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Below is a list of our staff with their contact information:
Executive Director: Jason Skipton *Hablo Español*
Over the past decade Jason has worked internationally and locally on community garden programs, from Central America to Portland, Oregon. He was a Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer in Nicaragua, where he worked with subsistence bean farmers and worked with Village Gardens in North Portland for over 5 years as the Community Program Supervisor, building community engagement programs in the community gardens, livestock project and market garden program.
Business Manager: Tracey Harper
Tracey counts the beans and peas at Growing Gardens. She has worked in non-profit finance for close to ten years and loves it almost as much as tending her chickens and seedlings.
Home Gardens Director: Emily Keeler *Hablo Espanol*
Emily manages the Home Gardens program and coordinates the Learn & Grow workshop series. Emily grew up in Portland and has spent the last 10 years practicing small-scale sustainable agriculture and building garden-based programs. In addition to gardening, she also loves singing, sewing and admiring the local geology.
Home Gardens Coordinator – Confluence AmeriCorps: Yoli Flores *Hablo Espanol*
Yoli Flores is a senior at Portland State University finishing her Health Science Bachelor of Science degree and this year’s AmeriCorps Confluence member. Her background consists of Student Government, Biology/Chemistry tutor, student leader for the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, student leader for Las Mujeres, and volunteer for Multnomah County. She is a first generational American, first-generation High School graduate and University student. Raised in the small tight-knit town of Harrisburg, Oregon, family and community are very important to her. During her spare time she likes to watch Sci-Fi movies and documentaries about the Civil Rights movement as well as other social movement documentaries. She also loves to cook based on her Grandmothers recipes from Michoacan, Mexico and visit her family when she has the chance. She loves ice cream and watching cute puppy videos.
Community Organizer: Antonio Rodriguez *Hablo Espanol*
Antonio joined the Growing Huertos program in 2014 and quickly became one of the program’s most dedicated volunteers, helping with installations and site visits, hosting workshops, and mentoring new gardeners. He has a great passion for agriculture and community education.
Community Organizer: Rebecca Melton
Being creative is important to Rebecca’s life. She’s a Mom, an artist, and a teacher. For many years Rebecca gardened by the “plant it and hope for the best” philosophy of gardening, but once she became a gardener through the Home Gardens program she became a part of the “put it in the ground and it will grow, and then you can eat it and share it!” camp. She’s very excited to have gone through the program and become a member of the Growing Gardens team and loves being able to share her experience, knowledge, and love of community with others.
Community Organizer: Angelica Cortes *Hablo Espanol*
Angelica Cortes Mejia was born in Mexico and has lived in Portland for 12 years. Her favorite part of her role is helping people in her community grow and sustain their own source of vegetables and fruits. Her favorite part about having her garden is sharing what she harvests with her neighbors and building strong community relations through food.
Community Organizer: Camilo Centeno *Hablo Espanol*
Camilo Centeno was born in Colima, Mexico and has been in Portland since 1979. At the age of 6 Camilo started working in the fields of Mexico where he spent the majority of his childhood until he came to the United States. During his free time he enjoys reading books, listening to audio books, and spending time in the library, gym, and garden. He also loves spending time with his wife and 3 kids. Camilo is extremely passionate about helping families of low resources. He loves to help his friends, his community and his family. He is willing to help anyone and values the chance that he gets through Growing Gardens to help families in his community.
Youth Grow Program Director: Anna Garwood *Hablo Espanol*
Anna directs the Growing Gardens Youth Grow program, which teaches children how to grow, prepare and learn to love eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Her background is in managing a sustainable development nonprofit that helps rural communities around the world access clean water, renewable energy and healthy watersheds. She enjoys traveling, cooking and watching her baby daughter grow by leaps and bounds.
Youth Grow Program Manager: Sarah Canterberry *Hablo Espanol*
Sarah works with our partner schools help to build and coordinate strong and sustainable garden education programs for children and families. Her background is in garden education for adults and kids, school gardens, and Spanish. She is passionate about growing, harvesting and preserving food- year round and believes that all schools should have a garden.
Youth Grow Educator: Pesha Wasserstrom
As the Youth Grow Educator, Pesha teaches after school garden clubs and leads in-class gardening and cooking activities. Pesha started working at Growing Gardens as an Americorps member in 2010, returned as a FoodCorps member in 2013, and is now a staff member. Pesha is a Portland native, and spends her free time exploring, canning and cooking with friends.
Youth Grow FoodCorps Service Member: Katherine Globerson
Katherine works with our partner schools teaching in- and after-school garden-based programs. Katherine spent the prior year serving with Common Threads Farm where she fell in love with bringing food education into schools. When she’s not growing things with young people, Katherine loves to cook with friends, contra-dance & soak up the beauty of the Northwest. Email: Katherine@growing-gardens.org
Vernon Garden Coordinator: Lyndsey Mackenzie
Lyndsey is a Garden Educator at Vernon School. She started working in garden education 7 years ago. Working as a garden educator has allowed her to tap into her own styles as a learner – hands-on, experiential, and nature based, and it is with this knowledge and intuition that she guides her work in the garden at Vernon. Email: email@example.com
Lent Garden Coordinator: Jimena Galvez *Hablo Espanol
Lettuce Grow Program Director: Rima Green
After many years working in technology-related jobs, Rima returned to her first love, gardening. As an Oregon Master Gardener™, Rima directs the Lettuce Grow program and provides garden education to inmates in state correctional institutions and juvenile facilities throughout the state of Oregon.
Development/Business Assistant: Ann Wawrukiewicz
Ann supports accounting and development at Growing Gardens. After years of tending vegetable gardens, she’s learning the art of growing veggies in containers.