Mallory Bressler – Director of Program Development
Originally from Lafayette California, Mallory graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with degrees in Sociology and Political Science, with a focus on education and social change. Following her undergraduate career, Mallory enrolled in the National Teaching Fellowship program with Citizen Schools through which she received her Masters in Education and became the Campus Director of an extended learning day program in Boston, MA. Following her three years with Citizen Schools, Mallory became an education consultant working with non-profits around the country training young educators, developing curriculum and increasing non-profit capacity. Mallory speaks English and Spanish. Contact Mallory at email@example.com.
Lucas Oshun – Executive Director
Born and raised in Sebastopol California, Lucas Oshun graduated from University of California Santa Cruz in 2007 with degrees in Community Studies and Politics with a focus on International Relations. During his studies he interned at Global Kids in NYC, where he learned about the importance of discussion based workshop education, and international relations education for high school students. He has traveled extensively in South East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America. Grateful for having had the opportunity to experience different cultures, and to travel internationally, Lucas believes strongly in providing travel, cultural immersion and grassroots organizing opportunities to young people. Lucas speaks English and Spanish. Contact Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate Crigler – Communications and Development Manager
From West Sonoma County, Kate graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2008 with a degree in Anthropology. Her love of cultural exploration has inspired her to travel, work and study in China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, and in Tanzania, Nicaragua and Ecuador with GSE. Prior to her work with GSE Kate worked with Outer Voices, (a Sonoma County based non-profit broadcasting stories of grassroots women leaders through radio documentaries) and created a pilot curriculum that linked the documentaries with standard high school lessons. Kate also worked in the administrative department of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in Sonoma County, and developed an art curriculum at TOIT elementary school in Bhaktaphur, Nepal. Kate speaks English and conversational French. Contact Kate at email@example.com.
Ramon Cedeno Loor - Ecuador Program Director
Ramon has been a biology and chemistry teacher for ten years in Bahia de Caraquez. He has been conducting after school youth leadership, environmental education programs in partnership with the city of Bahia and Planet Drum Foundation for the past six years. Ramon’s lessons and interactions with students are exciting, dynamic and fun. Ramon is committed to environmental restoration and helping students realize their potential to impact the positive change they’d like to see in their local environment and community. Ramon has been a GSE staff member since December of 2010. Contact Ramon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrissy Orangio - Contra Costa County Program Coordinator
Originally from Atlanta Georgia, Chrissy graduated from Elon University 2009 with a degree in Environmental Science and International Studies, with a focus on society. Following her undergraduate career, Chrissy became an AmeriCorps Leader for Montana Campus Corps, a program to support college student volunteers across the state of Montana. After completing her year with AmeriCorps, Chrissy received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at University of Cape Town in South Africa where she earned her Master’s Degree in Environmental and Geographic Sciences. While in Cape Town, Chrissy volunteered with several non-profits that built community gardens in schools in townships (extremely poor, underdeveloped areas on the outskirts of the city). She has lead exchange trips to South Africa and recently worked with GSE in Nicaragua. Chrissy speaks English and Spanish. Contact Chrissy at email@example.com.
Felipe Burbano – Ecuador Eco Club Coordinator
Felipe is the EcoClub coordinator for three high schools in the city of Bahia de Caraquez. He grew up in Quito, Ecuador but has spent the past 10 years following his nomadic spirit: from tending cattle in Israel to fixing motorcycles in Buenos Aires, Felipe has acquired a vast skill set. Most recently, Felipe worked on a permaculture farm in Salta, Argentina where he discovered his passion for agriculture and working with the Earth. Felipe is extremely dedicated to GSE’s gardens, reforestation, recycling, and conservation projects at the schools and around the city, and is passionate about motivating students to change their own communities and ecosystems. Felipe speaks Spanish and English. Contact Felipe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Felix Antonio Ballesteros Palacios – Nicaragua Garden Coordinator
Felix studied agricultural engineering at the Central University UCA in Managua Nicaragua. Felix’s introduction to the field began at a young age learning from his father. He sees his role as an educator and garden manager as important for the health of the land and people of his community. Felix aims to continue increasing his expertise of the ‘Bio-intensive’ method through practice and collaboration with the youth of Chacraseca. Felix speaks fluent Spanish.
Nicholas Gurney – Sonoma County Program Coordinator
Nicholas spent his formative years in San Francisco before moving to Sebastopol where he grew up working on his parents’ organic tomato farm. Starting in high school, Nico spent his summers living with a family in Lo de Marcos, Mexico while working at a rock quarry and volunteering at La Casa de los Niños, a recreational center for children. After studying abroad at La Pontificia Universidad de Valparaiso in Chile, Nico graduated from Clark University with bachelors degrees in Spanish and Psychology and a masters of science in Professional Communication. Upon graduating, he worked as a bilingual behavioral consultant, helping families with children with developmental disabilities in Sonoma County. Throughout his experiences working with youth Nico regards sustainable cultural immersion and service-learning projects as the cornerstone for preparing them for success in today’s globalized world. Contact Nico at: email@example.com.
Rolando Chevez is a recent college graduate from the region of Chacraseca, Nicaragua. He studied Eco Agriculture at the Public University of Leon, and focused on cooperative organic production. Previously, Rolando worked with GSE’s partner organization, Students for 60,000, to plant bio intensive orchards. Rolando currently works full time for GSE leading garden programs with students of all grade levels at 3 local schools. Rolando loves living in the countryside on his family’s farm and enthusiastically applies those practices to community projects that provide large amounts of organic produce to the Chacraseca community. Contact Rolando at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Kaufman - Marin Program Coordinator
Born in Boston, Jonathan graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Environmental Studies. His passion for local food has led him from farm work in rural Ohio, to directing a team working to increase food access in inner city Cleveland, to working as a sous-chef at a local/organic café. He’s lived in Ecuador, and led service trips throughout the US as well as El Salvador, and Nicaragua. He believes strongly in the empowerment offered by small-scale agriculture, and intercultural exchanges. Jonathan speaks Spanish and English. Contact Jonathan at email@example.com.