Staff

NCAP uses a shared leadership model to run our organization. Shared leadership is a management style from the ‘70s that transforms the concept of singular, absolute leaders into one of shared leadership. Not sure who to contact? Ashley Chesser will help you out, or put you in contact with the correct person.

 

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ASHLEY CHESSER
COMMUNICATIONS & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
541-344-5044, ext. 27
achesser@pesticide.org

Eugene, OR

Ashley collaborates with staff to implement program work and shares NCAP successes via web, print and community events. She also helps donors fulfill their visions of a healthier, more vibrant world by connecting their gifts to the appropriate NCAP campaign. Before joining NCAP, Ashley worked as a trail crew leader, a graphic designer for the outdoor gear industry, and in nonprofit housing. She holds a degree in graphic design from Portland State University. 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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MEGAN DUNN
POLICY & PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
541-344-5044, ext. 34
mdunn@pesticide.org

Everett, WA

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!

 

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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

Boise, ID

Christina Stucker-Gassi started volunteering for NCAP in 2013 and has served in various capacities, including interim Healthy Food and Farms Program Director and Program Assistant. After completing her undergrad in Environmental Studies from the College of Idaho where she minored in Conservation Biology, Political Economy, and Speech Rhetoric, she has committed herself to understanding the unique issues farmers face and finding innovative and collaborative solutions to them.

 

DOMINICA NAVARRO
HEALTHY PEOPLE & COMMUNITIES PROGRAM COORDINATOR
dnavarro@pesticide.org

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. 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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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.

 

 

DANIEL FOLEY
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
541-344-5044, ext. 16
dfoley@pesticide.org

Eugene, OR

Daniel is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon and holds a BA in Sociology and Spanish. He's spent the last year working in community outreach for Centro Latino Americano as an intern. While currently working between both organizations, Daniel also advocates for immigration integrity as a member of the Integration Network for Immigrants of Lane County. In his spare time, he enjoys wandering, Premier League football (COYS), pick-up footy, baseball on the radio and the occasional western drama. Daniel holds strong beliefs in human ethics and strives to make an impact while serving his community.

 

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.