About Us

John D’Onofrio


Writer, photographer, and multimedia artist John D’Onofrio has served as publisher and editor of Adventures Northwest since 2012. He is co-author (with Todd Warger) of the book, Mount Baker (Arcadia Press), and has contributed his photography to various coffee table books, calendars, and periodicals. His film, Cascadia Dreams was featured in the Friday Harbor Film Festival in 2022. A life-long wilderness traveler, he has explored the mountains, beaches, and forests of Cascadia for more than 40 years and leads photography workshops in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His new book, Hiking Mt. Baker and the North Cascades will be published in 2023 by Hancock House Publishing. View his photography at www.jdonofrio.com.


Jason Rinne

Creative Director

Growing up as the only child of a wildlife conservation artist and an avid hiker, Jason Rinne spent his younger years exploring the mountains and beaches of Oregon. While attending WSU as a Graphic Design major, his love for the outdoors was reinforced while crewing in the Snake River Canyon and spending two summers working, hiking, and biking in the Olympic Peninsula. As an adult, this passion for the outdoors led him naturally to a career at Adventures Northwest Magazine, and he and his wife now enjoy instilling their blended family with a passion for the natural world.


Catherine Darkenwald

Print & Digital Account Manager

Catherine Darkenwald has been a member of the Adventures Northwest team since 2019, providing print & digital advertising solutions to a variety of businesses throughout the region. She’s an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys biking, hiking, snow sports, trail running, kayaking, and nature photography. She loves her job and the community, and all that this part of the world has to offer. Contact her at (360) 301-3724 or email: CatherineAdventuresNW@gmail.com if you’d like to discuss growing your business or if you just want to go for a hike or have a beer!


Oksana Brown


Oksana Brown loves being outdoors. Hiking, walking on a beach, wild berry picking, and mushroom hunting (or at least a short dog walk if she doesn’t have time for anything else) always makes her happy. Her profession, however, is not very outdoorsy: creating invoices, paying bills, and reconciling accounts keep her in the office, but her work with Adventures Northwest allows her to contribute to something she is passionate about!


Alicia Jamtaas

Copy Editor

Alicia Jamtaas has been writing since she was twelve years old. After she moved to Bellingham, some of the best local creative writing instructors helped hone her craft. Through time, six members of two brilliant writing groups discovered they greatly appreciated her editing skills. Although these days she is more often found in the kitchen making handcrafted soap or in the garden coaxing vegetables to grow, putting pen to paper still brings her great joy.   



Roger Gilman

Poetry Editor

Roger Gilman is a published poet and former poetry editor of The Chicago Review.  He teaches classes at the Hugo House Literary Center in Seattle and is a Professor of the Philosophy of Biology and Dean Emeritus of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.  He is a mountain climber and back-country trekker, exploring the Pacific Northwest’s wild mountains and rivers, islands and beaches, high deserts, and deep canyons.


Cathy Grinstead

Social Media

Cathy Grinstead was born and raised in northern California, where she began a life-long love affair with backpacking in the Sierras. She and her husband relocated to Bellingham in 2018, drawn by its scenic beauty and small-town feel. Hiking is her passion, but she also enjoys snowshoeing, kayaking and outrigger paddling, studying geology, and travel (as long as there’s hiking involved)—essentially anything outside.  Exploring the Cascades, the San Juan Islands and everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer has been all she’d hoped for and more.


Ethan D’Onofrio

Digital Media

Ethan D’Onofrio has served as the technology guru for Adventures Northwest for over a decade.  He is focused on improving lives through socially-conscious technology education and implementation.  When not in front of his computer, he enjoys heading outdoors to play in the tropical climate of Hawaii where he now lives with his wife and pets.  Learn more at www.donofriocreative.com.


Alan Sanders

Photo Illustrations

Alan Sanders has been a professional photographer since the 80s and owned a commercial photography business as well as a studio and darkroom rental business. He joined the digital imaging revolution early and has been using Photoshop since the mid ’90s. He currently teaches Photoshop, photography, and Lightroom in venues from Bellingham, WA to Southeast Alaska. Visit his website at www.alansandersart.com