Debbie Lukas works as a Clinical Herbalist and Herbal Pharmacist with 25 years of experience. She founded the family business Siskiyou Mountain Herbs, and propagates and grows many medicinal plants on the Frog Farm in Takilma, Oregon. Debbie teaches classes emphasizing respect for the land, ethical harvesting techniques and propagation of rare medicinal plants. She has been involved in nonprofits as staff, board member or volunteer for many years, and dreams of uniting diverse people in the Illinois Valley in the quest for sustainable living. She raises chickens, vegetables, herbs and hope! In 2006, she founded the Spiral Living Center to provide education and support to those living in the Illinois Valley. She serves as Volunteer Executive Director of Spiral Living Center.
Kate Deschamps founded and led the growth of her own consulting firm providing accounting software solutions and systems along with financial advise to professional corporations. Kate currently serves as Secretary and of the Board of Directors Member of Bumblebee Marketing Services, Inc. Previously, Kate served as Vice President of Finance for M&T Publishing, a company that published Dr. Dobb’s Journal as well as other technology publications located in the San Francisco Bay area. Kate was also Western Region Manager of internal accounting for KPMG Main Hurdman, a CPA firm (now part of KPMG) and worked in their New York and Chicago offices. Kate has business degrees in Accounting and Finance.
Caitlin Deane is a sculptor, homesteader, and lover of all nature-based skills & crafts. She comes from a fine arts background, having received her BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Her reverence for clay and natural materials led her to studying natural building and permaculture at the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture from 2012-2019. Over the last decade, Caitlin has worked with several non-profits as a guest instructor & program coordinator, bringing together both urban and rural communities towards sustainable practices. She has been visiting the Illinois Valley for the last three years, and is in the process of creating a family homestead here.
IV Gleaning Coordinator
Forrest Roth was born and raised in the Illinois Valley. As a kiddo, Forrest spent a lot of time swimming in the Illinois River and riding his bike, and he once caught and ate grasshoppers (cooked!) at Frog Farm. He went to the University of Oregon to earn a journalism degree, but seems to be drawn to Southern Oregon consistently. He now lives in Selma and splits his time between newspaper work at the Illinois Valley News, volunteering at KXCJ Community Radio (another Spiral Living Center project), and gleaning!