Board of Directors

Trevor Miller

Trevor arrived to central Oregon in the fall of 2007. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, he grew up skiing in the Wasatch Range while being exposed to some of the finest avalanche forecasting personalities and organized efforts to promote snow safety and backcountry ethics. Trevor served as a member on The Brighton Resort (Brighton, Utah) pro patrol, he is AIARE Level 1 and 2 certified. Trevor had the idea of organizing Central Oregon backcountry users as a result of the increasing size of the Central Oregon backcountry community, lack of free community based awareness efforts, and minimal geographically relevant forecasting tools. His focus has been on establishing a proactive organization to support and organize the community to champion for increased avalanche education and forecasting in our region.

Jon Tapper
Vice President

Jon Tapper has been a front/side/backcountry enthusiast since 1994, and has lived in Central Oregon since 2003. Having also lived in Telluride, Big Sky, and SaltLake, Jon has been exposed to the ski/backcountry community for over 2 decades as well as various terrain and snowpacks. Jon partnered with Trevor to bolster the mountain safety culture within Central Oregon. AIARE Level 1 certified, Jon’s interests have carried him toward backcountry photography. Jon's day job is in Sales, Marketing, and Operations, providing a good background to apply towards business aspects of COAA.

Aaron Hartz

Aaron is an Oregon native and started skiing at a young age. After being introduced to backcountry skiing, he started climbing and skiing the Cascade Volcanoes to prolong the ski season. He is currently a guide at Oregon Ski Guides and Timberline Mountain Guides. Aaron is AAI Level 3 trained and a professional member of the American Avalanche Association. He is passionate about skiing and snow safety, and excited to be involved with COAA.

Adam Stroup

An Oregon native, Adam moved to Central Oregon in 1998. Although an avid mountain biker, hiker and mushroom hunter during the snow-free months, he’s more at home on his snowmobile or quiver of skis. His passion for snow science and snow safety led him to his AAA Level 1 certification (Planning an AIARE Level 2 in 2015) and his involvement with COAA. Adam lives in Bend with his wife and two snow-pups and works for a local pharmaceutical research company.

Kevin Grove

Kevin is an Engineering Professor at Central Oregon Community College and has been an avid backcountry skier and climber for the past 15 years. He grew up in Montana, attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman, and has called Bend home for the past 12 years. He is passionate about snow science and loves to share this passion with COCC students and with the Central Oregon outdoor community. Kevin is AAI Level 3 trained.

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson is originally from New England, where his earliest exposure to snow included countless days shoveling his family’s driveway and begging his father for a snow blower. Tim moved to Bend in 2002 and quickly discovered the bliss of backcountry snow riding. Tim completed a Master of Arts in Adventure Education from Prescott College and currently serves as coordinator of the Outdoor Leadership Program at Central Oregon Community College. In 2007, Tim completed the American Avalanche Association’s Professional Avalanche Worker School (now called AvPro). He has been teaching avalanche courses for COCC since 2006. Tim’s passion is education and facilitating the learning of others. Currently his time riding snow is divided between the backcountry and the resort, where he skis with his wife and young sons.