The Bend Paddle Trail Alliance Board of Directors

Dedicated to water recreation, safety, education & stewardship

Justin Rae

President
Justin has been an avid river runner since 1997 when he found himself swimming through rapids on the McKenzie River in Oregon in January on his first kayak river trip. Needless to say he was hooked and has since worked with/owned numerous outfitters throughout the world (Colorado, California, Oregon, Idaho, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Chile and Peru to name a few.)
With an MBA from Seattle University and an undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland OR he also finds some time in the corporate world. When not galivanting on rivers or outside he works his day as Vice President Wealth Advisor for Morgan Stanley and chases his two kids around Bend, OR. As a staunch supporter of whitewater and rivers he believes passionately in the mantra of “conservation and preservation through recreation.

Jayson Bowerman

Vice President
Jayson has an Associate’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Central Oregon Community College and has worked as a manufacturer of musical instruments for more than 18 years, recently starting his own custom stringed instrument business- Bowerman Guitars.
Jayson was raised in the bottom of a canoe along the Deschutes River and has been an avid paddler as long as he can remember. He has traveled the nation and several foreign countries in search of whitewater, notching first descents in Oregon, California and Colorado and has represented the US at World Championship competitions in Freestyle Kayaking, Open Canoe, and Surf Kayak. He has recently become afflicted with the Standup Paddleboard bug, and can often be found on the Oregon Coast chasing dragons when the waves get big and wind is offshore.

Travis Reid

Secretary
Travis was the president of the Haines Tourism Advisory Board prior to moving to Bend in 2009. He is the President of Oregon Rescue and teaches most of the courses, while he also runs a rafting company, River Stone Adventures, based out of Bend and Maupin.

Geoff Frank

Member
Geoff has a business degree focusing on resort management & outdoor recreation. He has spent his time in & out of the ski industry, while always keeping an involvement with paddlesports. Geoff has worked as a kayak guide & instructor since ’96 and for the past thirteen years has managed Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Geoff has guided many rivers in Oregon, Washington & Idaho; he also has many guided seakayking trips under his belt to the San Juan’s and around the Northwest. Geoff has been paddling whitewater for over twelve years, seakayaking for over 10 years & open boating for about 5 years.
Geoff was actively involved with the Northwest Slalom Race Series through the mid 90’s & maintained the Bull Run course during that time. He now enjoys canoeing & working the sticks of his 18’ cat with his young daughters, introducing them to the wonderful realm of the aquatic environment. Geoff holds certifications with the ACA as an advanced WW instructor, Swiftwater Rescue instructor, Open water Coastal instructor, he also holds a BCU 3 star certification. Geoff is a member of the BCU, ACA, AW, POCO, & OKCC.

Will Blount

Member
Will has a Business degree from the University Of Puget Sound. It was in the Pacific Northwest that his passion for whitewater kayaking developed, and started him on a lifelong quest for river adventures. Whether it’s behind the oars in his drift boat (looking for rising trout), in his kayak (getting wet), or rafting with his family, you can find Will on the river. A class V boater, Will has paddled many rivers throughout the Western United States and a handful of rivers in South America.
Will is currently the President of Ruff Wear, where he’s able to combine his passion for the outdoors with his leadership skills and business interests. He is excited to be lending his time to Bend Paddle Trail Alliance to promote education, safety, and stewardship of the lakes and rivers close to home.

Laurel Brauns

Member
Laurel has been volunteering and working for BPTA for five years and in 2015 she officially joined the board. She has a BA from Lewis & Clark College in Portland and worked for eight years at the Marketing Director at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. She helps out with all aspects of marketing for BPTA from the website to the newsletters to helping manage the Facebook page. She has also helped assist on some grant writing.

Laurel fell in love with the water at a young age sailing off the coast of Maine and on Lake Winnespesaukee in New Hampshire. The rivers and lakes of the west hold the same mystique as the ocean and she loves being a part of such a dynamic and active group of people working to make Bend a better place.

Myria Bury

Member
Myria has her Masters of Arts in Teaching from OSU and Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She also studied for 2 years at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She grew up in various towns across Oregon and has lived in Bend for the past 17 years with her family. She has homeschooled her 2 children, taught Art privately and in the the public schools and coached and supported her children’s interests.
She is a dedicated local kayaker and looks forward to multi day raft trips throughout the Northwest. You can find her in her free moments on one of our favorite local kayak runs or developing her play-boating skills at the new whitewater park!

Katie Urban

Member
Katie Urban is Co-Founder of the award winning South Main Neighborhood in Buena Vista, CO. A traditional neighborhood featuring a whitewater park, timeless architecture, energy efficient construction and walkable streets, South Main donated it’s river corridor to the Town for permanent public access. Katie then co-wrote and received two Great Outdoor Colorado grants to fund and construct the one of the longest and best whitewater parks in the nation, which was accomplished in a strong public, private and non-profit partnership.

Katie also co-founded, permitted and ran the Buena Vista Pro-Am, a freestyle kayaking event, for nine years. This event brought in dozens of competitors and thousands of spectators each year, and assisted in the annual fundraising for the whitewater park. The funds paid to reconstruct some of the features a number of times over more than a decade, and helped build awareness, keeping the vision of the whitewater park alive and thriving.

Katie has kayaked since 2000, has paddled the Grand Canyon three times, and from north to south has paddled in Alaska, Canada, all over the US, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Chile. She lives in Bend with her two kids and her husband, Dustin, who is a nine-times member of the US Freestyle Kayak Team as well as a World Champion squirt boater. A competitive freestyle kayaker for over a dozen years, Katie enjoys multi-day family rafting trips, surfing, yoga, sewing, standup paddle board surfing, mountain biking, skiing and hanging out with her family.

Karl Koenig

Member
Karl has a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from University of Southern California and completed two years of postdoctoral research at UCLA. He has 28 years of business management experience working for Monsanto, Pharmacia and Pfizer. During that career he spent ten years developing project teams and fifteen years as product manager for five diverse products, three of which culminated in commercial launches. Later in the early nineties he was responsible for Strategic Technology Planning and reported to the board of directors of Monsanto. From 1996 to 2001 he was Director of Technology at Pharmacia/Pfizer helping to build the new Nutritional Products Division. After taking an early retirement opportunity in 2001 he started his consulting business, Technology Consulting, where he consults in the areas of product development, technology evaluation, and strategic planning.
Karl has been whitewater paddling since 1976. He and his wife, Jo Ann, have paddled a tandem canoe for over 25 years and to lesser extent have paddled C2 and rowed/paddled a variety of rafts. During that time they have paddled throughout the states, in Europe, Costa Rica, and New Zealand and have visited and paddled on a number of whitewater courses both in and outside the US. He was president of the Missouri Whitewater association for 4 years and taught tandem whitewater canoeing in Missouri and Tennessee for over 10 years. Currently he belongs to American Whitewater, American Canoe Association, the Lower Columbia Canoe Club, Paddlers of Central Oregon (POCO) and Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (WKCC).