Michael "Shoe" Schuster
Chris was inspired to create The Breathe Building after years of dedicated yoga practice and teaching in the good company at Yoga Union. Chris's lifelong interest in self and social inquiry always contained the dream of contributing to a community center for collaborative education and connection. With the Breathe Building Chris helps to support both the Yoga Union community and health and wellness consciousness to change personal and societal patterns. Finding yoga was a flash point of transition in his life following 4 years of work as a Child and Family Therapist. You can find out more about Chris' yoga teaching at
Michael “Shoe” Schuster has dedicated 37 years of personal growth to construction. His diversity of experience coupled with a comprehensive understanding of the many facets of the industry make him an invaluable leader. “Shoe” has worked with and has excellent relationships with many of the top builders and developers in the Portland Metro area. His expertise and willingness to team with other industry professionals coupled with his passion to strengthen his knowledge base insure the best possible outcome to any given challenge. His goal is to always give constructive, un-biased, and creative integrity-based consulting services that result in positive team building solutions.
From a BA in Art & Design from Iowa State University, Angela Ramseyer had established herself as a diversification specialist. In roles spanning higher ed admin, litigation support, silversmithing and multi-service contracting she eventually found her way to green building through construction of her own tiny house on wheels. Presented with the opportunity to support sustainable shift in commercial construction, Angela pulled up stakes on Whidbey Island, WA to take on the role of Project Administrator at The Breathe Building. Equally diverse in her free time expenditures off the job, Angela can be found around the Portland Metro area teaching tiny house building workshops, rendering art from hot metal, or burning up the dance floor in one of many Argentine tango venues.
Chris Humphries joined the Breathe Building team in October 2014 as the Project Manager / Owner’s Representative. Chris used his 23 years of local construction and development experience to finalize tenant leases, hire a new superintendent, redefine staff roles and responsibilities, establish accounting and management systems, manage the design team, and negotiate subcontracts for the project. Chris’ ongoing responsibilities include maintaining the budget, negotiating change orders and providing strategic and technical advice to the owner. In his free time, Chris loves to spend time with his kids, play guitar, write music, and make soup.
Project Engineer & Sustainability Coordinator
Lina Menard is the Breathe Building’s Project Engineer & Sustainability Coordinator. She holds a Sustainable Building & Design Certification from Yestermorrow, a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University, and certificates in Urban Design and Sustainable Building Advising. Lina moonlights as a sustainability consultant, designer, and workshop instructor through her company Niche Consulting LLC and she keeps a blog called This Is The Little Life, featuring vignettes about simple living in small spaces.
Lina loves working at the Breathe Building because it enables her to use her superhero talents: sleuthing for sustainable products, managing preposterously large databases, and dotting Is and crossing Ts with color-coded pens.
Gabriel is awesome.
Evan is originally from Escondido, California but made Portland a home-base off and on between 2005 and 2015. He's a musician, a dog lover, a tree climber, an aspiring designer, a builder of many things, and an all around pretty easy goin' dude.
Evan joined the Breathe Building project in late March 2014 after learning about the unique educational opportunity involved in pursuing the green building certification. He was excited to be a part of the team because he values the collective focus on construction sustainability and the chance to build a place that will function as a haven of healing for its community. Evan has a strong interest in green building and being hands-on learning every step required from the ground up until the doors open for business. With one year under his belt, Evan left the Breathe Building construction team at the beginning of April 2015 to pursue other building adventures in Tennessee and California.
Breathe Building owner Chris Calarco brought together a construction team to extensively renovate a set of three buildings to create the Breathe Building. Under the leadership of Superintendent Michael "Shoe" Schuster and Project Manager Chris Humphries, the team transformed these structures into an incredible wellness center.