OUR FABULOUS TEAM
Katrin Dougherty: Program Director & Compost Queen
Katrin oversees the YouthSource program, including the Supa Fresh Youth Farm. Katrin co-founded the Supa Fresh Youth Farm in 2009 with Mia Bartlett to provide a safe-haven worksite and training ground to prepare youth interns to enter the workforce and to qualify for more advanced internships. Originally from Fieldbrook, California, Katrin got her start teaching snowboarding and skiing lessons to students of all ages in Montana. In between seasons at the ski hill she worked in Yellowstone National Park and for a landscaping company, designing and installing ornamental and edible landscapes, and managing a private vegetable garden. After these experiences it was clear that she had a passion for youth empowerment, food, and outdoor education so she attended Montana State University, earned two degrees in education, and graduated with honors. In addition to her six seasons as a ski and snowboard instructor, Katrin has volunteered for a therapeutic recreation program, led a Girl Scout troop and, after college, worked as a high school teacher. Katrin has over 17 years of experience teaching and empowering youth and has been gardening since she could walk. She loves her work at the farm because not only does she get to lead and empower amazing young people to be successful in their careers and their lives, she also gets to grow delicious food for the community. Katrin loves the outdoors, hiking, camping, gardening, music–especially live, stories, reading, crafting, movies, all things Lord of the Rings-related, comedy in all forms, traveling, especially in the northwestern US and Yucatán, Mexico, and spending time with family, friends and her dog/co-worker, Dixie; she loves to laugh and is always working on her zombie apocalypse survival skills; most of all, she believes in kindness, integrity and the importance of community.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank
Jonathan Landolfe: Youthsource Garden Educator “Garden Guru”
Jon is from Detroit, Michigan he went to college in Denver, Colorado at Regis University. He majored in Political Economy and minored in Peace Studies. After college, Jon volunteered for 2 years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Belize, working with incarcerated youth at the Belize Central Prison and that’s when he started gardening. He became fascinated with the therapeutic and transformative powers of the garden. After moving back to the States he moved into a L’Arche community for people with developmental disabilities with a large farm and garden where he would volunteer. Jon enjoys working with youth and gardening, and with all his experiences he was a perfect fit for the team. Outside of working at YouthSource he is still involved with the L’Arche communities and continues to volunteer at their garden. When he’s not volunteering he is an outdoor enthusiast, rock climber, and cyclist.
“Some believe it is only GREAT POWER that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” ~Gandalf
Diana Perez: Youth Case Manager
Diana is the Youth Case Manager at YouthSource. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in School Counseling at Portland State University. Diana is from Tigard, Oregon she graduated from PSU with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology and Social Science. Diana had her son during her senior year at Tigard High. Her experience motivated her to help youth and nontraditional students. Diana enjoys spending time with her son and taking him on new adventures. In addition to working for YouthSource, Diana is also a Graduate Assistant for PSU’s Graduate School of Education Special Education Program. Diana also has experience working for TRIO Programs including Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search.
Brenda Avila: YouthSource Career Specialist and Brains of the Operation
Brenda is from Tualatin and started off in this program as a youth at 16 years of age, she was hired on as permanent staff after completing the program. She has been with Supa Fresh since the beginning and has worked as a Career Specialist for 6 years. Brenda plays a key role in youth instruction and development, outreach and enrollment and basically everything. Brenda is a positive force in the lives of the youth that she serves. Her favorite part about the program is watching youth develop new skills and using them to achieve their career goals. Brenda is working on her degree at PCC and does just about everything you can think of to help keep the program and youth on track. Brenda is one of the kindest, most reliable people we know and has a wonderful way with the youth in the program. Brenda likes to have adventures, learn new things and meet new people. She loves to dance, travel, hike, camp, laugh until she cries, and spend time with her fabulous daughter and her family. She is always open to new adventures and learning experiences, which makes her a lot of fun to be around. She is a positive force on our team and we couldn’t manage without her.
Brenda is bilingual in English/Spanish.
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” ~Og Mandino
Dixie Mattress Dougherty-Warnike: Therapist, Dog
Dixie is from a shelter in Washington and has worked at the farm nearly all of her life, since 2010. Dixie lives with her best friends, Katrin and her husband, Matt (aka Neptune), when she’s not at the farm. Dixie has an exceptionally calm and sweet personality and so she was recommended by her favorite vet to become a therapy animal. Dixie is very good at her job and has a lot of fun working at the farms with the kids. She especially loves belly scratches, laying in the sun, chasing squirrels away from the crops, rounding the kids up into groups (she’s a herder!), and going on the annual Youth Vs. Wild Camping Trip where she leads youth hikes and supervises meal time to ensure nothing gets wasted. Most of all, Dixie is a calming and positive force among the farm crew–she is very good at making people feel happy.
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” ~Gilda Radner
Mia Bartlett, Former Program Director & Founding Mother
Don’t worry! Mia is still working with Supa Fresh as a consultant, but has moved into a new and exciting position as the Drop Out Prevention Coordinator, and managing the Hub High School Re-engagement Program with Tigard-Tualatin School District, which is in the same location as Supa Fresh and partners with YouthSource to provide opportunity youth with a rich educational experience. So, while she is not around as much, she is still very much an important part of the team. Mia is doing very well in her new position at the Hub and is planning some exciting travel adventures for her summer break!
Katie Rixon, Garden Educator
Katie was born on the east coast, and since then she has moved around a bit, she has lived in Massachusetts and worked as a horticultural therapy guide. In Alaska she worked as a zip-line guide, as well as a wilderness therapy and behavioral specialist at an alternative ed school. This is how she got into education and teaching. Katie likes to rock climb and snowboard, as well as camping, and foraging for medicinals and mushrooms. Her favorite sports are rock climbing and snowboarding. Some things Katie likes about working at supa fresh are working with the wonderful youth and teaching them new skills, such as leadership and how to use tools, cook, maintain plains, and many other skills that allow people to empower themselves. Katie enjoys to work outside and do physical work around the farm. Her favorite time of year is fall because “it’s nice to be outside around that time of year”. She has a masters degree in leadership for sustainability education as well as a certification for herbalism and yoga. At home she likes to make sourdough bread and pickle different kinds of foods.