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BPRD Board Seeks 2 New Members

Bend Park & Recreation District is seeking applicants for two Board Members to serve through June 30, 2023.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume and response to candidate questionnaire by Tuesday, December 6, 2022 to sheilar@bendparksandrec.org or by mail to 799 SW Columbia St., Bend, OR 97702.

The candidate questionnaires can be found here: English  /  Spanish

An interview or short presentation to the Board may be required.


    • Reside within the district boundaries.
    • Be a registered voter.
    • Serve remaining board term through June 30, 2023.
    • Be able to attend regularly scheduled board meetings held the first and third Tuesday of each month and other periodic meetings.
    • This is a volunteer position that does not receive compensation.

The board anticipates selecting a final candidate on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

For additional information, contact Sheila Reed, Assistant to the Executive Director, at (541) 706-6151 or sheilar@bendparksandrec.org.

Additionally, the Bend Park and Recreation District is seeking applicants for three positions on the Board of Director’s Budget Committee. Click here for more info.

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 board@bendparksandrec.org. For Public Records Request, fill out and return this form.

Click to see Board of Directors meeting agendas and minutes.

Board of Directors

Deb Schoen, Board Chair  – Board term through June 30, 2025
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 Vice Chair, Bend Park & Recreation District
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Image of BPRD Board Member Nathan Hovekamp.

Nathan Hovekamp  Board Vice-Chair, Board term through June 30, 2025
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 Member, Bend Park & Recreation District
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Ariel Méndez – 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 Chair, Bend Park & Recreation District
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Zavier Borja Board term through June 2025
A first generation Mexican-American, born in Redmond, Oregon and grew up in Madras and has lived in Bend for the past 10 years. His passions include serving our youth, communities and getting them outside. Zavier has worked for various youth programs for the past ten years, including the Boys and Girls Club of Bend, Bend Parks and Recreation District (youth, sports & enrichment departments), and Education Outside in San Francisco. Lastly, working for Bend-La Pine School District, as a Mentor Specialist for at-risk youth at Summit High School. Zavi created a local chapter of the nationally recognized non-profit, Latino Outdoors here in Central Oregon. From that he has been able to make connections with local outdoor partners in order to work in a collaborative manner to create – Vámonos Outside. ⁠Zavi’s educational background includes a BS from George Fox University for Organizational Leadership and Management and has had the honor of being a part of the pilot cohort for OSU’s Outdoor Industry Leadership Certificate program.


Zavier Borja
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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