SLC Staff

Executive Director

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 has business degrees in Accounting and Finance, and founded and has led the growth of her own consulting firm providing accounting software solutions and systems along with financial advice to professional corporations. Kate currently serves as Secretary and is a member of the Board of Directors of Bumblebee Marketing Services, Inc. Previously, she 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 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 manages the finances of SLC’s many programs and projects, including KXCJ-LP.

Illinois Valley Gleaning Project Coordinator

Jeff Meier is a Crew Leader for Youth Conservation Corps, Wildland Firefighter, and a gardener.

Jeff coordinates the IV Gleaning Project, organizing crews to harvest produce that would otherwise go to waste, and distributing crops to food programs and food banks in the Illinois Valley.