all of our staff are volunteers! Our staff work full time in various different fields and volunteer with Passport Oregon in their free time.
KEVIN FRAZIER- Kevin was born and raised in the best state in the Union - Oregon. Since his days as a youngster, he has sought opportunities to explore Oregon's outdoors. A skier, hiker, and biker, Kevin cherishes the state's tremendous environmental diversity. His favorite spots include Wallowa Lake, the Deschutes River, and the South Sister. His day job allows him to tap into his appreciation for public policy and consensus building. In 2015, he graduated from the University of Oregon and currently resides in Portland with his wonderful girlfriend and the world's best roommates.
PAUL FRAZIER- Paul has lived in Oregon for 98% of his life. During high school he participated in Ski Racing on Mt. Hood and has had a love for the outdoors ever since then. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Business. He works full time as a technical project manager and volunteers with Passport Oregon to help operations run smoothly. When he's not working he enjoys time hiking, kayaking, and running with his wife.
JANE BACKEN- Jane was born and raised in beautiful Southern Oregon and now resides in Lane County where she takes advantage of every opportunity to hike the rainy forest trails nearby and photograph Oregon’s natural beauty. Jane cares about eating good food, surrounding herself with good people and staying curious. A recent graduate from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, Jane loves learning and will always self-identify as a student of the world!
BRITTNEY GUZZI- Brittney was born and raised in the Portland area and developed a strong love for the environment and all things wild at an early age. Growing up in Oregon exposed her to the best nature has to offer including frequent hiking and camping trips with her parents. Her favorite spot in Oregon is any hiking trail in the Columbia River Gorge or Mt. Hood. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Human Physiology and hopes to soon enter the public health field. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon and loves to spend her free time outside exploring with friends and family!
COLIN TAKEO- While Colin was born in California, he has spent most of his life in the lovely hills of Southwest Portland. Since a young age, he has enjoyed the great outdoors by camping at the coast, hiking in the Gorge, and snowboarding the slopes at Mt. Hood. He also enjoys spending time playing soccer, making dance music, and reading about history. He is currently finishing his Music and History degrees at the University of Oregon. He hopes to eventually be a college professor, educating folks about the creation of ideology and cultural identity.
DALTON FUSCO- Dalton grew up in Arizona as a lover of the desert only to move to Oregon and fall in love with a whole new environment. She fell so much in love with it that she has yet to leave and currently resides in Portland. Being an avid lover of the outdoors and nature, Dalton hopes to allow all people the access that she was given to the great state of Oregon. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Geology.
MARIE WRIGHT -Marie was born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. She has a dual career path in education and business and holds BA and M.Ed. degrees in Education , an MBA, and a Washington State Teaching Certificate. Her nature name is Treefrog and she is passionate about connecting children with nature and mentoring them in the development of their naturalist skills. When she is not working she enjoys baking, cooking, gardening, music, photography, reading, traveling, watching movies,observing nature, and exploring the great outdoors. Marie and her husband share their home with three comical cats: Charlie, Ginger, and Mr. Kitty.
ARIEL KANABLE- Ariel has lived in Oregon her whole life. Since she was five she spent most of her days out on the soccer field. Her passion in soccer helped lead her to Concordia University in Portland where she was able to get a scholarship to play for the university’s women’s soccer team and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration as well as a minor in Psychology. She now works full time as the Tourism Development Coordinator at the Washington County Visitors Association. When she isn’t working or coaching soccer, she is out exploring, hiking, and working on her photography. Some of her favorite hikes in Oregon include Saddle Mountain, Dog Mountain and Cascade Head.
ELLE SULLIVAN- Elle is a born and raised Midwestern, but when she moved to the Pacific Northwest, she realized she's an Oregonian at heart. In the last few years, she's had quite a few magical moments in the Oregon outdoors, and through her job at the UO Outdoor Program, she gets to share the wild with everyone. Elle is pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies and a certificate in Wilderness Leadership at the University of Oregon, with the hopes of someday teaching about environmental justice in the context out outdoor experiential education. The first step: helping plan trips for Passport Oregon participants!
BEN ECKSTEIN- Bio coming soon!
HELENA SCHLEGEL- Helena grew up in the Southwest, but quickly fell in love with the wet and green Pacific Northwest when she moved to Eugene for school. Now a University of Oregon graduate, Helena resides in Bellingham, Washington taking full advantage to her proximity to the sea and the North Cascades. By day Helena works at a rural domestic violence and sexual assault prevention clinic education youth and the community about sexual assault prevention, safe sex, and healthy relationships. During her free time she loves to cook and spend time outdoors with her rescue dog, Reagan!
MATT NEWMAN- Matt was born and partly raised in Southern California, but has now spent about half his life in Oregon – and couldn’t be happier. Being very fond of the outdoors since moving up north, Matt enjoys taking advantage of the wonderful hikes, swims, and bike rides that the Northwest has to offer. Matt recently graduated from Oregon State University with an honors degree in Microbiology, and currently works at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland conducting cancer research. Matt hopes to attend medical school at OHSU so that he can enjoy the natural beauty of Oregon for as long as possible
MOLLY FRAZIER- Molly currently lives in Seattle, Washington but she will always love Oregon! She has a passion for capturing the beauty of Oregon through photos and videos. Molly graduated from the University of Oregon where she studied business and Spanish. She is an avid reader, bike enthusiast, and craft admirer.
KYLE THAYER- Kyle was raised in the Southeast Portland area. Once he got his license he spent much of his free time in high school exploring both the Oregon and Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. In the winters when the weather in the gorge was less than ideal he could be found swimming at the local indoor pool. He recently graduated from Oregon State University where he studied Psychology and enjoyed biking in the McDonald State Forest.
PATRICK MILLER- Patrick grew up in the shadow of Mt. Tabor in southeast Portland. He spent his childhood immersed in sports (soccer and basketball) while also finding time to go camping, hiking and fishing in the forests of Oregon with his family. As an adult he has worked with youth in schools in both Boston and Portland as well as, as a travel guide in Costa Rica, Belize and Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2016 and now lives in the same neighborhood he grew up in.