Donna Burklo enjoys the strange and wonderful mix of writing for Bend Lifestyle, being a realtor, and working as the Development Director for local non-profit Family Kitchen. While raised in Soquel, California, Bend has been her home since 2004. She calls herself a mom to one son and two dogs, a corporate life ex-pat, a small business ownership survivor, and a chronic over-scheduler. Donna is hopelessly optimistic about most things—except her ability to punctuate correctly.
Sarah Wolcott is a well-traveled wine professional and outdoor enthusiast. She has sought out interesting wines and wine-producing regions around the globe, as well as ski turns in the United States and abroad. She always appreciates a good story and is happy to call Bend home with her fly-fishing guide husband, Michael. Sarah has her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from Whitman College and her Wine MBA from Kedge Business School, Bordeaux.
Gary Calicott is one of Central Oregon’s most versatile photographers. His unique and thoughtful perspective carries through his work and touches a diverse range of subject matter. From breath-taking landscapes to local live music, Gary captures both the big picture and the fine details that bring single moments to life. A native of Oregon, Gary was born in Eugene and has lived and worked in Portland. His passion for the outdoors brought him to Bend in 1999. He is an avid fly fisherman, mountain biker and backpacker.
Barbara Dudley is a California native who loves experiencing life through special “moments in time.” She enjoys photographing playful dogs, regal horses, misbehaving children, mothers and fathers, friends and lovers. Barbara loves to capture just about anything that sparks that special moment to last a lifetime. She lives outside of Bend with her lovely family and animals.
Steve J. Giardini
Retired from public service, Steve Giardini now claims to be a professional landscape, travel, and lifestyle photographer extraordinaire. Armed with little more than a camera, wishful thinking and stack of business cards, Steve launched his second career in 2013. Truth be told the business was actually just an excuse to hike state and national parks, kayak mountain lakes and backcountry ski and snowshoe national forests. As luck would have it, local folks admired his photographs and started buying his prints. Steve thought this was pretty amazing given the abundance of very talented local artists (aka competition). Feeling appreciated, Steve thought maybe he was on to something. Now everyday is filled with dreams of opportunity.