Pollinator Project Rogue Valley is directed by an all-volunteer board.
We joined together to promote the health of pollinators and people
- for our food systems and ecosystems - in our communities and beyond.  
Working together, we can save our pollinators.

Cara Cruikshank

Cara earned a Master Degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University and has been an environmental educator for 20 years. While living In Washington state, Cara co-founded EcoSolutions, the Natural Landscapes Project, and Oysters for Salmon, working on water quality and pollution prevention. She loves teaching and working with children, and runs a nature camp during the summer.

Among other projects in Southern Oregon, she was active in the anti-GMO campaign, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, the Community Rights movement, and helped design the Stream Smart website for the Bear Creek Watershed Council. She is passionate about organic gardening and the reduction of pesticides, herbicides and industrial fertilizers.

Cara is a co-founder of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley and serves as Vice-President.

Cecile Shohet

Cecile, born and raised in New York City,  unexpectedly discovered a big joy for botany while taking her very last four-credit course at Queens College.  Shortly afterwards, living in the Negev desert in Israel while researching predator-prey relationships with a desert ecologist, she realized that nature and wildlands had became part of her. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Botany from Arizona State University, Cecile moved to SW Oregon in 2000 to be the district botanist for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Cave Junction, honored to be a botanist in an area renowned for its

plant rarities due to the unusual serpentine geology. 
In 2005, Cecile formed Calypso Botanical Consulting, subsequently working on many projects throughout the West to document rare plant species.  But her scientific interests are not limited to plants - she has worked on projects for the desert tortoise and blunt nosed leopard lizard; coordinates Rogue Valley Audubon’s annual citizen science project, the Medford winter resident raptor run; and is currently taking a year-long course about the rare California red-legged frog.

Cecile is excited to help create an educational program with PPRV, having dabbled in teaching throughout her adult life. In her twenties, she worked as an interpretive Park Ranger in Central Park, taught earth science, was a houseparent, and for a year was principal at the back-to-the lander Petrolia High School, where the school year began with a ten-day backpack and ended with a six-week cross-cultural trip to Mexico.  

Cecile is enthusiastic about what can be created at PPRV, and the opportunity to help people imagine and collectively create more native habitat for pollinators, birds, reptiles, and mammals — and enjoy the results.

Dolly Warden 

Dolly is deeply involved in environmental and pollinator health issues. Dolly Warden often helped her father with the beehives when she was a young girl, and she is a member of the Oregon State Beekeepers Association. Dolly is a graduate the College of the Melissae. She began the Bee City USA "movement" in the Rogue Valley, initiating Talent as the second Bee City USA in the universe!

She received her Masters Degree in Library Science at Kent State, later earning her Master of Divinity Degree, paralegal certification, and a Certification in Permaculture. She has also worked in human services, founding the Initiative for Trafficking Survivors in Dallas, and has founded and worked in programs for immigrants and survivors of torture. Dolly speaks Spanish.  

Dolly is a co-founder of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley and serves as Treasurer. Dolly also serves as chair of Bee City USA Talent, and Treasurer of the Cascade Girl Organization.

Kristina Lefever 

Kristina moved to the Rogue Valley in 2012 and immediately became enamored with the region's flora and fauna, especially our pollinators. At the same time, she began learning about the unprecedented decline of all pollinators and the associated implications for our food system and eco system. She and her husband turned their barren property in Ashland into a pollinator garden, with many native plants, trees - and dandelions - but of course it's never finished.

Kristina loves teaching about our native bees, butterflies, flies, wasps, beetles, and humming- birds, and the plants and habitats that best support them. Her dream is that everyone's yard will include a little or a lot of pollinator habitat, even if it's just a pot of nepeta (catmint) on the porch.  As her knowledge of native plants continues to expand, she is even more passionate about creating habitat that supports native pollinators and thus all creatures that depend upon them.

Kristina is honored to serve as president of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley. She also serves as chair of Bee City USA Ashland, is a board member of Beyond Toxics, and is a certified Jackson County Master Gardener.

Kyle Poling

Kyle has been growing and saving seed from a vast array of plants for the past 15 years. His background and experience 
includes work in the nursery trade, on various local farms, and two years of education thru SOU's discontinued Certification in Botany. 

Kyle has a special connection with Southern Oregon's native flora, and enjoys growing a broad diversity in his own garden - over 150 native species! 

This love of native plants and their intricate connection with all the various species of pollinators has gradually led him to begin rearing moths and butterflies as well as become a backyard beekeeper. His hope is that everyone in our region can learn to appreciate the environmental importance, landscape potential, and especially the beauty, of our native plant species.  

Ruby Reid 

Ruby always dreamed of becoming a farmer. Growing up in a city, her favorite place was the vegetable garden, covered in dirt, and surrounded by plants and bugs. Ruby holds a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard, and she practiced social work and community organizing for over a decade. From 2012 until 2016, she served as Chair of the Board for Impact Bay Area, a nonprofit that provides full-force practical self-defense training.

She met her fiancé, Chris Day, while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015, and they settled in Southern Oregon. They created a mini-farm complete with greenhouse, raised bed, honey bee hives, native bee houses, a pollinator garden, and a massive worm composting system. Ruby's passion for growing her own food (and her propensity to produce more than she and Chris could possibly eat or give away) spurred her to purchase five acres in the Klamath mountains and launch a farm-to-table business in 2017. Valhalla Organics produces homemade Certified Naturally Grown goodies like pickles, preserves, and raw local honey.

Ruby is honored to serve as Secretary for Pollinator Project Rogue Valley.

Pollinator Project Rogue Valley does not discriminate or tolerate harassment on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, national origin or any other status or basis prohibited by state or federal law.

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