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.
Michelle GaidimasExecutive 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.
Kelly VillarrealEvent/Volunteer Coordinator
Originally from Northern California, Kelly grew up in Colorado and Mexico, returning to California in her early 20’s. In college she majored in Hospitality Management and spent over 16 years in the hospitality industry as a hostess, food server, restaurant manager, pastry chef, as well as running her own catering and event planning business in San Diego, CA for 5 years.
Returning to school at the age of 35 she obtained her teaching credential in Home Economics Careers and her Master’s in Education. She spent 16 years in education, teaching high school students Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management before joining the Guidance Counseling team at her high school where she counseled students for 7 years.
Kelly retired in June of 2017 and relocated to La Pine. Having visited the area in 2013 and falling in love with it she decided to return. Because she has spent most of her life in larger cities she is enjoying the “small town” vibe and is looking forward to getting to know her new community as she takes on this new and challenging opportunity with LPRD.
She has 2 sons, 3 grandchildren and 1 goddaughter. Apart from planning and organizing events, cooking and working with teens, Kelly enjoys river rafting, hiking, camping, traveling and spending time with her goddaughter and grandchildren.