The 2018 Camp Fire has woven our fates together, inevitably--not only with our neighbors but with the planet itself. We are keenly aware of the values that emerged from the Urban Design Associates process, which prioritized nature, community, and rebuilding “green”–in an environmentally conscious and fire-wise way. We see the pressing need for coordinating and supporting the many rebuild projects that share these community values, to share resources, energy, and emotional support among those of us who have lost everything but hope.

  • Strategic Planning Assistance: Support rebuild projects by offering knowledge, ideas, and shared resources.

  • Nourish collaboration:
    Facilitating quarterly day-long gatherings of Ridge community actors and activists to facilitate the rebuilding in coordinated way.

  • Organizational Support:​
    Grant-writing, fundraising assistance, public relations, networking, and communication.

  • Amplification:
    Highlight rebuilding efforts to draw in participation and resources.


Our core group is comprised of Paradise locals and disaster-experienced supporters who are impassioned to listen to and work for our community. Our talents and interests are diverse, but we hold core values of hope, stewardship and resilience. We support and are supported by a ring of collaborators who share their experience in post-disaster environments, community organizing, and regenerative systems. This group is committed to nourishing our interconnections and to keeping vibrant the spirit of resilience and camaraderie.


Allen Myers

Allen Myers was born and raised in Paradise California as a third generation member of the ridge community. He left Paradise and gained a global perspective. He traveled the world for a number of years, living and working with communities as he documented those stories and lessons in an art project called, Nomadsight. He is a storyteller and founder and director of The Earth Day Film Festival. He cares deeply for his community.

David Leon Zink

David Leon Zink has an ear for music, business and community.  He works from home as a consultant in the areas of management, marketing and federal grant writing for firms serving both nonprofits and for profits – work that supports his calling as a performing songwriter and recording artist. David serves on the boards of several local orgs active in arts and culture, organic gardening and regenerative practices, and connecting communities with trails.  A Butte County native, David and his soulmate of 38 years live in Magalia, California.

Susan Dobra

Susan Dobra, PhD,  is a writer, editor, and educator who has taught at the university level for over 40 years; served as editorial director of the magazine Magical Blend; and worked as a grant writer and nonprofit consultant. A published writer, she currently teaches in the Philosophy Department at California State University, Chico. Until the Camp Fire, she lived with her partner of 20 years in Paradise, California, where they sang together, grew organic vegetables,  hosted a weekly open mic, and participated in a range of community service organizations. 

Julian Cohen

Julian’s goal is to support increased capacity for wellbeing of people and planet. As a community-building facilitator, Julian is helping communities to design ways in which they can capitalize on their potential and develop their future. Among many things, Julian is a 
master planner and designer and a 
active student and practitioner/teacher of Vipassana meditation.

Bob Stilger

Bob Stilger, PhD, is an activist-scholar who focuses on fostering connection, strengthening leadership and regenerating community. Over the last two decades, Bob’s attention has been drawn to questions of how we create the lives and communities we actually want in times of disaster, crises and collapse. Bob and his nonprofit organization, NewStories  joined us in Paradise in early 2019 to help us discover new ways of working in community which could help to regenerate paradise. Bob’s 2017 Book, “AfterNow: When We Cannot See the Future Where Do We Begin,” provides a roadmap for work in communities after disaster.