Katya Reyna – Community Projects Manager
Katya grew up in Oak Park, Illinois and studied urban planning at University of Illinois at Chicago. She moved to Oregon in 2016 and attended University of Oregon where she earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree. She has worked with local government and non-profit organizations including Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Resource Assistance for Rural Environments, and Latino Outdoors. Through her work and research, Katya advocates for people who have been historically disenfranchised and excluded from conversations about what happens to their neighborhood and environment. She is a native Spanish-speaker and in her spare time she enjoys swimming, rafting, playing soccer & trying to identify every plant and tree she sees. In May 2019, Katya assumed a full-time position with Depave, where she partners with community members, manages projects and contractors, and organizes volunteer work parties. Contact Katya
Board of Directors
Teresa Huntsinger – President
Teresa is an environmental professional with more than 15 years of nonprofit experience working at the Coalition for a Livable Future and Oregon Environmental Council. She followed her passion for urban water resources and green design by pursuing an environmental engineering masters degree at Portland State University and currently works as a Water Resources Designer at Otak, Inc. She has served on the board of Johnson Creek Watershed Council and she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa. Teresa joined the Depave board in November 2015. Contact Teresa
Lisa Huntington – Treasurer
Lisa, born and raised in southeast Michigan, ventured out the Pacific Northwest in 2012. She is currently working for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services. Her professional experience as a water resources engineer includes watershed management, river engineering and sustainable stormwater management design. While looking for work in Portland, Lisa joined Depave to make a positive difference in the health of the community’s watersheds and has since realized that the group’s mission goes well beyond environmental benefits. As a graduate of Michigan State University, she spends lots of time watching college basketball (Go Green!) and enjoys knitting, hiking and a good IPA. Contact Lisa
Theresa Huang – Secretary
Theresa grew up in the mountains of Taiwan and the Pacific Northwest, where she grew her love for nature. With a passion to help the environment and bring nature back into cities, she earned her undergraduate in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon in 2013 and Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University in 2019. Theresa first connected with Depave through working with the Jade Greening Initiative at Friends of Trees, and is excited to help raise more awareness about the effects of impervious surfaces in cities and the benefits of green infrastructure and urban green spaces among the different communities who reside in the Portland area. Theresa enjoys caring and growing her plant collections during her spare time. Contact Theresa
Emily Edwards – Communications & Development Committee Chair
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Emily moved to Oregon after receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawai’i. She then attended the University of Oregon, earning a Master’s of Nonprofit Management. Emily now works for Oregon Food Bank as a fundraising professional. As a daughter of environmental educators, the great outdoors has always played a key role for Emily. Now as a Board Member of Depave, Emily is excited to work with communities to equitably expand access to green space for our neighbors, while reducing the quantity of impervious surfaces in our community. Contact Emily
Whitney was born in Berkeley, CA and moved to Portland, OR shortly thereafter. As a child she spent countless weekends exploring the wilds of Oregon with the help and encouragement of her parents. They instilled in her a love of natural spaces big and small. In college she studied fine art and environmental policy at the University of Puget Sound. Years later she earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. Landscape architecture married Whitney’s passion for visual expression and natural systems. Along with Depave, Whitney is eager to create functional and fun landscapes that reflect community’s values. She strives to create “green” spaces that serve to filter pollutants, remediate the impacts of climate change, and facilitate community. It may sound like a lot but it’s all in a day’s work for a landscape designer. Contact Whitney
Steve was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He is a veteran, writer, producer, and entertainer. For over 10 years, he was a small business owner and has been an actor for almost as long. Since moving to Portland in 2016 he built a presence in the Portland comedy community as an improviser and host, while also contributing time to nonprofit organizations such as the Community Cycling Center. Steve recently founded a nonprofit called Art for Art, which uses proceeds from the sale of artwork to support the creation of more art. When he is not on stage or in front of a camera, Steve can be found watching a good improv show or roaming around a local park enjoying the beautiful Oregon rain. Steve is expected to rip up pavement, meet a bunch of great people, and learn about native plants. Contact Steve
Rachel grew up in Idaho, but moved to Oregon 30 years ago. With an intense desire to save the planet, Rachel earned a four-year degree in General Science at the University of Oregon in 1993, and then a degree in Environmental Science in 1998. Apparently, she could not decide what part of the environment to save. Since graduating, Rachel has been a public employee working for the US Forest Service, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; the City of Eugene and is now employed at Clean Water Services. Each agency was a unique experience with the work always centered on, stormwater management and watershed restoration. Rachel volunteers for several NFP including, Nature Conservancy, Water for People, Surfriders Foundation and of course Depave. In her free time, Rachel travels around with her Volkswagen Vanagon family, works on her streamside property, and loves to walk and hike with her two dogs. Contact Rachel
S.K. Amaro went to an elementary school that took a yearly field trip to the local water treatment plant. These experiences sparked a life-long interest in infrastructure and how cities function, particularly when it comes to water, power, and waste. He currently works for the Bureau of Environmental Services in the Private Property Retrofit Program helping community members with stormwater technical assistance and project implementation. Before that he worked for the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in their materials test lab and was a Los Angeles County Master Gardner. S.K. uses his free time to bike around the city, unlearn anti-Blackness and educate himself on racial history, work on his worm composting system, and connect with friends. Contact SK
Jennifer is originally from Long Island, New York and migrated west with a 10 year stop in Colorado before landing in Portland Oregon in 2006. Her education and professional work includes both biology, wetland science and landscape architecture. While in Denver, during and after graduate school from the University of Colorado, her career started depaving elementary school playgrounds when she was volunteering and working for the Learning Landscape Alliance. The work impacted her in positive ways that when she was introduced to Depave in Portland she knew it was an organization she wanted to volunteer for and put her energy into beingon the board. Currently Jennifer is working at GreenWorks, a landscape architecture and environment design firm focusing on connecting people with nature through innovative design. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys gardening, backpacking and dancing flamenco. Contact Jennifer
Ted is a habitat biologist who works on land use policy and fish and wildlife conservation. He has worked for Indian Tribes, nonprofit organizations, as well as Oregon and Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife. Ted is a native Oregonian and enjoys running wild rivers, backpacking, trail running, gardening, botanizing, and destroying pavement. He has witnessed first-hand the devastating impacts of stormwater on downstream aquatic habitats. He has been instrumental in permitting projects, raingarden design, grant-writing, organizing volunteers and working with contractors. Contact Ted
Quisa grew up in El Paso, Texas and studied architecture at University of Texas at San Antonio. She moved to Portland in 2013 to attend the Masters Program in Architecture at the University of Oregon, known for its focus on urban design and sustainability. It was during architecture school that she learned about the negative impacts of impervious surfaces such as the urban heat island effect and increased flooding in communities. She found out about Depave through word of mouth and wanted to get involved to make a difference. In 2017 she became a Crew Leader and is excited to help spread the word about the benefits of depaving. In her spare time, Quisa enjoys long walks with her dogs, yoga, good beer, and biking around the city. Quisa is taking a step back from the board to study for her Architecture licensure exam.
A self-proclaimed stormwater geek, Danny has worked as a stormwater professional for the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services for over 10 years. Prior to his stint with the city, Danny worked in the private sector on stream, wetland and natural area restoration projects. Danny first connected with Depave through his work with the city, and is excited to further his local impact serving on the board of directors. Raised in the Portland area (go Blazers!) with Minnesota roots (Skol Vikings!), Danny likes to spend his free time with his family hiking and camping and enjoying the outdoors. Danny is taking a step back from the board to pursue other interests, but will still be around to help!
Jean is a Health Educator at Multnomah County Environmental Health Services. Her education is in Public Health with a focus on Environmental Health. She has experience working with various diverse non-profit advocacy community groups such as Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon where she found her passion for social justice and environmental justice. She has high hopes to work through different avenues to achieve equity for all members of society through a human-centered design lens. During her free time, she enjoys climbing, experimenting with food, and is a map enthusiast. Jean stepped down from the Depave Board to dedicate more time to the Jade District Steering Committee. Contact Jean
Carlos Nuñez was born and raised in Mexico and moved to Portland at age 14. Carlos attended Eastern Michigan University on a swimming scholarship, where he majored in business and minored in French literature. As he says, “Six years were enough to realize my heart lies in the Pacific Northwest!’ Carlos works at his family’s business OCIN as a Court Interpreter, where he helps people communicate in Spanish and English. “I found Depave through Service Portland and I fell in love with breaking asphalt and seeing a finished product.” In addition to his involvement with Depave, Carlos serves as Head Coach for the Washington County Special Olympics and is a board member for Cultural Coalition of Washington County. Carlos is also working on starting a paddle boat rental business called “What’s up Yonder.” In 2019, Carlos stepped down from the board to embark on an exciting and indefinite adventure to Southeast Asia. Contact Carlos
Eric Rosewall – Executive Director Emeritus
Hailing from West Michigan, Eric joined the crew as the fledgling group’s media manager in 2009 after completing a degree in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. He went on to manage over sixty depaving projects and take on oversight of Depave – building it into a widely recognized leader in grassroots urban greening. In 2017, Eric stepped down from the helm of the organization to build Portland Parks & Recreation’s Ecologically Sustainable Landscapes Program and remains active with Depave. Contact Eric
Arif Khan founded Depave in 2007. He has a combined Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and engineering and a masters’ degree in urban and regional planning. His professional experience has included stints as a workplace safety consultant, bicycle and pedestrian transportation planner, and most recently as a project coordinator for disaster relief programs around the world. He became obsessed with depaving after moving into a home in northeast Portland in 2001 which had a back yard that was completely paved over. Attracted to the opportunity for destruction, he looked at this as a wonderful way to transform a dead space designed for car storage into an urban oasis filled with herbs, vegetables, flowers, fruits, and native plants. Now, he harvests figs, plums, apples, persimmons, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and various vegetables and herbs from his old driveway.
Kasandra Griffin launched Depave with Arif Khan (see Depave Alumni) in 2007-8, and then took a two-year sabbatical while she earned a Masters in Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley. She returned in the fall of 2011 and has served on the Board ever since, first as Treasurer, then as Vice President, now as an “at large” member. Kasandra is the Executive Director of the Community Cycling Center, which works to broaden access to bicycling. In the year 2000, she and Arif and some other friends did their first depaving project, when they tore down a dilapidated garage in her backyard and jack hammered the foundation; the garden that has been there ever since produces lots of asparagus, kale, tomatoes and dahlias.