Staff

 

ROBERT BANALES, AMERICORP VIP FELLOW

Robert Banales is a recent graduate of CSUMB currently serving Everyone’s Harvest as an Americorps VIP fellow. He looks forward to growing sustainable food systems and working to make a difference in Monterey County. Whittier, California is home but he enjoys the Central Coast and plans to explore it for years to come. Robert at everyonesharvest.org

JOSEFINA LARA CHAVEZ, MARKET PROGRAM MANAGER

Josefina is a local; grew up in Soledad. She has received a BA in Global Studies with a minor in Peace Studies from Cal State Monterey Bay, and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration on Conflict, Security, and Development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in East Java, Indonesia. Her background is in education and non-profit management. She enjoys the simple things in life: music, tea, and hikes. Josefina at everyonesharvest.org

MARANATHA CROOMES, MARKET PROGRAM MANAGER

Maranatha is a Southern California native enjoying Monterey County while she studies here. She is a senior Global Studies student at California State University Monterey Bay. She should be a familiar face for Marina regulars, because she first got involved with Everyone’s Harvest as a service learning volunteer working the kids’ activity booth at the Marina farmers market. Most of her undergrad was spent abroad in Germany, Australia, and Japan. She enjoys learning languages and exploring new cultures, playing video games, and getting to know new people while she travels. Maranatha at everyonesharvest.org

KAREN GOMEZ, MARKET PROGRAM MANAGER

Karen graduated from CSUMB with a degree in Collaborative Health & Human Services with an interdisciplinary concentration of Public Administration/Nonprofit Management and Community Health in May 2019 and is now pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at San Jose State University. She has been involved with various non-profit organizations for the past few years and has enjoyed being able to apply the skills and knowledge she learned in school to real world challenges. She hopes to continuously help her community and make a difference! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and taking spontaneous trips. Karen at everyonesharvest.org

STEPHEN MELENDREZ, MARKET PROGRAM MANAGER

Born and raised in Monterey County, Stephen is a graduate of Film and Digital Media studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has been involved with many non-profit organizations in Monterey County and enjoys helping the community in any way possible. In his free time, he enjoys being active, exploring nearby state parks and hiking trails, as well as exploring and tasting local cuisine and coffee/tea shops. Stephen at everyonesharvest.org

REID NORRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Reid came to Everyone’s Harvest with a background in organic farming, education, and hospitality. He was a co-founder of Decca in Louisville, Kentucky, a restaurant with a commitment to locally-farmed and small-production ingredients. He has a Master’s in Fine Art and previously taught in the Art Department at Gavilan and Hartnell Colleges. Reid is a graduate of the Farmer Education Program (PEPA) at ALBA, a partner of Everyone’s Harvest. He and his wife grow olives in Carmel Valley. Reid at everyonesharvest.org