Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

Linda Neale
Founder
Linda Neale is anauthor, ceremonial facilitator, community organizer, and family business consultant.at LindaNeale < lindaneale.com>.She is also the co-founder and former executive director of the Earth & Spirit Council. Linda is the author of The Power of Ceremony: Restoring the Sacred in Our Selves, Our Families, Our Communities about the role of ceremony in Western culture. Linda is a retired marriage and family therapist, serves on the Board of Directors of Leupold & Stevens Inc., and is involved in various ceremonies and community activities throughout the Northwest.

Cynthia Nielsen

Lena Lane
Treasurer

Jonathan Merritt
Secretary
Jonathan Merritt serves the community as an initiated marakame, a traditional shamanic healer in the lineage of the Huichol people of Mexico, and as a Fire Keeper, holding monthly consecrated community fires at his home. A poet and writer, Jonathan has published numerous articles and poems and is the founding editor of Sacred Fire. If you are interested in healing work or attending a fire, contact Jonathan .

Kurt Biel
President

Dave Cooley

David Cooley is a life-long resident of Vancouver ,WA. When not enjoying the wind, rain, and unaltered terrain, he’s a professional singer, band leader, song writer, and pianist. David’s spent a lifetime working events, ceremonies, and community gatherings from both artistic and logistic perspectives.

Staff

Gwendoline Van Doosselaere
Outreach Coordinator & Administrator
An outdoor enthusiast and deeply intrigued by a life lived intuitively, Gwendoline brings her background in communications and project management to help drive Earth & Spirit’s activities and impact.

Raquel Hugo
Event Coordinator

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