and recreational programs the District offers.  Ellen is also a practicing attorney with the law firm Karnopp Petersen—with a focus on complex local and regional land use, energy and natural resource matters.  Ellen has served on numerous local, regional and statewide boards, and joins the District Board with a commitment to its mission and the critical role it plays in Bend’s quality of life.

Lauren Sprang, Bend Park and Recreation District Board Member

Lauren Sprang – Board term through June 30, 2021
Lauren moved to Bend with her husband, two cats, and a dog. She visited her mother’s family in Eugene as a child and fell in love with Central Oregon when she discovered it. She was elected to the board of Bend Park and Recreation in 2017. She also serves on the board of directors for VegNet Bend, Central Oregon’s vegan social and advocacy group, and Vegan Outreach, a national nonprofit. After graduating from UC Davis with a degree Political Science and a minor in Economics, she spent four years managing a vegan cookie company in Sacramento before venturing into the world of software and becoming a technical writer at Pearson and then at Apple in Silicon Valley. She now writes fiction, hikes in the wilderness, and serves the community.