About Us

Bagby Conservation Collective, a little about us.

We are a local grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization, officially incorporated in Oregon. We are a group of dedicated non-profit professionals, and life-long Bagby enthusiasts and activists. We seek to embody a diverse set of perspectives, and a multidisciplinary approach to stewardship of the greater Bagby area. Among our ranks are members from all past organizations which have had a hand in the stewardship of the springs. The experience and knowledge of the Bagby family, including former board members of the Friends of Bagby, Northwest Forest Conservancy, and Trailkeepers of Oregon, are all represented.

Our mission is to protect and preserve the ecological, historical, and cultural significance of the Greater Bagby Hot Springs Area while ensuring safe and sustainable access for all. In support of this mission, we seek to foster an enduring community of people who are motivated by this mission and enabled to make meaningful contributions.

Bagby Conservation Collective was formed by people who have been volunteering at the Springs and in the Clackamas River Ranger District for decades. It is our purpose to care for all areas of the site from a local and non-profit standpoint.

Our goals are to restore the bathhouses, create an interpretive center, and repair the cabin and other historic buildings. We intend to provide safety for visitors via a constant presence, and educate the public about the history and significance of Bagby Hot Springs as well as the wilderness that surrounds it.

Our mission extends to the greater Clackamas River and Mt Hood areas, where we will serve as a volunteer coordinators for cleanup and maintenance efforts throughout the district.

“The current conditions of Bagby Hot Springs and the structures built at that site is truly heartbreaking. The work that Bagby Conservation Collective proposes for this site are badly needed…to help restore Bagby to the place I remember as a teenager so many years ago.”

David C. Snider
Economic Development Manager
City of Sandy

Our Board of Directors

Deidre Brown Board Chair, Treasurer, Secretary

Deidre is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and has been an Oregon resident and volunteer at the springs for over 20 years with both the Friends of Bagby Hot Springs and the Northwest Forest Conservancy. She is a veteran, holds a degree in Computer Programming, is a certified Project Manager, certified Database Administrator, and a certified Business Intelligence Expert.

Deidre is now retired from having built her own software development firm, where she led, managed, and/or contributed to large scale projects for Fortune 500 companies across the globe, most of which were valued at over 250 million dollars. Deidre’s specialty is data and project management.

She has 11 years of experience in the Non-Profit arena. Deidre has served on multiple Board of Directors and has held positions ranging from President, CEO, Marketing, Communications, and Technology, to Treasurer and Secretary. She has run not only non-profit corporation but for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and LLCs as well.

It is her mission to protect and preserve our beautiful natural
resources, such as Bagby Hot Springs, so that all citizens of current
and future generations may access and enjoy these treasures. It is
also her mission to lead this non-profit to be the best volunteer
partner it can be to the public, the land, and organizations both
public and private; providing much needed connection and community
building between all the entities which benefit from or contribute to
the Greater Bagby Hot Springs area. Deidre is dedicated to making
Bagby Hot Springs, and all of nature, a safe and welcoming space for

Ron Northway
Development Director, Board Member at Large

Ron is grant writer and consultant to nonprofit organizations. For
more than a decade before entering the non-profit field he worked as
an engineering technician in the Silicon Forest. He has served in
volunteer or staff development and leadership roles at a number of
organizations: Trailkeepers of Oregon, Clean Forest Project, Chitari
Foundation, Northwest Forest Conservancy, Columbia Cascades Trail
Skills College, Cascade Volunteers, Scorpions Trail Crew, Gilroy Hot
Springs Conservancy and Friends of the Hot Springs. To date Ron
has raised nearly two million dollars for his non-profit clients,
primarily for projects on public lands. In the past Ron contributed to efforts to preserve the Historic Bagby Guard Station and maintain the scenic trails of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness. For recreation he travels the back roads of our National Forests, hikes, soaks in primitive hot springs, and visits the spectacular Oregon Coast.

Kristopher Brown

An outdoor lover and Oregonian for all of his life, Kristopher spent his childhood in Bend, Oregon where he was drawn to leadership and service from a young age. At the age of 14 he attended his first leadership training course, and took a seat as the youth representative on the Oregon Lutheran Youth board of directors. There he began a more in depth course of study in leadership, participating in and later designing and teaching leadership training courses. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Philosophy from Oregon State University, where he served as president of the philosophy club. He served on the Hour Trader board of directors, an alternative currency project located in Corvallis before moving to pursue his Massage Therapy education in Portland where he runs his own massage business. As a descendant of the Bagby family, the hot springs have always held special significance. It is his life’s work to protect this sacred space, and to ensure that its beauty and magic are preserved for generations to come.

Supporters and Key Volunteers

This list represents individuals who have signed on to be of service when the time comes, or have expressed support for our mission. Our sincere thanks to each of you!

Matt Lorenzen
Economic Development Manager
City of Estacada

David C. Snider
Economic Development Manager, City of Sandy

Charlotte Helmer
Project Manager & Architectural Historian, HistoriCorps
Charlotte brings a passion for collaborative preservation work and particularly enjoys working on rustic sites in backcountry and wilderness settings. To that end, she studied architecture, museums, and outdoor leadership as an undergraduate at Smith College and studied historic preservation as a graduate at the University of Oregon. She previously worked for the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, Olympic National Park’s backcountry carpentry program, and HistoriCorps’ field staff. As a Crew Leader and then Project Supervisor, Charlotte co-led numerous HistoriCorps projects in OR, CA, NV, WY, CO, MO, and NY. Today, Charlotte manages projects and also conducts research for project partners.

Molly Harpel
Leave No Trace, Volunteer Coordination
Molly is currently a Board Member at Precipitation Northwest, a Portland-based nonprofit that works to foster participatory art, civic engagement, and leadership development events in Oregon. Additionally, she serves as the Portland Chapter lead for Burners Without Borders, a volunteer-driven community leadership organization that supports volunteers from around the world in innovative disaster relief solutions and community resiliency projects. In prior roles, she has served as a Senior Field Manager for grassroots environmental nonprofits, with an emphasis on waste management policy organizing.

Tyler Jackson
Safety and Risk Management
Originally from Boulder, Colorado. Tyler came to Oregon to attend school at Lewis and Clark College, where he earned a degree in Mathematics and Economics. An eternal hot springs enthusiast, he has worked in the outdoor industry in guiding, retail, and
management and as a volunteer for numerous work crews in Colorado, Montana, and Oregon. He spent time working at Breitenbush Hot Springs where he helped with the maintenance of the site including it’s geothermal systems. He has assisted a friend in the business related to their family-run foundation which makes grants, loans, and other PRI’s.

Aaron Donne, MBA
Adviser to BCC Board of Directors
Management consultant
Leadership coach
Aaron was born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Management from the US Air Force Academy and his MBA in Sustainable Systems from Presidio Graduate School. As a management consultant and leadership coach he loves to explore how organizations and individuals can align their work with a deeper sense of purpose.

Abigail Bradley

Mike Westgard
Construction and Materials Adviser
Mike is a timber framer by trade who has raised over 100 timber frames around the nation. He is a humble carpenter who enjoys sharing craft and studying the lost arts of craftspeople. He has been a volunteer with the Timber Framers Guild since 2013. In that time he has presented at an annual conference and participated in the community building Committee and has worked for three community projects. I also completed a timber grading course prepared by the Timber Framing Engineering Council, where he earned a certification in timber grading.

Julie Cabrera
Volunteer and Facilities
Julie has been working for CLM since May of 2019. She started as a camp host and went on to take care of Bagby throughout the entirety of winter. She hiked up there at least 3 times a week cleaning, watching over, fixing, and reminding everyone she came in contact with to be respectful. She was in line to be the site manager of the hot springs/campground until plans were changed after Covid. She is now the lead of the Ripplebrook store and continues to urge people to tread lightly everywhere in our
sacred forest.

Dan Stephens
Construction Advisor
Former Friends of Bagby President, supervised reconstruction of bathhouses & tubs.

Kristian Burch
Technology and communications

Ryan Dieringer
Volunteer coordination supervisor
An avid outdoorsman, Ryan was born and raised in Oregon. An Eagle Scout since 2009, Ryan has coordinated several Eagle projects and led as Senior Patrol Leader for 3 terms. Bagby holds a special place in his heart as he has been going since infancy.

Marcus Mueller
Volunteer Coordination

Nathan Dahlin
Volunteer Coordination
Nathan Dahlin has a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from Portland State University, with 20 years of experience volunteering for political organizations and community nonprofits and 5 years of experience recreating & reliving history through local reenactments. An Oregonian since childhood, he is passionate about state history and has spent the last couple of years researching hot springs in the western states, visiting seven thus far.

Richard Hays
Construction and restoration experience at Bagby
Friends of Bagby and Forest Service volunteer

Joni Olsen
Graphic Designer

Barry Stuart Keller
Co-founder, Mt. Hood Wilderness Stewards
Training & Safety Coordinator

Dr. Chantelle Baldwin, DO, ND
CEO at Engage Health Clinic – Eugene, Oregon