About Bend ICE
 
Since 2010

Supporting the Growth

and Culture of Ice Sports

Our Mission

Bend Ice is an Oregon non-profit corporation established in 2010 whose mission is to create, foster and promote a culture of ice sports in Central Oregon. Bend Ice is managed under a seven-person Board of Directors, comprised of four at-large directors and three directors which also serve as local Steering Committee Chairs for their respective sport’s national governing bodies (USA Hockey, US Figure Skating and USA Curling).

The Board of Directors

Scott Wallace

President (Hockey Chair)

Scott Wallace moved to Bend in 1969 and grew up playing hockey at the Juniper Park rink and The Inn of the 7th Mountain Resort rink, where his father, Wally Wallace, coached youth and adult hockey programs for over 35 years. After graduating from Bend High, he earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Geology from Southern Utah and Western Washington University, respectively, and is currently the President of The Wallace Group, Inc., an applied earth and environmental science engineering practice, which Scott founded in Bend in 1997.

From 2007-2015, Scott was elected by Bend voters to two terms on the Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) Board of Directors. As Board Chair in 2012, Scott was instrumental in promoting and passage of Bond Measure 9-86, which funded construction of BPRD’s Pavilion Ice facility, Bend Whitewater Park, and many other park and trail projects. He continues to work closely with BPRD staff to coordinate youth and adult hockey programs and ice events at the Pavilion. He was appointed to the Bend Ice Board for the 2015-16 season and has also served as the USA Hockey Committee Chair since 2015. He currently represents Bend Ice on the Oregon State Hockey Association (OSHA) Board.

Scott enjoys playing adult league hockey and is also a USA Hockey Official, and can be found at the Pavilion rink several nights/week throughout the hockey season. He and his wife Karen have two children (Spencer 19 and Rachel 15) and enjoy camping, hiking, biking, traveling, and fishing during the non-ice season.

Beth Brinston

Vice President (Figure Skating Chair)

Beth Brinston grew up in Toronto Canada and started fell in love with the sport of hockey at 6 years old and played ice, floor, street and table hockey throughout her life.  It wasn’t until her daughter discovered figure skating at the age of 2 that Beth started to become involved in the world of figure skating.  Upon moving to Bend in 2016 her daughter joined the Bend Ice Figure Skating Club at the age of 7 years old.  Beth volunteered her time to help the new club in anyway she could and in 2017 she was asked by the current committee chair if she would be interested joining figure skating committee for the 2017 -2018 season and at that time she took on the role of Committee Chair for the club.

Over that past few years Beth has enjoyed watching the club and its’ members grow.  She has become passionate about the sport of figure skating and has become a leader in the Bend Figure Skating community.  She assists the Bend Parks and Recreation staff in developing advanced figure skating programs and has been instrumental in building a strong partnership between BPRD and the figure skating club.

Beth continues to be involved in the sport of hockey playing adult hockey in the BPRD league.  Professionally she is a Disaster Recovery specialist with clients all over the globe and also owns an award winning pet photography business, B Brinston Photography. She is also the proud mother of 9 year old twins, Madison who is very involved with figure skating, and Alex who has recently discovered a love for karate.

Jason Burge

Curling Chair
 

Blaise Cacciola

Member At Large

Blaise grew up in New Hampshire where he played hockey from an early age through high school.  He attended the University of New Hampshire and continued to participate in recreational club hockey.  Moving to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon, Blaise played with the Eugene Blues adult hockey club participating in the NorthWest Adult Amateur Hockey League and played on the first U of O Ducks club hockey team while attending architecture school.

Relocating to Bend in 1999 to raise a family, Blaise has been involved with learn to skate and learn to play hockey programs in Sunriver before joining Bend Ice as an inaugural member in 2010.  Blaise has participated in developing a culture of ice sports in Central Oregon throughout the years with a primary focus of establishing an ice facility in Bend.  A board member during the Bond Measure campaign, Blaise worked with other board members in supporting the Bend Park and Recreation Department’s efforts to pass this key funding mechanism that allowed the eventual construction of the Pavilion facility.

Julia Kelleher

Member At Large

A Bend resident for 10 years, Julia is a passionate figure skater who competed on the National circuit winning the 2007 national championship in Adult Ice Dancing.

She coaches for the Bend Ice Figure Skating Club, and encourages both parents and kids to get out on the ice. Julia was elected finance manager for the Bend Ice Figure Skating Club board in 2018, and focuses her efforts on marketing and fundraising for figure skating in Central Oregon.

Professionally, Julia is a portrait photographer and owns Jewel Images Portrait Design  located in the Box Factory. Her studio specializes in newborn, maternity and children and family photography. She is the only newborn photographer in the world endorsed by Nikon, Inc. representing them as a Nikon Ambassador. The creative powerhouse behind Jewel Images, her images have won numerous international awards, and her work is featured in displays across Central Oregon including the entire wing of the St. Charles Birthing Center.

Julia is a champion for children’s causes from the St Charles NICU, to the Boys and Girls Club, and of course kids skating programs. Julia can be found skating on BIFSC club ice time, teaching Ice Dance classes through Bend Parks and Rec, and during the week on daytime public sessions. She lives in south Bend with her husband and son.

Amanda Page

Member At Large

Amanda is an Oregon Native who moved to Washington and fell in love with hockey. She has an 11-year-old daughter, Pearl, who plays on the Bend Rapids team. Amanda grew up playing the occasional pond hockey game. Unfortunately, hockey wasn’t a sport in Chiloquin where she grew up, but Amanda was active in multiple other team sports. She’s looking forward to playing adult league hockey next year after learning to play this year.  She works as a flight paramedic for Life Flight and teaches critical care medicine online.

Erik Korman

Member At Large

Erik started playing hockey on the “pond” in the Northland growing up in the Minneapolis metro area. His parents were skiers, so he learned to skinny ski and downhill and they spent most of our time in the small “mountains” of the Midwest. Some of his best childhood winters started with the lakes freezing over solid with an absence of snow and he put on the skates to start the winter season. Everyday after school there was a pond hockey game long before the local parks would flood the outdoor rinks. The sound of the puck skittering on the frozen lake is etched in his head to this day. How fast could one skate across the lake to chase a misplaced pass? Who knows? Once the snow came the games continued, but not without extensive shoveling and depending on the ice conditions it might be boot hockey instead of skates and they’d concentrate on the stick handling and checking friends into the snowbanks they had made to make a playable surface. Great times!


He finished college at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Sports Business Management which allowed him plenty of ice time on the local outdoor rink on the shore of Lake Bemidji.  Erik moved to Bend shortly after graduation and hung up the skates for many years to enjoy being a skier. He has worked in the ski industry since moving to Bend 25 years ago.

When his sons Anders and Isaac were 7 years old we participated in a learn to play hockey program at 7th Mtn. rink. A “grassroots” program of young kids evolved, some of which still play and are the nucleus of the Bend Rapids hockey program.

In the winter his family is either on the mountain or at the Pavillon rink. He has put the skates back on and is a USA Hockey official and Adult league player.

Rusty Merritt

Treasurer

Born and raised on the East Coast, Rusty first stepped onto the ice at age four and would continue to play club hockey through high school.  In summer months, Rusty attended hockey camps across New England and was eventually hired to work as a camp skills instructor for Dave and Don Maloney, who then, both played for the New York Rangers.  In 1993, Rusty graduated from the University of Maine before moving to Bend in 1995 where he would continue to play and coach roller hockey with the Bend Bullets and play ice with the Bend Steelheads.

Professionally, Rusty owned and operated a mapping technology company for 18 years and brings experience in business strategy, management, marketing, operations and finance.  He served as Treasurer at Trinity Bend Episcopal Church for three years and has been Treasurer of Bend Ice since 2014. Having been involved with Bend Ice since its initial formation, Rusty considers himself fortunate to be a part of the ice community and able to experience firsthand the positive impacts that our people, programs, and organization have on children, families, and communities.

Rusty enjoys implementing systems, team collaboration, connecting people with each other, and building long-standing, trusted relationships. He resides in Bend with his wife Jeanne, a geriatric care social worker, and his 5-year old daughter Maggie.

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