Bill (tall) Brown

As President, Bill is responsible for overseeing and all club operations. He is the primary contact with outside organizations, develops contracts as needed, manages community outreach and media contacts.

He guides and assists all of the other board members as needed. As President, Bill is responsible for oversight of all club operations. He develops and executes contracts, maintains key partnerships, oversees community outreach and manages media contacts. He regularly assists and guides the work of the club’s other board members. He is the primary contact with the club’s membership.

In 2013, Bill started a pickleball club for 180 people in his Florence, Arizona home. He wrote the bylaws, secured their approval, and served as club president for two years.

Bill served on the BPC Board as Vice-President from 2017 to 2019.

Director of Court Utilization

Craig Poole

Craig is responsible for oversight of all organized play and court utilization. He recommends and makes adjustments as needed. He is also the club's Vice President.

Director of the Court Utilization is responsible for development and oversight of policy and implementation of all organized play including round robins and drop-in play. This position continuously monitors the utilization of courts and rebalances the offerings based on the changing needs of the club.

Craig also serves as the club’s Vice President.

Faye Gardner

Faye Gardner

The secretary is responsible for issuing notifications and agendas for all Board and General Membership meetings, developing and maintaining meeting minutes and records of club business.

Faye is originally from Kona, Hawaii but has lived in Bend since 2010. She currently is the Director of HR at Deschutes Brewery, where she has worked since 2018.
Alane Harold

Alane Harrold

As Treasurer, Alane is responsible for all financial aspects of club operations. She works with the club's accountant to manage the accounts and prepare the annual reports.

The Treasurer is responsible for collecting all incoming money from tournaments, membership dues, and other fund-raising events and for the payment of all bills. The treasurer keeps the Membership Director informed of any dues received via USPS, maintains financial records, and presents financial reports to the Board for planning purposes. May assist in the development of additional social events to make the membership experience richer for members.
Director at Large

Susan Dona

As Director-At-Large, Susan assists with the management of club operations and oversees the development and implementation of the rating policies and practices.

This position may be assigned by the President to assist other board members with specific projects. This person also manages the guest pass program. Director At-Large assists with management of club operations and oversees the development and implementation of the rating policies and practices. This position may be assigned by the President to assist other board members with specific projects. This person also manages the guest pass program.
Brian Firebaugh
Membership Director

Brian Firebaugh

In our rapidly-growing club, Brian serves a vital role. He manages all member registrations, renewals, and updates and sets up new members in CourtReserve.

Brian has been an active member of the Club since its beginning and has served on the executive board in various capacities several times. Brian and his wife, Anita, moved here in 2009 and were introduced to pickleball by a neighbor a month before the Pine Nursery courts opened. Brian balances his pickleball obsession with kayaking, camping, chess, and the oriental game of Go.
Cynde Hargrave
Communications Director

Cynde Hargrave

Cynde is responsible for dispersing all communications to BPC members and external communication including website management, social media, and media communications.

Cynde's career was in marketing, market research, and environmental consulting. She moved to Bend from the Bay Area in 2014 while still doing some contract work. She became aware of pickleball while walking through Pine Nursery and striking up a conversation with Bill Brown. Bill encouraged her to join the Club and learn the game. She was hooked. Like many of us new to Bend, the Club has introduced Cynde to a community of new, like-minded friends.
Dean Guyer
Director of Training & Player Development

Dean Guyer

This Director is responsible for designing and implementing in-house, skill-based training sessions, mentoring, and coaching programs, and working with professional trainers to provide skill training opportunities to club members. The Director also assists members with the use of the ball machines and ensures they are in good working order.

Dean moved to Bend in February 2019 and joyfully found pickleball at Pine Nursery during BPC’s summer PNW Classic Tournament. The pros showcasing the elite level of the sport, along with the wonderful community engagement, was too appealing. He immediately got involved in local pickleball groups and tournaments all over the region.

Dean has years of experience teaching tennis professionally. He has assisted at both indoor pickleball facilities in town and continues to engage with players to instruct when possible.

Dean co-founded the local lifestyle apparel company, Vivus Pickleball, that helps spread the joy of the sport through its stylings and outreach.

Teri Ehntholt
Operations Director

Teri Ehntholt

Teri manages all court set-up and maintenance issues including regular court cleaning, installation of items to facilitate play, and storage unit organization. She handles all tournament/special event installation and dismantle, and she works directly with Bend Park & Recreation District staff to coordinate court repairs.

Teri joined the Club in September 2020 after relocating from New York to retire from her 38-year nursing career and be near children and grandchildren. Once retired, she googled: "What sport should a 58-year-old who has never played sports pick up?" And pickleball was the top search result! It is now her healthy addiction. She has owned multiple rental properties and has a good understanding of the mechanics behind structures, grounds, and utilities, including how and why they all work the way they do.