Meet the Board

Amy Warren

Co-founder, Executive Director


Amy has a BS in Energy Systems Engineering from Oregon State University and worked in construction for 15 years before becoming Kôr’s Executive Director. 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

Co-founder and Board Member


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, and over 23-years’ experience in the architectural/design industry – including commercial and residential design. Jason volunteers in the community as a City of Bend Landmarks Board Commissioner and Bend Paddle and Trail Alliance Member, as well as at the Bend LaPine School District. He has also provided in-kind services to First Story add Neighbor Impact.

Rick Hayes

Board 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. As a National Sustainable Building Advisor (NSBA), Rick 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.

Laura Fritz

Board Vice President

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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 20 years of experience in both private and public sector leadership. She is the principal of Fritz Consulting which provides consulting 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.

Ben Watson

Board Treasurer

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Ben is a proud alumnus of Kansas State University and has an MBA and Master’s of Accountancy. For the last 10 years he has worked in a variety of financial capacities including CFO, Controller, and CEO. After moving to Bend in 2016 he used that financial experience to transition to banking and is currently a financial consultant. His previous board positions include Treasurer of the Kansas regional Ducks Unlimited and Chairman of the Guardian Group Board. He is passionate about using sound financial strategy to improve the well-being of individual’s lives and the broader community. He and his wife Amy have 4 dogs, 2 frogs and a bird. When they are not working, they enjoy tackling home improvement projects, watching sports and making gourmet meals.

Rhiannon Safford

Board Secretary

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Rhiannon moved to Bend in 2014 and immediately fell in love with the people, the weather, and the amazing landscape. She spends her winters in the kitchen making soup & baking bread, or bundled up reading by the fire; her summers are filled with camping, hiking, and watching live music. In between, she practices yoga, appreciates good beer, has recently taken up painting, and is continually trying to teach her 2 tweenage children (& her husband) the importance of doing their own dishes. Rhiannon came from humble beginnings and has seen first-hand how challenging it can be for working families to find safe & affordable housing. Being a part of Kôr grants her the amazing opportunity to help other people with those challenges. Rhiannon is currently the project administrator at R&H Construction where she manages contracts and compliance for both commercial and residential projects all over Central Oregon, including many affordable housing projects. She also has a background in law and biology.

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. 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 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  pup Skye.

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.

Christine Foy

Board Member

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Christine 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. As the Bend Case Manager for Council on Aging of Central Oregon, Christine oversees the Meals on Wheels Program, the Oregon Program for Independence (OPI), as well as a Caregiver Respite Program in Bend, all of which advocate and support our Senior population. As an 8-year resident of Bend, living in a rental unit with ever increasing rent, she is familiar with the struggles of the many trying to achieve homeownership. She is dedicated to creating solutions that are practical such as Kôr’s land trust model.

Amy J. Doherty

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.

Julie Beeh

Board Member

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Julie is a broker in Central Oregon and understands from working in the real estate industry the timely need for affordable and sustainable housing in Bend. She is currently a member of Central Oregon Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors, Connect W, and Cascade Connections.

Julie and her husband, Max, chose to raise their girls in Bend because they wanted to enjoy the magnificent outdoor lifestyle and the strong sense of community. In her free time, Julie enjoys exploring local hiking trails, the Cascade lakes, and waterfalls in the area with friends, family and her dogs.

Julie is a longstanding, active member of the Central Oregon community. She formed two Girl Scout Troops and eventually accepted a position with the Girls Scout organization. She then built and expanded the Junior Achievement footprint here in Central Oregon, working closely with local schools and a high-level Advisory Board, that provided educational opportunities for students in the areas of entrepreneurship, job skills, and financial literacy. As an active volunteer in the Bend-La Pine school system, Julie served in various leadership positions with the PTA and in the classroom, working closely with teachers and leading reading groups. Julie is excited to serve on the board for an innovative organization like Kor.

Mikki Slaska

Board Member

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Mikki is a Loan Officer at Washington Federal, who spends much of their time volunteering for local organizations, including Kôr, Bethlehem Inn, The Environmental Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bend Rotary, and Special Olympics of Central Oregon just to name a few. They grew up on the Oregon Coast and have lived in Bend for their entire adult life, and plan to spend more time in the area investing in the community they have found here. They enjoy riding their bike, taking walks, making art, reading books, spending time with their friends and family, and tending to their bearded dragon.