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Meet our Staff

Karen Miller
Executive Director

Michelle Gaidimas
Executive Assistant

Chelle Kalmbach
Communications Director

Karen was raised in Eastern Oregon and has lived in three regions of Oregon and Alaska. She has lived in La Pine since 2012 and has loved being a part of such a friendly community. Her work at LPRD from 2012 to present is to oversee the various parks, facilities and programs of the District. Karen’s passion for her family and her community helps her to be a changing agent by helping others to be involved in their community, programs and parks. By investing in one another and our surroundings we build a beautiful community.

Karen is married to her lovely husband Mark Miller and they have six beautiful children and two grandsons. Karen enjoys the outdoors and art.

Michelle grew up in the Yukon Territory. She moved to Bend in 1992 and started working for Bend Parks & Recreation District. After 24 years with Bend Parks & Recreation District retired in April 2017. Last fall she moved to La Pine. Michelle enjoys camping and fishing. She has 3 children.

Rod Kalmbach
Adult Programs Director

 Daren Vom Steeg
Adult Education Staff

Peggy Osborne
Kids Program Coordinator/Staff

Shannon Palmer
Event staff/Kid Program Administration

Rod was born and raised in La Grande, Oregon. He attended Eastern Oregon State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1973. He completed his Master’s Degree in Education and his Education Administration Certificate in 1987. He taught in Enterprise, Oregon, and La Grande, Oregon for 16 years. He was an elementary and middle school administrator from 1989 to 2006 at Arlington, Oregon, and Oakland, Oregon. He retired in 2006 and continued to substitute teach until February of 2020. Rod and his lovely wife, Brenda moved to La Pine in 2013 in order to be near their children and grandchildren. Rod has volunteered at LPRD for the past six years. He became a LPRD budget committee member in 2020, and a student tutor at LPRD from October 2020 through January 2021. In February this year he stepped into the position of Adult Education Director here at LPRD. He is excited to be in the position to start opening up more adult activities for the district.

Daren called central Oregon home since 1998. He recently retired after teaching at La Pine High for 21 years in a variety of subjects. He’s currently serving as a program coordinator with the extended education programs. Daren comes with a varied background in working with public service agencies, including parks and recreation departments. He holds a deep admiration for skilled craftsmanship in all forms. He is married with three grown children and currently one grandson.

Peggy is a semi-retired, grandmother of seven! She enjoys planning for our after school program sites and working with our grade school-aged children. Her husband and family are her priority.

She also likes to travel, hike, kayak,  ride her quad ,and have family get togethers. 

Keeping her busy these days are one Bloodhound pup and one Majestic Hound puppy!

Kelly Villarreal
Event Staff

Originally from Northern California, Kelly grew up in Colorado and Mexico, returning to California in her early 20’s. In college she majored in Hospitality Management and spent over 16 years in the hospitality industry as a hostess, food server, restaurant manager, pastry chef, as well as running her own catering and event planning business in San Diego, CA for 5 years.


Returning to school at the age of 35 she obtained her teaching credential in Home Economics Careers and her Master’s in Education. She spent 16 years in education, teaching high school students Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management before joining the Guidance Counseling team at her high school where she counseled students for 7 years.

Kelly retired in June of 2017 and relocated to La Pine. Having visited the area in 2013 and falling in love with it she decided to return. Because she has spent most of her life in larger cities she is enjoying the “small town” vibe and is looking forward to getting to know her new community as she takes on this new and challenging opportunity with LPRD.
She has 2 sons, 3 grandchildren and 1 goddaughter. Apart from planning and organizing events, cooking and working with teens, Kelly enjoys river rafting, hiking, camping, traveling and spending time with her goddaughter and grandchildren.

Chad Carpenter
IT & Music in the Pines Coordinator

Chad is a native Central Oregonian, having grown up in the small town of Prineville, OR. He has spent his career working in marketing and branding, organizational development and youth development, both in the private and nonprofit sectors. He is involved in the community as a member of the La Pine Business Vitality Action Team, the South Deschutes County Partnership for Adult Education, the Newberry Country Rural Tourism Studio and the Board of Directors of NeighborImpact.


Tony Gaidimas
Maintenance Consultant

Tony originally hails from from Canada where he worked in construction as a carpenter. Then, after earning his CDL, he drove for many years followed by 11 years working as a fusion tech. After moving to Oregon nearly 25 years ago, Tony began working as a Contractor. Most recently he worked for Bend Park and Recreation District for the last 14 years.


With such a varied background he is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to keeping our parks and facilities in proper working order.

Tony lives in La Pine and has 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

Teresita Toscano
Kids Program Staff

Tori Smoke-Atkins
Kid Program Staff

Trudie Floyd
Kid Program Staff

Panda Barnum
Kid Program Staff

Teresita enjoys working for LPRD for the past 9 years and getting to know the students of the community from within our three sites of the after school program.


She is a working mother of a family of six. She enjoys the outdoors, sewing, biking, swimming and cooking.  She also enjoys all the avenues that come with raising a family of three sons and a daughter.


Her support to the LPRD as a staff member to commit to the future of the La Pine community and the students growth, educational skills, and levels of understanding personalities within culture and discipline levels.”

Tori and her husband move to La Pine three years ago. She has four beautiful adult children. She is also raising her sixteen year old nephew and has her three cats.

She enjoys spending time with her family, camping and traveling. 

Trudie is a true Oregonian as she has lived in the state her entire life. She has been married for 43 years to her amazing husband, Tom. She is all about family as she has two sisters, a brother, five children and nine grandkids. She loves her two dogs Finn  a Lab/ Golden Retriever and Pearl a German Shepard.
Trudie grew up on a small farm where they
raised sheep, pigs, chickens, and ducks.
Some of her favorite things to do are being outdoors, whether it be out in mountains hiking, snowshoeing, nature walks or the ocean or river to swim, walks ont he beach or boating.
Trudie loves working with kids whether it be teaching Sunday school or working in the  schools or just hanging out with her grandkids. 

Panda has always loved Central Oregon and she is so happy to be here in the community of La Pine. She has lived here for over three years and plans to stay for many more.

She is a mother of two girls and one boy. She is also a grandmother to three grandsons. She enjoys the outdoors, gardening, interacting with people and loves to make a difference in where she lives. 

She loves to work with children and making them feel special.  She finds it very rewarding to help with LPRD events and programs as it helps strengthens and makes positive changes in the community.

Micah Kieffaber
Parks/Kid Program Staff

Bailey Finley
Kid Program Staff

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