Deschutes Administrative Team

Mary Catherine Mareno Administrative Assistant

Mary Catherine originally hails from Austin,...

Olivia Akana Administrative Director

Olivia came to Deschutes Wilderness Therapy...

Tamara Mathiesen Administrative Assistant

Tamara Moved to Bend in 1995....

Mary Catherine Mareno

Position: Administrative Assistant

Mary Catherine originally hails from Austin, Texas, and is enchanted by central Oregon’s beauty and unique ecology. With a master’s degree in conservation biology, she is passionate about nature’s power to affect positive change in our lives. This passion drew her to the work of Deschutes Wilderness Therapy. She believes connecting people to the earth promotes a sense of well-being and can also inspire environmental stewardship and leadership in changing our choices for a more sustainable future. Mary Catherine spent many years working with retired laboratory and former entertainment chimpanzees to provide cognitive enrichment and tend to their psychological welfare. She enjoys backpacking through countries around the world as well as through the central Oregon wilderness. When she’s not hiking or snowshoeing, Mary Catherine also spends her free time seeing live music or being engrossed in a good book.

Olivia Akana

Position: Administrative Director

Olivia came to Deschutes Wilderness Therapy with experience in the facilities and real estate management space. She worked for large biotechnology companies in Boston, MA, and was responsible for new site acquisition, design, build, startup, and operation. In those roles, she developed a deep understanding of administrative and operational leadership to ensure growth and stability within an organization. Olivia believes strongly in working for a company with a meaningful purpose. Deschutes Wilderness Therapy’s mission of creating joy and healing generations and the close-knit and supportive community of coworkers has made Deschutes Wilderness Therapy a perfect fit for her.

Olivia was born and raised in the small town of Yreka, CA, in the mountains of far-Northern California & Southern Oregon. She grew up backpacking with her family, riding horses, white water rafting, playing volleyball, and performing in local musical theater. Olivia studied at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, and graduated with a BA in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. Transferring her skills as a production manager/show director to the biotech industry after a move to Boston, she worked in the facilities and real estate industry for several years while also teaching private voice lessons and coaching High School volleyball.

Olivia & husband decided to move back to Oregon in 2019 to be closer to the great outdoors and family again. Olivia strives to meld her Pacific Northwest roots with corporate organizational & project management skills she gained in the city to bring a balance of structure and creativity to the Deschutes Wilderness Therapy team. Olivia enjoys spending time with her husband & three dogs, raising chickens, hiking, swimming, playing volleyball, road biking, and singing.

Tamara Mathiesen

Position: Administrative Assistant

Tamara Moved to Bend in 1995. She has two teenage children who keep her hustling.

Tamara received her degree in Education and Psychology from Western Oregon University. Tamara taught Kindergarten and 4th grade before finding her way to Deschutes Wilderness therapy.

Tamara is an advocate for creature comforts. Tamara likes warm fires and delicious foods.