Meet Our Bend 4

Women Create Community


School Counselor

Megan Pettibone

What do you wish for the future?

“For myself, for our town, to continue to seek opportunities for growth and for greater understanding and for coming together and feeling invested in something bigger than myself. And right now, it exists in this capacity of being able to contribute to the education of these wonderful children and showing them how important our community is and what we can do (for) the greater community. The spirit of contributing to beauty greater than ourselves is what I’d like to see for myself and for everybody.”


Mom/Massage Therapist

Libby Nierman

What do you like about Bend?

“I try to raise two conscious, thoughtful, little people in the world that are cognizant of their choices and how they impact others. (In) the work that I do in the world—I do massage therapy—I found myself enjoying it the most because I think that if each person felt a little bit better in their body and more comfortable, how much kinder they are to themselves and then, in turn, to the rest of the people they encounter.”



Maribel Ramirez

What do you wish for the future?

“This is cliché, but it’s true—I wish for peace and I wish for higher consciousness. And I wish for evolution, growth, and awareness. And I wish that we continue to evolve as a species but come back to our roots as indigenous people because we all are indigenous people from somewhere, right? I would love for us all to live closer to the earth in a more sustainable way so that we can succeed as a species. That’s pretty much it!”


Seed Farmer

Spring Olson

How do you contribute to the community?

“I started the Central Oregon Seed Exchange, so I have a lot of networks with farmers. I saw there was a seed shortage in Deschutes County. I have access to free seed—I started asking local farmers to donate their locally grown, cold-climate, organic seed. I’ll give it away for free to enforce that old style of living where you grow your own food, you get the kids involved, you get them outside and engaged with their community and family again.”  



Sasha Lawless

Who are you?

“I’m really good at networking. I know a lot of people. I can get along with a lot of different people. Something that I’ve seen in Bend is that you have a ton of amazing groups, like over 400 nonprofits, but not everyone’s on the same page. Something that I like to do is find out who I can connect and network ’em and that’s just a big part of who I am. That’s also part of what kind of legacy I want to leave for my children—helping develop the community and make an impact that’s positive.”



Donna Noyes

“I’ve visited 87 countries. And I’m going to Sri Lanka. I thought if I took one trip a year that would satisfy me. But I got up to three big trips a year. I always have a good time, but it’s always because of the people I met. You can ask me a country and I can tell you story.”


To meet more women of Bend, see the new book by Joshua Langlais “A Community Thread,” published January 2018.