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)

Jason Burge

Curling Chair

Blaise Cacciola

Member At Large

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 treasurer 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 Gils Club, and of course kids skating programs. Julia can be found skating on BIFSC club ice time and during the week on daytime public sessions. She lives in south Bend with her husband and son.

Amanda Paige

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 Korman – At Large

Rusty Merritt


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.

Carey Plunkett


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