KIM LEVAL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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
JEREMY OLSEN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Jeremy is a 19-year veteran in the education and non-profit sectors dedicated to engaging individuals and groups towards personal and planetary health. As NCAP’s Assistant Director, Jeremy works daily to connect with members, donors and partners in support of NCAP’s work building safe, clean and healthy communities.
For seven years, at the University of Oregon, Jeremy worked as the Lead Event Coordinator and later as the Assistant Director managing programs and events with donors and alumni to support both the UO’s educational and fiscal growth. Recently, Jeremy spent a semester at the University of Utah as a Teaching Assistant in the College of Health’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and collaborated on a research partnership and evaluation of sustainable destination criteria for Yellowstone National Park. For three years, Jeremy was the Co-Coordinator for Lane Community College’s Oregon Bioneers Environmental Conference. Jeremy began his career as a high school faculty member teaching humanities and outdoor education courses. He is certified by the National Outdoor Leadership School as a Winter Outdoor Educator and enjoys helping others connect to the natural environment. Jeremy can be found in his organic garden, in the kitchen, or reading, running, hiking, biking, rafting, skiing or doing Yoga. Jeremy has a BA in Communications and International Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a MEd in Interdisciplinary Studies and English from Lynchburg College in Virginia.
541-344-5044, ext. 17
EDWARD WINTER, CHIEF OPERATING & FINANCIAL OFFICER
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.
541-344-5044, ext. 24
SHARON SELVAGGIO, WATER & WILDLIFE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Sharon Selvaggio comes to us after 27 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service. Her experience as a Refuge manager, conservation planner, and wildlife biologist included work in pesticide use and evaluation, oversight of farming programs, water quality monitoring, wetland, prairie, and forest habitat management and restoration, endangered species management, environmental education, and biological surveys. A mother of two teenagers, she believes in the power of nature, partnerships and community involvement. She frequently runs along the Willamette River near her home, observing great blue herons and California sea lions, and contemplating Pacific salmon and the health of the river. She holds an M.S. in Energy and Resources, and a B.A. in Biology, both from the University of California at Berkeley.
541-344-5044, ext. 35
MEGAN DUNN, PEOPLE & 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!
541-344-5044, ext. 34
JADE FLORENCE, FOOD & FARMS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Jade Florence holds a Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University. During her doctoral work, she partnered with NCAP to study the effect of mulching on mummy berry disease development in organic blueberry production. Following her Ph.D., she served as a volunteer plant pathologist and integrated disease management advisor for the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office (PAFO) in Laos, Southeast Asia. Her work focused on determining the causal agent of watermelon wilt in Laos and training PAFO staff in plant disease diagnosis. Jade has a deep passion for sustainable agriculture, grower participatory research, and grower education.
541-344-5044, ext. 33
KRISTI JOHNSON, DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
Kristi has been active with environmental advocacy and sustainable living for more than 25 years, serving on local Green Party and Sierra Club Executive Committees and volunteering with many other humanitarian and educational nonprofits. She has a BA-English, a BS-Interior Design with a focus on sustainable design, and a Master in Management from Southern Oregon University. Kristi enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, community service and reading.
541-344-5044, ext. 19
ASHLEY CHESSER, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Ashley 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 in her free time enjoys running, biking, rock climbing, backpacking and gardening.
541-344-5044, ext. 27
EDIE POWELL, COMMUNICATIONS AND CAMPAIGNS ASSISTANT
Edie joined NCAP in the fall of 2013. She’s helped to organize petitioning for the Saving America’s Pollinators Act, tabled at various community events, and ran the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages. She is a student at the University of Oregon studying art and psychology. She enjoys painting, taking walks, and volunteering at the First Avenue Animal Shelter on the weekends.
541-344-5044, ext. 16