Staff & Board
David Beller (Executive Director) has over 15 years of experience in horticulture, agriculture, food policy and community food projects. He earned a bachelor degree in agroecology and sustainable agriculture from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master of public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. David managed the California Polytechnic State University Organic Farm and was a researcher for the California Food Policy Advocates. David also worked as the Program Officer of Mercy Corps Northwest’s agriculture project, helping 100 local refugee farmers improve their skills and incomes.
Djamila Moore (Education Director) is a leader in the local school garden education field with over ten years of experience teaching and developing curricula in gardens, farms, classrooms and kitchens including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City where she received her Horticulture Certificate. She earned her MA in Science Education from the University of British Columbia where she worked at the intersection of teacher training and agriculture. Djamila's work and research on school gardens has been presented at the Oregon School Garden Summit, Environmental Education Association of Oregon, World Affairs Council of Oregon, and the American Horticultural Society.
Jennie Marable (Program Coordinator) Jennie has worked in Metro public schools for a decade, gardening alongside children and their families in school day and SUN school programming. She earned a BA in English from UNC-Greensboro, and completed a Masters degree at the University of Georgia, where she worked as a teacher, tutor and child advocate. She has leveraged her communication and writing talents into securing grant dollars from private foundations and government agencies to fund school garden education in low income schools. Jennie also has 15 years of experience in private sector event coordination on both coasts.
Amanda Frankel (Garden Education Coordinator) has extensive experience working as an environmental educator in the Portland Metro area including time with the Sauvie Island Center, Tualitin Hills Nature Park and Colombia Springs Environmental Education Center. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Environmental Studies and writing. In addition to her outdoor teaching skills, Amanda brings knowledge in herbalism, writing and event planning.
Lexie Gallegos (Garden Educator) earned a bachelor degree from the University of Puget Sound where her undergraduate research focused on work with female farmers and seed savers in India. She spent two years serving as a FoodCorps Service
Member in Polson, Montana, where she connected kids to healthy food in the classroom and garden. While in Montana, Lexie also worked as an apprentice on an organic farm.
Melia Chase (Garden Educator) earned a bachelor degree from Hampshire College in Sustainable Agriculture and Creative Writing. She served two AmeriCorps service terms, first as the Conservation Projects coordinator and garden teacher at Alpha School in Gresham and then as a garden educator at Portland Community College. Melia began working as a garden educator in 2016.
Weston Miller (Board Member, Oregon State University Extension Service) serves as Community and Urban Horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service for the tri-county Portland metro area. Part of his duties include managing the Master Gardener and Beginning Urban Farm Apprenticeship.
Percy Hampton (Board Member, retired from Laborers Local 296) worked for 41 years in the Laborers Local union where he served in a variety of positions. He also worked as a Job Developer with the nonprofit, Constructing Hope, helping people of color and those with backgrounds in incarceration to pursue careers in the construction trades. He was an early leader in Portland’s Black Panther Party.
Jessica Rojas (Board Member, NE Coalition of Neighborhoods) brings extensive knowledge around the intersections of race, gender, class and the environment. She works for NE Coalition of Neighborhoods as the Community and Environmental Engagement Manager. She is a 3rd generation Oregonian, raised in NE Portland. Jessica previously worked for the City of Portland, Metro and Cafe Mam. She is a lay herbalist and also serves on the board for the NW Center for Alternatives to Pesticides.
Amy Gilroy (Board Member Oregon, Department of Agriculture) is the Farm to School Manager at the Oregon Department of Agriculture where she works statewide to build nutrition and local food procurement efforts in public schools. As a part of this work, she helped expand the Food Corps program throughout Oregon. Amy previously worked as Project Manager for the Oregon Public Health Institute. She holds a Master of Public Heath degree from the University of Nebraska.
Amanda Hart (Board Member, Metropolitan Family Service) has worked with school communities across three districts in greater East Portland since moving to the city in 2010. She is currently the AmeriCorps program manager for Metropolitan Family Service, providing yearlong service opportunities to those passionate about giving back to their community. Amanda earned her BA in Comparative Sociology at the University of Puget Sound, with an emphasis on Latin American studies.
Bill Kabeiseman (Board Member, Bateman Seidel) has practiced Oregon land use and municipal law for over 15 years. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon for Land Use Law. Bill serves as general counsel for cities and other governmental entities, addressing the wide variety of issues that arise in land use, public contracting and election law.