Staff & Board

STAFF

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive and our very small staff with limited resources, if you have a specific pest/weed/pesticide issue please use the resources on our website. Here are our most frequently asked questions and tips to find what you need on our website. And if you have a more complex problem, please see our sliding-scale Consultation services

ASHLEY CHESSER
CO-DIRECTOR | FUNDRAISING & OPERATIONS
541-344-5044, ext. 27
achesser(at)pesticide.org
Eugene, OR

Ashley is the main point of contact for our members and funding partners. She has been an integral part of NCAP since 2014, serving in communications and development roles and then in executive leadership. 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
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.


SHARALYN PETERSON
HEALTHY WILDLIFE & WATER PROGRAM MANAGER
speterson(at)pesticide.org
541-344-5044, ext. 34
Washington State
Have a pest or weed question for Sharalyn? Fill out the form on our sliding-scale Consultation services page to get help!

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.


TOMÁS (TOMMY) DÍAZ ÁLVAREZ
HEALTHY PEOPLE & COMMUNITIES PROGRAM MANAGER
tdiaz(at)pesticide.org
541-344-5044, ext. 32 
En Español: 541-803-8918 
Northern Oregon

Tommy joined NCAP in 2022 as the Healthy People and Communities Program Manager. He studied Journalism in his native Santiago, Chile, and moved to the U.S. in 2017. He lived on an organic farm in Colorado, worked with local nonprofits and volunteered at other farms and farmers markets. There, Tommy found a passion for organic growing practices and community building around local food systems. He enjoys playing the cello, slow mornings, outdoors activities and taking trips to his other homes in Colorado and in Chile.


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 MANAGER
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 small, organic farms. She enjoys traveling, camping, gardening, hot springs, alpacas, and spending time with her family.


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. 


BOARD

ROSANNE WOLF, OREGON
PRESIDENT

Rosanne Wolf is originally from Oregon, and 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!). Board member since August 2020.

TAMARA SLOVIACZEK, IDAHO

Tamara Sloviaczek is a New Product Services Manager for HP Inc., and recently introduced a new worldwide service to offset the carbon emissions of companies' printing environments. She is also co-owner along with her husband Tim Sommer of Purple Sage Farms, an organic specialty produce and livestock operation in Middleton, Idaho. The farm received the NCAP Healthy Food and Farm Rachel Carson Award in 2016. Tamara has a passion for educating children and adults and helping them understand the interconnectedness of growing food, water quality, soil and healthy communities. Board member since June 2021.

MEGAN DUNN, WASHINGTON

Megan Dunn has a 20-year work and volunteer background improving lives for working families and communities through thoughtful policy change. As a community leader and environmental health advocate, she has spent her career collaborating with community members to address complex issues facing our communities. In 2019, she was elected to the Snohomish County Council where she continues to bring a focus on community health and environmental stewardship. Megan is returning to NCAP as a member of the board after being on staff as the Healthy People and Communities Program Director, where she led efforts to help protect communities from harmful pesticides and chemicals. As a life-long advocate for protecting our environment, Megan is dedicated to ensuring that all of our communities have access to clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink, and clean soil for our agricultural needs.

CHLOE FENDER, OREGON

Chloe Fender is a PhD Student at Oregon State University, where she researches toxicology with a focus on water quality and the impacts that contaminants can have on human and environmental health. She has volunteered at several nonprofits around the West and is an advocate for environmental equity, and is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to a local organization in a new way. Chloe is excited to be involved in an organization that highlights not only the risks associated with pesticide use, but also educates the community on pesticide-free alternatives and learning about pesticide-free solutions along the way. Board member since September 2021.

LEE SWEDIN, WASHINGTON

Lee Swedin is an employee at Shooting Star Gardens, a small, woman-owned and operated organic garden design, installation, and maintenance company in Seattle. He’s an active volunteer and steering committee member for Freeway Estates Community Orchard, an organization which grows healthy food for those in need on public land. Lee is involved in community organizing and activism around climate justice, and has experience in ecological restoration and inclusive, nature-based education. He's grateful to be a part of the NCAP team!

EVERETT CODD, OREGON

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 2019.

KATHRYN RIFENBURG, OREGON

Kathryn Rifenburg works for the City of Albany's Environmental Services Department. She 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.