Hester is a Lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences at California State University, Monterey Bay. She teaches Social and Ecological Justice Service Learning and facilitates the Environmental Studies major senior capstone seminar. She has taught environmental, nutrition, farm and garden-based education in formal and informal science education programs and managed school gardens in K-8 school settings. Her career is dedicated to helping others implement their own ways to promote positive and equitable economic, social, and environmental relationships, whether through involvement in certified farmers’ markets and community gardens or by other means.
Sara Housman, Vice President
Sara is a Registered Dietitian with an interest in making healthy food accessible to all. Beginning her career at WIC, she realized that access to food and nutrition education can be life changing, as well as the importance of combating inequities within the food system. This was also the first place she learned about Everyone’s Harvest and programs like Market Match to help people better access local healthy foods. After six years working in a clinical setting at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, she continued to see the impact that food access can have on health and decided to pursue her dream of completing a Master’s in Public Health which was completed in 2019. She is delighted to be on the board.
Mary Pommerich, PhD, Treasurer
Mary Pommerich is a psychometrician working in the testing industry. She is a long-time fan and supporter of the Marina farmer’s market, where she can be found most Sundays stocking up on fruits and vegetables for the week. First introduced to the joys of vegetarianism in the early 1990s, she has since become a devotee of veganism and preparing real, unprocessed foods centered around local, organic produce. She is grateful to live in such a beautiful, environmentally and socially conscious area, and to be involved in an organization that strives to make fresh, locally-grown, and sustainable foods available to all.
Annie Holdren, PhD, Secretary
Annie is an interpretive content developer and writer, whose work for museums, educational institutions, and publishers focuses on topics in science and history. Her deepest interests revolve around how people interact with the natural world; she herself enjoys hiking and foraging for wild foods. Annie lives in an unincorporated area near Salinas, where wildlife subverts her efforts to garden, so she particularly values the produce sold by small, local growers at farmers’ markets. Recognizing the inequality of access to fresh, healthy foods, she champions the Fresh Rx, Market Match, and Edible Education programs provided by Everyone’s Harvest.
Bruce is the Mayor of Marina, former Marina City Council Member (2000-04), and Fort Ord Bureau of Land Management (BLM) botanist. Bruce’s passion is to contribute to the environmental, economic, and social health of the planet and to encourage others to find connections. He serves on the board of directors for the California Native Plant Society, Monterey Bay Youth Camp and the Chuck Haugen Conservation Fund. www.chuckhaugenconservationfund.org.
Vicki Pearse, PhD
Vicki is a marine biologist, author and editor of books and other publications in biology; wife, mother, grandmother; nature lover. Favorite activity: walking in forests. She is a long-time supporter of the farmers’ market in Pacific Grove, where she lives, and a fan of farmers’ markets everywhere: they feed her love of cooking and eating. Choosing local food sources is one piece of treading gently on our planet. A founding member of Sustainable PG, she aims for a full, fun, durable lifestyle.
I am a certified Human Resources Professional, with 15 years experience working in this field, the last four at Everyone’s Harvest partner Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare Systems. I am a proud CSUMB graduate. I studied Anthropology, which reinforced my appreciation for culture and folklore. I grew up in the border town of San Diego, Tijuana, Mexico. In my community there was a large (almost 15 blocks) of farmers’ market. It was a family tradition to visit the farmers’ market every Sunday; we would enjoy delicious food and get fresh fruits and veggies, which where always cheaper and better quality than that of the super markets. I want to set a good example for my son by contributing to my community. I feel honored to be a new member of Everyone’s Harvest, and look forward to carrying out Everyone’s Harvest’s mission.
Terri-Jean Pyer, JD
Terri is a lawyer, mediator, and educator who recently retired as the associate vice president of human resources at Hartnell College in Salinas. She is passionate about social justice issues, particularly those involving access to education and employment. She was a founding member of a neighborhood conservation initiative and a literacy and book ownership program for students in Durham, North Carolina. She co-founded a community mediation practice in rural Pennsylvania, and also has been a director of communications for two educational institutions and a newspaper editor. She started gardening with her family as a young child, where she was responsible for corn and carrots.