Staff & Board

STAFF

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. 


Edward Winter, Chief Financial Officer, driving a tractor at his small family farm

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 MANAGER
cstuckergassi(at)pesticide.org
541-344-5044, ext. 33
Southern Idaho

Ayisha “Christina” Stucker-Gassi started volunteering for NCAP in 2013. Christina studied agroecology in India at Bija Vidyapeeth after receiving a dual B.S. in Environmental Studies, Conservation Biology, and Political Economy from the College of Idaho. She is a certified WPS trainer, serves on the EPA Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Organizing Committee, and the Idaho Organization or Resource Councils (IORC) board of directors. She enjoys slowing down, cooking with her family, and taking extended trips to her second home at the foothills of the Himalayas.


DOMINICA NAVARRO, HEALTHY PEOPLE & COMMUNITIES PROGRAM MANAGER
dnavarro(at)pesticide.org
541-344-5044, ext. 35  (Se habla español) 
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 Boards of Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network, Rogue Farm Corp and Herbicide Free Campus. Dominica is a certified Worker Protection Standard Trainer and loves working outside on her homestead, hanging out with her dog, cooking, sailing, hiking and traveling. 


SHARALYN PETERSON, HEALTHY WILDLIFE & WATER PROGRAM MANAGER
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, OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
541-344-5044, ext. 19
astapleton(at)pesticide.org

Eugene, OR

Before joining NCAP, 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 RAY, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
541-344-5044, ext. 17
lray(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, posing outside with her dog

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.


SIDNEY FELLOWS, PROGRAM SPECIALIST
Idaho

Sidney seeks to support and participate in the health and wellness of her community, whether that be in a cultural, bodily, or environmentally-oriented way. She is currently a researcher at Idaho State University studying a traditional food of her tribal people, Camassia quamash, with the intention to support the plant's cultivation within the Shoshone-Bannock Reservation. She is pursuing a degree in biology with an emphasis in plant science and natural history. Her interests include gardening, wild food gathering, education in Indigenous Food Sovereignty, and various outdoor activities throughout the Idaho seasons. 


EUGENE DAVIS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH ASSISTANT
Eugene, Oregon

Eugene is a University of Oregon undergraduate student who is working with NCAP through a work study program during the 2020-2021 school year. He is working on climate change, updating NCAP's neonic-free nursery list, and other efforts.


BOARD

EVERETT CODD, OREGON
PRESIDENT

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 September of 2019.

BRIANDA PAPE, OREGON
SECRETARY

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 May of 2019.

MARIANNE OBER, OREGON

Marianne Ober is passionate about the health and wellness of individuals, communities and the environment.  As a legal aid attorney, she works to achieve justice for low-income Oregonians and communities.  As a novice homesteader and enthusiastic gardener, she cultivates habitat and healthy soil, first, in her backyard. Board member since August of 2016 and former board president. 

ROSANNE WOLF, OREGON

Rosanne Wolf joined the NCAP Board in August of 2020. A native of Oregon, she graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Business. She shares her love of organic gardening, the outdoors and wildlife with her husband Michael and their two rescue dogs. Rosanne is very community minded, and has volunteered with several local organizations. She is excited to be a part of NCAP and help people get excited about sustainable gardening practices (and bees!).

KATHRYN RIFENBURG, OREGON

Kathryn Rifenburg holds a B.S. in Environmental Biology and Ecology and an M.S. in Biology. For the past 5 years her work has focused on the impacts of pesticide use on Oregon's water resources. Kathryn spends her free time enjoying Oregon's wilderness, river snorkeling and spending time with her family. Board member since February 2021.