Meet the wonderful people who make up the Nature Consortium team. Staff, Crew Leads, Teaching Artists, and Interns are listed alphabetically by last name.

Staff

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Caroline Borsenik, Restoration Program Manager

Caroline journeyed to the state of Washington from the Midwest almost three years ago. She began her time in the Pacific Northwest as an environmental educator for the YMCA on Orcas Island. Since that time she has been involved in the environmental restoration field, working for the Washington Conservation Corps for two years where she learned about PNW ecology and restoration techniques. Her restoration background involves riparian, forested, shoreline and wetland project sites around King County.  In her spare time Caroline enjoys hiking, watching hockey, and playing on a Seattle women’s lacrosse team in the spring.  She has also recently earned a professional certificate in Wetland Science and Management from the University of Washington.

Email: Caroline(at)naturec.org

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Yeggy Michael, Art Program Manager & Festival Director

Yeggy is an award-winning public artist whose work can be seen throughout the Seattle area. Armed with metal, stone, glass and a green approach to his work, Yeggy often uses mosaic in public art to illustrate unity and diversity. His vision is to provoke questions about natural cycles, provide a sense of place and to reflect on the movement of time. Yeggy believes that public art needs to reflect the community, the culture and the people who live in it, especially in communities that are underserved. It’s not just about beauty – it’s an expression of the moment and the people.

Email: Yeggy(at)naturec.org

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David Bestock, Executive Director

David serves as Executive Director of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA), which now proudly powers Nature Consortium as part of the DNDA family. David was previously Director of DNDA’s Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, where Nature Consortium’s offices have been for the last 10 years.  He is thrilled to be part of Nature Consortium’s continuing legacy, and in growing ongoing arts and restoration programming as well as the Arts In Nature Festival.  Before joining DNDA, David worked at World Arts Access supporting a youth-driven FM radio station in Sana’a, Yemen. He worked at the Northwest School in HR and as a PE teacher and coach, at UW’s College of Arts and Sciences in development, and at the Metrocenter YMCA leading high school environmental service learning groups.

Email: David(at)youngstownarts.org

  Interns

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Jaybee Ragudo

Jaybee is a senior from Seattle University studying Environmental Studies. He was raised in San Jose California, but is originally from Pangasinan, Villiasis in the Philippines. Jaybee loves dirt and all forms of dirt so much that he has a dirt collection. Jaybee is interested in the study of anthropocentric perceptions of flora and fauna and how it correlates with the human nature dichotomy and/or harmony. When not pondering these thoughts, Jaybee likes to play on his guitar, read, wrestle, and people watch.

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Chuong Pham

Chuong has an Environmental Science degree from the University of Washington Bothell and is currently an MPA candidate at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. Moving from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest, Chuong was inspired by the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty and its environmentally-focused culture to study the natural environment. Chuong is excited to work with the Nature Consortium to similarly inspire other people and help spread environmental awareness and education. In his spare time, Chuong likes to read sci-fi/fantasy books, watch TV shows (especially sci-fi/fantasy shows), and try foods around Seattle.

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Meghan Kennedy

Meghan is wrapping up degrees in Theology and Marine and Conservation Biology from Seattle University, where her  undergraduate research focused on crustacean evolution and adaptation. She’s especially interested in the ways flora and fauna respond to changes in urban ecosystems due to human behavior, and hopes to continue studying urban ecology and invertebrate evolution in graduate school. Meghan hails from sunny Northern California, but has transplanted nicely to the cool Puget Sound.  In her free time Meghan practices yoga, reads in coffee shops, cares for her tomato plants, and enjoys the company of her cat. Meghan is excited to be out of the lab and into the field with Nature Consortium and its wonderful community!

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Paulien Sloan-Evans

Paulien is a recent college graduate from the University of Washington Bothell, with a life-long love of nature. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Paulien has been fortunate enough to see the positive impact of nature on people’s lives. Paulien was drawn to the Nature Consortium by their unique mission of bringing the arts and nature together, especially within an urban setting. Paulien has led writing in nature programs for Friends of North Creek Forest, and is excited by the opportunity to work hands on in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. In her free time Paulien likes to read, drink tea, press flowers, and find old houses. She is looking forward to learning more about the West Duwamish and how to keep our urban forests intact.

 Crew Leads

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Tim Jaureguy has served as a volunteer and crew lead with Nature Consortium since 2011.  Tim’s work experience encompasses leadership positions in environmental education and organized camping.  Tim earned his Bachelor’s of Science from Lewis & Clark College and his Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology at Cal State Hayward.  Tim is a stay at home parent for his two sons and actively supports their schools both as a classroom volunteer and parent council chair. Tim’s favorite recreational pursuits include trail running, back country hiking and fishing. He looks forward to continuing the efforts to help restoring Seattle’s forests.

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Kyle Miller

Kyle is a senior at the University of Washington-Bothell studying Conservation Science and Restoration Ecology. With a passion for natural history and environmental education, Kyle thinks the key to solving environmental problems lies in empowering individuals to connect with the natural world surrounding their communities through exploration and public service. Kyle lives in the Skykomish Valley and enjoys photography, bird watching, and exploring his new home in the Pacific Northwest. After college, Kyle hopes to continue working to restore public lands to ensure future generations can continue to access, enjoy, and be inspired by public lands.

 Teaching Artists

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Chloe Allred, Teaching Artist

Chloe Allred is a painter, print-maker, and illustrator that lives in the Seattle area. She graduated summa cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in 2013 and is a McMillen Foundation Scholar. She will be pursuing a masters degree in painting in 2015. Chloe is particularly interested in how we relate to the body. She creates work that focuses on redefining beauty ideals and eliminating body shame.

Website: www.allredchloe.com

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Luke Roehl, Teaching Artist

When I was in elementary school, my best friend Jeff and I would draw aliens, and then tell the other kids in daycare that we were aliens. Making art while traveling near and far has led me to discover new worlds ever since my childhood doodles and as I’ve grown up, picture-making and words continued to shape who I am.

I’m heavily influenced … by my feelings, music, words, cooking, my friends and daily life, along with nature ~ I take a daily walk in the woods. I am a wanderer, a long boarder and hooper who draws, writes, windows, paints, sings, cooks, and broods when lonely or confused.

Luke Roehl holds a gold ribbon from his ’Neon Trapdoor Spider’ in 3rd grade. He also co-designed and built a privately commissioned 15 sq ft. mosaic, alongside other glass work (reflecting stories and travels in Palestine and the rock valleys of Utah).

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 Aramis Hamer, Teaching Artist

When I think of my artwork, I’m reminded of a colorful world that can only be found in dreams. The basic themes found in my work are strong color contrasts, exaggerated subject matter and drip techniques where I try to stretch the boundaries of surrealism. Music is definitely one of my main inspirations. Songs are like stories and while listening to the lyrics, an image forms in my mind inspiring the next piece. Utilizing house hold tools, such as a grout spreader, creates texture that mimics sound waves in music.  I love to incorporate spray paint related to my admiration of street art. Integrating imagery of my people and urban landscapes reflects the environment in which I was raised. Recently my work has seen a transition from technical and deliberate portraits to a more free form and loose aesthetic. By releasing control, I am able to embrace the natural flow of the paint allowing it to fall where it may. My work continues to evolve and develop; I welcome you to join me on this journey.

Website: www.aohamer.com

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 Kimisha Turner. Teaching Artist

Kimisha Turner is a multimedia artist based in Seattle. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, her art reflects and celebrates the observation of life experiences, diversity and consciousness.  She is heavily influenced by nature and the abundance of artists and mediums used around her, while relishing in the notion of re-invention with every show.  The running theme in most of her work is the process of life, which reflects in the different layers and mediums she chooses at any given time. She is in  awe of the miracles in life and lives to create beauty, awareness and empowerment with her work.

Website: http://www.kimishaturner.com

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Emily Taibleson. Teaching Artist

Emily Charlotte Taibleson studies the relationship between the micro and the macro, mythology and legend, architecture and ecology through painting, sculpture, performance, and writing.  She is an explorer, a traveler and a collector of stories. Emily supports her practice by facilitating large scale collaborative art installations with the intention of building accountability to the land to to each other through urban beautification and community engagement.  She works for numerous arts programs in the Pacific Northwest and beyond to bring equal access to the arts and their healing powers. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.  She is at home in the mountains and at sea.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/emily.taibleson/about

Meet the rest of our team: Board of Directors