Garden of Eatin’ Director
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Teresa Fogolini brings over 20 years of experience and education developing and leading garden, nutrition, literacy and education programs for children and communities in Sonoma and Marin counties. Her work in education includes program leadership serving students ages preschool through adult in schools, library’s and workforce settings. She holds a California multiple subjects teaching credential and a certificate in reading and literacy. She earned her Master’s degrees in Education and Reading & Literacy in order to further her commitment to provide enhanced and equitable learning experiences to children and families. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education Leadership at UC Davis.
Garden Nutrition Educator Trainer
Heather Osbun was introduced to gardening and nutrition as a child. After a health scare in 2007 and the birth of her daughter in 2009, Heather became acutely aware of how important nutrition and outdoor education was for her body, mind and spirit. In 2015, Heather graduated at the top of her class from Santa Rosa Junior College and became a Registered Dietetic Technician. During her time at SRJC, Heather discovered that she enjoyed the preventative aspect of nutrition and wanted to teach children and families how to grow, prepare and enjoy healthy foods. Heather believes that healthy eating can be exciting and fun. She is very passionate about sourcing food locally, seasonally and organically to help minimize the ecological footprint in the bay area. She has now combined her love for children and healthy eating to work as a Garden/Nutrition Educator for North Bay Children’s Center.
In her free time, Heather enjoys cooking, hiking, singing, and gardening.
Garden Nutrition Educator Trainer
Ann Kay comes to the G.O.E. team with over 30 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has taught in preschools both in Marin and Sonoma counties. She has a passion for teaching young children about nutrition and fitness. Ann believes that the garden is a wonderful way to connect children to healthy eating. She is working on her master teacher permit in collaboration with the Santa Rosa Junior College. Ann attends numerous workshops on different subjects that involve preschoolers such as nutrition, movement and music, special needs and bringing the classroom out into the garden. Ann’s hobbies are dancing, working out, cooking and spending time with her daughter and 1 year old grand daughter.
Alexis Fujii is passionate about sustainable farming, cooking, health and wellness, and garden education. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in 2017, gaining extensive knowledge and experience in food and flower production, our food system, and garden education. During this time and after, Alexis worked at the UC Davis Student Farm for four years, and over half a dozen other production farms. She has worked with kids and adults, teaching the basics of organic farming and gardening, cooking, nutrition, and health and wellness. Although she has always loved food and the environment, she realized she could coalesce these passions through sustainable agriculture and education. Alexis hopes to empower and excite students and teachers to grow their own food, get their hands dirty, and learn about the natural world all around us. In her free time, Alexis loves traveling, hiking and camping, and cooking, baking bread, and fermenting.
Gardener Program Educator
Sherry comes to NBCC with 20 years of working with children and families in family systems social work, followed by 16 years of being an environmental education instructor with children of all ages. As an activist for and a defender of, our Earth, Sherry also helped to run and to create programming for a summer Sustainability Camp in Sebastopol called Earth Camp and subsequently developed and taught a year round Earth Camp preschooler program. For the last several years she has been known as “The Willow Woman” and has worked with children by having them assist her in school gardens where they build living willow play structures together. NBCC has several sites with these structures, that the children find to be magical. Sherry brings to NBCC a very strong desire to continue to find ways of connecting children to the natural world. She believes that they are the inheritors and future stewards of our planet. And if they are connected, then they will understand it, and if they understand it they will love it, and if they love it they will find ways to save it, and all life upon it.
Nick Gonslaves Nick has been with NBCC for over 11 years. He works to keep NBCC facilities cleaned and maintained to the highest standards. Nick also brings his artistic and creative expertise designing and fabricating beautiful custom made wooden garden and play features for all NBCC sites. He puts his unique and signature style into everything he makes featuring whimsical designs complete with soft round and flowing curves. His trusted sidekick is Neena “the ultimate party mutt”.
My name is Jesse Osman. I graduated from El Molino High School in 2017. I work as a Garden Playscape Coordinator Intern for the Garden of Eatin’ program. I have created gardens and maintained crops on my families ranch. With six younger siblings, I pride myself on my ability to connect and understand the younger generation. I lead a Bible Study Youth Group at my church where I teach children ages preschool to high school. My experience leading 4-H programs and installing playgrounds in Costa Rica have greatly added to my skill set. I believe my ideas and experiences can positively impact the North Bay Children’s Center Garden of Eatin’ program. I look forward to working with the staff, the gardens and the families at the North Bay Children’s Center. I hope to inspire children to appreciate nature and gardens as much as I do.