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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, email For Public Records Request, fill out and return this form.

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

Image of BPRD Board Member Nathan Hovekamp.

Nathan Hovekamp, Board 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.” 


Nathan Hovekamp
Board Chair, Bend Park & Recreation District
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Ariel Méndez, Board Vice Chair – Board term through June 30, 2023
Ariel Méndez was elected to the board in 2019 and served on the BPRD budget committee from 2017 to 2019. He and his wife, along with their three young children, ride bikes throughout Bend on a daily basis. He is interested in increasing mobility by expanding Bend’s trail system. He was board president for Bend Bikes and a member of the City of Bend’s Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and is an instructor at OSU-Cascades. Ariel volunteers as a youth sports coach, values conservation, and will work to ensure that everyone feels welcome in the district.


Ariel Méndez
Board Vice Chair, Bend Park & Recreation District
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Image of BPRD Board Member Ted Schoenborn.

Ted Schoenborn, Board Member  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 was the first station manager of (and helped to build) KPOV 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.


Ted Schoenborn
Board Member, Bend Park & Recreation District
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Deb Schoen  – Board term through June 30, 2021
Deb Schoen brings 40 years of parks and recreation career experience at Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District to the board of directors. She is a certified parks and recreation professional and received the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association’s 2019 David E. Clark Honor Award for a parks and recreation professional who has shown leadership, inspired others and made noteworthy contributions. Since moving to Bend, she has used many of the district’s facilities and enjoys classes, trails, dog parks and community events. Her passion is working to ensure equitable access to parks, trails and recreation for community members.


Deb Schoen
Board Member, Bend Park & Recreation District
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Image of BPRD Board Member Jason Kropf 

Jason Kropf – Board term through June 30, 2023
Jason is committed to making sure everyone has the opportunity to be active, healthy, and engaged. He has lived in Bend since 2003. Jason serves as a Deputy District Attorney for Deschutes County. He has served on the board of directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Central Oregon for the last 7 years, and has coached the Summit High School Mock Trial team for the past 15 years, among other volunteer activities. He holds a B.S. in Philosophy from Oregon State University and a J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law. Jason often joins his partner and school-aged daughter exploring Central Oregon’s diverse recreational activities. He enjoys getting out on our trails on foot and on bike.


Jason Kropf
Board Member, Bend Park & Recreation District
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