the Earth Guardian Board of Directors

Meet the incredible people who make up our Board of Directors. We are honored to work with such amazing change makers!

Daniel Escalante, Board  Chair

Daniel Escalante is a  Chicano activistand folk   furniture maker with over 20 years experience as a trainer, group facilitator, and community organizer.    His training  has focused  on inclusiveness, conflict management, youth leadership, community organizing and multicultural leadership.He has provided training for numerous schools, municipalities, non-profit organizations, and grass-roots groups.  In addition, he has developed and implemented multicultural youth leadership programs and conferencesat the middle and high school levels. Daniel grew up in Berkeley, California.   He has four children  and four grandchildren,  and has been a foster parentfor 30 youth, mostly Apache.  He now lives and works at the Casa Taos Retreat Center in Taos, New Mexico. 

Micah Parkin, Co-Chair

Micah Parkin is  a founder  and Executive  Director  of 350 Colorado. She has 20+ years of experience as  a  climate and   clean energy advocate, community leader and organizer,  and nonprofit  director – first in  New  Orleans,  Louisiana,  and  since 2007 in Colorado. Micah serves on the City ofBoulder's Clean Energy Technical Team, as well as the RenewablesYES and Empower Our Future teams, which are citizen-led efforts to municipalize Boulder’s electric power in order to transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable power.   She serves on the  steering  committee  forthe  Coloradans  Against  Fracking  coalition  and  the board  of Colorado  Rising,  which  is working  to passballot  initiatives  to restrict fracking near communities. Micah also serves on “The Shed” – Making Local Food Work coalition and created the  Boulder  Edible  Landscapes  Coalition  topromote  local  food  growing  and access  for all community  members.    She received  a 2014“FearLess  Women Leading GREEN” award, Sierra Club’s 2007 Delta Chapter Black Bear Award, an 2014 BVSD Superintendent’sHonor Roll for creation of a model Greenhouse & Garden to Table Program at Columbine Elementary. Micah is the mother of two daughters  who  fuel  herpassion  to build  a powerful  climate  and  clean  energy movement, create resilient communities and transition to a sustainable future.

Kristin Reynolds, Board Secretary/Treasure

Kristin Reynolds is an intersectional  feminist with a huge passion for social change and a bit of a southern accent. She first became interested in   activism during her time studying at Appalachian State University, where she graduated in 2014 with a BA in Religious Studies, a BS in Sustainable Development, and a minor in music. Her passions have since taken her across the country to colorful Colorado. Kristin’s experience includesworking as an organizer with Grassroots  Campaigns,  Inc., serving as Director of Communication for a Colorado-based nonprofit, acting on the social media team for Colorado’s “Break Free from Fossil Fuels” actions, and working as an office director for the “Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking” ballot initiative campaign. Her biggest passion lies in learning and teaching about the interconnection   between  equality,  education,  and  environment.  After  working closely  with EG staff for years,  Kristinis excited  to join the team as Logistics Manager.

Iris fen Gillingham, board member

Iris Fen Gillingham is a 17 year old who has grown up being homeschooled on an off grid farm in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Her family lives and teaches sustainability, growing and raising their own food.  Iris raises Scottish Blackface and Shetland sheep and is a hand spinner. She is an artist and independent thinker with a deep interest in her Celtic heritage. She has grown up with the looming threat of the fracking boom coming to her home and the land she loves which led her to become a spokesperson for youth in her community. This brings her to press conferences, rallies, protests and meetings about environmental and social justice issues. She draws on her connection to the land where she lives and the warrior spirit of her ancestry to speak from her heart. She has led workshops and plenaries on youth engagement, ageism and empowerment. Iris wrote as a journalist for the local town youth-led newspaper for the past three years and is very active in her community.  She has taught climate change awareness through the theatrical arts and toured around New York State with NACL Theater.  She is a member of the Earth Guardians RYSE Youth Council and serves as the Regional Youth Director for Earth Guardians New York. Iris is a voting member of her college senate and leads the Earth Guardians SUNY Sullivan crew there.

Ellie  Griffin, Board Member

My name is Ellie Griffin, and I am a junior in high school.  The environment and issues revolving around climate     change have long been exceptionally important to me. When I was only  seven  I  often  vocalized  concerns about  concepts  such  as  littering.  As  a youth,  it  can  be  challenging  to  make  a difference,  but  I  feel  that  we  have  the ability  and  responsibility  to  change  the world. The youngest  generation  is being handed  a  world  with  problems  that  we simply cannot wait to do something about. I’ve been lucky to have leadership opportunities  through  my  school,  doing service work in  foreign countries and working  to  understand  important  current issues.  I have  also  made  a promotional video for the local homeless shelter because of my desire to combine filmmaking, one of my passions, with activism of sorts. Recently I led a walkout at my school to ask for the defunding of fossil fuels. CU  students  led  an  action  surrounding  the  ever  growing  issue  ofthe  non sustainable fossil fuel industry, so a group of students, some people involved in Earth Guardians, and myself, walked on campus to join them and support their cause. I know that it’s actions like these that can help make this planet a better and  more  sustainable  community.  Ihave  long  enjoyed  taking  on  leadership positions,  bringing  people  together  around  ashared  cause  or  belief.  Short filmmaking is one area of my life in which leadership is imperative in the directing and overseeing of projects. Arts have always been a big part of my life, and I hope to use them as a tool for good someday. I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to better develop leadership skills and be a part of something with people who value the Earth and taking care of it as much as I do. By coming together and educating ourselves and each other, I believe that we can accomplish anything.

Henry Jake Foreman, Board Member

Jake is a specialist in facilitation, development,   and  implementation of service learning experiences for students of all ages and has created extensive international networks with community partners, students and faculty across institutions to develop mutually beneficial relationships surrounding education, leadership development, and entrepreneurship. Indigenous methodologies  and epistemologies guide his philosophical and research approaches to  working with youth and communities to promote the health of our biosphere. He recently graduated with his Masters from the UNM Community and Regional Planning program.   Since graduating he has successfully completed his teacher license program,  the Native  Entrepreneur  in Residence  Program through New Mexico CommunityCapitalandreceived 1st   Place in  the   UNM Business Plan Competition.  His diverse cultural, educational,  and epistemological  backgrounds provide the foundation of his passion for bridging worlds and promoting harmony and consciousness through Indigenous education.

Makasha  Roske, Board Member

Makasha  Roske and his devotion to the younger generations inspired his being a co- founder of Earth Guardians and contributing over the past25 years  to it’s growth.    He brings over 50 years experience as a social architect, meta designer, entrepreneur, futurist,   promoter,   networker and   spiritual guide to his participation on the Board. In 1972 he co-founded World Family and has been a principle focalizer for international festivals and link-ups for world peace including World Invocation Day Festivals, the John Lennon Tribute, Harmonic Convergence, Campaign for the Earth, the Children’s Torch  of  Hope  Tour  and  Birth 2012.  Through entrepreneurial ventures and nonprofit  organizations,  Makasha has been instrumental in shifting consciousness in the areas of social investing, health and nutrition, gentle birthing, integral education, and conscious community building. He is  aco-founder  of  Shining  Mountain  Waldorf  School  in  Boulder  and  has  co- facilitated a number of youth leadership programs. In 1996 Makasha, together with his wife, Katharine and a core group within Global Family, co-founded Hummingbird  Community. Hummingbird, a transformational living center modeling co-creation and regenerative practices, is located on 500 acres of pristine land in northern New Mexico.  Makasha continues to be a core steward of the community and holds the space for Hummingbird to become a training center for Earth Guardians.

Makasha is an active partner in Living Co-Creation,  a business designed  to teach the principles  and practices of co-creation  through coaching, consulting, trainings, and online courses.  He is a former Board member of Barbara Marx Hubbard’s  Foundation for Conscious Evolution and is involved in a number of groups who are designing and building the social architecture for the emerging new earth. Makasha is the father of 8, grandfather of 22, and great- grandfather  of  19.     As  a guardian  of  the  “new  dream”,  he  is  passionately committed  to whole systems  transformation  and midwifing  a global co-creative culture in service to the well being of all life.

Pearl Gottschalk, Board Member

Pearl Gottschalk holds a Masters in Conflict Resolution and International Peace Building and an undergraduate degree in International Development with a focus on disability  and peace processes.  She was  formerly  the  Charitable  Givings Ambassador and International Volunteer Trip Leader with LUSH Cosmetics from2010-2015 where she  managed  a multi-million  dollar fund for grassroots charities.She has worked  as  a  Refugee  Advisor  and Grants Manager with the Winnipeg School Division as well as an Environmental Campaigner and grassroots activist with many environmental NGO's in Canada. She has traveled to 50 countries and has lived, volunteered and worked with many grassroots communities, indigenous communities and NGO's around the world. She currently volunteers for a retreat center in Mexico, is a proud Ambassador for the oceans with 5 Gyres and loves salsa dancing, making Mexican food and rock climbing.

Pippa Sorley, Board Member

Pippa Sorley is a social entrepreneur with extensive background in strategic development, communications, branding and  marketing  for non-profits,  B-Corps, and sustainable + conscious businesses. She is currently Director of Elephant Journal’s online mindful market, Elephant Market where she developed criteria of triple bottom line standards for 1000's of ethical products. She has served as a consultant for numerous social impact businesses including Elephant Journal, Slow Money, Pangea Organics, National Community Land Trust, Sustainable Resources,  and Whole  Foods  Market. She co-founded the  Internet’s largest philanthropic green marketplace, eConscious Market in 2006 where she served as both CEO and Vice President of Marketing. She is deeply passionate about all things sustainable  and exploring new economic  systems that will help shift the paradigm  towards  a more just world. She loves playing in the snow, cameras, dogs, running trails, philosophy, writing, traveling, and laughing...hard.

Vanessa Black, Board Member

Vanessa Black is a New York based filmmaker, multi-media artist, and journalist. She is fiercely dedicated to storytelling that improves the quality of life for society at large.Using a counterculture lens to examine politics,   Black’s work has been featured on National Geographic, CNN, Tribeca Film, VICE, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Esquire, Now This, RYOT News, Mic,  Refinery  29,,  Teen  Vouge (print), i-D Magazine (print), BuzzWorthy, MSNBC, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, NRDC, The Guardian, BBC and more. Blacks work often focuses on high stakes issues, from the Ukraine Crisis to Climate, working with game changers like Vice President Al Gore, teen activist  Xiuhtezcatl  Martinez  and innovators  in the impact space. Black's "Be A Witness: VIACOM x Witness" projection mapping project won the 2016 Proxima DBA Award for best PSA Campaign. Her work has screened at SXSW, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, SoHo House New York, The Chelsea Film Festival, 5 Point Film Festival, Focus Film Festival Santiago Chile, The Environmental Film Festival at Yale, The Environmental Film Festival Washington DC, among others.   She has spoken at MCON, SoHo House New York, Thew New Yorker’s Video Consortium, VIACOM’s annual  executive  meeting,  SoHo  House  NewYork,  The  Environmental  Film Festival  in DC, Huffington  Post Live and Finding  The Fabulous.    Her work is affiliated with Summit Series, Nexus Development, The United Nations, Breakout, IVY Connect, Soho House Worldwide. Outside of her commercial exploits, Black's docu-style storytelling celebrates real people, focusing everyday heroes as the subjects of her projects. Vanessa earned her Bachelor  of Arts in Film Production  from the University  of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.