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.

  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. 

  Rhiannon Rogstad - Grants and Development Manager   Rhiannon taught writing for 10 years, but after seeing how outdoor education had positively impacted the Mississippi River and its communities, she joined Living Lands & Waters and began writing grants. Her passion is connecting people to their environment and community.

Rhiannon Rogstad - Grants and Development Manager

Rhiannon taught writing for 10 years, but after seeing how outdoor education had positively impacted the Mississippi River and its communities, she joined Living Lands & Waters and began writing grants. Her passion is connecting people to their environment and community.

  Kali Burke                   Intensive Garden Program Educator   Kali attended UC Santa Cruz where she earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology. She found her passion for outdoor education while teaching garden based classes for Life Lab in Santa Cruz. She delights in sharing the wonders of the garden with her students.

Kali Burke                   Intensive Garden Program Educator

Kali attended UC Santa Cruz where she earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology. She found her passion for outdoor education while teaching garden based classes for Life Lab in Santa Cruz. She delights in sharing the wonders of the garden with her students.

  Laurel Bigelow           Intensive Garden Program Educator    Laurel attended UC Berkeley. She taught high school English and was the site coordinator for AVID, at Woodside High School. She has since shifted her focus to elementary education and pursued her interest in hands-on environmental education.

Laurel Bigelow           Intensive Garden Program Educator

Laurel attended UC Berkeley. She taught high school English and was the site coordinator for AVID, at Woodside High School. She has since shifted her focus to elementary education and pursued her interest in hands-on environmental education.

  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.

  Doug Millar "Farmer Dug"  Farm Manager   Farmer Dug’s passion for connecting soil health with food and people is what brought him to The HEAL Project. Soil is the foundation of life and an excellent example of how diversity above and below ground is what makes a healthy society.

Doug Millar "Farmer Dug"  Farm Manager

Farmer Dug’s passion for connecting soil health with food and people is what brought him to The HEAL Project. Soil is the foundation of life and an excellent example of how diversity above and below ground is what makes a healthy society.

  Naomi Stern                       Farm Programs Manager   Naomi began teaching when she was an undergraduate at the 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                       Farm Programs Manager

Naomi began teaching when she was an undergraduate at the 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.

  Rachel Oldham                    Intern   Rachel received her B.A. in Anthropology and Film, Television, and Digital Media from UCLA. She has spent her career advising mission-driven entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and foundations on public relations and social media strategy. She’s passionate about making a positive impact and has been volunteering in the community since 2007.

Rachel Oldham                    Intern

Rachel received her B.A. in Anthropology and Film, Television, and Digital Media from UCLA. She has spent her career advising mission-driven entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and foundations on public relations and social media strategy. She’s passionate about making a positive impact and has been volunteering in the community since 2007.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  Jason Mousel                   Chair   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                   Chair

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. 

  L  ynn 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.

  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. 

  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. 

  Lydia Puhak                         Vice 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                         Vice 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.

  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.

  Denise Phillips   Denise has a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an AA in Restaurant Management from The Restaurant School.  Following a management position at the Four Seasons Hotel, she and her husband relocated to California. She has been an active volunteer at her children’s school and in the community. 

Denise Phillips

Denise has a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an AA in Restaurant Management from The Restaurant School.  Following a management position at the Four Seasons Hotel, she and her husband relocated to California. She has been an active volunteer at her children’s school and in the community. 

  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.

  Michelle Smarr   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

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.