Staff and Board

Staff

Richard Walczak (he/him)

Executive Director

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Richard has lived in various places across the United States and abroad, including Miami, Savannah, Los Angeles, San Diego, London, Australia, and more. His background primarily consists of work in social justice, non-profit leadership, and marketing. He has served on the Board of Directors for Savannah Pride and as the Executive Director for Miami Beach Pride. Over the years, he’s navigated through a rather unique career path, which has taken him through areas such as politics, social and cultural justice issues, the arts, music, and more. Having a deep passion for leaving this world a better place, he has dedicated the better part of his career to trying to make a positive change and impact for a variety of communities. Excited to be embarking on this journey with an exceptional team, Rich eagerly anticipates the opportunity to collaborate with the Bark community to foster enduring, sustainable change, further enhancing our commitment to safeguarding the environment, our invaluable protector. When he’s not working to help heal this world as best as he can, he enjoys traveling with his husband, Leo, and their two furbabies, Charlie and Mochi.

Jade Hagan (she/her)

Director of Community Engagement and Communications

Coming from a background leading environmental programs in higher education, Jade holds a PhD in English with a specialization in environmental literature and environmental justice and brings experience in communications, program development, and community-building. She’s excited to help develop Bark’s communications strategy and community partnerships. When she’s not writing, collaborating with our community members, or dreaming up ideas for environmental justice programming for Bark, you can find her in her garden, hiking in the forest with her pup, Petal, nose deep in a good book, or riding her trusty fixie around Portland.

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Haley Spadafora (she/her)

Education Programs Coordinator

Growing up in the PNW, Haley hiked constantly, but was often distracted from the destination by animal sign and goopy fungi. She holds a special spot in her heart for the small or less charismatic organisms in the woods. These small passions grew into action as she worked with local environmental organizations, such as watershed councils, local parks and rec, and the Oregon Zoo. She holds a BS in Conservation Biology and a Master of Curriculum Development and Environmental Education, and is excited to put them to use to help Bark achieve its goals. She is ready to help people experience the forest and understand ecosystems in a way that inspires a deeper connection with nature.

Jordan Latter (he/him)

Forest Watch Coordinator

Jordan began his time at Bark as a volunteer, participating in forest and wetland surveys and interacting with Bark staff and volunteers. He quickly fell in love with Bark’s mission and vision for the future. Jordan’s passion for forest ecology and management began as a wildlife technician for the Forest Service, studying spotted owls and fishers amongst the granite peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. That passion turned to conviction while earning a Master’s degree studying sustainable ecosystems management at Harvard University Extension School, where his Master’s project focused on understanding the nuances of forest thinning practices on federal lands across the Pacific Northwest. A self-proclaimed “forest nerd,” he loves talking about forests and challenging contemporary perspectives on conservation. In his free time, Jordan loves hiking, backpacking, watching baseball, staring at trees, and seeking out old forest remnants.

Contact Jordan at jordan@bark-out.org

Meg Waller (she/her)

Restoration Coordinator

Hailing from the swamps of North Florida, Meg solidified a love of nature at a young age. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 2011, she started her fine gardening career and fell in love with the ecosystems of the west coast. Meg moved to Portland in 2018 to attend PSU and graduated in 2022 with a Bachelors in Environmental Science. Alongside hydrology and ecology classes, she fell even more in love with plants and developed a keen interest in wetland ecosystems specifically. During that time, she volunteered regularly with Bark, bringing her adventure pup Japhy along on many timber sale surveys and camp outs. As Barks Restoration Coordinator, and resident beaver expert, Meg is excited to use her environmental science knowledge to foster and expand Barks volunteers love of, and interest in, the beautiful nature of Mt. Hood and the surrounding areas.

Contact Meg at Meg@Bark-Out.org

Colin Fisher (he/him)

Individual Giving Coordinator

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 Madore (he/they)

Community Engagement 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

Nicki Dardinger (she/they)

Chair

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. They have 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)

Secretary

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.

Abigail Singer (she/her)

Treasurer

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.

Mia Pisano (she/her)

Mia is an early childhood educator, and a Bark volunteer since 2017. Her volunteer work with Bark is primarily in the area of Forest Watch, including groundtruthing, writing public comments on proposed Forest Service projects (timber sales), leading outings to the forest, participation on the Forest Watch Committee, and leading trainings on comment-writing and participation in the NEPA process for other volunteers. Mia really loves scrambling around off-trail in the forest with her friends, sleeping in a hammock between swaying trees, and engaging in shared learning.

Schlyce Martinez

With over 25 years of invaluable experience in the Accounting field working in private, public and nonprofit organizations, Schlyce Martinez brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Bark Board. Currently serving as the financial controller for a prominent Portland-based nonprofit organization with a budget of $32 million, their strategic financial acumen and understanding of nonprofit operations serves as a resource for fiscal responsibility and efficiency. A native Pacific Northwesterner, Schlyce has a  MBA in Accounting and Public Administration, a Master’s of Accounting and Financial Management, and, as an undergraduate, they drew upon their diverse interests and education in Managerial Economics and Environmental Studies to implement Rails to Trails and greenway park master plans with community partners as an intern for the Department of Interior’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.