Daniel Stoops, Founder & Co-CEO
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.
Krista Skucas, Co-CEO – Sales & Marketing
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.
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.
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.
Sol Hanson, Administrative Specialist
Sol grew up in the Willamette Valley, reading Calvin and Hobbes, running around outside, crashing into things, and generally curious about the world around him.
Living just up the road from a small farm with a well-provisioned farm stand, he learned early the satisfaction that comes from using quality ingredients. Later, during college, he got his first natural foods job, cutting meat at the butcher counter of a natural foods store.
After moving around some and traveling some more, Sol returned to Portland to complete degrees at Portland State University and Lewis & Clark. He worked for a time as a journalist and later as a copywriter both in the outdoor industry and as a freelancer.
When he’s not at Danodan, Sol might be found helping to make documentary-style films, eating dumplings, or watching Portland Timbers soccer.