OUR TEAM

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Drake Carnahan, Landscape Designer

Drake (she/her) started Urban Village Designs LLC in 2020 as an opportunity to put her knowledge and vision into practice, and to put her skills into designing regenerative natural and social environments. 

 

Drake holds a M.S. in Sustainability Education, along with a B.A. in Social Sciences, a minor in Civic Leadership, completed her Permaculture Design Certificate at Portland State University in 2014 and is currently working on her Advanced Permaculture Certificate in Resilient Land Design. She has over a decade's worth of experience in environmental conservation, urban farming, service-learning, project management, event production, group facilitation, outdoor and experiential education for youth and adults, personal coaching and mindfulness practices.

She's a dog mama, chicken, duck and bee keeper, avid backpacker (both internationally and in the backcountry), whole systems nerd, urban village enthusiast, and enjoys dreaming up and contributing to the development of future regenerative societal design. On the side, she's also a professional intuitive guide, tarot reader and event producer at www.drakenyxvision.com

Connect with Drake regarding design, installation, real estate clean-ups, animal husbandry and social media at drake@urbanvillagedesigns.com.

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Kelsey Loar, Administrative Assistant

Kelsey (she/her) brings her energy to Urban Village Designs with administrative support as well as assistance on the worksite. She has permaculture experience through AmeriCorps and WWOOF, and while much of her sustainable design learning has taken place in Southwest desert habitats, she is looking to expand her knowledge of urban applications. 

 

Kelsey graduated Reed College with a BA in Art History, and she is stoked to put her research skills toward forging new processes, connections, and growth for the company. She is also a painter and wood burning artist who applies organic motifs and improvised line work across surfaces.

Reach out to Kelsey about all things admin, accounting, invoicing, human resources and scheduling at admin@urbanvillagedesigns.com

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Richelle Sandoval, Maintenance Manager

Richelle (she/her) is a full-time momma of two and our go-to maintenance orchestrator. Alway staying curious and critical, she loves to find ways to improve process, function and do things more efficiently, whether she's looking at a spreadsheet or determining which "weeds" are better left where they're at for wildlife benefit and time savings. She brings her experience in maintenance, on-going backyard experimentations with urban farming, and strong organizational skills to this position in order to manage our many unique maintenance properties!

Email Richelle for maintenance inquiries at care@urbanvillagedesigns.com

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Lucas James, Project Manager

Lucas (he/him) is a part-time musician, part-time landscape extraordinaire, bringing years of experience in nursery and project management to the Urban Village Designs team. From the beginning, Lucas has supported the company in it's development, and has led the way on all of our hardscaping projects, building related projects and supported with UVD accounting. 

Lucas rocks the drums in multiple bands in the Portland area (including Jay Si Proof), loves getting out into the backcountry, is an excellent beer brewer, and spends much of his spare time renovating the Urban Village Designs home base. 

Contact Lucas about unique project consultations such as rain gardens, french drains, flagstone, garden beds and more at lucas@urbanvillagedesigns.com

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Jerrilee Geist, Crew Lead and Willow Weaver

Jerrilee (she/her) is at home with her hands in the soil tending to plants, critters, and fungi. She is excited to be working with Urban Village Designs restoring healthy ways of living to people through the artful co-creation of natural ecosystems. She brings to the table her Permaculture training along with a background in project management and design. One of the best parts of working with UVD is the active encouragement to continue her ongoing studies of mycology, ecology, native plants, natural systems, and herbalism.

Connect with us to have Jerrilee weave a beautiful willow fence or unique structure on your property, or to consult on sensory garden ideas! 

Patrick O'Connor, Landscape Designer

Patrick (he/him) has worked in ecological horticulture since 2005. He learned vegetable growing through working at food justice organizations & community farms in Texas & California. For many years he ran Refugia Gardens, a design company specializing in water harvesting earthworks, wildlife habitat & culinary gardens. He’s managed public gardens in California and Washington.

 

Prior to moving to Oregon he managed two farm to table market gardens in Woodinville for some incredible chefs. He’s an avid seed keeper and amateur plant breeder. He’s enchanted with biodiversity & traditional foodways.  

Reach out to Patrick for help with all things agronomic.

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Cleo Chappell, Crew Member and Herbalist

Cleo (she/her) is a lifelong student of Herbal Medicine and the interrelationships between plants and people. She comes from a background of working with children in Montessori, outdoor, and home environments and is excited to be tending urban spaces with Urban Village Designs with love.

Cleo delights in partner dancing, singing, painting, folk storytelling, and participating in community ritual. You can find her in the warmer months taking naps in alpine meadows and garden nooks. 

Learn more about Cleo's Herb Garden Consultations here

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Ethan Bear, Crew Lead and Safety Manager

Bio coming soon!

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Henry Case, Crew Member

Henry (he/him) is an active admirer of all things outdoors. An avid hiker and budding birder, he is delighted to help UVD bring the many wonders of the forest back to our homes. Henry is a firm believer we should not have to travel to isolated pockets of remote areas to see and appreciate nature. Replacing lawnscapes with healthy soil and native plants will rejuvenate ecological communities, awarding us humans with butterflies, bees, birds and much more to marvel at, right in our backyards.  

 

Henry has a bachelors in Supply Chain Management, and brings experience as a project manager and wildland firefighter to UVD. He can be found with his nose in a book or in the Columbia River Gorge.