our board of directors
Charlotte’s in-depth understanding of the environmental, economic, health, and social values that underlie human use of land fuels her passion for environmental protection in international development. She has over 20 years of experience managing environmental and public health programs and projects, including many years at Industrial Economics, Incorporated. Currently, Charlotte serves as Executive Director of BasicNeeds US, a nonprofit organization focused on global mental health and development, of which she is also the Co-founder.
Extra credit: Inspired by the beauty, mystery and power of natural landscape, Charlotte is learning to paint.
Bill appreciates that we attend to people's needs while also conserving biodiversity. He served as a college officer for close to forty years, and recently retired from Berea College. Currently, he is a fundraising consultant and serves on a college board. Bill enjoys the outdoors, working with wood, thoughtful conversations, and playing the fiddle (badly—his opinion, not ours!). He and his wife split their time between Kentucky and Vermont and have four children and five grandchildren they enjoy spending time with.
Extra credit: Bill loves to paint houses and walls. He can whistle to the point of maybe being somewhat annoying, especially when whistling Christmas music in July.
Matt is inspired by Sustainable Harvest International’s commitment to improving lives in rural communities and the evolving outlook and independence he sees in families who partner with us. He first witnessed the positive impact of community-based outreach when he worked on forestry and agriculture issues as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. Matt has extensive experience in marketing and management, and contributed to global initiatives to address the HIV epidemic. An avid traveler and White Sox fan, Matt and his wife live in Chicago with their three daughters and return annually to his wife’s village in the mountains of Central Panama.
Extra Credit: At Matt’s wedding reception, guests polished off over seventy-five gallons of chicha fuerte, a traditional Panamanian corn beer!
Gyan began working with us as a volunteer member of the finance committee, supporting the mission through his professional skills and background. Gyan has over 15 years of professional experience in accounting, finance, and business management. A resident of Bethesda, MD, Gyan is a Senior Accountant at L.S. Caldwell & Associates, Inc. in Washington, DC. His interests include economic and social justice, environmental protection and restoration, organization administration and management, as well as urban organic gardening, music, and the outdoors. An avid reader of history, politics, and current events, he loves to travel.
Extra credit: As a young student, Gyan was active in the movement to end apartheid in South Africa.
Our novel approach to sustainability, dedicated and innovative staff, and the desire to help our organization grow and flourish are what drew Callie to serve on the board. Callie served in the Peace Corps in Swaziland in the 1970s, worked with USAID-funded programs in public health, and as Executive Director of a small family foundation. She enjoys traveling, working in and studying international development, reading, and summering in Maine.
Extra credit: Thanks to her Peace Corps service, Callie speaks siSwati.
Dave Cushing has spent his professional career of almost 35 years in financial services, specializing in the provision of innovative electronic trading technologies, financial market structure & design services, and trading analysis tools. In the next chapter of his life, Dave is looking forward to applying his technical and scientific background to helping solve urgent challenges facing society and the ecosystem, particularly climate change. Dave enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including gardening, cycling, hiking, skiing and golf, as well as international travel.
Extra Credit: David is conversant in French and Mandarin.
Jamie came to serve on the board via the Peace Corps Panama connection—while Florence Reed (our Founder and President) was serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the late 1990s, Jamie was the Assistant Program Director. With him, Jamie brings ten years of experience in international development in hillside agriculture and agroforestry, and fourteen years of fundraising experience with the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Jamie enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, yoga, meditation, gardening, and writing.
Extra credit: Jamie is a certified family and community herbalist.
Our mission resonates with Charlie’s passion, which is to empower people with knowledge, skills, and confidence to improve their livelihoods. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama, Charlie first discovered his passion for sustainable agriculture. He went on to focus on strengthening local food systems through his professional role with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension’s Community and Economic Development Program, where he also teaches. Charlie loves being outdoors and learning about how people live.
Extra credit: As children, Charlie and his sister traveled through Mexico in an old pickup truck with their father, a geography and anthropology professor.
Lisa first learned about us while volunteering on a trip to Belize. The mission strongly resonated with her and she believes that “being on the board feels like the best possible way to help fulfill the mission.” Lisa has twelve years of experience working on various boards and committees for the River Valley Charter School, a public Montessori school. Residents of West Newbury, MA, Lisa and her family enjoy hiking and kayaking. Lisa has a deep appreciation of the natural world and enjoys exposing her children to its wonders.
Extra credit: Lisa used to be a cowgirl (wrangler) in Wyoming.
Sustainable Harvest International’s careful, evidenced-based methods of developing regenerative and sustainable organic farms strongly appeals to Katherine, who is a long-term faculty physician at the University of California, San Francisco. The clear effects of climate change on public health motivated her to participate in the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative and join the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. Katherine and her family have notable experience in stewardship of the environment in northern California, including participation in and leadership of nonprofit and civic organizations. Katherine is “all in” to help Sustainable Harvest International scale up its work and thereby improve the health of all people and the planet.
Extra credit: Katherine loves adventure – she used to be a skydiver, backpacked frequently in the Sierra Nevada, and has a black belt in karate.
Lee has been committed to Sustainable Harvest International since the organization began. Her focus is on the individual life-changing impact of our work on partnering farmers, their families, and the communities that partner with Sustainable Harvest International. As a journalist and a psychotherapist, Lee became acutely attuned to the power of personal stories: how we are shaped, changed, and empowered by the opportunities that come to us—and by what we choose to make of them. She now professionally fundraises and volunteers with nonprofits to help bring critical opportunities in health care and education to individuals, families, and a world in need.
Extra Credit: In 2016, Lee trekked to Nepal, Bhutan, and Peru to hear firsthand the stories of people who have long lived in partnership with their lands.
Ana Maria is attracted to Sustainable Harvest International because of the high quality of support we provide to smallholder farmers in Central America. She’s honored to work alongside our staff and contribute to our mission—one she’s very passionate about. From a young age, Ana Maria’s parents instilled in her a joy in helping others. This joy has driven her to work with many nonprofits over the years. Born in Peru, Ana Maria moved to Panama as a young adult. Though she now resides in Washington DC with her husband and son, she frequently visits Panama and our program there.
EXTRA CREDIT: Ana Maria learned how to make bokashi while visiting our program in Honduras. She replicated the process in her own vegetable garden with bountiful results.
Kathleen’s personal travel experiences and time spent living and working in Latin America has further instilled a strong interest and desire to support and protect the people, land, and biodiversity within the region. Most recently, Kathleen worked with the People to People Leadership Program’s operations team. Serving on our board gives Kathleen a platform to combine her professional experience in the travel industry with her personal connection and interest in empowering the people of Latin America through sustainability. Kathleen lives in Mexico City, and enjoys gardening, yoga, tango, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Extra credit: Kathleen is a DPR Certified Urban Gardener.
Chris is the newest member of our Board of Directors, having joined February 2019. His bio + photo are coming soon!
Hande’s interest in supporting farmers in far corners of the world stems from her family’s olive grove in Turkey, where farmers are threatened by climate change, governmental attitudes toward agriculture, and limited outreach and education. Hande holds degrees in finance and management systems and has extensive experience with both publicly traded companies and private funds. She brings nearly twenty years of nonprofit volunteerism to the board as a teacher, fundraiser, and advisor. Hande lives in New York City, where she writes poems and love letters and enjoys ballet and listening to classical music.
Extra Credit: Hande has twice donated her hair to aid people undergoing cancer treatment, and plans to continue doing so.
José Zaglul is the founding president (1987–2016) of EARTH University in Costa Rica. Dr. Zaglul holds a PhD in Animal Science from the University of Florida. In addition, he obtained an M.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Animal Science from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Very dedicated to his family, Dr. Zaglul especially admires his Lebanese ancestors and his parents, who migrated to San Ramón, Costa Rica, with Zaglul and his siblings when they were very young. Dr. Zaglul is married to Rosario Ruiz. Together, they have three children and two grandchildren.
Extra Credit: Coming soon!
Emeritus BOARD members
THINKING ABOUT BOARD SERVICE?
We have a diverse, engaged board of directors that is always on the lookout for new talent! Your background in fundraising, program development, financial management, strategic planning, communications, or other related fields can be put to good use by our growing organization. If you are inspired by the work of Sustainable Harvest International and want to be considered for committee or board service, please contact us and a member of our executive committee will be in touch.