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.

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.


Lindsey Bivens – Outreach Coordinator –

Bend-Spay-Neuter-Project-Oregon-Affordable-Pet-Care-Lindsey-BivensLindsey enjoys helping the community she was born and raised in & knew when she was little she was destined to work with animals, it just took a few hoops to get there. Once she started volunteering at BrightSide Animal Center with the kitties she was hooked. She soon became a Kennel Technician then quickly moved to the Executive Administrative Assistant for the Director. Lindsey has also worked at Humane Society of Central Oregon, as an Animal Care Technician, &currently volunteers with various animal rescues. She loves fostering & placing senior animals in new homes, especially the spoiling them rotten part. Lindsey started as a volunteer with Bend Spay and Neuter Project and was excited for the great new opportunity to help the community by becoming part of the staff.

She is claimed by her 4 dogs, 4 cats, 2 rabbits, 1 parakeet and her husband Max. Lindsey is an obsessive knitter, lover of British mysteries (Ms. Marple and Sherlock Holmes), taking her dogs on walks through the neighborhood, baking cookies, trying to figure out what her cats are thinking, and whale watching at the Oregon beach.


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!