Sierra Harvest Board Members
Ariel is no stranger to Nevada County nonprofits – she has 14 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in our community and recently earned her Masters degree in nonprofit administration. An enthusiastic gardener, mother, and BriarPatch co-op member, Ariel is a perfect fit for our organization. Ariel wanted to be part of Sierra Harvest because our mission statement is so closely aligned with her personal passion and beliefs: “I am passionate about health and believe that food access (especially local food access) provides an opportunity for the community to be healthier, and can have a profound impact nationally and even globally.”
Jennifer Singer, Secretary and Chair of Governance Committee
Jennifer Litton Singer was born and raised in Nevada County and attended Nevada Union High School. Jennifer attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her BA in Communication in 1997. She then returned to Nevada County as co-founder of The Friendship Club.
Jennifer has served as Executive Director of the Friendship Club since 2004 and in that time has grown the program to serve nearly 100 girls annually, developed close community relationships, and developed a strong reputation for the organization as a leader both in terms of services provided to the community and in organization a development.
Jennifer is a graduate of the Nevada County Community Leadership Institute and has served as a board member, officer, and committee member of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership over the past ten years. She is also a wife and mother to three daughters.
Karin has been an active member of the Nevada County community since 2004 when she moved from Santa Barbara. As a landscape architect who focuses on environmentally sensitive design and sustainable community building, she understands the value of a local and organic supply of healthy and delicious food. She feels that lack of education presents a huge obstacle to accessing healthy food and, in turn, a healthful life. Karin is excited and proud to be part of an organization whose mission involves educating a broad spectrum of people about local, organic food, empowering people to make good choices for themselves. She is a member of the Nevada City Sustainability Team, has been working in the landscape field since the mid-1990s, and enjoys raising her children with her husband in Nevada City.
Phil Turner, Board President
Phil Turner is a 2009 transplant from the Bay Area to Nevada City. He and his wife, Carol, have been active in the local food movement by encouraging their neighbors in Palo Alto and in Lake Wildwood, through a series of SLO Food Dinners, to meet local farmers and to buy more of their food locally. In this process they connected with Living Lands and encouraged their daughter Katie to become a LLAN Intern in 2012.
Phil’s background is in helping organizations make large scale changes in direction, culture and strategy. Moving the population of Western Nevada County away from “distant” food and towards locally grown food is his current focus. He was drawn to Sierra Harvest because of its interest in enlarging our population of local farmers and encouraging the community to value their work.
Rita de Quercus, Chair of Finance
Rita is a long-time activist and community organizer who has had a huge impact on connecting Nevada County residents with local farmers. She first articulated the concept of a “local food coalition” in 2006, and was one of several persons who set up the Local Food Coalition e-mail list and helped maintain it through 2012. The list, which now includes over 950 members, has been a very effective communication and networking tool of the local food movement. Rita also helped start the Nevada County Farm Guide in 2006, and coordinated the Farm Guide production for the next six years. She also served as the lead coordinator for the community-building Come Home To Eat events in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010. In addition, Rita was the start-up coordinator and co-founder of Nevada County Grown and served on the board from 2009-2011 as Treasurer.
Sandra Barrington, Vice President and Chair of Sustainable Funding
Sandra Barrington has over 10 years of fund development experience and is currently the Major Gift Director for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation. In addition to fund development experience, Sandra also has a background in marketing and public relations. Sandra has a degree in English with a certificate in Literary Editing and Publishing from California State University Chico. Healthcare and healthy living is a passion and Sandra loves that the mission of Sierra Harvest helps children start on their healthy lifestyle early. Sandra and her husband Tyler live in Nevada City and have a 10 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Gus.
Mali Dyck, Governance
Norm Westmore, Board Development