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Sacred Earth Foundation
Board of Directors

SEF's Board of Directors meets quarterly at Ekone and more frequently on committee work to help steward the mission, vision, and values of the organization in real world practice. They give big of their time, energies, and talents to support the thriving of this organization.

Sacred Earth Foundation Board of Directors

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Victoria DeCillo | Vice President | Olympia

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Victoria was introduced to Ekone in 2016 when her children came to summer camp for the first time. She was captivated by the mission of SEF, the easy laughter of staff, and the warm community that welcomed her family in. Victoria holds an undergraduate degree in International Development and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies. Formative work experience includes working at a forestry college in Kenya and her and many years in program management for State and Local governments. At present, a day well-spent includes making at least one healthy meal for her kids, hitting the trail with the dogs and goats, and having time to pursue her passion for crafting with wool.

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Jessenia Eisenman | Duvall

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Having grown up in community on a permaculture farm in the mountains of California, Jessenia felt right at home at Ekone when they first came in 2017 as a staff member for the annual Mother and Child retreat and sure was glad to have found a place of like-minded folk who care deeply for the land and for their community. A graduate of the 9-month intensive for adults at Wilderness Awareness School, Jessenia has continued her naturalist skills and studies by going on occasional primitive skills trips, farming, teaching, and generally being curious about the natural world. They live just outside of Seattle with their husband, pet cat (who is the boss), garden, and colony of meat rabbits. Jessenia feels honored and humbled to serve on the board alongside such wonderful people. These days she spends a lot of their time nannying, beading, tanning hides and thinking about what to make for dinner.

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Morgan Houk | Treasurer | Bainbridge Island

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As a camper at Ekone in the early 2000's, Morgan was introduced to many concepts of sustainability, self-sufficiency and earth stewardship that followed her throughout business school and early career on the East Coast. Having recently returned to her roots on Bainbridge Island, she works as an organic farmer and bookkeeping consultant for small food and farming businesses in the region. She is thrilled to reconnect with the place and people who quietly shaped her life and decision making in untold ways, and offer the business skills she has learned during her time away.

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Tracy McDaniel | Seattle

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Tracy first arrived at Ekone in 2016 and fell instantly in love with the land, the community, and the horses. She has been a small business owner and naturopathic physician in Seattle since 2002, practicing midwifery for 10 of those years. She’s been a program participant herself, is a camp parent and has served on the board of directors since 2018. She serves to be an ally to this land, the natural death work offered here, and the wild and heartful tending of children who love this place.

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Skye Newkirk | Goldendale

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Skye has a tendency to build community wherever he goes. His first introduction to the Ekone community was the Barbed Wire Ball in 2013 through his wifey-for-lifey, Caitlin Jones. Skye holds a master's degree in Social Work and is a mental health counselor by trade, which has given him tools for honoring life's transitions, facilitating group processing, and creating emotionally safe spaces. He is a co-facilitator of Queer Rites of Passage at Ekone. Skye's motto is, "Never lose your passion. Always respond with love."

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Valerie Pufahl | Portland

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Valerie became acquainted with Ekone in 2012 while she was leading the outdoor program at the Portland Waldorf School. She began bringing the PWS 12th graders to the meadows, forest, and canyonlands of Ekone each fall for their wilderness solo capstone, a program which has continued beyond her tenure. Valerie has been a Waldorf movement teacher, led over 200 weeks of backcountry trips for youth and adults, and is currently the Executive Director of LEAP Wilderness Programs based in Portland, OR–operating multi-day whitewater kayaking programs on the Salmon River in Idaho. Her current work specializes in creating empowering opportunities for youth and adults who are integrating trauma and significant adversities through well-scaffolded experiences in the outdoors and in communities of peers with similar life encounters. Valerie is enthusiastic to be on Ekone’s Board of Directors to help support transformative experiences for campers and continue to nourish the land that has brought so much richness to her life and those of her students.

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Kent Siebold | Portland

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Kent was charmed by Ekone’s mission and programs in 2012, experiencing firsthand the capacity of this land to rejuvenate the weary modern soul. His family makes regular visits to the ranch, and his daughter attends camp each summer. Kent serves in Portland Public Schools as a coach and mentor for new teachers, and brings his considerable skills in communication, group decision-making, and non-violent communication to the board, as well as his experience of renovating a historic Portland home over the course of 15 years.

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Judy Todd | President | Portland

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Judy came to Ekone Ranch in 2006 as a consultant a year before Founder Ray Mitchell’s death. That experience infused her with a love of the place and principles of Sacred Earth Foundation. Since then she has served as volunteer, grandmother of summer campers, and Board member. She has also offered her NatureConnect NW programs at Ekone where she loves wandering the special landscape and meeting kin of all kinds. Judy’s livelihood has been through teaching, writing, consulting, and coaching in leadership and team-building. Since being on the 2014 Great March for Climate Action, she has dedicated herself to working for Earth.

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Morgaine Trine | Secretary | Tulsa

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As a summer camper-turned staff-turned Board member, Morgaine’s involvement with Ekone began in the mid-2000s. Her love of the land and community was immediate. After years as a camper, Morgaine joined the summer camp staff team and worked to bring more Ekone Magic to a new generation of campers. More recently, stepping away from regular summer camp work, Morgaine now owns a financial strategy and bookkeeping business while also traveling far and wide. She brings business savvy and a deep love to her work on the Board and is excited about holding this bigger piece of the organization’s vision.

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Suzanne Wright Baumhackl | Hood River

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In 2006, Suzanne left a 25-year marketing career in San Francisco to start a marriage, a family, and Solstice Wood Fire Cafe in the Gorge. Now, she, her husband Aaron, two sons Jenner & Rune, and the restaurant are flourishing in Hood River. After Suzanne attended her grandmother's conventional burial service, she knew that people must seek more natural, intimate, and purposeful end-of-life celebrations and environmentally sound burial practices. Her passionate quest for answers guided her first to White Eagle Memorial Preserve. Her learning quest and love of SEF's mission and work began. Her son, Rune, is a devoted Ekone camper and the whole family considers Ekone to be an essential place for humans to be human, for animals to be animals, and for land to be land, all being tended to with love & respect. Suzanne is now a student at Orphan Wisdom School, where she is a graduate scholar and is following a path to guide people in conversations about loving, living well, dying wise, natural burial, and befriending grief.

last updated February 2021

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