Katie Chipko has been with the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon since 2012. Previously, she worked as Program Coordinator at North Cascades Institute in northern Washington, coordinating adult and youth environmental education programs in North Cascades National Park. She spent three years working as a naturalist, leading environmental education programs at Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center and North Cascades Institute. She received her B.A. in Biology and Geography from the University of Colorado.
Kelly Sullins joined the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon staff in 2016. Previously, she worked as the outreach and follow up specialist at Healthy Beginnings in Oregon, coordinating development and wellness screenings for children 0-5 years of age. Also, she teaches dance to children of all ages and has been doing so in Bend since 2007. She received her B.A. in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University, and is very excited to be a part of the team!
AmeriCorps Member – NatureHoods Coordinator
Kim Greene is an AmeriCorps Volunteer serving with the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon as the NatureHoods Coordinator for the 2017-2018 school year. She received her B.A. from the University of Puget Sound in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, and her M.S. in Forest Resources from Oregon State University. Kim has a passion for the natural world, and a desire to help youth become stewards for the natural world. In her free time she enjoys doing yoga, skiing, mountain biking, and adventuring with her dog.
Board of Directors
Kolleen Yake (President)
Education Director, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
Laura Handy (Vice President)
Executive Director, Heart of Oregon Corps
Rika Nelson (Secretary)
Executive Director, Discover Your Forest
John McLaughlin (Treasurer)
Operations and Projects Manager, Central Oregon Health Council
David Burke (Ex officio)
Deputy Superintendent, High Desert Education Service District
Recreation Manager, Redmond Area Park and Recreation District
Principal, Pine Ridge Elementary School
Vice President, Visionary Homes
Partnerships and Conservation Education Program Manager, Deschutes National Forest
Rangeland Management Specialist, Ochoco National Forest
Principal, Powell Butte Community Charter School
Principal, La Pine Middle School
Superintendent of Park Operations, Bend Park and Recreation District
Director of Community Health, PacificSource Health Plans
President, High Desert Museum
Program Committee: Kelly Beck, Jackie Wilson, Karen Gentry, Carolyn Nesbitt, Jill Nishball, Jackie LaFrenz, Tory Kurtz, Allan Capp, Eric Denzler, Jennifer Curtis
Marketing Committee: Rika Nelson, Lauren Williams, Ginny Streeter, Sean Ferrell, John McLaughlin
Fundraising Committee: Bruce Abernethy, Kolleen Miller, Rika Nelson, Laura Handy
Sites and Facilities Committee: Paul Andrews, Sean Ferrell, Mike Elam, Matt Mercer, Chelsea Schneider, Sasha Sulia, Laurie Harrer
Health Committee: Kate Wells, Elaine Knobbs, Sean Ferrell, Dr. Darin Vaughan, Lynnanne Hayes, Dr. Kristi Nix, Sue Glenn, Rebekah Berry
The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon welcomes students and participants of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or marital status, age, sensory, physical or mental disability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students and participants of our programs.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, citizenship or any other basis prohibited by law in any of its policies or programs.