Meet the Board

Amy Warren

Co-founder, Executive Director


Amy has worked in construction for 14 years and she has owned Green Apple construction for 9 years. She is holds a BS in Energy Systems Engineering from Oregon State University. Amy has lived in Bend since 1996 and has seen first hand the change in our housing needs. She has a passion for sustainable building and design and is excited to bring that to Kôr.  Amy is most happy outdoors, and believes that sustainability and affordable housing should go hand-in-hand.

Jason Offutt



Jason owns Shelter Studio, Inc. in Bend, where he designs sustainable and net-zero energy homes. He is a designer whose primary focus is in renewable energy construction and sustainable design and technologies. He has a bachelors of science in Architectural Engineering Technology.

Julia Deskin

Founding Board Member

Julia hails from South Florida and enjoyed an amphibious childhood swimming and diving. Eventually evolving legs sent her north to Florida State University and west to the University of Oregon. She has lived in Bend, Oregon since 2001. Watching her teenage daughter thrive in the high desert has been one of her greatest joys! Ms. Deskin teaches in the Health and Human Performance Department at Central Oregon Community College, and has had a private massage practice in Bend, Oregon since 2005. She is honored and excited to be part of the Kôr Community Land Trust project.

Brook Criazzo

Board President, Founding member


Brook is a licensed Realtor in the state of Oregon specializing in residential real estate sales. She proudly calls Bend, Oregon her home. She enjoys living, working, and playing in this wonderful community. Her roots in Oregon are deep and she is happy to support the growth of the community in a direction that will help all members.

Laura Fritz

Board Secretary

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Laura is a native Oregonian who left in 1985 to go to college but finally found her way back to her native state and to Central Oregon in 2005. Professionally Laura has more than 18 years of experience in both private and public sector leadership. She is the principal of Fritz Consulting which provides transition services to nonprofit organizations in Central Oregon, including interim executive director, executive search, organizational assessment, strategic planning and leadership coaching services. She brings expertise in affordable housing programs and services, community development, nonprofit management, policy analysis and leadership training/development. Laura has volunteered for numerous Central Oregon nonprofit organizations, and also currently serves as a planning commissioner for the City of Bend. An enthusiastic athlete and outdoor lover, Laura spends much of her time running, skiing, biking and hiking with her family, friends and of course her dogs.

Amy J. Doherty

Founding Board Member


Amy is an experienced and accomplished communications, fundraising and development professional with direct solicitation, foundation relations, start-up training/development and generalist background in tech start-ups.   She specializes in writing long form (newsletters), short form copy (social media tag lines), web content, copywriting and proofreading, and has experience with non-profit/think tank organizations as well as Africa/global work.   Amy is particularly interested in motivating clients to communicate their projects passionately, clearly and help set individualized project-specific fundraising and business development goals.

When not fundraising and writing for the non profit sector, Amy teaches yoga in various studios around Bend and enjoys the abundance of outdoorsy offerings with her two sons and husband.

Christine Foy

Board Member

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Christine currently works as a Case Manager/Care Coordinator for the Central Oregon Council on Aging where she is actively advocating for the elderly population in our community. She sees communities like Kôr’s, which offer cluster living, as a viable option for “elderly active” people. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business, holds a Master’s Degree from Lehigh University in Sociology, and has years of construction company ownership and management experience. Christine is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all individuals, and sees developing affordable housing communities as a perfect place to start.

Curtis Edwards

Board Treasurer

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Curt hails from Northern California and has been a Bend resident off and on for the past 11 years. He received an international business degree from San Diego State University and a Spanish minor from University of the Basque Country. He has since worked with a variety of tax and accounting firms as well as volunteering to teach tax prep and business English to native Spanish speakers. Curt’s devotion to making a difference in affordable housing grew after moving to Chile in 2001, where he could enjoy home ownership and the rewards that come with not renting and being able to put down roots.

State-side, Curt’s passion for attainable home ownership and for helping prospective homeowners understand the process were driving factors in joining Kôr ’s board as treasurer. He looks forward to sharing his experience and leadership with our community.

Curt is a federally licensed tax practitioner and an Oregon Licensed Tax Consultant. Curt also has 5 years of property management experience in Bend in addition to being a former HOA president. His skill set and life/work experience make him ideally suited for his position with Kôr.  He is eager to see Kôr’s vision come to life and to do his part to make it happen.

Michael McLandress

Board Member

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A backcountry skier, cyclist, and fly fisherman—to name just a few of his interests—Michael is a virtual junkie when it comes to his hobbies, including his love of brewing tasty batches of exotic-flavored kombucha and cider, and sharing it with friends; his granola is pretty tasty too… His family roots hale from the fruit-growing community Wenatchee, WA, where he is now a partner with his brothers in their small family-owned and operated cherry orchard business of over forty years.  Building community and connecting with locally is what Michael is all about.  Vocationally he is a commercial construction manager with 28 years of experience, and a passion for green building. Prior to starting Brightwater Collaborative LLC in 2010, a construction and project management services company focusing on publicly-funded community projects, as well as commercial and bio-tech, he managed several major school construction projects for Bend LaPine School District for the 2006 Bond Measure, including the Miller Elementary School, the first LEED-Gold certified school east of the Oregon Cascades.   Michael also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for The Environmental Center, and is Vice President of the Deschutes Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  His current – and exhausting at times – pastime is playing and hanging out with his new pup Skye, an English Springer Spaniel.

Rick Hayes

Vice President

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Rick holds a BS degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Washington State University. After graduating from OSU in 1990, Rick went to work in Portland, OR on large commercial projects for Hoffman Construction. He re-located to Bend in 1992 and began working for Heery International on regional new school projects (design through construction) through 2001. Since that time he has worked on both residential and commercial projects, with his most recent commercial work being for Central Oregon Community College on various projects including the new Science Building and the new Residence Hall.
Rick, a National Sustainable Building Advisor (NSBA,) is very knowledgeable of green building field standards and practices. He is a member of the OSU-Cascades Sustainability Advisory Committee. Rick believes strongly that safe and affordable housing is a key element to a healthy, thriving community. He is pleased to lend his construction and development expertise as a Kor board member. Rick enjoys the active outdoor lifestyle of bend and can be seen doing a variety of the recreational opportunities popular to Central Oregon with his wife of 26 years.

Hilary Smith


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Hilary has lived in Bend since 1997 and is an outdoor enthusiast. She developed a love of Bend soon after moving to here, not only for the great outdoor sports but for the amazing community and people that Bend has to offer. In 2006 she decided to open her own firm enabling her to provide a more personal approach to her work. She enjoys running her own practice because of the time it allows her to give individual attention to her clients. Hilary also owns her own ranch and is strongly committed to giving back to the community and helping build a sustainable environment for our future.