Meet the Team

Photos courtesy of Jessi Princiotto of The Trixie Agency -

Megan Gram, Executive Director -

Megan-Gram-Bend-Spay-Neuter-Project-Oregon-Affordable-Care-Cat-DogMegan has always had a passion for animals and has been working with Bend Spay and Neuter Project in various positions since she started volunteering 8 years ago.  Megan holds a B.A. in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management from Indiana University.  After moving to Austin, TX 3 years ago and working at Emancipet as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Megan returned home to Bend where she accepted her dream job as Executive Director of Bend Spay and Neuter Project. She shares her home with her two rescued Pit Bull mixes, and 3-10 rescue/foster cats, depending on the day!

Dr. Katie Bahr, DVM, Medical Director –

Bend-Spay-Neuter-Project-Oregon-Dr-Katie-BahrDr. Bahr grew up in Rochester, MN and attended South Dakota State University for her undergraduate education.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in April 2011.  She then completed a one year small animal rotating internship at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Bahr then completed seven months of a surgical residency in Ohio before moving to Oregon in 2013 where she joined general practice for one year and worked closely with the local shelter.  Because of her desire to end pet overpopulation she has joined Bend Spay & Neuter Project as Medical Director.  Since starting at BSNP, Dr. Bahr has received additional training in both non-surgical sterilization and high volume, high quality spay/neuter at both Emancipet in Austin, TX and Humane Alliance in Asheville, NC. She shares her home with three rescued dogs and her one eared cat Muffin.

Trish Burson – Executive Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Bend-Spay-Neuter-Project-Oregon-Affordable-Care-Trish-BursonWhen Trish was offered the position of Executive Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator, she jumped at the chance to leave her previous career to contribute to the great work being done at BSNP. Trish enjoys paddleboarding, riding her scooter and anything warm weather related! She’s lucky enough to share her home with her wonderful husband Jerry, 2 dogs and 2 cats.


Jessica Sholes – Certified Veterinary Technician –

Bend-Spay-Neuter-Project-Oregon-Affordable-Care-Jessica-SholesJessica was born and raised in Bend, Oregon and is the 4th generation in her family to graduate from Bend Senior High School. She began volunteering at BSNP in the spring of 2013 while attending the COCC Veterinary Technician Program. Jessica graduated from the program in the spring of 2014. She has always felt a connection to animals and has had various pets while growing up. She currently lives in Tumalo with her boyfriend, her dog, two cats, and two box turtles. She enjoys crocheting, being crafty, and spending time with her friends and family.


Teagan Howell – Recovery Assistant

Bend-Spay-Neuter-Project-Oregon-Affordable-Care-Teagan-HowellTeagan was born and raised in Bend, Oregon. She graduated from Redmond High School in 2009 and took part in a veterinary assistance program in 2011-2012. Shortly after she began volunteer work at Bend Spay-Neuter, before taking a Recovery Assistant position in the summer of 2014.


Rhonda Ahern – Front Desk Specialist –

Bend-Spay-Neuter-Project-Oregon-Affordable-Care-Rhonda-AhernRhonda grew up surrounded by the mountains of Montana and moved to Bend 6 years ago with her husband and 2 daughters where she continues to enjoy and discover all of the mountains and trails that abound in beautiful Central Oregon. She has always had a passion for helping the community and as the newest addition to BSNP is proud to be a part of helping control the dog and cat population of Central Oregon.

Nathan Schierbeek - Technician Assistant

Nathan is originally from Grand Rapids, MI, where he spent the first 25 years of his life.  After taking a three month road trip across the country, Nathan knew he wanted to call Bend home. For over a year, Nathan worked in Bend as a caregiver for people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Nathan had always had an interest in animal welfare, and when he got the opportunity to volunteer at the Animal Farm Sanctuary in CA, he took it! Bend called him back home a year and a half later, and the position as technician assistant at Bend Spay+Neuter Project was a perfect fit to allow Nathan to continue to help animals in a meaningful way. When Nathan is not busy helping animals, you can find him hiking and camping with his best buddy Arlo, composing and playing music, reading way too many books, and of course indulging in all of the delicious craft brews Bend has to offer!


Jenn Haney - Outreach Coordinator

Jenn is a Seattle, WA native who transplanted to Bend in November 2014.  She has worked as everything from a nanny, administrative assistant, the photo-picker and receptionist extraordinaire at Jones Soda Co., and found a great match for her outgoing personality in hospitality and tourism working for Visit Seattle from 2006 to 2014. Working with the public and helping people have excellent experiences is her life’s passion. Jenn began volunteering for NW AIDS Foundation at the age of 17 and found her calling to community service.  She has been doing safer sex outreach and education for humans for 25 years with NW AIDS, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Chicken Soup Brigade, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and she is over the moon to bring her experience to Bend Spay & Neuter to do safer sex outreach and education for Central Oregon pets. When she’s not coordinating our incredibly awesome volunteers or working on projects to reach our community, she likes to hang out with her super cute artist hubby, Mike, and their three rascal dogs Otto, Bowser, and Zinnia, exploring beautiful Central Oregon, and the world. She is also a singer, a theater geek, and has been known to break into spontaneous dance parties with extra jazz hands.

Thanks for meeting the team! We’re passionate about what we do and we’re always here to help. So make an appointment and stop by Bend Spay & Neuter Project for your Bend spay & neuter services!