board of directors

The Academy’s Board is crucial to our success. Our Board Members donate time and resources, work many of our events, and represent us within the community.

You may send any of them an email at

Ellen Grover


Current Term: 2018 – 2021

Partner, Karnopp Peterson, LLP

Outdoor recreation is a family affair for Ellen. She and her husband and two boys have been enjoying the outdoors and trails together since before the kids could toddle. Instilling a sense of family and community, as well as respect for the natural resources that support us, by engaging in healthy life-long outdoor recreational activities is important to her. Ellen describes why she supports BEA: “Enrolling the kids in BEA youth skiing and biking programs has provided a fun, safe and community-spirited way for them to grow to love the sports my husband and I love. Even though the boys soon will out- run, bike and ski me, the sense of fun, togetherness and accomplishment we feel when we hit the trails or climb rocks together is strong.” While Ellen relocated to Bend in 2005 from Portland, she grew up in the southeast where there was no snow, so she appreciates the learning curve all kids and adults have in learning to ski. Ellen is a lawyer who practices natural resources and land use law after having received her law degree and natural resources certificate from Lewis and Clark law school. Before joining Karnopp Petersen in 2005, Ellen worked in the Portland area for several years.

Rachel Greenwald Rhoads


Current Term: 2019 – 2022

Bend Premier Real Estate

Adam Smith


Current Term: 2019-2022

Deschutes County Legal Department

Sean Reinhart

Board Member

Current Term: 2019– 2022

Bend La Pine Schools

Melinda Halpern

Board Member

Current Term: 2019– 2022

EMDR Therapist

Rex Allison

Board Member

Current Term: 2018– 2021

Community Volunteer