Email: larkin (at) beyondtoxics (dot) org
Prior to her work with Beyond Toxics, Lisa spent thirteen years as an educator and associate professor at both Stanford University and University of Oregon. She has since accumulated deep experience in toxics use reduction advocacy, land use planning, environmental protection and strategic development for non-profit organizations. Lisa has served as Executive Director since 2005. | Read the Summer 2014 LandWatch interview (PDF)
Email: jjcascade (at) beyondtoxics (dot) org
John was hired in April 2009 as Communications Manager and Business Outreach Coordinator. He has an extensive background as web & graphics designer and video producer and currently owns Cascade Creative Productions. He has also worked on numerous political campaigns, is a long-time activist for the environment and a supporter of a wide variety of peace, social justice and human rights campaigns.
Social Media and Pollinator Projects Manager
Email: kabrams (at) beyondtoxics (dot) org
Krystal was raised in a Cherokee-Muscogee family in northern Florida. After graduating from a community college she embarked on a road trip across America which led her to settle in Eugene and study Environmental Sciences at the University of Oregon. During her time at the UO she collaborated with the McKenzie Watershed Council (MWC) and the McKenzie River Trust (MRT) to monitor and restore critical riparian habitat along the McKenzie River. After graduation, Krystal recruited and managed volunteers for the Walama Restoration Project, leading non-chemical environmental restoration work parties and nature hikes around the Eugene-Springfield Area. When she’s not reaching out to advocate for environmental education and conservation, you can find her whipping up some speed on a nearby bike path or hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.
Environmental Justice Community Organizer
Email: mfrost (at) beyondtoxics (dot) org
Mysti was born in Billings, Montana and spent her early childhood years living with her family and community on Crow Nation land. She then moved to and was raised in Jalisco, Mexico. She is bilingual and identifies as “bi-cultural” having had a very unconventional childhood living with indigenous communities in Mexico and Montana alike. She worked as a Financial Aid and Enrollment Services Lobby Assistant for Lane Community College which allowed her to help unconventional and international students like herself enroll in school and feel welcome in an academic setting. Mysti worked as a Legal Assistant at the Law Offices of Lourdes Sanchez. She worked over three years helping Spanish-speaking injured workers all over the state of Oregon access the law. Mysti heard many stories from farmers and heavy laborers about the toxic working and abusive conditions they were forced to endure. This fueled her passion for workers’ rights and her desire to help create safe work environments for all Oregonians. She joined the Beyond Toxics team in January 2017.
Ana Molina Trejo
Environmental Justice Campaign Liaison
Email: amolina (at) beyondtoxics (dot) org
Ana was born in Mexico but grew up in South Lake Tahoe when her family migrated to the US. She is first in her family to graduate from college, and recently graduated from Humboldt State University. Growing up in such a beautiful area gave her an appreciation for the environment that inspired her to pursue a degree in Environmental Science. While in school she became involved in social justice issues on campus and in Humboldt County. Ana began to make the connections of how our social constructs affect our environment leading to environmental racism. She realized that you can’t leave out whole communities when it comes to conversations about climate change and the environment when they will be the ones who are affected. Ana has a love for both the environment and people because we are resilient, strong and imaginative and we can come up with solutions when we work collectively. On her down time Ana likes to hike, backpack, read and check out thrift stores.
Development and Events Director
Email: epayne (at) beyondtoxics (dot) org
A former environmental reporter and editor of the Veneta, Oregon-based West Lane News, Ephraim brings valuable fundraising and event organizing experience to Beyond Toxics. Most recently the Development and Communications Director for BRING Recycling, Ephraim has worked with and volunteered for local nonprofits ranging from International Stove Solutions (Instove) and the Long Tom Watershed Council (LTWC) to the McKenzie River Trust (MRT). A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communications, he earned a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the UO in 2014. When not out in the community building the personal relationships and community partnerships vital to ensuring environmental protection for all Oregon communities, you might find him exploring the Cascades with his family or at home in his woodshop working on an endless variety of DIY home improvement projects.
Environmental Justice Community Organizer
Email: palvarez (at) beyondtoxics (dot) org
Pablo was born and raised in Guatemala City, until the age of 14. He came to the U.S. in pursuit of greater opportunities and an education which he obtained at the University of Oregon. The majority of Pablo’s studies have mainly focused on human rights. Through life experiences in Guatemala and his work with refugees in South Africa, policy analysis in Washington, D.C. and paralegal work with immigrants in Springfield, OR, Pablo discovered a perverse pattern in which communities who had the least power and resources to stand up for their human rights, were the ones most impacted by environmental degradation and climate change. He is motivated and inspired by the work at Beyond Toxics and wishes to advance their mission and vision in the community.
In a unique job-sharing relationship between organizational partners, Pablo also works part-time as an Environmental Justice organizer with the Eugene-Springfield NAACP. When he isn’t out fighting for rights he is usually listening to music as he explores random sites on google maps. He plans to travel to them all one day.
Bianca Marcella Ballará
Community Organizer, Southern Oregon
Email: bballara (at) beyondtoxics (dot) org
Born in Miami, Florida of Cuban immigrant and working class parents and being familiar with racism and classism from a young age, Bianca has always had a mind for making the world a safer and more equitable place. Throughout her studies, and knowing that most of her grandparents were farmers, she keeps coming back to the importance of people’s basic needs getting met, such as the need for healthy food and connection to the earth. While at the University of Chicago, she built community gardens for the low-income communities of color, canvassed with Environment Illinois to keep British Petroleum from dumping oil by-products in Lake Michigan. Bianca moved to rural Oregon six years ago to and has since created several LGBTQ land projects in the area and studied Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Giving back to the highly marginalized Latinx and communities of color of rural Oregon who experience the brunt end of environmental injustice to her is a homecoming.
Fall 2018 Interns
Alyssa L. C. Martin is a senior at University of Oregon studying Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in African Studies. Her family has resided in Oregon since the start of the Oregon Trail, and has a deep relationship with it’s river waters. She also has interests and investments in environmental and climate justice locally and globally. In her free time, she goes on walks with her dog, Pepper, and hangs out with her neighborhoods cats. Her lifetime goal is to earn a Masters in Library Information Science and work within libraries to educate people beyond what they learn through public or private schooling. Cool fact about Alyssa: her ancestry can be traced back to the Hupa, or Natinixwe: “People of the Place Where the Trails Return,” of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in California. Her ancestry spawned her initial interests in environmental justice.
Growing up in Portland with parents who nurtured her love for the outdoors, Maggie especially enjoys hiking, skiing and camping. Her strong interest in caring for the environment grew naturally from her exposure to the outdoors of the Northwest. She is now a senior at the University of Oregon studying Journalism with a focus on Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration. She is also a supervisor in Allen Hall Public Relations, a student-run organization that offers students practical experience creating PR campaigns. This experience allows her to create a closer relationship with several organizations in the Eugene community, as well as University services. As a student of creative communication, Maggie is always searching for new and exciting ways to represent clients, create a greater awareness for their needs and cultivate memorable relationships along the way.
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