Meet Our Staff

Our great staff is here to serve our community. If you have a question about our programs, a suggestion for something new, or a general concern or comment, we would love to hear from you!

Karen MillerExecutive Director
Karen was raised in Eastern Oregon and has lived in three regions of Oregon and Alaska. She has lived in La Pine since 2012 and has loved being a part of such a friendly community. Her work at LPRD from 2012 to present is to oversee the various parks, facilities and programs of the District. Karen’s passion for her family and her community helps her to be a changing agent by helping others to be involved in their community, programs and parks. By investing in one another and our surroundings we build a beautiful community.

Karen is married to her lovely husband Mark Miller and they have six beautiful children and one grandchild. Karen enjoys the outdoors and art.

Bo DeforestYouth Sports Director; Maintenance Direcrtor
Bo De Forest was Born and raised in Oregon. In 1983, his father accepted a job at La Pine High School as a teacher and coach of football and wrestling. As long as he can remember his father has emphasized the importance of a good work ethic and being well rounded in sports and in life. Now having two boys of his own, he found it natural to teach his kids and others life lessons through coaching.

Motivated by wanting youth to be proud of where they are from and themselves, Bo was hired in 2014 as the Head Baseball Coach and 2016 as the Head Football Coach at La Pine High. In his short time there disappointing seasons have become successful ones. Bo credits the La Pine Park and Recreation District for building the foundation to assist the youth of La Pine and the incredible support of the parents and community for the recent success. Bo’s wife of 22 years also works in athletics at La Pine High. The La Pine youth has become their passion and athletics is the vehicle they use to hopefully make a positive impact in young men and women’s lives. When not in sports, Bo and his family enjoy all the other great opportunities La Pine offers including Hunting, Fishing and spending time outside.

Chad CarpenterAdult Programs Director; Facilities Director; Communications Director
Chad is a native Central Oregonian, having grown up in the small town of Prineville, OR. He has spent his career working in marketing and branding, organizational development and youth development, both in the private and nonprofit sectors. He is involved in the community as a member of the La Pine Business Vitality Action Team, the South Deschutes County Partnership for Adult Education, the Newberry Country Rural Tourism Studio and the Board of Directors of NeighborImpact.

As the Adult Programs Director, Chad oversees all of the Adult Programing for LPRD. As the Facilities Director, Chad oversees the use of the various parks and facilities of LPRD. As the Communications Director, Chad manages the web and social media presence of LPRD and other areas of marketing. In these roles, he works with community members to ensure that LPRD is providing quality programing and accessible facilities that benefit the everyone.

“I’m passionate about community! I enjoy the close relationships that can be built, particularly in rural communities, and the work that can be accomplished when people come together in order to achieve common goals.”

Chad lives in Sunriver, OR., along with his wife and three daughters.

Tony GaidimasMaintenance Supervisor
Tony originally hails from from Canada where he worked in construction as a carpenter. Then, after earning his CDL, he drove for many years followed by 11 years working as a fusion tech. After moving to Oregon nearly 25 years ago, Tony began working as a Contractor. Most recently he worked for Bend Park and Recreation District for the last 14 years.

With such a varied background he is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to keeping our parks and facilities in proper working order.

Tony lives in La Pine and has 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

Teresita ToscanoAfter-school Program Site Supervisor - Sunriver
Teresita was born and raised in Southern California in a strong Hispanic culture. Along with her parents and three siblings she moved to northern Sonoma Valley in California. Later returning to Southern California, Teresita pursued a career in banking upon graduating high school, which gave her many opportunities to use her bilingual skills. She married and then moved to La Pine, Oregon, where she raised four children while being a stay-at-home mom.

“Getting to know members of the community, particularly families, through my local parish, the schools and various other community activities is a wonderful part of living in the area.”

Teresita enjoys the outdoors and the beautiful Central Oregon summer weather. She also enjoys being active in the community with the after school program. As a Community Lead position it positively challenges her to be available for every student in the program, as well as their families. Teresita also works for the Bend/La Pine School District where she very much enjoys working with students. No matter what she is doing, Teresita strives to create a positive and helpful work environment for the good of the community and the benefit of students and families.

Ara WilliamsOffice Assistant
I was born and raised in Colorado. I moved to central Oregon in 2007 with my husband and 3 kids. We also now have two grand daughters and love being grand parents ! Some of my hobbies and interests include camping, fishing, swimming, kayaking and most recently, knitting.
Adam MillerAfter School Program Staff
Adam has been working at LPRD since 2016. He started out as a volunteer with our La Pine After School program and then was hired to help run the Summer Adventure Days program. Adam is now helping with the After School Program at the Three Rivers School in Sunriver. He enjoys working on projects with the kids and playing fun games to keep them engaged. Adam likes to spend his free time hiking, biking or watching movies with his family.
Peggy OsborneAfter School Program Staff
Peggy was raised in Santa Clara, CA and in the upper Hood River Valley, graduating from Hood River High School. She later attended a vocational school for Dental Assisting, working in that field for 20 years, and raising her 3 daughters. This is her second time living in La Pine, 3 years now. Peggy works in our Out of School Program Monday through Thursday and thoroughly enjoys her time with the children!
Michelle MorrellExecutive Assistant
Michelle grew up in the Yukon Territory. She moved to Bend in 1992 and started working for Bend Parks & Recreation District. After 24 years with Bend Parks & Recreation District retired in April 2017. Last fall she moved to La Pine. Michelle enjoys camping and fishing. She has 3 children.

With such a varied background he is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to keeping our parks and facilities in proper working order.

Tony lives in La Pine and has 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

Jessica ParkinAfter School Program Staff
Jessica was born and raised in Southern California, making the move to La Pine just two years ago with her son. She started as a volunteer at LPRD in the after school program before accepting a position as an After School Program Coordinator, setting up an after school program for middle school students. Jessica has worked with children for most of her teen and adult years and continues to learn with them. She is currently attending OSU Cascades to gain her teaching degree and has a special place in her heart for working with special needs students.
Mary ThorntonOffice Staff
Mary grew up in California and moved to Eugene, Oregon to finish school. She visited and lived in many different places – London, England; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Baltimore, Maryland and Reno, Nevada where she met her husband. Together they explored La Pine on weekends and vacations before making it their home over 20 years ago.

Mary has many years of experience in hospitality management and accounting. She started working for La Pine Park & Recreation District in 2008 where she helps in creating a safe place for kids to complete their homework and partake in scheduled activities. Mary loves to make a difference in this small and beloved community. In her spare time, she enjoys fly fishing.

Greg BarraganJanitoral/Maintenance/HUB Staff
Greg was raised in San Jose, California. He graduated from San Jose High School and went to work at Budget Rent a Car as a Manager for 20 years. He then change occupation to tiling for a private company. Greg moved to the La Pine area recently and loves his community. He loves his job at La Pine Park and Recreation District and loves creating safe and fun places for kids and adults to play.