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Kim Leval


Kim joined NCAP as Executive Director in January 2009. Kim brings to NCAP 25 years of non-profit work experience and a passion for working with people to find alternatives to pesticides. From 1997 to 2007, as a policy analyst with the Center for Rural Affairs, Kim worked with farmers, scientists, and health and environmental advocates to develop federal policies to benefit family farms and ranches, sustainable and organic agriculture and research into alternatives to pesticides. Kim then worked as Fund Development Director for Rural Development Initiatives. Her work has included grassroots organizing, federal and state policy development, and educating and engaging people on how to create needed reforms.  Kim serves as a member of the Oregon Organic Coalition Leadership Council, as a member of the policy committee of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and as a board member of the newly founded national organization - IPM Voice.  Kim has a Master of Science degree in Adult Education and Agricultural Extension from Cornell University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Oregon.  She brings expertise in adult learning theory and transformational and institutional change models and relates this knowledge to achieve lasting change through NCAP's work.

541-344-5044, ext. 15


Previously, she worked as the associate director for Appalachian Voices, an environmental non-profit based in Boone, NC. In addition, she worked as director of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and served on the Board of Directors for two years. She also worked as a citizen outreach director where she ran a door-to-door fundraising campaign for Montana Public Interest Research Group (MontPIRG), Sierra Club and the Human Rights Campaign. She was the co-founder of the first Montana Farm to College Program at the University of Montana in Missoula. Shelly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and Masters of Science degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana. Shelly joined the NCAP staff in 2008. 

541-344-5044, ext. 17



Jen coordinates NCAP's sustainable agriculture work with farmers in southern Idaho. She previously taught plant biology at Southwestern College, a liberal arts college in Kansas. Jen received her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Northern Iowa in 1994 and her doctoral degree in plant physiology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2000. She joined the NCAP staff in 2002.  

Boise Idaho Office

208-850-6504 (phone)
208-433-1827 (fax)





Previously, he served as financial manager of an organic juice cooperative for 12 years and worked as an accountant for 20 years. He also worked as a statistician for the National Center for Health Statistics. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1964. He joined NCAP in 2000. 

541-344-5044, ext. 28



Sarah has been a long-time NCAP member and supporter of NCAP's mission. Her background includes project management, natural resource planning, and graphic design. Sarah has a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. Sarah also teaches yoga and enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

541-344-5044, ext. 19

Megan DunnMegan dunn, People and Communities Program Director

Megan Dunn, MA, joined NCAP in March 2014.  She brings a work history in environmental advocacy and social justice and volunteer experience as a community leader.  Her graduate environmental policy research work included creating an index of human wellbeing, as part of an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) with National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Megan is a certified Postpartum Doula (DONA) and ran a small business as a trained support person for new families.  This education and policy experience offers a unique understanding for her role as the People and Communities Program Director.  Megan will continue to live and work in Everett, WA, expanding the mission of NCAP to field work in Washington.  She lives in a 120 year old home with her two kids that she’s always telling to go outside, a supportive husband, a dog and a cat.  There is always ice cream in her freezer and knitting in her purse!


Ashley Chesser, outreach and communications coordinator

Ashley ChesserAshley spreads the word for NCAP via web, print and community events. Before joining NCAP, she worked as a crew leader for the Montana Conservation Corps and in graphic design/marketing for the outdoor gear industry. She holds a degree in graphic design from Portland State University and also has experience with non-profit housing.  In her free time, Ashley enjoys running, biking, rock climbing, backpacking and gardening.

541-344-5044, ext. 27