Meet the Visit Bend Volunteer Team
Visit Bend is fortunate to have a fantastic volunteer team! If you are interested in volunteering with us, please visit Volunteer Opportunities.
Learn more about our team and why they love Bend!
Brigitte moved to Bend from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005 when she and her husband chose this area for retirement. She found Bend to be perfect to enjoy a slower pace of life with beautiful surroundings and many opportunities for outdoor activities. It was easy to make lots of friends with people who have retired here as well. Brigitte likes socializing and hiking with her friends, skiing, playing tennis and pickle ball, and likes volunteering at Visit Bend.
Chip was born in Buffalo, NY, and moved around the East Coast growing up as the son of Marines. During his teenage years, he lived near Quantico, VA, then he joined the Air Force and got stationed in Fairbanks, AK, during the Vietnam War. He ended up living 33 years in Alaska and moved to Bend in 2007. Chip telecommuted from home as a software engineer and retired a few years ago. He likes getting out and meeting people so he really appreciates his volunteer opportunity at Visit Bend. Chip enjoys hiking, golfing, yoga and snowshoeing, all activities he can do around Central Oregon.
David moved to Bend in 2012 from Colorado Springs after retiring as a 27-year employee at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He and his wife visited Central Oregon every summer to spend time with his son who lives and works here and his wife’s parents who live in Sisters. His hobbies include golf and photography. On his things-to-do-list is to learn how to play pickleball. He also enjoys taking advantage of all that Bend and Central Oregon has to offer from museums, excellent restaurants and food carts, breweries, and hiking trails. At Visit Bend, he enjoys meeting visitors and providing information about what to do and where to go.
Deborah started visiting Central Oregon with her family nearly 30 years ago and fell in love with the area and the friendly people who call Bend home. In 2004, she and her husband were able retire and relocate here. She enjoys the variety of cultural, dining and outdoor adventures, the beautiful scenery throughout the seasons and all those sunny days. Since moving to Bend, Deborah discovered the thrill of mountain biking. She also makes time for skiing, golf, yoga, paddling and hiking with friends. With so many options, she tries to get in two fun activities each day. At Visit Bend, she enjoys introducing others to this incredible area and sharing the amazing ‘Bend Life’!
A 20-year resident, Demy was drawn to Bend from the San Francisco Bay Area by the combination of scenic beauty, small town warmth and city sophistication. When not volunteering at Visit Bend, she can be found skiing or trekking in the mountains, golfing on one of the local courses, taking a class at Central Oregon Community College or enjoying a concert or theatrical production. Demy enjoys the opportunity to meet new people and share her love of Bend.
Geoff moved to Bend in the spring of 2003 from Laguna Beach, realizing there has to be a better place to raise his growing family. After looking at several destinations to call home, Bend won out for several reasons, long ski season being one of the main ones. Small enough to be quaint, yet large enough to have several fun options for things to do and places to go, not a day does by regretting his decision to move to Bend. A licensed real estate broker with Cascade Sotheby’s since 2005, Geoff now gets to assist those looking to relocate themselves. Skiing, tennis, soccer, camping and enjoying all that Central Oregon has to offer is a full time job outside his family and work.
Prior to arriving in Bend, Jane was a Director for Nike Inc. in Portland for over 16 years. Every vacation possible she loved to relax, ski, hike and bike in Central Oregon and finally was able to relocate here in 2006. Jane’s plan was, I will try it out and can always move back, but it took 1 week before she never cared to go back home over the mountain. Jane wanted to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of the area by showing visitors how easy the transition to relocate is. Instrumental in this is by giving back, helping and assisting visitors by volunteering at Visit Bend.
Josefa managed a travel agency in Anchorage, Alaska, for 23 years before moving to Bend in May of 2007. An avid hiker and runner, Josefa found Bend to be a perfect fit for her active lifestyle. Her desire to learn more about Bend, her background in travel, and her enjoyment at meeting new people led her to volunteer for Visit Bend.
Joyce and husband, Bob, moved full-time to Bend almost 6 years ago from Marin County, California. They had been visiting Joyce’s daughter and family in Bend for several years and fell in love with Central Oregon. Joyce has been very active in the Newcomer’s Club of Bend and volunteering at The Tower Theatre. She loves playing pickleball, kayaking, hiking, biking, dancing and sharing all that this area has to offer with visitors to Visit Bend.
Kathy moved to Bend from Northern California in the summer of 2001 after visiting her daughter who lives here. She was looking for a friendly mountain community to relocate to and decided Bend was the place. She was in the real estate/loan business for many years before retiring a few years ago. She enjoys exploring all that the area has to offer and is an active volunteer for several organizations. She especially enjoys volunteering at Visit Bend because of all of the interesting people she meets and helps to make their visit to the area the best that it can be.
Kathy and her husband moved to Bend four years ago from San Jose, CA to retire in paradise. They love Bend! Kathy still teaches part time at the community college but is “mostly” retired. She loves to walk and finds Bend a great town for that. She also hikes, kayaks, and volunteers for many organizations in town as well as many of Bend’s sporting events, like the Pole, Peddle, Paddle (PPP). She loves to play all sorts of games and loves to entertain.
Patty moved here from Sonoma, California, to join her family. A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Moraga, she is an avid reader with a particular appreciation of Oregon authors. Friendly, upbeat and outgoing, you may have seen her at COCC serving the needs of students and faculty for the last few years. She enjoys the myriad musical, cultural, and gastronomical events that Bend offers, as well as the awesome natural beauty. She treasures the many friendships of people in Bend and loves talking to visitors about the rich experiences we have to offer here.
Susie is a native Oregonian who got to move to her beloved Central Oregon in 1997. Prior to that she and her family had always recreated here - whether camping, fishing or enjoying all things water at Three Rivers. During her 20 years on the High Desert she’s had the opportunity to live in Redmond, Tumalo, and Bend. Treating her friends to all-day floats and gourmet lunch is a favorite along with river hikes, golf, and snowshoeing. All of this has provided a pretty good knowledge of the area that she loves to share with visitors.
Tom couldn’t wait to retire from his job in Texas so he could move to Bend! He loves the beauty of the area as well as the beer. Since moving, Tom has taken up brewing beer (dark varieties), kayaking, hiking, ballroom dance, and a variety of other fun activities. You can often find him volunteering at events and for arts organizations when he’s not at Visit Bend.