1.415.883.6222 info@nbcc.net

G.O.E. Team

Teresa Fogolini
Garden of Eatin’ Director
e: tfogolini@nbcc.net  t: 415.559.3207

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.

Ann Kay
Garden Nutrition Educator Trainer
e: akay@nbcc.net

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 Fuji
Lead Gardener
e: afujii@nbcc.net

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.

Sherry Gibson
Gardener Program Educator
e: sgibson@nbcc.net

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 Gonslave
Garden/Playscape Maintenance

e: ngonslave@nbcc.net

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”.

Sandy Turner Parry
Garden Nutrition & Nature Educator Trainer

e: sparry@nbcc.net

Sandy Turner Parry was born in the north of England and was educated at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where she completed a PhD in Psychology. Her work has always been with families. It has ranged from offering support to new parents and teaching classes about newborn care and child development, to working as a family counselor in private practice. Gardening has always been a keen hobby and four years ago she became a UC/ Marin Master Gardener. She then became the school gardener educator in a local elementary school. Sandy strongly believes that children should be nurtured in nature and any opportunity to put hands into soil is one that all children should have. Teaching children where their food comes from and how to eat so they can be healthy; growing and watching the bounty of the seasons as they move and slowly change is a valuable experience. In her spare time, Sandy is an avid reader. She loves music, especially jazz, and enjoys Art in its many forms. For the past ten years she has been a volunteer for the National Parks in the Pt. Reyes area.

Tony Saliani
Garden Nutrition & Nature Educator Trainer

e: asaliani@nbcc.net

Tony was introduced to gardening and nutrition early on in childhood by her father, a master gardener. She quickly became aware of how important nutrition and outdoor education was for the mind, body and spirit. This fascination quickly sparked a journey into holistic health education. In 2009, Tony began teaching youth courses and workshops with her Master’s Certification in Mindful Wellness from the Academy of Intuition Medicine. During her time at the Academy, Tony began managing a nutrition clinic in Marin County. It was there that she fell in love with the preventive aspect of nutrition. She went back to college and graduated with honors as a Certified Nutrition Consultant. She is passionate about being your own advocate for health and wants to help children and their families learn how to grow, prepare and enjoy healthy foods. 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, Tony enjoys cooking, hiking, arts and crafts, and playing in the garden with her husband Mike and their dog Olive.

Brian St.Peter
Facilities & Maintenance

e: bst.peter@nbcc.net

Brian St. Peter’s passion for construction and woodworking began around the age of 10 when he learned the trade as he worked alongside his father. Brian pursued his career in construction and became a licensed General B Contractor in 2005.    Along with owning and operating his own construction company, Brian spent 34 years in the retail field. Having a wife that has been in the field of Early Childhood Education, Brian has a unique insight, understanding and respect for the field and understands the importance of creating high quality, safe and fun learning environments. Brian is known for his attention to detail, integrity and passion for excellence in all he does. In his spare time Brian enjoys dirt biking, riding his Harley, boating, and spending time with his family. Brian brings years of experience and expertise to NBCC and is looking forward to supporting the programs through his expertise, skill and imagination. 

Kenol Felix
Public Health Intern

Kenol Felix was born in Haiti and grew up in the Marin and Sonoma county. Kenol is currently completing his last year of his Masters of Public Health at Des Moines University. Kenol is very passionate about Public Health and his focus is mainly on family and child health. The field of public health is constantly evolving in response to the needs of communities and populations around the world. Learning about children and healthy foods have been a forefront focus for Kenol as he is also enjoying his time with his 2 year old son. Kenol is interning with NBCC and working with the GOE team to bring innovative experiences to the families and children. The GOE team will provide a more realistic glimpse into the day-to-day work into nutrition education for the children. In his free time, Kenol enjoys spending time with his family, church, basketball, hiking, music, and traveling.

 

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