Thanks to a grant from the Robert W. Chandler Discretionary Subfund of The Oregon Community Foundation, Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) now has a paid staff member to support the work of the organization: Karen Isberg.

Isberg was born and raised in Colorado and moved to Maui, Hawaii, where she and her husband, Greg, raised their family. On Maui, Karen taught school for 14 years, helped manage their woodworking business and spent 30 years serving on equestrian and educational nonprofit boards.

A little over four years ago Karen and Greg decided to relocate back to the mainland and Greg suggested the community of Sisters. As avid lovers of the outdoors this area is a perfect fit for them.

Isberg’s experience in nonprofit work has given her a solid foundation in fundraising, volunteer management and event planning and execution.

“We are thrilled to have Karen in the role of program manager for STA,” said Board Chair Catherine Hayden. “Karen will be the primary connection to our members and donors and will ensure our community is informed about STA’s events, accomplishments and activities.”

Isberg said, “Sisters Trails Alliance provides me with a wonderful opportunity to be involved with deepening the connections between community members and the incredible outdoor experiences that are available to them. I am a strong proponent of continuing the education, management and conservation of the multi-use trail system that is part of Central Oregon. Thank you for welcoming me aboard.”

STA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect people and communities to each other and their natural surroundings. With the support of over 100 members and volunteers, STA maintains the Peterson Ridge Trail system, produces a free trail map, hosts an annual speaker series and supports trail-related advocacy, activities, and events. For more information visit