Farm to Pantry founder and board member, Melita has more than 20 years' leadership experience in nonprofits and educational facilities. Melita started Farm to Pantry in 2008 with only three volunteers and has grown the organization to over 60 strong. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from New York University and an undergraduate degree in education from the College of William and Mary. Melita is a 2014 Fellow of the Leadership Institute of Ecology and the Economy. She lives and gleans in Sonoma County, California.
Board member since 2017, Kim is a newer member of the Healdsburg community. Previously a Chief Customer Success Officer at Silicon Valley start-ups, Kim and her family decided life needed to transition to one focused on health and surrounded by the natural beauty that Sonoma County brings. Now retired, Kim is building a small home farm, raising chickens, ducks and a year round garden. Giving back to the community is also important and Kim became involved with Farm to Pantry as a gleaner in 2016. You will also find Kim's sons gleaning during school breaks -- it's a family affair.
Board member since 2015, Rosa currently works as Program Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County at Cali Calmecac Language Academy in Windsor. She has a passion for health education, community development and social justice. Rosa earned her Bachelor's of Science in Human Development from UC Davis, and also serves on the board of directors for Alliance Medical Center and Latino Health Forum.
Board member since 2015, Doug is an environmental scientist who founded Lipton Environmental Group after serving for years as a Principal Scientist at a large environmental consulting firm. He received his doctorate from U.C. Berkeley in environmental chemistry and did postdoctoral work at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. Doug, his wife Cindy, and their sons moved to Healdsburg 20 years ago to start a organic/biodynamic farm in Dry Creek Valley. They opened Healdsburg SHED, a modern interpretation of the old time Grange that supports local farmers and producers and brings community together. Doug also serves on the board of the Russian Riverkeepers and Sonoma County Open Space District’s Advisory Group and Agricultural Task Force.
Board member since 2017, Ashley is a native to Sonoma County and resides in Healdsburg with her husband and son. Ashley owns her own event planning business based in Healdsburg and is involved in several local organizations. Ashley has organized events for Corazon Healdsburg and 4th District Supervisor and is eager to participate in the Farm to Pantry Community Events.
Board member since 2015, is a former California Legislative Aide and currently works as a lobbyist. Her experience includes telecommunications, energy, and transportation issues. She has served on the boards of the San Francisco Conservation Corps, and the Creative Growth Art Center, which serves adult artists with disabilities.
Board member since 2014, is from Watsonville, California and lived several years in the Bay Area before moving to Healdsburg. Elizabeth started gleaning for Farm to Pantry in 2008. It was love at first bite! When she's not thinking about farming and food, she works as a consultant in the affordable housing industry and as a mother to a budding gleaner!
Board member since 2016, is currently working on a degree in sustainable agriculture at the Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College. Prior to his new life in California, he was the founder in 1991 of an East Coast advertising and marketing firm that continues to this day. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Media from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He came to us as a gleaner, loves gardening, and has a small farm with llamas, goats, chickens and cows.
Dawnelise Rosen is a 13 year Healdsburg resident, a restaurant owner, mother of two and co-founder of Corazon Healdsburg. Dawnelise is dedicated to cultivating Community connection and connection to the Earth. Passionate about both the physical and social determinants of health, she is honored to be a part of Farm to Pantry, an organization which excels at connecting them both.
Board member since 2017, Tucker grew up gardening in Florida. With a BS in Business and Agriculture focused in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida, he honed his craft designing and managing certified organic farms outside Portland and Atlanta and then headed to California to redesign the culinary garden at The French Laundry in Napa Valley. After five years of growing specialty produce for Chef Thomas Keller's restaurants, he moved to Healdsburg and accepted a position as the Director of Culinary Gardens at Jackson Family Wines. He recently became a UC Master Gardener of Sonoma County in hopes of sharing his gardening experience with others. In addition to growing for many chefs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tucker promotes the value of fresh food and "growing your own" and loves helping nourish the community through Farm to Pantry.
Board member since 2018, Erika is a 12-year resident of Healdsburg and has been an educator for nine years. She currently serves as the Principal of Fitch Mountain Campus, a third-fifth grade elementary school in Healdsburg. She lives with her husband, pug, cat, and chickens and they grow many of their own fruits and vegetables in their backyard in town. She is actively involved in many community groups and activities in Healdsburg and Sonoma County and is honored to be involved in supporting the mission of Farm to Pantry.