Board and Staff

Coordinating Staff

Courtney Rae (she/they/he)

Coordinating Director

Courtney joined Bark in 2015 after five years of environmental advocacy and public education work with Environment Oregon and Columbia Riverkeeper. Courtney focuses her efforts at Bark on the big picture transformation of traditional environmentalism, conservation, and forest defense tactics, culture, and goals toward environmental justice that respects, centers, and serves IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Color) cultures, needs, and wisdom over the white supremacist status quo that traditional environmental work is built upon. She organizes Bark’s programmatic work, volunteer opportunities, and communications.

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Kiko Garcia (he/him/his)

Interim Executive Director

Kiko grew up in California’s South San Joaquin Valley in a small farm town called Porterville where his family thrived as farm laborers (his Mom, Dad, 5 older brothers, and 4 older sisters).  Kiko has spent much of his professional life in educational and nonprofit settings improving community outcomes in education, health, housing, economic development, and asset-building for families. Previously, Kiko worked as the Healthy Communities Director for DevNW, where he worked with underserved communities in the Mid-Willamette and Portland Metro Area. Kiko has regularly advocated at the local, state, and federal levels to secure funding for housing, small businesses, public projects, and underserved community initiatives focusing on climate justice/environmental justice. Kiko holds a BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University, a Master of Public Administration from University of San Francisco, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Neuroeducation from University of Portland. Outside of work, Kiko enjoys learning about music history, playing guitar, cooking random culinary delights, and spending time in nature. Kiko is thrilled to join the community vision and mission for environmental restoration at Bark.

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Daniela del Mar (they/them)

Communications Coordinator

Bringing a background in traditional letterpress printing, visual communication, and its power to activate the individual, Daniela has served as Bark’s Communications Coordinator for 2+ years to create strong web + print materials that inspire and engage the public in regional forest advocacy. Daniela is a transdisciplinary artist and educator whose practice blends print processes with bilingual poetry to create socially- and environmentally-engaged work that centers and serves BIPOC communities. When not at Bark, Daniela can be found admiring/eating plants from their garden or on Mt. Hood.

Misha VanEaton (they/them)

Forest Watch Coordinator

Misha joins Bark after working as a wilderness guide and administrator on Bark’s neighborhood volcanoes. Misha studied sociology at Portland State where they researched ways that commodification propels traditional conservation movements. These studies led to Misha’s investment in environmental advocacy that is rooted in racial and economic justice which they bring to their work at Bark. In their free time, you can find Misha searching for the smelliest plants, the friendliest birds, and the coldest swimming holes.

Al Rose (they/them and she/her)

Native Communities Liaison, Diné (Navajo) & Karuk Tribes

Al brings several years of experience in grassroots community organizing, environmental education, community engagement and outreach, grant funding, and Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge in both the Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions. At Bark, they build relationships with Tribal peoples in urban and rural communities and integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge with western conservation practices. When they’re not fighting for land back, Al enjoys writing, playing banjo, birdwatching, solving NYT crosswords, and singing along to George Michael. 

Cara Christofferson (she/her)

Forest Policy Advocacy Coordinator

Cara joins Bark with 5 years of interdisciplinary background in biological science, monitoring, and federal regulations compliance of diverse ecosystems across Oregon and Idaho. While studying environmental science at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon she became passionate about landscape ecology, fish and wildlife conservation, and the intersection of environmental law and policy with indigenous lead conservation movements. As Bark’s Forest Policy Advocacy Coordinator Cara maintains meaningful engagement with agencies and the public regarding land management decisions on Mt. Hood National Forest and adjacent Bureau of Land Management lands. When not deep diving into land management policy or forest ecology literature you can find her planning for her next backpacking trip or finding ways to keep her Australian cattle dog entertained.

Katie Stanton (she/her)

Environmental Justice Policy Analyst and Engagement Specialist

Katie is an applied environmental and cultural anthropologist working to incorporate social science in Bark’s work by investigating social and humanecological systems within Mt. Hood and surrounding communities. She considers historical and political contexts in relation to current day cultural and environmental perspectives to deconstruct systemic inequities within environmental policy. Katie brings years of experience working in interdisciplinary research teams across Oregon focused on reducing human and environmental health disparities by identifying barriers of equitable access to various ecosystems and working towards inclusive and tailored sustainable solutions. Katie strives to decolonize the cultural construct of nature as an asocial system by bringing awareness to historical epistemic violence within land management policies and incorporating marginalized community voices within decision-making processes.   

Summer Noller (they/them and he/him)

Development Specialist

Summer brings five years of experience fundraising and building support for local nonprofits to Bark. In their work as Development Coordinator, Summer oversees fundraising activities, builds relational and financial resources, and explores new outlets to remodel traditional fundraising practices. Summer is energized when they connect a person to a cause they feel passionate about and is thrilled to combine their affection for Oregon’s natural spaces and enthusiasm for relationship-building at Bark. Summer grew up in the forests of the Willamette Valley and is excited to help Bark defend Mt. Hood National Forest and rethink our relationship with nature and conservation.

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Suzanna Stapler (she/her/hers)

Winter Communications Coordinator

Suzanna “Suze” Stapler is a visual designer and writer passionate about environmental communications. Her curiosity and connection to people draws her to places where research intertwines with storytelling as a powerful force for good. She brings over seven years of professional graphic design & illustration experience her creative work, as well as a range of community engagement experience. Suze is currently pursuing her M.A. at Oregon State University in Environmental Arts and Humanities. She hopes to develop her understanding of environmental advocacy through an interdisciplinary academic approach. Outside of work, she likes to be, well, outside – trail-running or hiking in the PNW with friends. Suze is thrilled to join Bark’s mission for climate justice, ecological education, and protecting the incredible ecosystems surrounding Mt. Hood for generations to come.

Outreach Team

Colin (he/him)

Outreach Specialist

Colin brings to Bark a long history of grassroots fundraising and organizing for various progressive causes. His relentless optimism and cheery disposition are an inspiration to his colleagues. When he’s not working hard to inspire members of the public, Colin enjoys pop music, short shorts, and rotisserie chicken.

Stephen M. (he/they)

Outreach Field Coordinator

Stephen has been working in the field of environmental Outreach for over 17 years, having approximately a quarter of a million conversations about environmental issues that face Oregonians, joining Bark in 2015. Stephen has a passion for the environment, disability rights, economic and environmental justice, and Indigenous- led Governance. Stephen has been a Bark supporter and follower for over a decade.

Board Members

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Edin Cook (she/her)

Edin Cook is an artist, art educator, and climate justice organizer. As a K-12 art teacher and interdisciplinary artist, Edin is passionate about empowering youth to explore their creativity. Edin is a co-founder of SunrisePDX, where she has volunteered for the last two years. She also works on the Action Art core team in Sunrise National to train young people around the country on how to use visual strategy and storytelling as a central component to their actions and efforts to win a Green New Deal.

Nicki Dardinger (she/her)

Bringing a background in nonprofit leadership and fundraising, environmental education, scientific research, and community engagement, Nicki is honored and grateful to serve on the Bark Board. She has a lifelong passion for birding and can often be found out and about introducing people to the birds of the Pacific Northwest. She also volunteers on Bark’s Free Mt Hood Campaign Committee and is committed to advocating for an updated Mt Hood Forest Management Plan that incorporates climate change, habitat protections, and the voices of people who have been historically ignored and silenced in decision-making processes.

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Caleb Mammen (he/him)

Caleb is a Portland attorney representing Unions and workers. He was formerly an English teacher who taught environmental justice research and writing. He has experience with labor and employment law and representing low-income clients in family, housing, and employment matters. He spends his free time with his partner and one-eyed dog – hiking, kayaking, reading, and scuba diving.

Matt Mavko (he/him)

Scientist/consultant, Air Sciences, Inc. Bark volunteer since 2006. Matt has volunteered for more than ten years on the Forest Watch and other committees, served as a hike leader and spent many days groundtruthing. Matt brings scientific knowledge and analytical thinking to Bark’s board.

David Osborn (he/him)

Teacher, Portland State University. Bark volunteer since 2013. For five years, David has partnered with Bark for his community-based forests/social movements courses at PSU. David is a consultant for social-change non-profits, around process, structure and governance, and has been involved in climate justice movements for almost a decade.

Abigail Singer (she/her)

Abigail Singer is the Executive Director of Rogue Farm Corps, a co-founder and past organizer with Rising Tide North America, a member of the Work That Reconnects Facilitators Network, and a community herbalist. She has been active in movements for social, environmental and climate justice since 1998, and has a depth of experience with community organizing, nonprofit fundraising and organizational development. She joined the Bark board in 2020.

Dez Ramirez (she/her/ella)

Dez is a writer, filmmaker and artist. After launching award-winning feminist media platform for women and femmes of color in 2017, On She Goes, Dez turned her focus and strategy to diversifying the outdoors through creative storytelling. She’s spent the past four years community building, creating and organizing within Oregon and Washington’s dominantly white land conservation movement, and is now 100% focused on dedicating her work to building and designing a decolonized, liberated, BIPOC-led conservation movement at a regional and national level. Dez is co-founder of the national affinity group Conservationists of Color, Latinx grassroots coalition Comunidades, and is current board president of CultureSeed in the Columbia Gorge.