Kaley is a native West coaster, born in California but grew up in Rhode Island. While spending her summers in California and rural Oregon, it was in La Pine at her grandparents’ RV park, fishing in Oregon lakes, and weeks spent at camp where she developed her love for Oregon. This carried her to the University of Oregon where first she received a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Community Arts. She then studied Multimedia Management, Museum Studies, and Non-Profits to earn a M.S. in Arts Management. Kaley loves using good design and thoughtful marketing in order to create effective communications. When not enjoying the outdoors, you can find her sewing and creating art, dancing, and juggling. She loves telling jokes and is always up to hear a new one.
Sam grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida and spent her childhood swimming, exploring mangrove mazes and cypress forests. After she completed her undergraduate degree in literature and philosophy, she moved to the west coast to attend the University of Oregon, where she earned her Masters in Education. Sam’s dream was to combine her love of wild places and her passion for conservation with education and community organizing. When she is not working with Cascadia, Sam can be found playing in the woods, making pies, or swimming in Oregon’s wild rivers.
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Jessica Butt, Legal Intern
Jess Butt grew up outdoors in each of the four corners of the U.S. In 2009, she studied environmental sciences at the National University of Costa Rica. She then returned to the California redwoods to play collegiate soccer at Humboldt State University, graduating in 2013 with degrees in Anthropology, Spanish, and Environmental Ethics. Over the next five years, Jess guided in nineteen countries on four continents. Highlights included active volcano treks in Guatemala, a six-month circumnavigation of South America, and bow drilling with wilderness therapy students in the Utah desert. Jess is currently a second-year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law, interested in water law and tribal land rights.
Noah Mikell, Legal Intern
Noah Mikell is a rising second-year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law. As an undergraduate, he became interested in ecology and environmental policy, which led him to come to Oregon for the school’s environmental law program. After spending the last few summers experiencing different aspects of non-profit work, he made it his goal to find an opportunity to continue learning about this career path during law school. Cascadia Wildlands caught his attention shortly after moving to Eugene, and Noah joined the team as a summer intern this year. He is looking forward to helping the team with legal research, and being a part of a strong and enthusiastic community of environmental advocates. When he’s not studying, you can find Noah on the bike paths, hiking with friends, or exploring Eugene.