Ann was drawn to the Pacific Northwest’s beautiful scenery and wild coast, and moved to Portland from Wisconsin 25 years ago. Previously a travel writer and photographer, a technical writer and business owner. Ann loves Urban Excursions and the opportunity to explore Portland while learning from and connecting with others. In her free time, she can be found exploring the outdoors with her husband and three kids.

Festival of Trees-Fran and Ann! Ann and Bobbye!


My name’s Paul Pacheco, I’m 29yrs old and grew up in Stockton California (although I was in fact born here!). I’ve been with Urban Excursions for a little over a year now, and it truly has been a wonderful experience.

Since my service in the Marines, the desire to serve people has been my lifelong mission and Urban Excursions has definitely allowed me to enjoy life with the people I work with.

My faith and love for people has truly inspired me to continue to serve in any and all situations that life brings my way. I look forward to meeting you all on the next Excursion!


ILARS “I-less”
Ilars moved to Vancouver, from Las Vegas, in the Summer of 2017. Previously working with displaced youth with various non-profit organizations, he began working with senior adults nearly eight years ago. Like a chef using food, Ilars delights in making others (and self) “happy” with all he has. In his free time, he can be found exploring various forms of music,  reading philosphy,  cooking and enjoying quality time with family and friends.




Janet Julian is an artist and musician who has resided in Portland for 27 years. She loves to bring music and art into the experience to spark positive associations and engagement. You can catch her singing along with guests on every outing and making everyone laugh and smile. . .annnd sing!



Jessica has lived in the Pacific Northwest for nearly a decade and enjoys adventuring in its lush forests. She is currently working on her BA in Psychology at Portland State University and loves studying the brain, in particular, its relationship with music and memory. She has a great time working for Urban Excursions and getting familiar with other generations that live in her community!








Water resources bobbye geraldine peggy big smiles              Tram and Burgers - Volunteer Lisa with BJ at OHSU balcony


Ecotrust - Zariah and Don Shintafter - all smiles! Memory Garden - Zariah with Don David having lunch Garlic Festival - Geraldine Andy Dessery and Jack in the Sprinter Hoyt Arboretum - Andy and Jack with Dessery and Nik - all smiles!