Board of Directors:
Scott Cushman: Scott was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he held his breath through the weeks, waiting for the weekend when he could go rambling in the out-of-doors. At eighteen, he began whitewater raft guiding and fell in love with the satisfying work and the footloose lifestyle. He has since led outdoor and experiential education courses around the world. He has been building and woodworking for many years as well. You can find his building website at www.bubbabuilds.biz. He is into buddhist meditation, philosophizing, and folk music. He has a Wilderness First Responder certification and a degree from Dartmouth College in Environmental Biology. He is interested in finding creative new ways of seeing and acting in these tumultuous times.
Norm Dibble: Norm is an artist, designer, craftsman, and adventurer who is actively creating the Village at Atlan Center. Norm is inspired by his learning experiences at Haystack Mountain School, Pilchuck Glass School, the National Outdoor Leadership School and Evergreen State College to create opportunities for experiential education in the natural environment.
Laurrien Gilman: La is an artist and teacher of many modalities including ceramics, transformational writing, and metapoetics. She is a dedicated student of yoga and meditation. In recent years she has studied Non-Violent Communication, Council Tech, Dynamic Governance, and other modalities to assist in community building. La brings spirit and community consciousness into all of our activities and will be assisting in programming and working on special events for fundraising and community outreach.
Keala Young: Keala (born Augustus Young) is a lifelong student of facilitation arts; a regenerative practitioner and whole system designer with a background as an eco-educator, bodyworker, yoga, dance, movement, and Heart Circle facilitator. His work as an evolutionary guide is an emerging synthesis of healing sessions, embodiment classes, and workshops integrating living systems coherence for individuals and communities. Keala is consciously committed to co-creating living & learning communities and has studied far and wide, gathering the seeds and skills to undertake the adventure of forming Atlan Center and CultureSeed as a model for the future now.
Kay Alton: 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!
Bill Weiler: Bill is a 30-year wildlife biologist currently employed as the Habitat Restoration Coordinator for the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council. Bill established the environmental education non-profit Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute based in Hood River and his ultimate goal for the Gorge is the creation of an overnight Environmental Education Center to serve both youth and families. Bill continues to serve as the Camp Director for Columbia Gorge Peace Village.
Nick Southall: Nick has called the Columbia River Gorge home for close to twenty years. He is our newest board member and is passionate about connecting people to the outdoors in mindful and meaningful ways. Nick directs Southall Environmental, a natural resource consulting firm, and is currently assisting the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership with project management of regional habitat restoration projects. Nick holds a BSc in Physical Geography (Leeds, UK), and a MSc in Integrated Environmental Studies (Southampton, UK). Nick lives in Hood River with his family.