STAFF

Amy Bono Kruckewitt 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 Kruckewitt 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 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 students will have access to engaging environmental education. 

Holly Markham-Development and Outreach Manager Holly went to Michigan State University and has over 10 years of experience working in farm-based education. Holly believes in the power of farming to change students lives and is happy to lend her energy creating these types of opportunities for students across the county.  

Holly Markham-Development and Outreach Manager

Holly went to Michigan State University and has over 10 years of experience working in farm-based education. Holly believes in the power of farming to change students lives and is happy to lend her energy creating these types of opportunities for students across the county.  

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.

Jon Glancy                        Farm Manager Jon studied horticulture and sustainable farming at Michigan State University. He worked at the Student Organic Farm at MSU where he developed a deep understanding of holistic land management, permaculture and farm based education.

Jon Glancy                        Farm Manager

Jon studied horticulture and sustainable farming at Michigan State University. He worked at the Student Organic Farm at MSU where he developed a deep understanding of holistic land management, permaculture and farm based education.

Melinda MacNaughton   EAAT Coordinator Melinda MacNaughton, MS, RDN, RYT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor, and School Garden Teacher at Wilkinson School in El Granada. She joined The HEAL Project as a board member in 2014 then moved to the staff to provide tastings and nutrition education.

Melinda MacNaughton   EAAT Coordinator

Melinda MacNaughton, MS, RDN, RYT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor, and School Garden Teacher at Wilkinson School in El Granada. She joined The HEAL Project as a board member in 2014 then moved to the staff to provide tastings and nutrition 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.

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.


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. 

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.

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 MR received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University. M.R. has over 25 years of varied non-profit volunteer and board membership experience, along with board governance, funds development and management, public speaking and strategic planning skills she share with the HEAL Project.

MR Gafill

MR received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University. M.R. has over 25 years of varied non-profit volunteer and board membership experience, along with board governance, funds development and management, public speaking and strategic planning skills she share with the HEAL Project.

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.