Our Team


Neil brandvold - communications, photo and video

Neil is an award winning photojournalist and filmmaker with experience working in conflict, disaster and post-disaster zones across North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. His work has been featured in numerous outlets including The Washington Post, National Geographic, Newsweek, PBS FRONTLINE, The New Yorker, WIRED, Al Jazeera WITNESS, PRO PUBLICA, The Intercept, The Guardian, ABC News, USA Today, Nature Magazine, NPR, PRI, BBC, CNN. Neil is also a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee, and a member of FOSTER DISCOURSE


Tayla ealom - movement counseling and social transformation

Tayla is a bodyworker, writer, medicine maker, and embodiment counselor that works to weave the worlds of somatic psychology, women’s spirituality, ecofeminism, earth based wisdom, and social justice. Currently pursuing her PhD in Women’s Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies, she is asking how embodied knowledge is an access point for social transformation. Her work with individuals and groups creates safe space for exploring the large challenges that we collectively face in order to help transform pain into healing, for the next seven generations.

Adam Luke - co-founder and sub-director

Adam is co-founder and sub-director at Dyspatch. He is a PhD student in Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, while currently residing in Boulder, Colorado. Adam’s research focuses on ethnography with frontline land defense and environmental activist communities across North America. Adam co-manages the Dyspatch Warehouse as well as field support operations to movements near and far.

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Krissana Mara - Warehouse Manager, media and field support

Krissana runs the Dyspatch headquarters in Boulder by maintaining some semblance of order at the Warehouse as waves of frontline activists come to stay and take refuge as they are passing through. Krissana handles campaign media as a photojournalist focusing on social justice, land defense, and direct action with anti-colonial messaging. Krissana brings a unique perspective to the work as a trauma informed community organizer, practicing healing through art and empowering people experiencing homelessness and domestic violence through permaculture and rewilding.

ross mathena - restoration ecology and permaculture

Ross has been digging in the dirt, composting, and identifying bugs since as far back as he can remember. Ross studies biology, ecology, and literature such as nature writing with a particular interest in spiritual perspectives, holistic and regenerative practices.     

With Dyspatch Ross has envisioned, designed, implemented, and managed water systems, vegetable gardens, food forests, and built permaculture systems at multiple locations. He has also co-led several workshops on permaculture principles and activities for families from domestic violence shelters. Ross completed his Permaculture Design Certification in Boulder, Colorado in 2018.

lily trienens - campaign support, community organizing, and fundraising

Lily’s commitment to creating new alternatives and connection to the land and ecosystems started as a young person growing up off-grid in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. More recently, Lily engages with frontline communities and indigenous leaders to stop fracking, pipelines, and open pit mining. She has extensive experience working with nonprofits and international organizations in Washington DC, San Francisco, and Colorado; in fundraising and donor engagement; in anti-violence toward women advocacy; economic empowerment of marginalized women; and youth climate action. She enjoys howling with her two puppies, cultivating land and community through permaculture, and building home in Colorado.

Michael Lynn - Field support and research

Michael is a doctoral candidate in the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Revolving at the intersection of resistance, reskilling, and rewilding, his research encompasses the cultures of radical land defense, tending the wild, and traditional healing, where he is interested in what it means to embody the ecowarrior spirit in these times of the Great Turning. He currently resides on traditional mountain Maidu lands in the South Yuba watershed.