DNDA Team

Staff

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Anita Chakravarti Hale

Development Director
Anita has 17 years of experience in the legal field, with 6 years serving as an executive director for a legal aid nonprofit. She sees the importance of equity and social justice in her life, and the impact of helping people get to a better place. Since joining DNDA in 2015, Anita loves how DNDA has grown and improved. DNDA provides a holistic experience to a family through housing, art, and youth leadership. She loves seeing people thriving because of things that are happening here. In her free time, she loves reading, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family.

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Ben Antonius

Restoration Program Coordinator
Ben started with DNDA in 2015 as a volunteer and later restoration crew leader. He worked as a newspaper reporter until 2010, when he decided to pursue a career in environmental conservation, eventually attending grad school at UW's College of the Environment. He believes DNDA's environmental restoration work helps to connect people to their environment and build future stewardship. He loves riding his bike, and he thinks the rain is pretty great.

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CAROLINE BORSENIK

Environmental Programs Director
Caroline was born and raised in Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Western Michigan University. She eventually went on to obtain a professional certificate in Wetland Science and Management from the University of Washington. She moved to Washington State in 2013 where she briefly lived and worked on Orcas Island. She has since been involved in the environmental restoration field, initially serving in the Washington Conservation Corps for King County DNRP for two years where she learned about PNW ecology and restoration practices related to riparian, forested, shoreline and wetland environments. At DNDA, Caroline loves getting to work outside in the parks, but she also enjoys working out of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. She appreciates working with DNDA’s other staff that provide programming based in the arts and social justice. When Caroline is not working, she likes to hike in the mountains, visit new landscapes, and play on a Seattle Women’s lacrosse team in the spring.

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David Bestock

Executive Director
David is a native Seattleite, and has a background working in nonprofits, video production, and international public health youth work before coming to DNDA. At DNDA, he loves the people he gets to work with, and loves that DNDA does necessary and tangible work on a neighborhood scale. He loves the challenge of integrating Art, Nature, and Neighborhood while working with affordable housing and youth. Outside of DNDA, he loves to hike, camp, cook, and eat. He moonlights as an auctioneer, does improv comedy, and plays ultimate frisbee.

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Erika Bell

Youngstown Manager
Erika is a native Seattleite with a professional background in banking (14 years) and administrative roles. In her community work, Erika has held leadership positions in music and dance departments in various houses of worship, and has performed and recorded music with several artists locally and otherwise. At DNDA, her lifelong passion for youth and community empowerment drive her work as manager of the West Seattle arts hub known as Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. In her teaching artist and youth mentor roles, born through collaboration with Youngstown's arts partners, Totem Star, Arts Corps, and Interagency Academy, Erika has been able to witness the genius and self-realization of the bright, young future leaders Youngstown serves. Erika is inspired to explore all the ways in which her work at DNDA can utilize art to change lives, and the world.

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Intale Shuba

Programs and Development Associate
Intale was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, but also spent his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Florida in 2014. Shortly after, he moved to the Pacific Northwest to pursue new possibilities in life. He later went on to receive a post-baccalaureate degree in American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington, Bothell. Intale started serving with DNDA in early 2018. He loves DNDA because of the organization’s commitment to justice, equity, and community transformation. He is passionate about grassroots engagement and community-led programming, and his goal is to become an urban educator and work alongside an ever-growing number of East African community leaders in the Seattle area. In his free time, Intale enjoys reading, writing, attending open mics, photography, and the company of friends and family.

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Jules Hepp

Environmental Education Coordinator
Jules Hepp (they/them/theirs) is a White Queer Environmental Educator and Artist. They are committed to the ongoing work of teaching and connection with anti-racist and social justice practices. Jules’ passion is building and developing awareness of how we can best care for ourselves, other people, and the place/space/Beings around us to strive for individual and collective learning, healing, and growth. Jules has 12 years experience interweaving nature connection, education, and arts together and has been a Teaching Artist with DNDA since 2019. They are excited to be with DNDA full time creating, collaborating, and connecting! In and out of work, you can find Jules outside admiring Beings of Land, making art, telling stories, singing, using silly voices, and asking questions about things!

Jules is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides, graduate of IslandWood’s Education for Environment and Community Program, and has a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington. 

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Katie Stickell

Forest Restoration Intern
Katie was born and raised in Puyallup. Being raised in the Pacific Northwest allowed for many opportunities to explore and hike all the natural forests we possess. It became important to Katie to advocate for protecting these natural places and all the species harbored within them. After exploring veterinary school, Katie switched to the biological sciences and recently completed her BS in conservation and ecology. She seized the opportunity to work for DNDA because she’s always been passionate about restoring our lands.

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Kim Tran

Youngstown Facilities
As an abstract artist, Kim worked at Northwest Hospital and created oil paintings before coming to DNDA. Graduated from the University of Washington’s art program, Kim has been doing art for over 20 years. Kim produces various forms of art, including painting, sculptures, and digital art. Kim loves what DNDA represents because the work DNDA does matches with his core values regarding peace, equality, and protecting the environment. He feels like he does not have to compromise his values working for DNDA. In his personal time, Kim loves to make art and listen to music.

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Mary O'Donnell

Accounting Manager
Before coming to DNDA, Mary was a corporate controller. She has been an accountant for over 40 years.
Youngstown is Mary’s happy place. At DNDA, she loves reading poetry to kids. She also loves the artwork on the walls, arts in nature, and the music at restoration events. She said: “It’s just fun to come to work here.” She loves what DNDA is about and what DNDA stands for. When she’s not working at DNDA, you can find Mary working in her garden, binge watching The West Wing. She also runs a foster teen council and a holiday program for youth.

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Nafasi Ferrell

Restorative Justice Program Manager
Nafasi is deeply committed to transforming youth education through the arts and creating intergenerational spaces of dialogue highlighting the importance of history in our continuous struggle for racial equity. As a teaching artist Nafasi has facilitated poetry sessions with homeless youth and led workshops with high school and community members in the Seattle area using hip-hop and poetry. She hopes to help bring together individuals, families, and organizations and give greater visibility to the many diverse communities in Delridge. Nafasi hails from Oakland. A lover of great food, she is always looking for new restaurants to try and new recipes to experiment with. She is an avid lover of the world and if you don’t find her watching a random travel show she is undoubtedly planning her next trip across the sea.

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Nat Safka

Environmental Outreach Specialist
Nat was born and raised in Seattle growing up near Lake Washington and the Montlake Cut. He received a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Leadership Studies and Geography from Western Washington University. His interests of conservation education and environmental restoration drew him to DNDA’s Nature team as he hopes to inspire those around him to make positive change in the Delridge community. Nat loves to hike, swim, and go on bike rides with his free time, but is also passionate about local sports teams like the Seattle Mariners.

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Nelson Lu

Programs & Development Specialist
Nelson is interested in making our communities healthier. He graduated from University of Washington with a master's degree in Public Administration. Prior to his work at DNDA, He participated in many research projects from community level such as analyzing and evaluating HIV/AIDS policies in Namibia and in Seattle, nutritional policies in Mississippi and in San Sebastian, Spain, to cellular level such as how Ebola infects human cells. With his experience, he aims to bridge the gap between science, data, and policies in building a healthier Delridge.

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Victoria Manibusan

Development and Communications Assistant
Victoria was born in North Carolina, and spent most of her formative years in Tacoma, Washington. Attending one of the most diverse high schools in the nation set the foundation for her commitment and passion towards creating inclusive, equitable, and community-oriented spaces. Recently graduating from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Diversity, Victoria hopes to utilize the lessons from her upbringing and schooling to build a career that seeks to empower historically underserved populations. Victoria was drawn to DNDA because of their commitment to developing community and their outstanding support towards local youth and artists of color. In her free time, she enjoys participating in traditional Polynesian and Micronesian dance, as well as exploring the PNW with friends, and researching music history.

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Yeggy Michael

Art Programs Director
Yeggy is an award-winning visual public artist whose work can be seen throughout the Seattle area. Armed with metal, stone, glass and a green approach to his work, Yeggy often uses mosaic to illustrate unity and diversity. His vision is to provoke questions about natural cycles, provide a sense of place and to reflect on the movement of time. Yeggy believes that public art needs to reflect the community, the culture and the people who live in it, especially in communities that are underserved. It’s not just about beauty – it’s an expression of the moment and the people. Yeggy's inspiration comes from what has stayed close to his heart. At DNDA, Yeggy creates and leads arts programs for youth in West Seattle and South Seattle communities.  He also works as co-director of the Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long, a unique annual outdoor festival.

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