SARAH CLEMENS, CFRE - Development Director (2012)
Sarah served as Development Associate at the Maine Sea Coast Mission in Bar Harbor, Maine for the past six years and now serves as the Development Director at SHI. In 2011, Sarah was one of only 20 individuals in Maine to receive the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification. She received her B.Ed. from the University of Maine at Farmington and her M.Ed. from the University of Houston. She enjoyed teaching elementary school for 9 1/2 years and served as fundraising chair for the Air Force Spouses’ Clubs in South Korea and North Dakota. Presently, Sarah lives in Bar Harbor, serves on the MDI YMCA Program Committee and enjoys spending time with her three children.
KELSEY GEORGE - Development Assistant (2013)
Kelsey worked at the Land & Garden Preserve in Seal Harbor Maine for four years serving in Administration, Development and Bookkeeping. With a background in the gardening, landscape and nonprofit fields, she feels excited and equipped to join the SHI team as their Development Assistant. In her spare time, Kelsey maintains a large organic garden at home and practices her love of wheel-thrown pottery.
EMILY HEWES - Smaller World Administrator (2013)
Emily Hewes recently returned from living and working for seven years in Managua, Nicaragua. With a degree in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College, Emily is passionate about sustainable development as an opportunity to lift people out of poverty. With extensive experience in living and traveling in Central America Emily has experienced first-hand the challenges and opportunities that our Smaller World trip participants will have when they travel to visit our work. Most recently Emily worked as Director of Donor Development for a small organization based out of Nicaragua. In her spare time she enjoys being in the outdoors and spending time with her family.
RENÉE JOHNSON - Executive Director (2008)
With nearly 15 years in various development, marketing, IT and finance roles, and as an entrepreneur, Renée brings her past experiences to her position as Executive Director. She feels fortunate to have a career where she can use her business and project management skills to direct SHI, supporting the important work being done by SHI's talented staff in the US and Central America. Although Renée grew up in Maine, she lived in Massachusetts, Indiana, England, Greece and attended the University of Washington in Seattle before deciding to return to Maine. She now lives in Stockton Springs with her partner Chris and their three rescued dogs, Baxter, Sabine and Finch.
FLORENCE REED - President & Founder (1997)
Florence Reed believes that when people work together, things change for the better. This belief led her to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama in the early nineties and work for a number of nonprofit organizations. In 1997, Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International (SHI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with rural Central American communities to implement sustainable land-use practices. As president of the organization, Reed spends her time guiding SHI forward with Central American farmers, Central American staff, Board members, US staff and supporters, bringing together a wide variety of individuals to create a better future. In recent years she has received an honorary doctorate, along with many awards such as the Yves Rocher Women of the Earth award, Garden Club of America Distinguished Service award and etown e-chievement award. In 2009, Florence was painted by artist Robert Shetterly as part of his renowned Americans Who Tell The Truth portrait series. In November 2011, Florence was named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow by The Council of Independent Colleges and in June 2012, Florence was presented with the National Peace Corps Association's prestigious Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service. (Related: Speaker Profile)
AMANDA ZEHNER - Interim Field Program Director (2012)
Amanda joins SHI as the Interim Field Program Director following years of experience with the non-profit and development community in both the United States and internationally. After receiving her B.S. degree from Virginia Tech, Amanda served for over two years in The Gambia, West Africa with the Peace Corps. Through her active involvement with reforestation, agriculture, and education initiatives in West Africa, Amanda believed that many traditional approaches to planning and implementation of development programs could be improved to increase the enduring benefits to the participants, as well as to better utilize scarce resources. To this end, while pursuing a Masters degree in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University, Amanda worked closely with SHI’s Honduras affiliate to strengthen organizational learning and reporting processes. In addition to her academic and field work in monitoring and evaluation, Amanda brings to SHI valuable program management experience in Central America through her previous work with organic farming and educational programs in Guatemala.