Board of Directors

Keala Young

Keala (Augustus Young), current Board Chair and CultureSeed Co-Founder, is a lifelong student of facilitation arts; a regenerative practitioner and whole system designer with a background as an eco-educator, bodyworker, yoga, dance, movement, and Heart Circle facilitator. His work as an evolutionary guide is an emerging synthesis of healing sessions, embodiment classes, and workshops integrating living systems coherence for individuals and communities. Keala is consciously committed to co-creating living & learning communities and has studied far and wide, gathering the seeds and skills to undertake the adventure of forming Atlan Center and CultureSeed as a model for the future now. 

Laurrien Gilman

La, CultureSeed Co-Founder, is an artist and teacher of many modalities including ceramics, transformational writing, and metapoetics. She is a dedicated student of yoga and meditation. In recent years she has studied Non-Violent Communication, Council Tech, Dynamic Governance, and other modalities to assist in community building. La brings spirit and community consciousness into all of our activities and assists in programming and working on special events for fundraising and community outreach.

Norm Dibble

Norm, CultureSeed Co-Founder, is an artist, designer, craftsman, and adventurer who is actively creating the Village at Atlan Center. Norm is inspired by his learning experiences at Haystack Mountain School, Pilchuck Glass School, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Evergreen State College to create opportunities for experiential education in the natural environment. 

Bill Weiler

Bill is a 30-year wildlife biologist currently employed as the Habitat Restoration Coordinator for the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council. Bill established the environmental education non-profit Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute based in Hood River and his ultimate goal for the Gorge is the creation of an overnight Environmental Education Center to serve both youth and families. Bill continues to serve as the Camp Director for Columbia Gorge Peace Village.

Nick Southall

Nick has called the Columbia River Gorge home for close to twenty years. He is passionate about connecting people to the outdoors in mindful and meaningful ways. Nick directs Southall Environmental, a natural resource consulting firm, and is currently assisting the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership with project management of regional habitat restoration projects. Nick holds a BSc in Physical Geography (Leeds, UK), and a MSc in Integrated Environmental Studies (Southampton, UK). Nick lives in Hood River with his family.