Staff

 

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ASHLEY CHESSER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
541-344-5044, ext. 27
achesser@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. Fostering a love of nature with her kids, promoting ecosystem health and reducing plastic consumption are top priorities in how she interacts with the world.

 

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EDWARD WINTER
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
541-344-5044, ext. 24
ewinter@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@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@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. Having graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with majors in both Environmental and Community Studies, she has worked on various sustainable agriculture projects in the US and abroad, including Puerto Rico, Mexico and Maldives. Dominica currently serves on the Steering Committee and Program Advisory Board of Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network. She is a certified Worker Protection Standard Trainer. When Dominica isn’t organizing for healthy alternatives and building community, she is hanging out with her dog, cooking, sailing, hiking, traveling and volunteering on small family farms.

 

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SHARALYN PETERSON
HEALTHY WILDLIFE & WATER PROGRAM COORDINATOR
speterson@pesticide.org

Washington

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 has worked for several state and federal agencies, universities and nonprofits where she advocated for wildlife habitat and sustainable land management. When Sharalyn is not working, she is 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.

 

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ANDREA STAPLETON
OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
541-344-5044, ext. 19
astapleton@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
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
541-344-5044, ext. 17
lkeir@pesticide.org

Eugene, OR

Laura joined NCAP in August of 2019 to support communications and outreach efforts. 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 family.

 

 

OLIVIA THOMAS
GRANTS MANAGER
541-344-5044, ext. 36
othomas@pesticide.org

Oregon

Olivia joined NCAP as Grants Manager in November 2019. She comes to NCAP with vast experience in grant writing, grant management, development, and non-profit leadership. 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. The Center’s applied research addressed key issues for Oregonians such as health, educational attainment, race relations, and social and environmental sustainability. 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. She lives in rural Clackamas County, Oregon where she has served on the Board of Directors of Molalla RiverWatch and is currently a board member of Food/Waves, an organization dedicated to achieving food sustainability for low-income people in Clackamas County. 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.