Our Team

 

Staff

 
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Kim Silva, executive director

Kim Silva, the executive director of Friends of Outdoor School, has been raising money since she was a six-year-old Blue Bird hawking Camp Fire candy to her neighbors. A refugee from the insurance and finance world, she began getting paid to raise money by hosting fabulous parties late into the night at Portland Center Stage. Being a morning person, Kim hung up her dancing shoes to lead the development department at Friends of Trees, then Hoyt Arboretum Friends. Kim holds the Certified Fundraising Executive designation, has a master's in public administration (environmental policy concentration) from Portland State University, and a B.S. in business administration (finance and insurance concentrations) from California State University, Sacramento. 

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Dan Prince, Associate Director

Born and raised in Alaska, Dan gained a love and appreciation for the outdoors. He earned a BA in Philosophy at Whitman College in Washington State, with a thesis exploring the relationships between humans and nature.  He spent three years after college as an instructor at MESD Outdoor School, then received his teaching certificate at University of Alaska Fairbanks and taught junior high and high school. He returned to Oregon to begin supervising in the Outdoor School program in 1994. After a one-year stint at Metro supporting schools with resource conservation projects, Dan received an MS in Education Leadership at Portland State University, and served as coordinator of MESD Outdoor School from 2005 to 2017.

Dan has had the honor of serving on the board of directors for the Environmental Education Association of Oregon; the conservation education leadership council of the Intertwine; the board of the Multnomah 4H Association; the steering committee of the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition; the planning committee of Youth Mentoring Collaborative; and as Secretary of the board of directors for Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO).

Recently, he co-facilitated a six-month diversity, equity and inclusion cohort of emerging leaders as an associate with Center for Diversity and the Environment. Dan lives in the Columbia Gorge with his family, a dog, and two cats.

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Wendy Sparks, Statewide Network Coordinator

Wendy is a passionate, accomplished advocate for connecting youth to nature and science. She has spent more than 15 years working on community outreach and advocacy projects that connect kids to nature and protect our shared natural areas for future generations. After moving to Oregon in 2013 for an environmental community outreach project, she headed several projects that helped small nonprofits increase their capacity and impact. This experience further grew her skills in leadership, outreach, and relationship development. Most recently, Wendy founded a grassroots nonprofit that successfully developed and launched Dallas Community School, a charter school serving rural students in Polk County.

When she's not at work, Wendy can be found camping, geocaching, and hiking around Oregon with her husband, her two sons, and their border collie. She's also an avid gardener, novice beekeeper, and maintains an ever-growing collection of succulents.

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Michelle crimmins, Donor Relations Consultant

Michelle is a Midwestern-born-and-raised professional with over 20 years of success selling and marketing products, ideas and organizations. She started out in politics and moved to sales, consistently exceeding goals. Michelle served as the Director of Marketing Communications for a maverick marketing consulting firm in Boston. Having lived in Cincinnati, Phoenix, Washington D.C., and Boston, she made her way (with her husband) to the unique and quirky town of Portland.  After staying home with her two funny little Oregonians for a time, Michelle joined a nonprofit high school that serves low-income students and worked there for several years as the Marketing and Communications Manager, housed in the Development Department. Now, she owns her own firm, Babinec Crimmins Marcomm, LLC, and collaborates with nonprofits, organizations, and businesses to help them achieve their marketing, communications and fundraising goals. Skilled in project planning and implementation, she successfully stewards projects from idea through to completion.

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Board of Directors

 
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Dave Eshbaugh, Chair

Development Officer for the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Dave is committed to helping Friends of Outdoor School provide Oregon students with high quality, hands-on learning experiences in nature. He has 20+ years experience working and volunteering for nonprofits, including managing organizations, developing community and donor support, and raising funds. Dave was formerly individual partnership officer for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, executive director of the Oregon State Parks Trust, executive director and vice president of Audubon Oregon (the Oregon state office of the National Audubon Society),  and executive directorof Audubon Society of Portland. Previously, he worked as a consultant, college instructor, and archaeologist. He received his M.A.  (anthropology/archaeology) from Arizona State University and B.A. (anthropology) from Miami University in Ohio.

An Oregon resident since 1995, Dave grew up in Ohio, where his formative Outdoor School-like experience was at the Glen Helen Nature Preserve near Yellow Springs, Ohio. He is a lifelong nature enthusiast and an avid birder. He also enjoys travel, fly-fishing, reading and spending time with his wife, Dawn-Starr, and "repurposed" guide dog for the blind, Kat.

 

Jennifer Grube

Jen Grube is director of Philomath Outdoor School. Jen attended the program as a sixth-grader, served as a high school cabin leader, taught lessons as a college staff field leader, and was hired to direct the program in 2001. Her love of Outdoor School Programming is boundless.

 
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Andy Lindberg

Andy serves as the director of Namanu Programs & Facilities for Camp Fire Camp Namanu. As the current lead creator and shaper of Camp Namanu, Andy emphasizes that “camp is for kids”. He is working to ensure that the rich cultural, programmatic and physical heritage of Camp Namanu is going strong when the camp turns 100 in 2024 -- and for years beyond. Andy helped open the Namanu site for MESD Outdoor School in fall 1999 as Site Supervisor. He has served as Junior Counselor, Senior Counselor, Resource Specialist and Site Supervisor for MESD ODS.  A native Oregonian, he was a sixth-grader at the Howard ODS site with Duniway Elementary School.

Andy is an actor and singer, with credits around the country and around the world. As the host and co-producer of the Kick Ass Oregon History podcast, he continues to be a student of Oregon’s growth. Andy is qualified to do nothing, and capable of anything.

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Jennifer Satalino

Jennifer Satalino is the director of The College Place Oregon, a nonprofit resource for students of all ages to get help planning for college. Jenn has worked in higher education for 25 years, and advocates for providing all students the opportunity to participate in and complete a post-high school degree or credential.

Jenn’s daughters have both loved their Outdoor School experiences, and her sister is the legendary Suki, who counseled Outdoor School students in the late 1980s while a student at Wilson High School. Jenn’s passion to provide Outdoor School for all students stems from her firsthand witness to sixth graders’ transformational experience while spending time away from the city and deep in the heart of Oregon’s wild lands.

Board Emeritus

 
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Rex Burkholder

Trained as a biologist, Rex Burkholder worked as a science teacher and in the Northwestern forests. He started the bicycling revolution in Portland, Oregon as a founder and policy director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. An early leader in sustainability and equity, Burkholder also co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future, bringing together over 100 diverse NGOs in the greater Portland region.

He was elected to the Metro Council in 2000, where he led efforts to reform regional transportation policy and to integrate climate change into the decisions of all levels of government in Oregon. He has served on key task forces as well as national boards, including Rail~volution and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Recipient of numerous local awards, his work has been recognized internationally as well, being invited to speak in countries throughout Latin America on sustainable transportation and climate change. He was honored in 2010 as a Global Ambassador for Ciclovia, an international movement to reclaim cities from the automobile.

 
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Liz Fouts

Liz has a lengthy background in law, obtaining her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and previously working for several law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Liz currently works for The Standard here in Portland and spends her free time with her family, husband and son (who attended Outdoor School as a sixth grader)!

 
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Katie Newcomb

Katie works for the U.S. Forest Service as a Sustainable Operations Coordinator, and has been with the Forest Service ever since she received her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Environmental Science. Katie is a native Oregonian who credits attending Outdoor School with providing her motivation to pursue a career in science.

 

 
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Jen Newlin

Jen is a director on the environmental team for Metropolitan Group—a creative agency dedicated to social change. Before that, she shaped content strategy for businesses at an advertising agency. For over a decade she worked exclusively in conservation as a nonprofit consultant and senior writer/creative director for The Nature Conservancy and Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Jen’s a native Oregonian and attributes her love of the natural world to her own Outdoor School experiences—both as a student and a counselor. She’s passionate about wildlife, literacy, cancer research and the arts. Jen has a BA in journalism and graphic design.

 
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Amy Thomas

Amy works for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Regions of the US Forest Service as a civil engineer. In her role as the Federal Highway Administration program manager, she oversees multiple transportation programs intended to improve and/or maintain access for the public to National Forest System lands. Prior to working at the Forest Service, Amy spent nine years with the Department of Defense, both  as a US Army engineer officer and as a civilian project manager for the Navy. Amy completed her master's degree in civil engineering at the University of Hawaii. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in civil engineering.

Amy has lived in various places across the United States and overseas while growing up in a military family. She moved to Oregon in 2010  and fell in love with all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She is an avid outdoorsperson and enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountaineering     and running.

 
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Kelly Wilson

Kelly currently works as a program manager at the Wildlife Conservation Network in the San  Francisco Bay Area. Previously, she worked at both the San Francisco Zoo and the Oregon Coast Aquarium as an education supervisor and  donor relations & special events associate, respectively. Kelly's background with Outdoor School began at Camp Howard as a sixth-grader.   Her life-long commitment was cemented when she began volunteering as a Student Leader (then known as a Junior Counselor).  Kelly also has volunteered as a one-on-one aide, and became a staff member for many sessions at Howard. Kelly earned her bachelor's degree in environmental science from the University of Oregon and her master's of public administration in nonprofit management at Portland State University.