The Team

The team of Walking Water is diverse; representing cooperation partners, locations and skills and all are generously giving their time on a voluntary basis. Thank you all.

Kate Bunney
Kate BunneyCoordinator, Core Team
Kate was born and raised in the UK. Surrounded by water on all sides, she learnt to swim and sail as soon as she could. From an early age she witnessed many disparities in our human world –

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Gigi Coyle
Gigi CoyleCore Team
Gigi lives in the Owens Valley and has been focused in many ways on the connection to water – the care of, the teaching of, the protection of, throughout her life. She began this…

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Alan Bacock
Alan BacockCore Team
Alan Bacock is a Big Pine Tribal Member and serves as the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley’s Water Program Coordinator. He has been involved with environmental issues…

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Orland Bishop
Orland BishopCore Team
Orland Bishop combines an extensive study of phenomenology, western and indigenous cosmologies with a deep dedication to human rights advocacy and cultural renewal.

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Andy Lipkis
Andy LipkisAdvisor
Andy Lipkis is a practical visionary who has dedicated his life to healing the environment while improving the lives of individuals and communities. He founded TreePeople in Los Angeles…

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Kathy Bancroft
Kathy BancroftAdvisor, Logistics
Kathy was born and raised in Lone Pine, California and I am of Mono, Shoshone and Paiute descent. My family owned Mt. Whitney Pack Trains, so my summers were spent in the high country…

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Mike Prather
Mike PratherAdvisor
Michael Prather lives in Lone Pine, CA. in the historic Owens Valley. He has worked on wildlife restoration and protection of habitat at Owens Lake and throughout Inyo County…

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Win Phelps
Win PhelpsAdvisor
Win Phelps is a wilderness rites-of-passage guide, and trainer of guides, for The School of Lost Borders and a carrier of council. He has been an award-winning director in Hollywood, a…

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Sharon Shay Sloan
Sharon Shay SloanCarrier
Deeply inspired through early transformational experiences in human community and wilderness and by the power of social change movements, early on Shay dedicated herself…

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Krystyna Jurzykowski
Krystyna JurzykowskiCarrier
Krystyna Jurzykowski is a co-founder of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, a wildlife preserve for endangered species; Eco-Naturaleza, a trio of coastal rainforest cacao micro-enterprise projects in Panama and High Hope Ranch ….
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Geoff Dalglish
Geoff DalglishCarrier, Media
Geoff Dalglish is an award-winning photojournalist who has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with wilderness and wildness. He has been an investigative reporter, magazine editor, racecar…

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Laura Whitney
Laura WhitneyCarrier
Since 2008, Laura has been serving as President of The Ojai Foundation, an educational nonprofit and Land Sanctuary in Ojai, California, whose mission is to offer practices that “awaken our connection with ourselves, with each other and with the natural world.” …
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Justine Epstein
Justine EpsteinTeam
Justine was born in Washington, D.C. and attended anti-war rallies and other political gatherings as a child, imparting her with an impassioned activist spirit. She also spent much of her childhood wandering …..
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Marcela Olivera
Marcela OliveraTranslator
Marcela Olivera is a water commons organizer based in Cochabamba, Bolivia …
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Lia Bentley
Lia BentleyTeam
Lia Bentley is a dancer who was born in New York City. She dedicates herself to culture work and social change through art, restorative justice circles…
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Tara Milliken
Tara MillikenTeam
Tara Milliken is a member of Beyond Boundaries, a student of council, and a lover of water in all forms. She currently lives in Sonoma County, CA…
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Sarah Nutting
Sarah NuttingMusic
Sarah was reared and raised by the South Carolina Salt Marshes, immersed in a love of water since the very beginning. She currently lives in Northern California and has made home with …
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Siri Gunnarson
Siri GunnarsonSister projects
Siri is a global citizen and member of Beyond Boundaries, an intergenerational ‘response’ team, working for community development. A youth guide in wilderness and cross-cultural journeys …
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Janka Striffler
Janka StrifflerTeam
Janka Striffler was born in 1968 and grew up in Southern Germany together with 3 sisters. This experience created a learning space for the subjects of women solidarity and community that have shaped and guided her life to this day…
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Silvia Belgardt
Silvia BelgardtTeam
She was born and educated in Germany. After a short period of working as a Kindergarten teacher she started searching for alternative ways of living…
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Julia Maryanska
Julia MaryanskaTeam
Julia is a filmmaker, photographer, performance artist and community builder based in the San Francisco Bay Area…
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Emily Pease
Emily PeaseWebsite
Emily finds that deeply believing in her work is of great importance… when she finds passion in her endeavors then she is able to effortlessly communicate the value of that cause or initiative through outreach and fundraising campaigns …
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John Mosley
John MosleyMapping
John Mosley has experience working with tribes in Nevada and currently the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He is a member of the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, but is also Bishop Paiute, Lakota, Assiniboine, and Dakota.
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Sam Deboskey
Sam DeboskeyTeam
Sam is an aspiring farmer, a council leader in training, and a wilderness guide apprentice…
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Benjamin Holgate
Benjamin HolgateTeam
Ben was born and raised in the Owens Valley. A serious gardener for 15 years he has helped lead the renewed development of local food production and efforts to reclaim a food shed in the Owens Valley…
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