Cafe and Office building
39140 Proctor Blvd. Sandy, OR 97055
Outdoor Programs building
38600 Proctor Blvd. Sandy, OR 97055
Being bi-cultural is an important piece of my job, as I am able to connect with the Latinx community. As a person of color, it’s important for me to be able to connect and support the Latinx community. Growing up, I wasn’t aware of any resources. Oh, how I wish I could of have had an advocate that spoke my language and understood my roots who would have given me the trust and courage to ask for help. I’m invested in my community and willing to make my community a home. I want to empower Latinos and teach them that “SI SE PUEDE” (Yes you can). It’s an honor to be part of the Nuevo Futuro Program at AntFarm.
Cristina is the program manager for the Nuevo Futuro Program also supervising our Covid Team’s Latinx Case Managers. She embraces and empowers Latinos in Sandy, Estacada, and Clackamas County. We are excited to see her grow this Latinx “New Future” program.
Growing up on the farm, my Grandpa used to say “Any job worth doing is worth doing right.” This is a lesson I try every day to teach to our youth. There’s a lot of different tools that will get a job done, but taking the extra time to determine the best one will help you ensure that it is done right. Whether we are building a trail up on the mountain with one of our YouthCore Teams or cutting the grass for one of our seniors through CommunityConnect, the idea of building core values through our work is always front and center.
Neal’s prior experience and passion for helping youth makes him a great asset to AntFarm. Neal oversees all Outdoor services including YouthCore, CommunityConnect, Learning Garden, Woodlot, Planet 365, and Mount Hood Farmers Market. He manages our largest group of youth volunteers and employees. They are all in great hands. He manages our largest group of youth volunteers and employees. They are all in great hands.
I have worked with youth from low-income neighborhoods for 25 years—serving their lunch, checking out their books, teaching them about art, culture, writing, and humanity. But it wasn’t until I moved on from working with children, that I became introduced to AntFarm and how they provide help and comfort to youth and the entire community. My family needed their assistance through COVID. It was the first time I ever felt that I could be transparent about my family’s difficulties and not feel judged. When AntFarm was hiring, it was my Case Manager who urged me to apply and gave me the confidence I needed to apply. Now, every day, I am blessed to provide assistance and compassion to our clients and staff and proud to be a part of this amazing program.
Amie started at AntFarm on our Covid Team as a Case Manager. She now manages the whole Covid Team. Our Covid Team helps people of Clackamas County who are affected by Covid-19 by paying their rent and utilities. The rent assistance and wrap around programs have increased AntFarm's visibility and connection with Clackamas County youth and community members.
Ever since I can remember, I have had the desire to work in an office setting. As a child, I can remember playing with my grandmother’s old phones. scheduling appointments and pretending to take messages. My grandmother taught me at a very young age that there is no “free ride” in life and that everywhere you go and in anything you do, you should try to help others. I can honestly say I developed my work ethic from her. I have always had a desire to help others just as she has done throughout the years. Now that I am grown with 3 beautiful children and 2 amazing grandchildren, I hope I have taught them by example the same thing. I feel fortunate to have found AntFarm, as this organization allowed me to fulfill my desire of being in an office and working in the restaurant industry, as well as, made me feel like I am part of a family.
Toni came to AntFarm as part of our administrative team and then moved into a Covid Support Case Manager position. Toni’ work demonstrated commitment, leadership, and interest in helping the community, so she was invited to be the Café and Bakery Manager. She has stepped into the Café with great team support and continues to improve the quality of our menu as well as community accessibility for all we do.
I have been working in the field of youth development for many years serving as a champion for young people and their families. I have established workforce development programs and taught life skills and financial literacy, while supporting internal asset building with a focus of internal/external stability. I believe it is important to provide a solid perspective on the importance of culture and the value of equity and inclusion. My experience is in high risk and vulnerable youth outreach and crisis de-escalation, including sex trafficking, gang outreach, homelessness, LGBTQIA+, communities of color, and foster care.
As Director of Youth Services, Valerie is an advocate for community partnerships and positive youth development experiences. She oversees our Alcohol & Drug Prevention, Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project, Axis Learning Center, and overall Youth Services. She believes that when youth come to AntFarm, they will have an opportunity to learn and grow with the support from AntFarm and their experience.
When my partner and I established AntFarm years ago, we did so from the teachings of Frank Fools Crow. He spoke a basic truth: “Survival of the world depends on our sharing what we have and working together.” It is through these words I discovered my passion that positive change occurs when community works together. Focusing on youth as the next generation and seniors as those with the experience and history of the past has definitely demonstrated the positive change necessary to make Grandfather Fools Crow words a reality. When we support each other, regardless of political or personal beliefs, we always find common ground and discover healthy ways to live together. I am thankful that AntFarm has become a place where healing occurs for all people.
Two Foxes Singing, known as Nunpa, is an Occupational Therapist, community leader, and youth advocate. With his life partner of 20+ years, Nunpa and Damon founded AntFarm in 1997. Damon continues to provide support for staff and programs, while Nunpa serves as the Executive Director overseeing our Café & Bakery, grants & funding, accounting, and systems administration.
As a community member in Estacada, I see the struggles that our youth are having in and outside of schools. In my journey toward adulthood, many people influenced my life with direction and encouragement to get me to where I am today. I made an intentional choice to leave the field of teaching to work at AntFarm, so I could focus on the social and relational side of mentoring youth. During this career transition and upon many hours of reflection and meditation, I discovered that my dream is to sit with youth without my primary focus being academics or sacrificing my family time. In doing so, I now have the ability to offer youth my full attention, so they become the most important person to me in that moment. In my family, Sisu is a word we use as a litmus test for grit. I can now provide youth with the opportunity to find Sisu. This takes time, and now I have that time with them.
Chris Stanton is a veteran teacher, outdoor guide, and youth mentor. He comes to AntFarm with 20 years of teaching experience and working with middle school and high school age students within the additional after school clubs and programs he has started. At AntFarm, Chris serves as the Estacada Community Manager spending most of his time in the middle and high schools, as well as, making connections between the community and their needs.
When I was a struggling new mother, I sought out the help of a non-profit breastfeeding group. I was so thankful for the support, I wanted to give back to others. I became a volunteer supporting other mothers and that organization for 10 years. Realizing the importance of non-profits and volunteering, I also started helping at a local horse rescue where I continue to volunteer today. My passion for non-profits and volunteering led me to AntFarm. I see lives positively impacted daily from AntFarm’s program: satisfied customers, accomplished tutors, excited youth, thankful community members, and fulfilled employees. I am so grateful to contribute my skills to and be a part of this incredible organization.
As our Director of Human Resources and Administration, Anne brings to AntFarm the skills and knowledge to keep us organized and following policies and procedures. Anne and her team are in charge of human resources, marketing and public relations, administrative services, risk management, facilities management, and quality management.
I have bounced around different industries in my career – steel warehouse & fabrication, telemarketing, microbrewery, large equipment design & manufacture, coaching & consulting, and landscaping to name a few. I’ve only ever really enjoyed it when I was around missions aimed at development and progress, rather than simple products & services that were profitable. The constant for myself has been the desire to help an organization be as successful and efficient as possible. I feel much more fulfilled when I’m around a team that is contributing to others’ success. A piece of advice I once received was “when you are going to make a major life change, make sure you’re running towards something, rather than just away from something else.” I can definitely say that I am happily running toward AntFarm.
Tony brings over 20 years’ experience in accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, and payroll into his role as the Chief Financial Officer. As the first CFO for AntFarm, he brings strong skills to the team with knowledge focused on strategic accountability and compliance in all that we do.