Karen serves as the Director of Still Meadow Retreat and has played an integral part in its development. Her passion has been for the deep transformational work that is done by the many individuals, groups and facilitators who have come to Still Meadow over the years. She holds a love for the land and a commitment to having Still Meadow be a natural sanctuary.
Karen holds a degree from Marylhurst University in Social Science with a Psychology Major. It is a topic of life- long learning for her
Michelle graduated with degrees in pre-med science and biology. She relocated to the Portland area from Eugene with plans to attend OHSU. However, she soon realized that due to her high student loan debt she needed to seek employment. She took a temporary two month position at a local catalog company which ultimately turned into an eight year career in the fashion industry in the position of a women’s clothing buyer.
After many years in this fashion industry position, Michelle tired of the corporate life and the heavy travel schedule and she chose to terminate her position and seek a job with a much calmer pace. As Michelle had been a long time acquaintance of Still Meadow, she accepted a part time position with this organization. At the same time she became heavily involved as a hospice volunteer as well as a bereavement counselor through the Legacy system. Eventually her part time position turned into a full time position and over the past ten years she is now involved in the daily management of events as well as numerous other back end duties.
In 2009 Michelle, along with her husband Mark and daughter Taryn, moved into the house at the entrance of the Still Meadow property where they currently reside.
Thomas Weatherellis the Executive Chef at Still Meadow. Thomas has been with Still Meadow for years and has recently accepted the Executive Chef position.
Thomas graduated from L’Academie de cuisine in Washington D.C. in 1984.
He worked as the saucier for the Willard Intercontinental Hotel and the city club of Washington D.C. after graduation. Thomas has more than twenty years of diverse experience in the industry culminating in top positions in French influenced fine dining establishments.
While chef at Le Pommier in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Thomas held the number one ranking by the local NPR magazine. Thomas has taken culinary tours to Bangkok, Saigon, Paris and Nice. He has a strong command of SE Asian cuisine and understands the merit of healthy ingredients to enhance the whole Still Meadow experience.
Lisa Radcliffe started cooking and baking at the age of 10. She apprenticed under a classic French chef and opened and operated her fine dining restaurant ‘Bacari’ from 1991-2003. She is inspired by fresh Northwest seasonal / regional ingredients. She has been cooking at Still Meadow since June 2011.