Our Leadership Team

Caitlin Beck, warden

Caitlin (she/her, he/him, they/them) is starting their 3rd year as warden and he has been involved since the start, 6+ years ago. She says, “Sacred Earth Camp is close to my heart: I love seeing how children and young people live out their vocations in the Church  wider community.”

Jan Constantinescu, warden

Jan Constantinescu (she/her) is starting their first year as warden person and was introduced to Salal+Cedar by its sibling community, Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin. She also is a member of Fairview Baptist and values the commitment to social justice and relationship building.

Laurel Dykstra, priest

Laurel (no pronouns or they/them if you have to) started Salal + Cedar as a place for sacramental practice in nature and concrete action for ecological justice, but found community along the way. Laurel is responsible for both the big picture and coordinating moving parts.

Emily Ann Garcia, communications

Emily Ann (she/they) joined Salal + Cedar staff in May 2022.  They are responsible for the overall communications strategizing and execution, along with Laurel.  She is also a member of Open Way Community church.

Francis Hart D’Emilio, council

Francis Hart D’Emilio (he/him) began worshipping with Salal + Cedar in 2022 after a long search for an affirming and creative faith community devoted to caring for Creation. He keeps the Celtic Wheel of the Year blended with Southern Italian folk Catholicism. He hears the voice of the Creator most clearly in the non-human world of plants, animals and elementals, especially when working in his vegetable garden. Francis currently serves on Council as the liaison to the Mutual Aid and Solidarity Team.

Elizabeth Mathers, deacon

In addition diaconal duties, Elizabeth (she/her) tends our Coleman Creek habitat restoration project, leads contemplative walks and keeps the Celtic wheel of the year. She is drawn to the community’s celebration of the Sacred in Creation and has been a part of the community from the earliest stages.

Benjamin Wilder, council

Benjamin (they/them) has been hanging out with S+C in various capacities for sundry exploits since 2018, and is currently a council member. S+C’s heart for justice is what drew them to the community, and the queerness and neurodiversity have kept them coming back.

Corvus Corax, common raven

At S+C our practice of Watershed Discipleship means that we take seriously listening to the wisdom of the creatures, plants, geology and waterways of Coast Salish territory and that we seek to follow Indigenous leadership in caring for and defending the land.