Board of Directors
Bim Gander, Board Member, graduated from Middlebury college in 1972 with majors in geology and economics. His first acquaintance with Central Oregon was a trip to study the feasibility of a commercial resort loan for Eagle Crest golf resort in 1983. After discovering this fly fishing paradise, he was "hooked" forever. Bim has lived in Crooked River Ranch since 2008 and has worked for permanent protection of the Deschutes-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area as a result of his love of these beautiful canyon lands.
Lotte Hermannsson, Secretary, was born in Germany, grew up on the east coast, graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene, then moved with her husband to California where they raised two sons. Now retired, she is thrilled to be back in Oregon. She especially loves the high desert and is particularly passionate about habitat restoration and native plants.
Tom Iraci, Board Member, is an avid hiker and landscape photographer. He had a wonderful career working as a photographer and audio visual production specialist designing slide shows and videos for the US Forest Service before retiring. His wife, Barbara, and Tom make their home in Crooked River Ranch. Tom is committed to protecting and preserving the nearby public lands. Through his photography, he shares with others the natural wonders found in these canyons and he hopes to convey the importance of keeping these wild lands wild.
Marilynne Keyser, President, is a retired CPA who also worked on Governor Barbara Robert's policy staff during the early 1990s. She is an avid birder, hiker and canoeist, and an amateur native plant specialist. Marilynne heads up FANs' Native Plant and Invasive Weed efforts.
Sue Manser, Board Member, has parents that shared their love of nature and the outdoors with their five children growing up in the scenic mountains of central Idaho. Sue worked 25 years for Clatskanie School District providing Speech & Language services. Summers were filled with backpack trips in the wildernesses of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Annual week long float trips through the remote canyons of the John Day River introduced her to the unique beauty of Central Oregon and enticed her to retire here. Sue wants to help protect our wild areas and hopes to pass that passion on to future generations just as her parents did.
Tom Mottl, Board Member, graduated from Colorado State University and began his career with BLM as a Hydrologist and Recreation Planner. He was a river manager for several rivers in New Mexico and then in Central Oregon. His last project was constructing trails within the Crooked and Deschutes Rivers adjacent to Crooked River Ranch. Tom would like to continue his involvement in protecting and enhancing these two Wild and Scenic rivers.
Cindy Murray, Treasurer and Membership Coordinator, moved to Central Oregon from Southern California 7 years ago. The wild and scenic canyonlands proved to be irresistible after a visit 17 years earlier. Living on the edge of Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area has given her an opportunity to observe wildlife on a daily basis. She is passionate about these beautiful public lands and participates in projects to educate others about the natural wonders in our backyard.
Eve Nazarian, Board Member, passed away from cancer on May 20, 2017. Eve was a resident of Central Oregon since 1996. She loved the public lands that surround Crooked River Ranch and strongly believed that the Deschutes Canyon Area needs to be protected for future generations. The Eve Nazarian Award was created to annually recognize a dedicated and hard-working FANs volunteer.
Penny Radtke, Board Member, was born and raised in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Annual family camping trips to Central Oregon sparked her love for the high desert. She moved to Bend in 1977 and to Crooked River Ranch in 2011. Penny is an avid hiker, canoeist, and wildflower enthusiast. After a career in nursing, she is thrilled to be able to spend more time and energy enjoying the surrounding wild and scenic lands.
Diane Randgaard, Board Member, is a public school teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology at Humboldt State University and a Master's Degree in Environmental Science at Western Washington University. Diane lives near the Deschutes Canyon Area and hikes there often year-round, appreciating the spectacular river canyon and its diverse wildlife. She manages FANs's online communications.
Mona Steinberg, Vice President, grew up in Illinois and enjoyed summers in Michigan and Wisconsin, camping and swimming with her four siblings. Her love of the outdoors continued throughout her adult life and she has had the good fortune of living in areas with public land within walking or riding distance from her home. Mona feels blessed with a lifestyle of riding her horses and hiking with her dogs on miles of public land, which is why she lives at Crooked River Ranch. She loves this area and want to see our wild and scenic spaces permanently protected from development or degradation.
Karen Atwood, Native Garden Coordinator, is excited to be able to continue the work that Marilynne Keyser and FANs envisioned and initiated. The Native Garden has become one of the focal points of Crooked River Ranch's Administration area and Karen has been pleased to play a part in its success.
Kristin Lucas, Weed Team Coordinator, has a passion for landscaping with native plants and she has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to teach others how to control obnoxious and noxious weeds on their own properties while encouraging native plants in an effort to beautify and restore the environment at Crooked River Ranch.
Jeff Scheetz, Hiking Coordinator, schedules and leads group hikes in the Deschutes Canyon Area. After an engineering career in the Pacific Northwest, Jeff moved to Crooked River Ranch in 2013. He has climbed extensively in the Cascade range, and spent over 25 years as a Search and Rescue volunteer. Current interests include exploratory hiking, observational astronomy, and volunteer firefighting.
Renee West, North Pasture Coordinator, lives on Panorama Pasture and has watched juniper trees taking over and leaving all of the nearby residences at more risk from wildfire. Renee is so glad to have volunteers help with the project of returning it to the open meadow it once was.