Sarah Bradham, Acting Executive Director
Sarah Bradham joined our staff in February of 2013. Sarah brings twenty two years of experience in the nonprofit world to her work at the Mazamas, including extensive experience in nonprofit management, corporate relations, event management, database management, graphic design, communications, and marketing. Prior to the Mazamas, Sarah spent 14 years at Saturday Academy, 3 years at SageWalk: The Outdoor School, and a year at School-to-Work Alliance in Bend.
Sarah’s history with the Mazamas spans 19 years, beginning when she took the Basic Climbing Education Program (BCEP) in 2002 and fell in love with all the Mazamas had to offer. She jumped directly into committee work by joining the First Aid Committee in the fall of 2002, chairing the committee in 2004/2005, becoming a climb leader in 2007, being hired as the assistant Bulletin Editor in 2005, joining the Climb Committee in 2007, acting as assistant BCEP coordinator in 2008 and the BCEP Coordinator in 2009, and chairing the Education Committee from 2009–2011. Sarah was jointly awarded the Parker Cup in 2009 for her efforts to standardize the BCEP curriculum.
During her downtime, Sarah enjoys trail running, backpacking, and climbing. She most recently served on the board of Girls on the Run of Portland Metro from 2015–2019 and was the Board President from 2018–2019, leading the organization through an Executive Director transition. She also teaches Wilderness First Aid courses with Base Medical, and volunteers at the Oregon Humane Society.
Mathew Brock, Library & Historical Collections Manager
Mathew Brock joined our staff in February of 2015. Mathew holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington and a Bachelors of Social Science from the University of Alaska Southeast. Mathew is overseeing a reinvigoration of the Library and Historical Collection with an eye towards building awareness, improving library usage, and storytelling. Mathew also manages a group of volunteers, produces articles for the Bulletin, and social media posts for both the Mazamas Facebook and Instagram pages. Currently, Mathew is the Oregon representative for the Northwest Archivists, a regional association of professional archivists.
Mathew first climbed South Sister as a teenager. Later, while living in Alaska, he developed a love of hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing. More recently he completed BCEP in the Spring of 2016 and is getting back into rock climbing. Besides being outdoors, Mathew enjoys traveling, cooking, and building things.
Kiki Sherard, Mazama Lodge Manager
Kiki Sherard has a diverse background in Culinary Arts, Product Development, and Natural Foods. Originating from the Midwest, Kiki has lived in Oregon off and on for 17 years. She’s an avid volunteer and has a serious obsession with making pies.
Kiki comes to the Mazamas with a wealth of experience that will be put to great use at our mountain lodge. She was a founder of Emergency Communities and organized kitchen volunteers to feed 1,500–2,000 people three meals a day, including procuring food, managing the kitchen budget, meal planning, and working with the local communities to host cultural celebrations. Kiki was the Lodge Manager and Event Chef at Abram’s Creek Lodge and Cabins, where she managed the reservations, maintained the lodge space, and organized/planned/prepared the large group meals. Kiki is knowledgeable and adept about dietary restrictions and meal preparation around those restrictions.
Some of Kiki’s favorite pastimes are spinning wool, weaving, knitting, fishing, and crabbing. She also can be found rambling through the woods foraging for wild foods and medicines. In the future she plans to steward farmland with a flock of sheep and other fiber animals.
Claire Nelson, Education & Culture Manager
Claire holds a Masters Degree from Portland State University in Leadership for Sustainability Education, and a BS in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. She has focused her studies and work on incorporating social justice curriculum and equitable practices into environmental education.
Claire manages the Mazama Mountain Science School, Adventure WILD! Day Camp, Youth Outreach programming, and is spearheading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at the Mazamas. Prior to the Mazamas, she worked as the West Coast Program Manager for Big City Mountaineers, Program Manager for Explore Austin, and as a certified climbing guide with KAF Adventures, Outward Bound, and Outpost Wilderness Adventures and holds an SPI certification from our friends at the American Mountain Guides Association.
Laura Burger, Development Coordinator
Laura Burger joined the Mazamas staff in April of 2015. Her responsibilities include grant writing, donor management, and customer service. Prior to joining Mazamas Laura worked in event and conference planning at University of Oregon and OHSU, special events and cellar work at Yamhill Valley Vineyards, and administration at West Coast Coffee Roasting Company.
When she’s not working Laura enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, yoga, reading, and running with her dog Molly.
Kelsey Shaw, Member Services Administrator
Kelsey Shaw joined the Mazamas team in October of 2017. Kelsey oversees membership services with a focus on building and maintaining positive relationships with guests, members, and volunteers. Kelsey also contributes to the management of the member database, class and program registration, and provides administrative support for committees and other groups using the MMC. Kelsey is excited to be a friendly and competent resource for all that frequent the MMC. In her spare time Kelsey enjoys yoga, hiking, camping, traveling, and playing Futsal.
Zane Davidson, Mazama Wild Coordinator
Zane joined our team in spring of 2021 to co-lead our Mazama Wild summer camps and programming. Coming from a background in education and non-profit operations, he has a Masters in biological anthropology and a history of teaching in all sorts of settings both indoors and outside.
With a professional background as an archaeologist, National Park ranger, environmental educator, college faculty, and non-profit program manager, his background is an ecological food web of its own. Outside of work Zane is an avid backpacker, cyclist, and traveler, usually with his human partner and dog-daughter Lily.
Monika Lockett, Mazama Wild Coordinator
Monika joined the Mazama team in 2021 and is one of our Mazama Wild Coordinators. Monika has spent the last 11 years working as an educator and leader at outdoor schools, parks and recreation programs, and museums. She was most recently the Education Manager at San Diego Children's Discovery Museum. Her background is in Anthropology, Recreation and Tourism Management, and Museum Studies.
Depending on the season, Monika enjoys hiking and exploring the PNW, rock climbing, camping, playing basketball and volleyball, paddle boarding, surfing, skiing, and snowshoeing in her free time.
Maggie, Chief Morale Officer and High Commissioner for Tail Wagging
Maggie can often be found greeting visitors to the Mazama Library or wandering the MMC in search of pets, ear scratches, belly rubs. When not fulfilling her official duties, Maggie enjoys hiking, running on the beach, napping in the sun, and chasing squirrels out of the garden.
Quigley, Minister of Culture
Quigley likes to nap, get lots of belly rubs, and go on super muddy hikes. You can usually find him quietly napping in Sarah's office. He plans to climb South Sister this summer so he can become a Mazama!