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—in museums, television, and as co-founder of an inner-city cultural center and farmer’s market to name a few. Carolina came to this country in her mid-20’s for her graduate studies, working with non profits in food security and art education for inner city youth. Her work and art is motivated by the belief that to re-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 opportunity to prioritize consistent contact with the youth we serve for the deep transformative work we envision, and feels grateful to be of use. Her name is pronounced “Kah-roh-lee-na” (and if you roll your R, then it's the real deal). Obrigada & tchau!

 
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Kay Alton

Program DIRECTOR

Kay Alton founded TRUST and Bending The Bars and has utilized her breadth of experience and education to provide trauma-informed curriculum oversight for all of CultureSeed’s programming. Kay has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Berkeley in Environmental Youth Therapy, a Master of Education with a focus on Youth Development Leadership from The University of Minnesota and a Master of Social Work from California State University.  She is a Certified Counselor in WA, a trained strategic facilitator in the Technology of Participation™ methods, and holds an advanced yoga teacher certification through Yoga Alliance. In the past Kay has developed, implemented and evaluated programs for underserved youth through after school programming in Oakland and Minneapolis. Kay has a pulse on the needs of our community through her past in home counseling and social work with English and Spanish speaking families in Klickitat and Skamania Counties. Kay lived abroad and communally for her first 14 years and the colorful complexity of that experience has permeated much of what she does.

 

Kenji Stasiewicz

ADVENTURE LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR

CultureSeed’s lead guide, Kenji Stasiewicz has called the Columbia River Gorge home for the past 3 years.  Exposure to a vast array of experiences ranging from wilderness therapy to emergency medicine, adventure guiding to experiential education has encouraged him to navigate these dimensions around group facilitation and awareness building in the community. The question of identity fascinates Kenji in a country with such diversity around individual and collective heritage and ancestry.  His direct life experiences as a person of mixed origins has fueled curious self reflection and outward exploration, weaving together a foundation that gently encourages others to do the same.