Assistant Field Director
Pika seeks to cultivate a strong sense of community among field instructors. She shows up as her authentic self in order to create an environment in which others are welcome to do the same. Pika approaches her work (and life) with a balance of goofy, playful energy alongside intentional one-on-one conversations to help facilitate growth. After working as a field instructor for a year and a half, Pika stepped into the Assistant Field Director role and has been enjoying seeing wilderness therapy from a different angle. With curiosity and compassion, she seeks to assist field instructors in exploring their personal and professional development.
Pika lived in Namibia where she taught English in the Peace Corps when COVID brought her service to an unexpected end in 2020. At that time, she had to reevaluate her plans, and hoped for new experiences and ways to challenge herself. The use of nature as a therapeutic tool ultimately drew her to Evoke, as she has often sought out the wilderness to find healing.
Pika was born and raised near Portland, OR where she enjoyed hiking and backpacking from a young age. Since studying ecology in Seattle, WA she has gained a variety of outdoor experience including monitoring deer populations, tracking wolves, urban nature education, and groundskeeping. Much of Pika’s twenties were spent traveling the world and delving into her curiosity about nature and the human experience.
In and out of the field you can often find Pika singing and playing the guitar, an art form she uses to cultivate a peaceful environment and bring people together. Outside of work, she rock climbs, reads, creates art, and explores.