JON BELL is an Oregon writer and author of the book “On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak.” He writes about the outdoors, travel, business, the environment, and many other areas from his home in Lake Oswego, where he lives with his wife, two children and black lab.
KIMBERLY BOWKER, raised in the high desert, began dating Central Oregon boys in high school. After working at The Bulletin newspaper, she received a master’s degree in literary nonfiction from the University of Oregon. The familiar Cascade Range will always be her home, as she continually returns to hike the trails, drink the microbrews, and soak up the Central Oregon lifestyle. Learn more at www.kimberlybowker.com.
BECKY BRUN, is a freelance writer and owner of Pitchfork Communications as well as a member of Hood River City Council and a board member of Gorge Owned (gorgeowned.org). She’s an avid trail runner, mountain biker, skier and gardener who loves exploring Oregon with her husband and dog, Dufur.
KATY BRYCE is a Bend based freelance writer and copywriter with a deep love for Oregon’s mountains, deserts and beaches. With a background in environmental outreach and communications, her goal is to inspire her readers to travel, get outside, seek adventure and care for the environment. She contributes regularly to Cascade Journal and writes for a variety of outdoor businesses and organizations. A Bend resident since 1997, she and her husband Chris enjoy mountain biking, surfing, and eating tacos both in Oregon and around the world.
ROSS CHANDLER graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif., and brought his talents to Bend more than 30 years ago. Chandler is pleased to have added food and restaurant photography to his specialties, which range from portrait to architectural imagery. His work also appears in Builder/Architect Magazine, Bend Living, and other local and national publications. You can see more of his work at www.chandlerphoto.com.
MOLLY CARROLL is a non-fiction writer, artist, educator, and therapist who holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is an expert in her field with over 20 years of experience in education and mental health. Molly wrote and developed the artistic self-help journal Cracking Open, which draws on her own professional and personal experience as a therapist, mother, and daughter, as well as her life in the small community of Bend, Oregon. She is a member of the writing group, Scribophile. Molly conducts popular workshops with women and families throughout the West Coast. She is a successful public speaker for teachers, administrators, and physicians, and was a speaker at the 2013 Muse conference: http://www.museconference.org/. You can find out more about Molly at her website.
TINA WALKER DAVIS is a freelance writer. She has worked as a news reporter and anchor in Eugene and on the slow sloughs of Coos Bay; a marketing project manager in Pacific Grove, Calif.; a freelance copywriter with clients scattered about the United States; and a bookstore owner in Bend. She grew up in Northern California, but found her true home in Oregon’s high desert, where she has lived since 2001.
JENNIFER DELAHUNTY, a writer and educator based in Sisters, has taught writing at COCC, the University of Arizona, and Kenyon College, where she most recently worked as dean of admissions. Her essays have been published inThe New York Times and other periodicals. She has edited a book of essays, “I’m Going to College Not You: Surviving the College Search with Your Child.” (St. Martin’s Press, 2010) With an MFA in creative nonfiction, Jennifer loves to read and write, as well as hike, garden, and bike with her two Portland-based daughters.
SARA FREEDMAN’s great-grandparents moved to Central Oregon in the early 1900’s and her family’s been kicking it here ever since. She has a master’s degree in writing from Portland State University and her work has appeared in numerous Northwest publications including Best Places Portland, Eugene Magazine, The Source Weekly, The Portland Mercury, The Bellingham Weekly, Seattle.com and more. Sara enjoys 1990’s Northwest indie rock, high desert tomfoolery, small town parades, dive bars, local cookbooks, Shakespeare festivals and road trips with her trucker husband Ian.
RAIMIE HEDMAN: Having grown up in Prineville, Oregon, Raimie Hedman has a deep appreciation for Central Oregon’s rocky, juniper-and-sage landscape. After graduating from Oregon State University-Cascades in 2013 with a degree in American studies and writing, he went on to write for various local publications, including Central Oregon Magazine and The Bend Bulletin. He is the sole creative force behind Juniper Rock Photography, and his photographs have appeared in Central Oregon Magazine, EarthSky, The Bend Bulletin and The Source Weekly. When he’s not busy capturing moments in prose and by pixel, Raimie spends his time hiking, stargazing and exploring the geology of the High Desert with his Australian cattle-dog, Vega.
SONDRA HOLTZMAN A record keeper of an evolving life, professional artist Sondra Holtzman’s sketchbooks and journals reflect musings of travels afar and close to home. As founder of The Traveling Studio, (www.thetravelingstudio.com) Sondra leads creativity explorations in watercolor and mixed media throughout the United States and Europe. Her work has been published in 1000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol and Signatures: The Art Journal Collection by Somerset Studio. Other publications include It’s A Chick Thing, available both online and in print. Sondra’s other passions include her three grown children, two grandchildren, vintage paintboxes, water exercise and kayaking with her best friend and miniature dachshund, Scout.
HOLLY R. HUTCHINS is a native Oregonian who retired to Bend in 2005 after a communications career in the forest products and energy industries. Prior to moving to Bend, he spent 17 years in Houston, TX with Shell Oil Company, working in a wide range of public affairs and corporate communications positions. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from the University of Houston and a journalism degree from the University of Oregon, and worked at several Oregon newspapers before joining the corporate sector. Since moving to Bend, he has become a regular contributor to Central Oregon Magazine as well as teaching in the Business department at COCC as a part-time faculty. When given the OSU-Cascades expansion article assignment, as an Oregon Duck he admits to having a bit of heartburn, but quickly put aside any Duck-Beaver rivalry as he was swept up with all of the community-wide excitement for a four-year university in Central Oregon.
ALAN HUESTIS finds every day to be a different one as owner of Studio 404 in Bend. He might be shooting still photography one day, a video documentary the next. A self taught photographer, Alan has shot locally, nationally and in nearly 40 countries to date. His award winning images have graced many local magazines as well as national and international publications since 1980. For more information, see studio404photography.com
LEE LEWIS HUSK has bona fide Central Oregon roots, having graduated from Bend High when it was the only high school in Bend. She contributes to Central Oregon Magazine and has written for the Oregonian, the Bend Bulletin, the online Oregon Encyclopedia and is a regular contributor to 1859 Oregon’s Magazine. She was a staff writer at Oregon Health & Science University for many years and continues to write for the university, including a historical booklet on the OHSU Department of Dermatology 1922-2010. She and her husband, Dave, moved their three children to Bend in 2000 from Portland. She loves the outdoors and completing marathons and triathlons.
KARI MAUSER: In a world full of unique people, ideas and practices, freelance writer Kari Mauser strives to uncover and share the inspiring stories that surround us. When she’s not discovering new and intriguing things through her research and writing, she and her husband are re-discovering the magic of the world through the eyes of their two little boys.
GARY LEWIS is an award-winning author, TV host, speaker and photographer. He has hunted and fished in seven countries on three continents and in the islands of the South Pacific. Born and raised in the Northwest, he has been walking forest trails and running rivers for as long as he can remember. He is a past president of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association and a recipient of NOWA’s Enos Bradner Award. Lewis has penned over 2,000 newspaper and magazine articles. His credits include Sports Afield, Rifle, Successful Hunter, African Hunting Gazette, Covey Rise, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Game & Fish and MDF. Lewis is host of Frontier Unlimited, a TV show. He is the author of 15 books, including John Nosler Going Ballistic, Hunting Oregon and Fishing Mount Hood Country. Lewis lives in Central Oregon. With his wife of 28 years, Merrilee, he has three daughters, all accomplished hunters in their own right.
NICOLE MEIER is a writer and travel blogger. Twelve years ago she pulled up her Southern California roots and moved to Bend, Oregon where she now lives with her husband and three children. Her debut novel, The House of Bradbury, released May 2016. Stories of her adventures in the Pacific Northwest and beyond can be found on her blog, HaveToteWillTravel.com.
GREGG MORRIS is a freelance writer and editor who has called Central Oregon home for 16 years. Professionally, Gregg has been putting pen to paper—so to speak—for the last decade. His work can be found in magazines and newspapers across the Pacific Northwest, as well as many local and national company websites. In typical Bend form, summer sees him on a bicycle saddle, while winter knows Gregg as a pair of skis, cutting through the Cascades’ fresh powder.
CYNTHIA MURPHY began writing during her 30-year career with Oregon State Parks including contributions to Oregon Parks, Oregon Outside, and Northwest Travel Magazines. Now retired, Cindy relocated from the east side of Oregon to Terrebonne in 2010. She joined the Redmond-based Central Oregon Writers Guild and won first place in the guild’s annual Literary Harvest Writing contest the following year. She began writing for Central Oregon Magazine in the fall of 2011. She is also a foster mom for the Redmond Humane Society and a volunteer at the Cascades Theatrical Company. Cindy has two grown children, Pete in New York, and Tessa in Portland. She currently shares this beautiful high desert life with a horse, three cats, two dogs, her partner and best friend Mark, and his 18-year-old daughter Emily.
PENNY E. NAKAMURA is a long time journalist, starting with her high school newspaper, continuing her love of asking the questions as a University of Oregon student at (NPR’s) KWAX-radio. After graduation, Penny worked for 14 years as a television reporter for ABC affiliates in Medford, Oregon, Honolulu, Hawaii, and San Jose, California. As a mother of three children, two of them currently in college, Penny is a regular freelance feature writer for The Bend Bulletin. Penny and her husband have resided in Bend for 10 years, and they firmly believe after living in many areas throughout the country, from Hawaii to Connecticut, this is the best place for what they love to do, which includes skiing, hiking and biking.
TIMOTHY PARK began taking photographs as a child, emulating his father, an accomplished hobbyist photographer. At the age of ten he traveled to Japan with his Dad’s camera in hand, snapping away. He became the photo editor of his high school newspaper, and was active in covering sports. A job after his senior year at a 1-hour photo lab cemented his love for the craft, and introduced him to the profession. Timothy started his career as a freelance photographer in 1992, after graduating with a degree in Commercial Photography from Art Institute of Seattle. Tim operated his business in Milwaukie, Oregon for 16 years before moving to Redmond, Oregon. Free time is spent with his wife and two boys. Skiing, camping, biking, time with close friends and “beach time in warm places” are some of his favorite things. Tim is also very involved with his Christian faith, and has spent much time documenting and serving in Mexico, Mississippi, Nicaragua and San Diego. He also teaches black and white film photography to students at Redmond Proficiency Academy and digital photography classes at COCC. Despite all the activity, just a great cup of coffee and conversation with a friend can make his day.
ADAM SAWYER is an outdoor and travel writer, photographer, guide and published author based out of Portland, Oregon. In addition to online writing for Travel Oregon, Red Tricycle, and Tillamook Coast, his work has appeared in Northwest Travel, Portland Monthly, Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Journal, Canoe & Kayak and Backpacker Magazines. He was the co-host of the KEEN HybridLife Radio Show for its duration and now serves as a sponsored athlete for the company. Adam is the author of the guidebooks Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon, Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, and the co-author of Hiking Waterfalls in Washington, all for Falcon Guides. He is also a professional guide, giving tours that include the Epicurean Excursion for Portland Walking Tours and the Columbia Gorge Waterfalls & Wine tour for Evergreen Escapes.
ELENA PRESSPRICH is a freelance photographer and contributor to Central Oregon Magazine. She graduated from University of Oregon in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in art, photography, and digital media. She has worked her whole life as an artist and has found her niche in photography. Exploring and playing in the outdoors is an integral part of her life and becomes her studio and canvas for her photography. You can see more of her work at elenapressprich.com.
BYRON ROE and his wife Wendy are wedding photographers for the adventurous at heart. This full-time husband/wife team is “there for every shot, and perfectly absent for every other shot.” Their style is a perfect blend of wow images and candid captures. With over eight years of experience, weddings in Asia, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii and throughout the Pacific Northwest, this award-winning team wins the hearts of their clients time and time again.
TONY RUSSELL is college professor, self-proclaimed foodie, and freelance writer based in Bend. After completing a PhD in contemporary literature from Purdue University, he moved to Bend to teach writing, literature, and film at Central Oregon Community College. Tony writes about food, film, and “Euro-style” board gaming. Beyond teaching and writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and five children exploring the local trails, paddle boarding in the Cascade Lakes, and seeking new adventures wherever life takes them.
CAROL STERNKOPF is a freelance photographer residing in beautiful Bend, Oregon. She holds a deep commitment to creating photographs rooted in authenticity, emotion and style. Her self-described “obsessive-observer-disorder” lends itself well to her signature style of documentary portrait photography. A big fan of short camera lenses, Carol claims, “They allow the photographer to introduce oneself to your subjects, even if no words are exchanged.” Carol lives with her husband, daughter, and often too many dogs. Visit her portfolio online at carolsternkopf.com.
HEIDI WEISS HOFFMAN is a food & lifestyle photographer based in Bend Oregon. With an extensive background in the food & wine industry she brings an educated and creative eye to her photography. If she is not in the kitchen testing and photographing recipes, she can be found out on the trails running, biking, bird hunting or exploring Oregon’s rivers with her husband and German Shorthaired Pointer.
MARIAH WILSON is a Central Oregon native and freelance writer. After graduating from Oregon State University-Cascades, where she studied literature and writing and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies, she became a frequent contributor to Central Oregon Magazine, Cascade Journal and Eugene Magazine. When she’s not busy writing, reading or dreaming about becoming the world’s greatest banjo player, Mariah can be found hiking with her dog Olive and photographing the abundant beauty of the high desert.
PHILLIP WISE: A talented wedding photographer, Phillip Wise’s interest in photography started in middle school and has grown into a love for the art. He occasionally freelances for local publications and welcomes the break from weddings. He loves the outdoors and enjoys climbing, hiking and riding his bike. To see more of his work, visit www.phillipwise.com.
EMILY WOODWORTH grew up in Sisters, Oregon after her family relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area when she was four. Homeschooled through seventh grade, Emily then switched to an online academy, which allowed her to take early college classes and to graduate high school with both her Freshman and Sophomore years of college completed. Being homeschooled allow her to pursue her interests in both classical music and dance. Amidst her other pursuits, Emily always scraped together enough time to read classic literature. This love of the classics translated into a passion for writing her own stories, and this passion will lead her to Pacific University next fall to major in Creative Writing and minor in Editing & Publishing.