Betsy Toll

FOUNDER
 

Betsy Toll’s early background in art and theater were strong vehicles for expressing her passion for social justice and her love of the natural world. The seeds for Living Earth were planted in the mid-1980s, working with Ram Dass to produce a conference for Seva Foundation exploring the spirit of service.

Betsy founded Living Earth in Portland in 1998 to provide the activist community with opportunities for spiritual inquiry into what we love, what it means to be fully human, and how our understanding shapes our interactions with society. She is an editor and writer and also provides spiritual support as a volunteer chaplain for people who are facing trauma, crisis, and terminal conditions.

 

Jan Levi

BOARD MEMBER
 

Jan Levi has enjoyed a long career as an Occupational Therapist working with children with disabilities. She has been a devotee of Ram Dass for many years and treasures his teachings as a life guide. She learned about Living Earth in 2010 when she attended a retreat with Betsy Toll at Breitenbush Hot Springs. Jan joined the Board in 2010, and with her partner, Tim, she coordinates Living Earth's Brown Bag project. She's also active in Winter Warming, Dharma Circles, and other activities that support the mission of Living Earth.

 

 
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Bev Stadick

BOARD MEMBER
 

A native of Hood River in the Columbia Gorge, Bev Stadick lives with her husband, Mark, in a multigenerational, solar-powered, cohousing community in Northeast Portland. She has worked for Multnomah County Library since 1996, and became active in Living Earth’s peace and justice activism in 2001, attracted by the warm community she found doing this work. A board member since 2008, Bev has helped organize workshops and programs related to fossil fuel impacts and economic globalization. Since 2014, she has coordinated our Winter Warming program, and appreciates Living Earth's “beautiful ways to serve our brothers and sisters who experience compromised conditions in their lives.”    

 

 

Denise Pasquinelli

Web, Marketing, & Social Media (staff)

 

Denise Pasquinelli has been supporting Living Earth's programs since September 2015. In addition to her work with Living Earth, Denise is a functional nutritionist, holistic health coach, and founder of S E E D Health + Wellness, as well as an artist, gardener, tiny-house dweller and builder. 

 
Robyn Shanti Robyn has been an activist her entire adult life. Being connected to Living Earth brings together her spiritual practice, love of nature, and community activism. Robyn’s professional focus has been in development and outreach for non-profit organizations. A community radio DJ for 33 years in New York, Texas, and Portland, she hosted The Dharma Wheel for 22 years on KBOO.fm, sharing music as a tool for social transformation. She reignited The Dharma Wheel in late 2016, which streams on the kboo.fm website and is featured as one of our program offerings.

Robyn Shanti

Robyn has been an activist her entire adult life. Being connected to Living Earth brings together her spiritual practice, love of nature, and community activism. Robyn’s professional focus has been in development and outreach for non-profit organizations. A community radio DJ for 33 years in New York, Texas, and Portland, she hosted The Dharma Wheel for 22 years on KBOO.fm, sharing music as a tool for social transformation. She reignited The Dharma Wheel in late 2016, which streams on the kboo.fm website and is featured as one of our program offerings.

Tess Marino Tess came in through the Dharma gate, and began sitting in our Dharma Circles in 2010. A registered nurse, Tess worked in hospice care and participates in Loving, Living, and Dying programs. She has served on Living Earth’s board and is active in the Winter Warming project.

Tess Marino

Tess came in through the Dharma gate, and began sitting in our Dharma Circles in 2010. A registered nurse, Tess worked in hospice care and participates in Loving, Living, and Dying programs. She has served on Living Earth’s board and is active in the Winter Warming project.

Ron Beed Ron first came to a Living Earth potluck in 2006  when he moved to Portland, and he’s been active ever since. He especially loves our Brown Bag program, providing food to folks out on the street, and loves lending a hand and engaging in conversations at potlucks, picnics, and other community events.

Ron Beed

Ron first came to a Living Earth potluck in 2006  when he moved to Portland, and he’s been active ever since. He especially loves our Brown Bag program, providing food to folks out on the street, and loves lending a hand and engaging in conversations at potlucks, picnics, and other community events.

 
Mark Nedleman A former Living Earth board member and regular volunteer, Mark is an avid world traveler who doubles as a professional organizer (graceful-space.com) when he is home in Portland. He is passionate about creating a loving, sustainable culture, and also about ecstatic dance.  

Mark Nedleman

A former Living Earth board member and regular volunteer, Mark is an avid world traveler who doubles as a professional organizer (graceful-space.com) when he is home in Portland. He is passionate about creating a loving, sustainable culture, and also about ecstatic dance.  

Jory Aronson Jory is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has played bluegrass and folk music all her life. She has worked with preschool children for a number of years, and especially loves our potlucks and Winter Solstice and Interdependence Celebrations.

Jory Aronson

Jory is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has played bluegrass and folk music all her life. She has worked with preschool children for a number of years, and especially loves our potlucks and Winter Solstice and Interdependence Celebrations.

Adam Bidema Adam works in the tech industry in Portland and is becoming a skillful knitter. He found his way into Living Earth through Dharma Circles, and volunteers at various events and at our center.  

Adam Bidema

Adam works in the tech industry in Portland and is becoming a skillful knitter. He found his way into Living Earth through Dharma Circles, and volunteers at various events and at our center.