• Molly

    Molly Johnson - President

    Molly grew up in the Midwest. Although not in the heart of wild places, her parents took her on outdoor adventures every weekend and long summer road trips throughout the US and Canada. Molly moved to Bend in 2001 to work as a physical therapist and started exploring Oregon. When she’s not in the backcountry, Molly enjoys alpine and nordic skiing, reading, and planning future adventures. molly@centralcascades.org

  • Todd

    Todd West - Secretary

    Todd is a native Oregonian who has been passionate about wilderness since his first backpacking trip at age two. He's the coordinator for citizen science and is returning to school for a second career in forestry. Todd worked wilderness trail maintenance crew with High Cascades Forest Volunteers and spent five years as a trail steward for Central Oregon Trail Alliance before joining Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness. todd@centralcascades.org

  • Martin

    Martin Held

    Martin is an Oregon native who enjoys being in the outdoors as much as possible and swimming every chance he can in high lakes. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, and winter time cross country skiing into the solitude of the wilderness. By daytime an electrical engineer, he also enjoys ham radio and teaching SCUBA as time allows. martin@centralcascades.org

  • Dave

    Dave Alward - Treasurer

    Dave grew up near the California coast. He married in Nevada and, from his wife, developed a love for backpacking in wild places. Dave worked seven seasons at a Forest Service station on the edge of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. With the Forest Service he learned wilderness stewardship as envisioned by the Payette National Forest. Dave moved to Oregon with his wife, resumed teaching, and raised his son to enjoy the wilds. He remains interested in exploring wild places and wants to share them with others. david@centralcascades.org

  • Ross

    Ross Flavel - Vice President

    A transplanted Alaskan, Ross is retired from both the Federal Aviation Administration and the US Army Reserves with plenty of free time to enjoy all that Oregon offers the outdoor enthusiast, hiking, biking, kayaking and DH & XC skiing. Like many board members, Ross came into Friends through Molly’s Bend Adventure Meetup Group.  In addition to pursuing activities in the west’s many National Forests, Parks, and wilderness areas, he is a volunteer driver for disabled American Veterans and the Red Cross and enjoys singing with the Men’s Chorus of Central Oregon.  Ross and his wife, Carol, a retired RN, moved to Bend in 2010.

  • Martin

    Maureen Donahue

    Maureen moved to Bend, Oregon in 2012 after living in Minneapolis for 30 years. She has made a profession as a photo stylist and is continuing in the field while commuting to Portland. Living in Bend has allowed her to explore the west. Her inspiration in life comes from being a part of the natural world, and her convictions to protect our wilderness is of utmost importance to her. Working with FCCW enables Maureen to learn to become a steward of the wilderness and to help to educate others on how to protect it.

  • Greg

    Greg Bauch

    Greg is a native Oregonian. He grew up in Portland and spent a lot of his youth hiking and backpacking in the Columbia river gorge. He has spent much of his life as a cabinet maker. Since moving to Central Oregon five years ago he has rediscovered the beauty and importance of wilderness. When he is not reading, cooking or listening to jazz he spends his free time hiking, backpacking or cross country skiing.

  • Don

    Don Work

    Don moved a few years ago to Fall River, Oregon from Vancouver, Washington. He is retired now after a corporate career in the paper mill industry. He enjoys visiting family and traveling. Don loves alpine and nordic skiing and is very active winter and summer. He is an avid cyclist, hiker and backpacker. He is known to bring wine and cheese to our events.

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    Richard Nix - Core Member

    Richard was born in England and spent his first thirteen years in Canada and the States before returning to England to finish his education. An avid motor racing fan from an early age he spent his weekends watching races and rallies. He became an engineer and worked for an English automotive component supplier. In 1979 he transferred to their Michigan office where he became the Engineering Manager and met his wife Claudia. They joined the Sports Car Club of America and soon began volunteering as Technical Inspectors at races and rallies in the mid-west. As he reached retirement age, Richard searched for a place to retire to that had a good climate, natural beauty, and abundant opportunities for physical activity. He found Bend and Richard and Claudia moved here in 2013. He joined FCCW in 2015 and participates in wilderness stewardship activities. Richard enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and scuba diving.

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We're new and growing and are looking for a few more folks to help form the core of our organization. Find out more by clicking the Get Involved link at the top of the page and let us know of your interest by emailing info@centralcascades.org.

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