By ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Deb Schoen’s career in parks and recreation began 40 years ago in Tualatin Hills.
“I actually started in a very entry level position in a receptionist role and I had honestly never heard of parks and recreation as a career choice,” said Schoen, who will be sworn in Tuesday night as Bend Parks and Recreation’s newest board member.
Over the years she took on various positions, many of them in recreation programming.
When she and her husband moved to Bend in 2012, she knew she wanted to be a part of Bend’s Parks and Recreation District.
Last December, she was one of two dozen people applying for an open position on the Parks and Recreation Board.
“They were all really highly qualified, so it was a very difficult process to whittle down the panel to a manageable number,” said Ted Schoenborn, chairman of the BPRD board.
Schoenborn and the other board members spent several weeks whittling down candidates from 24, to six, to two.
We voted then for our first and second choice and that’s how we came out with a draw,” Schoenborn said. “We then went back and re-balloted to see among those two candidates and we still came out with a draw.”
Eventually, Schoenborn says he changed his vote to Deb Schoen, and on January 7th, she was announced as the newest board member.
Over the next year and a half, she plans to tackle accessibility to programs within the Parks and Recreation District.
“Sports programs, things that are held at Larkspur and Juniper, outdoor nature programs. What might be the barriers keeping people from participating?”
Most of all, Schoen says she’s excited to get started.
“Everyone on the board is so committed and takes the job very seriously so I’m just anxious to work with them.”