MEET OUR TEAM
Rick became Executive Director in 2022 after running a successful landscape and nursery business in Central Oregon for over 20 years. He’s an ecologist by training, but has worked as an archaeologist, botanist and environmental scientist in a variety of regions around the country. Rick holds a PhD in Horticulture from Oregon State University, and his specialty is the adaptive physiology of xerophytic native plants. His diverse background provides the skills, knowledge and on-the-ground experience necessary to support and expand our mission.
Lisa is our resident gardener, beekeeper and sustainability extraordinaire. She earned degree in Ornamental Horticulture and started her career at the Chicago Botanic Garden before moving to Central Oregon in 2013. As a steering committee member for the Pollinator Pathway of Bend and participant in the Oregon Bee Project, she works to educate her community on the importance of ecological landscaping and biodiversity conservation.
Organic Farm Manager
Maddie has six years of organic farming experience, a degree in Environmental Policy and a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from UCSC. She most recently managed Seed to Table, a small-scale vegetable farm in Sisters, OR, where she learned the ins and outs of growing food in the high desert. Her passion for farming is driven by her love of long days spent outside, good food, and the magic of plants and soil. She is dedicated to sustainable land stewardship and its ability to build strong and resilient communities.
Grant came to WGC after 3 years of serving as an astronomical interpreter at the Oregon Observatory in Sunriver, since 2017 he has directed programs and operations of the Hopservatory here at Worthy. He also serves as a NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassador and is a flagship member of the Oregon Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association. Grant's primary focus is to increase scientific literacy, stimulate curiosity, and offer a new perspective of our place in the cosmos. He's our resident 'Sky Guy' that keeps the Hopservatory running for the general public and school groups alike.