Staff & Board

STAFF

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ASHLEY CHESSER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
541-344-5044, ext. 27
achesser(at)pesticide.org
Eugene, OR

Ashley has been an integral part of NCAP since 2014, transitioning to Executive Director in 2020 from her previous position as NCAP’s Communications and Development Director. Ashley brings over eight years of previous nonprofit leadership experience to NCAP, with demonstrated skills in budget management, conflict mediation and storytelling for social change. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from Portland State University. Before joining NCAP, Ashley worked for an environmental conservation corps, nonprofit housing, and the outdoor gear industry. Ashley's two young daughters keep her very busy, but when she has a few moments of free time she enjoys running, biking, rock climbing, hiking, and gardening. 


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EDWARD WINTER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
541-344-5044, ext. 24
ewinter(at)pesticide.org

Eugene, OR

Edward served previously 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 and lives on a small farm where he spends most of his time when not crunching numbers for NCAP.


CHRISTINA STUCKER-GASSI, HEALTHY FOOD & FARMS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
cstuckergassi(at)pesticide.org
541-344-5044, ext. 33
Southern Idaho

Christina Stucker-Gassi started volunteering for NCAP in 2013. In their current role Ayisha “Christina” Stucker-Gassi engages diverse audiences to identify and successfully adopt effective pest management strategies that promote community and environmental health. Christina has a technical background in political ecology, with extensive experience conducting participatory research on topics related to agroecology, sustainable resource management, and coalition building. Her grandparents sold their farm during the 1980s Farm Crisis which is an anchor for her passion for food and farming system reform. She enjoys cooking with her family, getting outside, and connecting with the wider world through travel. 


DOMINICA NAVARRO, HEALTHY PEOPLE & COMMUNITIES PROGRAM COORDINATOR
dnavarro(at)pesticide.org
541-344-5044, ext. 35
Central Oregon

Dominica Navarro joined NCAP in September 2019. Dominica has devoted much of her professional career to nonprofit management and administration, working with organizations championing public health, diversity in higher education and organic farming research and policy. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with majors in both Environmental and Community Studies and has worked on various sustainable agriculture projects in the US and abroad. Dominica serves on the Steering Committee and Program Advisory Board of Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network. She is a certified Worker Protection Standard Trainer. Dominica loves hanging out with her dog, cooking, sailing, hiking, traveling and volunteering on small family farms.


Sharalyn Peterson

SHARALYN PETERSON, HEALTHY WILDLIFE & WATER PROGRAM COORDINATOR
speterson(at)pesticide.org
Washington State

Sharalyn joined the NCAP team in March 2020 as the Healthy Wildlife and Water Coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University focusing on forest health and a B.S. degree in commercial photography and anthropology. Before joining NCAP, Sharalyn worked for several state and federal agencies, universities and nonprofits where she advocated for wildlife habitat and sustainable land management. Sharalyn keeps busy running her small eco farm with her husband and providing local communities with heirloom fresh cut flowers, vegetables and botanical products, playing with her three dogs, practicing yoga and riding her bicycle.


Andrea Stapleton

ANDREA STAPLETON, OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
541-344-5044, ext. 19
astapleton(at)pesticide.org

Eugene, OR

Andrea Stapleton was an intern with the Lane County school garden project as well as a volunteer with the Eugene Relief Nursery. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from University of Oregon and enjoys gardening, cooking vegetarian meals and reading. Andrea also has two young boys who keep her very busy.


Laura Keir

LAURA KEIR, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
541-344-5044, ext. 17
lkeir(at)pesticide.org
Eugene, OR

Laura joined NCAP in August of 2019. Previously, she worked for the City of Springfield and the Lane County Farmers Market. She holds a master's degree in natural resources from the University of Vermont. Laura grew up in New England, where she learned the fundamentals of pesticide-free farming by working on a few different small, organic farms. She enjoys traveling, camping, biking, hot springs, alpacas, and spending time with her family.


OLIVIA THOMAS, GRANTS MANAGER
541-344-5044, ext. 36
othomas(at)pesticide.org
Clackamas County, Oregon

Olivia joined NCAP in November 2019. She served as the executive director of the North Clackamas Education Foundation and as the Program, Planning and Grants Director of the Center for Health and Social Inequality Research at Portland State University. She was the first development director for Portland State’s School of Social Work and taught a graduate level course in grant writing. She was also a development director and subsequently program director for the Opal Creek Educational Center. Olivia has served on the Board of Directors of Molalla RiverWatch and is currently a board member of Food/Waves. Olivia has a master’s degree in social work and has completed doctoral work in natural medicine. She enjoys growing organic apples, gardening, riding her horse, hiking with her border collie, and spending time at Opal Creek and with friends of all ages.


BOARD

MARIANNE OBER, OREGON
PRESIDENT

Marianne Ober is a law clerk for the Appellate Commissioner of the Oregon Court of Appeals. She earned her law degree from the University of Oregon. She has worked and volunteered with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Seattle Tilth, the Oregon Clean Water Action Project, and SOAR Immigration Legal Services. While at Seattle Tilth she taught organic gardening and composting to elementary school children. Marianne is passionate about the health and wellness of individuals, communities and the environment. She has been a massage therapist for more than 15 years, and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the National AIDS Fund. Board member since 8/1/2016.

TONY BRAND, IDAHO

Tony Brand is owner of Brandtastic Soil, LLC and manufactures and distributes potting soil and soil amendments to retailers in Southern Idaho and Utah.  He has served with the board of the Twin Falls, Idaho Area Chamber of Commerce, Twin Falls Optimist Club and the Idaho Chapter of the March of Dimes.  He is a founding board member of the Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District where he has worked for prevention and a strong Integrated Pest Management policy. Tony is also a Master Gardener. Board member since 12/31/2012.

BRIANDA PAPE, OREGON

Brianda Pape holds a B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese from UCLA. She's currently pursuing a Sustainable Natural Resources graduate certificate at OSU. She loves the Northwest and has worked on tree planting projects in riparian areas, post-fire restoration efforts, and networks with local groups and organizations to promote the benefits of pesticide-free environments. She enjoys hiking, Nordic skiing, traveling, and volunteering, especially with her husband, Tim. Board member since 5/16/2019.

EVERETT CODD, OREGON
SECRETARY

Everett Codd is a Certified Crop Adviser, Organic Crop Inspector, and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Oregon State University, with a minor in Soil Science. He grew up on a small farm on the Southern Oregon coast, raising hogs and sheep through participation in 4-H for over 10 years. He continued an agricultural career after college, working with the USDA Agriculture Research Service, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), and the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). Board member since 9/19/2019.

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