Staff

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Carolina Pfister

Executive Director

Carolina is a multi-cultural media artist and non-profit director who has worked professionally with media, communications, and nonprofits in both Brazil and the USA on program development, arts education, and as a co-founder of an inner-city cultural center and farmer’s market to name a few. Her work and art is motivated by the belief that to inhabit & nurture place is to seek awareness of the life around us, of who came before, and how personal choices, culture, and socio-political structures knit the web of us. Carolina is inspired by the talented people and important programs of CultureSeed and feels grateful to be of use. In English her name can be pronounced “Cah-roh-lee-na”. Obrigada & tchau!

 
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Heather Kowalewski and Paul Gillingham

Program DIRECTORS, Rivers For All

Inspired to engage local youth in outdoor education programs that include whitewater rafting and community service projects, Heather and Paul believe river experiences are life changing and provide the perfect platform for interpersonal exploration, empowerment, team-building, communication, and developing awareness and appreciation for the natural world.

 
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Kay Alton

Program DIRECTOR, T.R.U.S.T. and bending the bars

Kay lived abroad and communally for her first 14 years and the colorful complexity of that experience has permeated much of what she does. She has since found homes and work in non-profits in Minneapolis, Oakland, the Big Island of Hawaii and Santa Fe before finding her current home at Atlan Center. She has blended her ten plus years of social work with the more somatic, holistic aspects of her extensive yoga trainings to start her own business, Ignite Change Consulting LLC. She currently does mindfulness and yoga work at Haven, a non-profit for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in The Dalles, at the Norther Oregon Correctional Facilities, and at The Next Door in Hood River. Kay received her Masters of Education in Youth Developmental Leadership at the University of Minnesota, her Masters of Social Work at California State University, and recently completed her 500 hour yoga training in Cambodia through Zuna Yoga. She is so excited to create a home in the gorge and can’t wait to get to know the rivers on her new raft!

 
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Shannon Red Cloud

Program DIRECTOR, Imagination Yoga in Schools

Yoga found Shannon in 2003 and quickly began to change her life from the inside out. In 2004 she embarked on her first Teacher Training journey and she continues to add to her kit of experience and knowledge so that she may share yoga with all ages and abilities. Because of its authentic mission and curriculum, one of her most cherished trainings was with Imagination Yoga. The need was apparent that all children should have the opportunity to learn how to access their imagination by learning these skills in a fun, creative way. Imagination Yoga in Schools is now a growing, thriving program with real, visible results, improving the classroom environment with more awareness of breath, kindness, movement and possibility. Shannon is honored and extremely blessed to share these life-changing moments with all of the children and teachers with whom she works.