Our Team

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LISA ARKIN

Executive Director
Email: larkin@beyondtoxics.org
Phone: 541-465-8860 x804

Lisa Arkin, the Executive Director of the Beyond Toxics, has provided innovative policy leadership and grassroots organizing for this statewide environmental justice organization since 2007. Under her guidance, Beyond Toxics embraced the principles of diversity and equity, and adopted an anti-racist ethos to become Oregon’s first environmental justice organization. Arkin is dedicated to placing human rights, racial and social justice at the forefront of all environmental protection and climate resiliency policies. Beyond Toxics organized the first Oregon Environmental Justice Bus Tour, the first set of regional environmental justice forums and stewarded the adoption of Oregon’s Environmental Justice Framework (SCR 17) in the 2021 legislative session. Under her leadership, Beyond Toxics has grown to a staff of eleven and has two offices, including our Willamette Valley headquarters and the Southern Oregon office. She has served as appointed member of a number of commissions and workgroups, including the Cleaner Air Oregon Policy Advisory Committee, the Lane County Planning Commission and the State Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Advisory Committee. She is a recipient of the Eugene City Club Turtle Award for unique civic leadership, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, a nonprofit dedicated to uplifting the amazing history of African-American timber workers. Arkin is the granddaughter of Russian-Ukrainian Jewish immigrants who fled pogroms and persecution to pursue their dream of becoming farmers. She dedicates herself to the values of Tikkun Olam, taking action to repair the world.

 

See Lisa’s most recent blog, “Public Pressure Brings Down Polluting Giant” | MORE blogs by Lisa


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KRYSTAL ABRAMS

Regenerative Ecosystems Manager
Email: kabrams@beyondtoxics.org
Phone: 541-465-8860 x803

Krystal Abrams 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.

Areas of expertise: Regenerative Ecosystems, First Foods, Pollinator Garden, Non Toxic Oregon, Chlorpyrifos/Neonics/ACP/Crossbow

See Krystal’s most recent blog (Jennifer Eisele, co-author), First Foods for Spring | MORE blogs by Krystal

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ARJORIE ARBERRY-BARIBEAULT

West Eugene Community Organizer
Email: aab@beyondtoxics.org
Phone: (541) 543-2468

Arjorie Arberry-Baribeault was born in Turkey where her father was stationed in the Air Force. She moved to West Eugene in 1993 to raise a family. After having children, Arjorie studied at The College of Cosmetology in Klamath Falls and became a licensed cosmetologist. Arjorie became interested in pollution in her neighborhood after her 13-year old daughter was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2018. After researching the air, water, and soils in the West Eugene area, she discovered the work of Beyond Toxics. Arjorie says, “Joining the environmental justice team at Beyond Toxics gives me the ability to help be a voice for West Eugene’s community. My passion is to speak up for those individuals who have not been heard. My goal with Beyond Toxics is to help and serve as an example for the West Eugene Community, because I am one of those families harmed by the poor air quality in Eugene.”

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JENNIFER EISELE

Pesticide Program Manager
Email: jeisele@beyondtoxics.org
Phone: 541-465-8860 x812

Jennifer Eisele brings invaluable experience to our organization based on her previous work on pesticide regulations in the Tribal Environmental Protection Program of the Shoshone Paiute Tribes of Nevada.

Read Jennifer's latest blog, "New Law Lets Homeowners Opt-Out of Pesticides" written with Barb Rumer, Community Advocate

see also: "Dorris Ranch Orchard: A new season brings the chance for a new start"

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PAIGE HOPKINS

Climate Justice Organizer
Email: phopkins@beyondtoxics.org

Paige Hopkins grew up in Southeastern, Washington. She went on to complete her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies at Portland State University. During her time in school, she interned with the Portland Fruit Tree Project to develop a mutual aid program for urban fruit tree produce within the Portland Community. This experience influenced her interest and passion for grassroots-led initiatives applied to environmental and climate justice issues. Paige looks forward to continue working and building connections with local community members and organizations on projects that impact the environment and the health of the community. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, paddleboarding, and spending time outdoors.

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JOHN JORDAN-CASCADE

Website Manager
Email: jjcascade@beyondtoxics.org
Phone: 541-465-8860 x810

John Jordan-Cascade has served as the Communications Manager for Beyond Toxics since April 2009. He has an extensive background as a web and graphics designer and video producer. John 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.

Read John's blogs: Bees by the Numbers and The economics of exporting coal through Oregon

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MASON LEAVITT

GIS and Spatial Data Coordinator
Email: mleavitt@beyondtoxics.org

Mason Leavitt’s younger years were split between grey, flat suburban Denver Colorado and the agricultural tourist town of Hood River, Oregon, situated in the National Scenic Area of the Columbia River Gorge. Entranced by the scenic vistas of mountains, rivers, and temperate rainforests, he has always felt intimately tied to the world’s precious ecosystems. Mason is almost finished with his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon in Geography as well as Spatial Data Science and Technology. He has found much intellectual fascination, passion, and curiosity enmeshed in the science of place, whether that be through the methodologies of the Humanities, qualitative social sciences, or the statistical basis of programming and GIS. While he figures out which one pulls his heart the most for graduate school, he’s beyond joyed to bring his entire skillset to Beyond Toxics, and participate in a community advocating for values dear to him. 

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MEET PANCHAL

Environmental Justice Statewide Projects Manager
Email: mpanchal@beyondtoxics.org

Originally from Mumbai, India, Meet Panchal holds a Graduate degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Social Work with a specialization in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship. He discovered his passion to work with marginalized communities who were vulnerable to climate and environmental change. Meet’s academic fieldwork focused on livelihood assessments and economic and environmental justice with an emphasis on water equity projects. He served as a CivicSpark Fellow in the San Diego Region helping build the capacity of both local government agencies and community allies by integrating water into their existing land use and climate adaptation plans. Meet is excited to be on the forefront of connecting and communicating with community groups and other nonprofits that represent BIPOC, impacted and historically disadvantaged Oregonians. In his free time, Meet can be found outdoors, biking, hiking and relaxing at any available water bodies.

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EPHRAIM PAYNE

Community Narratives and Video Production
Email: epayne@beyondtoxics.org

A former environmental reporter and editor of the Veneta, Oregon-based West Lane News, Ephraim Payne 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.

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MORGAN SNOW

Membership and Events Manager
Email: msnow@beyondtoxics.org
(541) 543-2461 ext. 818

Morgan Snow grew up in Napa Valley, California, but has called Oregon home for the past 4 years while completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Oregon. Her research interests include the bridging of intersectional ecofeminism and environmental justice to further study the relationship between human and environmental rights and health disparities. She joined Beyond Toxics in 2020 as an intern and is
happy to step into her new role as Membership and Events Manager. In her free time, Morgan enjoys cooking, relaxing by the Willamette River, and growing her plant collection.

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TERYN YAZDANI

Staff Attorney and Climate Policy Manager
Email: tyazdani@beyondtoxics.org 

Teryn Yazdani was born in Jackson, Mississippi and raised in a tight-knit multi-generational Iranian-American household. In 2017, she moved to Portland to pursue a career in environmental law after graduating from Tulane University in New Orleans with a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies. In 2020, Teryn earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law. She was named one of the law school’s first Diehl Environmental Law Fellow recipients, an honor awarded to only four graduating law students pursuing careers in public interest environmental legal work. After graduation, she joined the Crag Law Center as their 2020-2022 Legal Fellow, gaining experience in federal and state environmental legal issues. In her spare time, she enjoys taking in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest by hiking, camping, and foraging.

2022 Interns

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MOLLY BABCOCK

Bee Jazzy Intern - Spring 2022

Molly Babcock moved to Portland, Oregon after spending the first ten years of her life on the Southern California coast. She is currently a second-year student at the University of Oregon pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Journalism. She is interested in using her skills in event planning and strategic communication to strengthen human and non-human communities facing environmental harm through Beyond Toxics. When she is not at work, Molly can be found enjoying Eugene’s many hiking trails, spending time at the gym, or playing her saxophone.

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YESSENIA RODRIGUEZ BARRIGA

West Eugene Intern - Winter 2022

Yessenia Rodriguez Barriga grew up in Umatilla, Oregon. She is currently a senior at the University of Oregon and is majoring in Planning, Public Policy & and Management. Yessenia is passionate about working with marginalized communities to help provide sustainable development and an accessible environment. During her free time, Yessenia enjoys reading and baking.

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SOPHIA LARABEE

Environmental Justice Intern
Email: slarabee@beyondtoxics.org

Sophia Larabee grew up in Denver, Colorado. She is a third-year student at the University of Oregon double majoring in environmental science and music, with a minor in geography. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and is a member of Divisi, the womxn identified a capella group at UO. She also works in a laboratory examining tephra samples from various volcanoes. Sophia is passionate about environmental justice and hopes to work with a governmental agency ensuring vulnerable communities are not subjected to environmental harm.

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PETER JENSEN

Environmental Justice Law and Policy Extern

Peter Jensen grew up playing in the Wasatch and Uinta mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah. After high school, Peter completed a B.S. in Environmental Science and Sustainability with a minor in Sociology at the University of Utah. Upon graduating, he worked as a researcher in the University’s Sustainability Office researching issues of food, environmental justice, and health perceptions before transitioning into a role with Patagonia, managing their environmental grants and activism programs in Utah. 


Passionate about issues of land, water, air, natural resources, health, and environmental justice, Peter his working towards completion of a law degree focused in Environmental and Natural Resource Law at the University of Oregon. Outside of his time spent devoted to his studies and working in healthcare law as a law clerk, Peter can be found playing outside with his wife, little boy, and chocolate lab, Stevie, fly fishing, or running through the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

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JENNA TRAVERS

Water Quality Intern
Email: jtravers@beyondtoxics.org

Jenna Travers is currently a marine biology major at the University of Oregon and has grown up in fishing and coastal communities across the US since her father was in the Coast Guard. At UO, she works in an environmental humanities lab, researching the impacts of glacier retreat on salmon populations in the PNW and the resulting impacts on small communities, Indigenous communities, and the economy. She joined Beyond Toxics at the start of 2021 to work on water quality research in the Siuslaw and McKenzie watersheds. She is interested in researching and encouraging the use of community-led management techniques that allow small coastal communities and Indigenous communities to have autonomy over the restoration and management of their ecosystems. Jenna likes working on science communication and figuring out how to bridge the gap between scientific research and society. In her free time, Jenna enjoys tidepooling, frisbee golfing, and hammocking at Alton Baker Park.

Read Jenna's first blog, Troubled Waters: Pesticide runoff into the Siuslaw River threatens salmon and the people who rely on them


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