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 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.
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.”
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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.