STAFF

Amy Bono  Executive Director   Amy joined The HEAL Project in March, 2015. Amy holds a B.A. in Psychology and Biology from U.C. San Diego and she brings more than two decades of youth environmental education and extensive community leadership experience to the organization.

Amy Bono
Executive Director

Amy joined The HEAL Project in March, 2015. Amy holds a B.A. in Psychology and Biology from U.C. San Diego and she brings more than two decades of youth environmental education and extensive community leadership experience to the organization.

Jennifer Ventimiglia Administrative Assistant   Jennifer is a San Jose State graduate with a degree in Child & Adolescent Development. Jen was raised in Half Moon Bay. She is an outdoor enthusiast and is motivated by all things that help others to better themselves, especially young ones!

Jennifer Ventimiglia Administrative Assistant

Jennifer is a San Jose State graduate with a degree in Child & Adolescent Development. Jen was raised in Half Moon Bay. She is an outdoor enthusiast and is motivated by all things that help others to better themselves, especially young ones!

Donya Foley Farm Educator   Donya received her degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from UC Davis which sparked her passion for outdoor education. She is passionate about spreading agricultural and nutritional education to children of all backgrounds.

Donya Foley
Farm Educator

Donya received her degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from UC Davis which sparked her passion for outdoor education. She is passionate about spreading agricultural and nutritional education to children of all backgrounds.

Shannon Kromat  Operations Manager   Shannon received a bachelor's degree in Business Psychology from Palo Alto University. She has 8 years of administrative and finance experience. She is excited to help build THP's infrastructure so that more students will have access to engaging environmental education.

Shannon Kromat
Operations Manager

Shannon received a bachelor's degree in Business Psychology from Palo Alto University. She has 8 years of administrative and finance experience. She is excited to help build THP's infrastructure so that more students will have access to engaging environmental education.

Fiona Benjamin Farm Manager   Fiona is a graduate of UC Davis. She previously worked with The HEAL Project as a farm educator before becoming the farm manager. As a native of the Coast side, she is grateful to have the opportunity to share her passion for healthy eating and the environment with her local community.

Fiona Benjamin
Farm Manager

Fiona is a graduate of UC Davis. She previously worked with The HEAL Project as a farm educator before becoming the farm manager. As a native of the Coast side, she is grateful to have the opportunity to share her passion for healthy eating and the environment with her local community.

Julie Mathiasen  Farm Educator   Julie has a degree in Horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Prior to joining The HEAL Project, Julie worked as an Educator with UC Elkus Ranch. She also works as After School Director at an elementary school. Julie has a passion for teaching children where their food and fiber comes from.

Julie Mathiasen
Farm Educator

Julie has a degree in Horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Prior to joining The HEAL Project, Julie worked as an Educator with UC Elkus Ranch. She also works as After School Director at an elementary school. Julie has a passion for teaching children where their food and fiber comes from.

Naomi Stern Programs Manager   Naomi began teaching as an undergraduate at U.C. Santa Cruz. After receiving her degree in Environmental Studies, she was a Programs Instructor for The Youth Garden Project. She is grateful to teach students about the power of healthy food and responsible farming.

Naomi Stern Programs Manager

Naomi began teaching as an undergraduate at U.C. Santa Cruz. After receiving her degree in Environmental Studies, she was a Programs Instructor for The Youth Garden Project. She is grateful to teach students about the power of healthy food and responsible farming.

Marisol Abbott Farm Educator   Marisol has been a language teacher for more than twelve years. Her interest in organic farming started around ten years ago after taking a permaculture workshop in Cabrero, Chile. She believes it is important to introduce children to sustainable food systems in order to build more viable and mindful communities.

Marisol Abbott
Farm Educator

Marisol has been a language teacher for more than twelve years. Her interest in organic farming started around ten years ago after taking a permaculture workshop in Cabrero, Chile. She believes it is important to introduce children to sustainable food systems in order to build more viable and mindful communities.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lydia Puhak  Co-Chair   Lydia brings a passion for encouraging conscious, intentional living as engaged, world citizens and specializes in transformative change through her life coaching and yoga teaching practices. Her formal education in economics and biology, coupled with a broad career history, provide a whole-systems understanding of people in community.

Lydia Puhak
Co-Chair

Lydia brings a passion for encouraging conscious, intentional living as engaged, world citizens and specializes in transformative change through her life coaching and yoga teaching practices. Her formal education in economics and biology, coupled with a broad career history, provide a whole-systems understanding of people in community.

Lynn Watson  Treasurer   Lynn has been a flight attendant for 25+ years. Her flexible work schedule has allowed her to get an MBA & become involved with the Coastside community. She has served on the Hatch Elementary PTO Board & currently serves on the boards of Coastside Children's Programs & a family business.

Lynn Watson
Treasurer

Lynn has been a flight attendant for 25+ years. Her flexible work schedule has allowed her to get an MBA & become involved with the Coastside community. She has served on the Hatch Elementary PTO Board & currently serves on the boards of Coastside Children's Programs & a family business.

MR Gafill Malloy   MR received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University. M.R. has over 25 years of varied non-profit volunteer and board membership experience, including: board governance, fund development and management, public speaking and strategic planning skills. She generously shares her expertise with THP.

MR Gafill Malloy

MR received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University. M.R. has over 25 years of varied non-profit volunteer and board membership experience, including: board governance, fund development and management, public speaking and strategic planning skills. She generously shares her expertise with THP.

Erin Tormey   Erin is the proprietor of Irish Ridge Ranch. She is the founder of The Coastside Farmers' Markets, an inaugural member of the San Mateo County Food Systems Alliance, sits on the Technical Review Committee the CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, and is a founding member of The HEAL Project.

Erin Tormey

Erin is the proprietor of Irish Ridge Ranch. She is the founder of The Coastside Farmers' Markets, an inaugural member of the San Mateo County Food Systems Alliance, sits on the Technical Review Committee the CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, and is a founding member of The HEAL Project.

Michelle Smarr  Co-Chair   Michelle holds a BA in Clinical Psychology and a MA in Sociology from Stanford University with a special focus of Organization, Business, and the Economy. Michelle worked as an investment analyst before becoming a stay at home mom to her two garden-obsessed little ones and starting a photography business.

Michelle Smarr
Co-Chair

Michelle holds a BA in Clinical Psychology and a MA in Sociology from Stanford University with a special focus of Organization, Business, and the Economy. Michelle worked as an investment analyst before becoming a stay at home mom to her two garden-obsessed little ones and starting a photography business.

Diane Brosin   Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Diane worked as a chemist before assuming management positions in laboratory equipment. A 30+ year Coastside resident, she volunteers in support of children, education and the environment. Fascinated with food, she’s an avid home chef and closet restaurant critic.

Diane Brosin

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Diane worked as a chemist before assuming management positions in laboratory equipment. A 30+ year Coastside resident, she volunteers in support of children, education and the environment. Fascinated with food, she’s an avid home chef and closet restaurant critic.

Jason Mousel   Jason has a master’s degree in nutritional sciences and currently works as a clinical dietitian at Sequoia Hospital. He has a strong involvement in community nutrition, working with Head Start, Seton Coastside Medical Center, Healthy San Jose State, and founding a sustainable foods student group at SJSU.

Jason Mousel

Jason has a master’s degree in nutritional sciences and currently works as a clinical dietitian at Sequoia Hospital. He has a strong involvement in community nutrition, working with Head Start, Seton Coastside Medical Center, Healthy San Jose State, and founding a sustainable foods student group at SJSU.

Beth Loof  Secretary   Beth received a B.S in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in botany from CSU Chico. She has worked as a lab technician, restaurant manager and inside-sales and support tech person before staying home with her two boys. Beth has always loved the outdoors. She is often outside running, bicycling or working in her own garden.

Beth Loof
Secretary

Beth received a B.S in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in botany from CSU Chico. She has worked as a lab technician, restaurant manager and inside-sales and support tech person before staying home with her two boys. Beth has always loved the outdoors. She is often outside running, bicycling or working in her own garden.

Roger Hoppes   Roger completed graduate school at UC Berkeley. Throughout his 30+ year career at the San Francisco Zoo, Roger found many outlets for his interests as a curator and as head of zoo operations. As a current board member and docent for Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, he applies his background in environmental education.

Roger Hoppes

Roger completed graduate school at UC Berkeley. Throughout his 30+ year career at the San Francisco Zoo, Roger found many outlets for his interests as a curator and as head of zoo operations. As a current board member and docent for Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, he applies his background in environmental education.

Mary Oldham   Mary received a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with a minor in Biochemistry from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Mary has worked in the ornamental horticulture industry since 1980. She has been an investor in the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company since 2004, and is currently the Director of Marketing.

Mary Oldham

Mary received a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with a minor in Biochemistry from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Mary has worked in the ornamental horticulture industry since 1980. She has been an investor in the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company since 2004, and is currently the Director of Marketing.