Meet the Board

Kôr is proud to introduce our working board of directors. Our grassroots organization would not be successful without this team. A community land trust’s board strives to be representative of the populations served, and to have all voices heard in an equitable manner. To eliminate some of the financial barriers which prevent low-income individuals from board service, we have developed an Equitable Board Member Reimbursement Program. If you are interested in board service, please email us at

Rick Hayes

Board Chair

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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.

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.

Laura Fritz

Board Vice Chair

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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.

Michael Mclandress

Board Treasurer

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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.

Rick Sams

Board Member

Growing up on jobsites Rick developed his love for building early on and worked his way up from laborer to supervisor of 30 employees at 18 years old. In 1998, Rick’s love for the mountains and snowboarding enticed him to Bend. He continued his construction career in Oregon working on high-end new construction and remodels and starting his own construction business in 2004. His building experience expands across a broad spectrum of construction, from large scale commercial projects to custom residential homes and remodels. In 2017, Rick, together with his wife, plunged into real estate. As a contributing writer for the real estate column in the local weekly paper Rick has used this opportunity to focus on sustainability, affordable housing, renewable energy, resource and energy efficiency topics. Doing the research about these subjects became the catalyst to pushing him to focus on supporting an affordable, energy efficient and healthier housing option for Central Oregonians. In a constant effort to better himself and his clients he has earned the NAR Green Designation and has become an Earth Advantage Certified Broker. Rick is a proud husband, father of 3, avid mountain biker, snowboarder and overall lover of nature. –“Get outside, because no kid will ever remember their best day of watching TV!”

Joel Samaduroff

Board Member

Joel has been a life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest and has grown to love its amazing people and beautiful landscapes. He has a BA from Washington State University in Cultural Anthropology with a heightened focus on Gender Studies. He is known for a creative approach and is always thinking outside the box in attempts to do something exceptional, with integrity. Joel has always been community minded and shows unwavering determination and persistence to make Central Oregon a better place, allowing more people to call it home. He has a natural ability to connect with and identify peoples’ true wants and needs and prides himself on being able to coordinate that into fruition. With an educational and professional background heavily focused in interpersonal communication, he is able to discuss ideas in efforts to truly understand them and relay those confidently when interacting with community stakeholders.

Brian Durbin

Board Member

Brian moved to Bend from the Midwest a few years ago and is one of the many lucky individuals working remote in Central Oregon. He brings a different skill set with over 10 years of experience in the investment management industry focused on compliance, operations, and technology functions. His passion for sustainability and desire to help the local community led him to Kôr. He is also an active volunteer with Protect Our Winters and Central Oregon Locavore. After escaping the flat cornfields of Illinois, Brian has fully immersed himself in all of Bend’s outdoor activities including trail running, rock climbing, snowboarding, and mountain biking.

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.

Kip Barrett

Board Member

Kip is a Director of Business Development for Metrus Energy, a leading Energy Efficiency as a Service finance company. Prior to that he held roles with Tesla/SolarCity and locally with EDCO an economic development organization for the Central Oregon region. Alternating focii between sustainable energy and community development with the goal of making our community, and the world a better place. Kip holds an MBA from Portland State University and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He’s lived in Bend with his family since 2005 and enjoys many, if not all the outdoor activities available in our region. An active member of the community, Kip was also a founding Board Member and Board Treasurer for the Oregon Small Wind Energy Association, co-founder of New Roots Energy, an Adjunct Faculty member at OSU-Cascades, and has been actively involved in the Bend Venture Conference for the past decade.

Emily Volz

Board Member

Emily grew up in Western Massachusetts and moved to Oregon in 2019. She is pursuing her M.A. in Community, Liberation, Indigenous, & Eco Psychologies from Pacifica Graduate Institute (a Depth Psychology program). She also runs a bookkeeping business for small online businesses. While bookkeeping pays the bills, her real passion is developing dialogue around the way we culturally understand our relationship with the land and how that impacts our ability to actualize social and environmental justice. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking and swimming with her dog, Sage, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

William (Bill) Tweed

Board Member

William (Bill) Tweed comes to Kôr from a career in natural resources land management, education, and environmental history. For thirty years he worked as a park ranger and national park program manager. Before he moved to Oregon in 2016, he also spent a decade serving as a board member and officer for several charitable foundations including the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Foundation. A published non-fiction author, his most recent books include King Sequoia, Challenge of the Big Trees, and Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks. Bill holds a Ph.D. degree in history from Texas Christian University.