Daniel Stoops, Founder
Danodan Founder Daniel Stoops began Danodan Grassworks in late 2013, producing cannabis caramels for sale at medical marijuana dispensaries. He later transitioned the company to Danodan Hempworks, when he developed a proprietary method for infusing therapeutic hemp into organic vegetable glycerin.
Previously, he founded and managed Bakery Bar, a Portland, OR bakery and café with 2 locations. Prior to that, he was a Web site Designer/Developer and Project Manager for 8 years. He worked for 3 media agencies before moving to an in-house position with Kaiser Permanente. And prior to 1999, he held several marketing positions. He is a graduate of Whitman College with a degree in Political Science. He also dreams of starting an advocacy organization with a mission of engaging companies, unions, organizations in a discussion around ending employee drug testing.
Outside of work, Daniel enjoys going to festivals, running, and crafting his own cider and tinctures. He can be found tinkering, grilling, and fixing up his old house in southeast Portland, where he lives with his girlfriend and his dog.
Tom Burns, Interim CEO
Tom grew up as a 4th generation member and in the environment of a NW family manufacturing business that had built naval ships, anchor-chain, and in the 60’s American Racing Equipment alloy wheels for muscle cars and his mother’s station wagon. In 1969, Tom went off to college to become an engineer and run the family business. Instead, he left college as a hippie and a yogi living in an ashram in Eugene, at the beginning of the natural and organic foods industry.
Tom helped found, build, and lead two major companies to emerge in that era: Golden Temple Cereal, which would become the largest granola manufacturer in the US; and Yogi Tea, which he would help transform into the #1 Natural and Organic Tea Brand in the US and in the EU. Since then Tom has invested and helped lead DAHlicious, a start-up Organic Yogurt Company and Brand, into the premier manufacturer of plant-based yogurt for the Top US Grocery Store Brands.
All along the way Tom’s motto and guideline in business and life has been a favorite saying from a Yogi Tea Tag: Feel Good Be Good Do Good!
Tom’s spare time in life is taken up with the joys of family. Most of his extended family, including his sister and brother, most of Tom’s children, and all of his grandchildren live in Portland, making family get-togethers a regular event. He still finds time for a rare round of golf and is looking forward to teaching his young grandson the game this summer; also, after a long hiatus getting back to the mountains and snow, this winter he hopes to teach that young grandson the joys of skiing as well.
Steve Sands, Operations Manager
Steve was raised on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Steve’s early memories include his Italian great-grandmother’s kitchen and his father’s vegetable garden. In high school, he competed in pastry skills and cake decorating competitions. Steve is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI with a B.S. in Baking and Pastry. After school, Steve moved to Portland, OR, where he was on the opening team or consulted for many Portland-area bakeries from 2006-2016.
Steve is a cannabis and hemp advocate with 12 years of experience growing cannabis both professionally and recreationally. In 2016, when Oregon legalized cannabis, he jumped into the legal cannabis world full-time. Steve began working with founder Daniel Stoops on an early iteration of Danodan around this time.
Steve lives with his wife Kristen, in a 28-foot self-built tiny house on a multigenerational farm on the Clackamas River. In his spare time, Steve enjoys sustainable living, organic gardening, painting, and animal husbandry. Steve is an avid hiker and backpacker and has completed multiple ultramarathons in Oregon and Washington.
Krista Skucas, Sales & Marketing Manager
Krista was born in Portland, OR, grew up in a small town (in Washington), and has lived in the Pacific Northwest her entire life. Camping, hiking, exploring, and adventuring began at an early age with her parents and older brother.
Krista attended community college and university in the area and then began her career in Natural Foods at Whole Foods Market in 2008. Eager to learn and grow, Krista held many different roles as she progressed to become a part of the Leadership Team for eight years. Krista also led the Green Mission Team for the Portland-Metro Area, spearheading many initiatives for best sustainable practices within the stores. Her passion to help grow small companies who were full of heart is what brought Krista to Danodan in September of 2019.
Close to home Krista enjoys gardening in her backyard, a trail run in Forest Park, or a bike ride along the river. Around the PNW Krista gets out for backpacking, hiking, and camping. As a craft food and beverage nerd, each trip most definitely must end with a brewery or unique cafe stop. And around North America, you can find Krista racing cars as a co-driver in the motorsport of Rally. In these adventures, she is joined by her partner, Sam, and their two dogs, Dakota and Willow.
Andrew Harmon, Education Specialist
Andrew was born in Portland and raised in Gresham, Oregon; he even went to the same school that his parents had nearly 30 years earlier. He lived a ridiculously idyllic (and privileged) childhood, in a cute suburban neighborhood surrounded by lots of other kids and families. At an early age, Andrew showed a passion for both food and music that continue until this day.
After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Oregon, where he majored in Environmental Sociology and Spanish, two areas that really expanded Andrew’s worldview and brought forth issues of inequality, climate change, environmental exploitation, and justice. He then returned to Portland where he volunteered in the local food education movement and then received his Masters in Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine.
Andrew is dedicated to education, of both his community and, just as importantly, himself. He focuses on issues of food as medicine, sustainability, social justice, and food security, which (in his eyes) are all topics that are intricately linked and must be resolved together. He also loves playing drums, listening to new and old music, cooking, exploring the amazing PNW, and spending time with his family – partner Meredith, son Theo, and dog Gus. Some day he hopes to give a TED Talk, though he hasn’t decided what the subject will be yet.