Melanie Harris joined the board in 2011, is board chair, and serves on the strategic planning committee. While her career has been focused in medical device technology, Melanie strives to maintain active involvement in the community. While working in Menlo Park, she served as a mentor, teacher and tutor for programs at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula in East Palo Alto. The project she was most passionate about during her MBA program was working on the strategic plan and branding for a nonprofit focused on women athletes as leaders in the community. As a mother, Melanie appreciates the chance to be educated about food choices for her own family while making a positive contribution to Collective Roots.
Belinda Rosales joined the board in 2013 and serves as liaison to the community advisory board. She is a retired grandmother, a resident of East Palo Alto for over three decades and an avid backyard gardener. She appreciates seeing the smiles on her neighbors’ faces when sharing her homegrown vegetables and being able to introduce the value of gardening to her children and grandchildren.
Rachel Kellman joined the board in 2014 and serves on the communications and marketing committee. Prior to serving on the board, Rachel volunteered at Collective Roots teaching Cooking Matters classes and as an advisor to the communications committee. Rachel is a veggie lover who firmly believes that healthy eating is the foundation for healthy communities, and it is this belief that initially drew her to Collective Roots. Through Collective Roots, her cooking blog Veggies At The Table, and work at Google, where she manages internal programs, comms, and marketing focused on food and wellness services, she aspire to get many more people enthusiastic about vegetables (and other plants too)!
Tammy Parker Estes
Tammy Parker Estes joined the board in 2015 and serves as the board finance chair. After a long career working in the technology sector, Tammy successfully transferred her management and organizational skills to the non-profit sector as Business Director at a not-for-profit college-prep private school serving over 450 pre-K through 12th grade students. Tammy has fond memories of growing up in Maine picking wild blueberries and working the family garden to meet the family’s nutritional needs and looks forward to working in an area tied to her environmental science education.
Lisa Young ‘accidentally’ grew her first corn stalks after playing farmer with her sister when she was a child. Watching the corn grow and then harvesting the cobs started a life long obsession with growing food. She loves sharing this passion with others, and encourages her clients to grow herbs and vegetables in their gardens. With her background in non-profit fundraising campaign management and donor development, she is looking forward to helping Collective Roots grow, as well.
Matt Horton joined the board in 2013, and serves as an observer. Matt firmly believes that entrepreneurship and innovation are critical elements in building a more sustainable future. As co-founder of City Limits Urban Farm, a nonprofit educational farm in East Palo Alto, Matt has enjoyed engaging and educating the community in local food production and distribution. As former CEO of Propel Fuels, Matt has experienced the satisfaction of helping build one of the nation’s leading renewable fuel companies, and as a venture capitalist, Matt helped many early-stage clean technology companies get their start and achieve significant growth. Matt can be found most Saturday mornings happily digging in the dirt with his wife, Wendy, and their two young sons.