As CultureSeed’s Executive Director, Sarah is responsible for stewarding the organization’s mission and day to day operations. Sarah combines her expertise in strategic planning with her innate ability to cultivate meaningful relationships that extend CultureSeed’s capacity and reach.
Growing up in East Africa, Sarah found a love of exploring different cultures, meeting new people, and learning new customs. Post undergrad she went on to serve in the Peace Corps in Liberia and Guatemala before returning to the states to study Community Planning at Cornell University. Over the past 20 years, Sarah has dedicated her work to support nonprofits from as close as the Bay Area to as far as Latin America and Myanmar working with such organizations as the UN World Food Program, The World Bank, Save the Children and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Sarah is committed to supporting the wellbeing of individuals, especially the underserved, and helping communities to thrive. Her lifelong experience with diverse cultures and study of mindfulness enables her to approach her work with empathy, integrity, openness, and care of all involved—especially those on the receiving end of services.
Passionate about grounding herself in whichever community she is in, Sarah loves the weaving of people and place and looks forward to continuing to make the beautiful Gorge her home.
Heather Kowalewski and Paul Gillingham
Program LEADERS, 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.
Program Leader, 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!
Shannon Red Cloud
Program leader, 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.