Ariana Hoyt is a Community Garden Educator and a full-time member of the Silicon Valley HealthCorps (an AmeriCorps program). Ariana grew up in the Bay Area and didn’t move far from home to attend Stanford University where she majored in Human Biology with a focus on child health and education. During college, she enjoyed volunteering as a medical interpreter, tutoring Stanford janitors in basic English, and growing a garden behind her dorm. Ariana is excited to be part of the Collective Roots team and to learn more about nutrition and garden-based education. In her free time, Ariana enjoys drawing portraits, camping at the beach, cuddling with her cat, and attempting to cook vegetable curries.
Kris Jensen is our executive director. Inspired by the Permaculture principles of earth care, people care and fair share Kris is excited to bring to Collective Roots his passion for social and environmental justice–especially with how it relates to our food system. Kris has spent his career working in the nonprofit sector trying to change the world in whatever way he could–beginning with a focus on job training with the developmentally disabled, moving on to working with older adults and the past several years as a highly successful fundraiser. Kris, a Cupertino resident, earned his BA from San Jose State University in Political Science and received his certification in Permaculture Design from the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California.
Adelaide Oneal is a Garden Educator and a full-time member of the Silicon Valley HealthCorps (an AmeriCorps program). Adelaide grew up in Alabama and moved the Bay Area to attend Stanford University. Over the last four years, she has explored food and agriculture issues in the classroom and through volunteer work with local nonprofits. Now, she’s happy to get her hands dirty, work with kids, and see how ideas from class play out in the real world. Outside of food-related activities, Adelaide enjoys reading, running, and practicing yoga.
Jennifer Putzer is the Program Manager for the school-based nutrition and garden education program. She brings with her a background in sustainable and edible landscape practices as well as a passion for teaching individuals about nutrition. Jennifer supports the idea that people should be provided with knowledge in a clear and comfortable way meant to empower individuals to make positive choices about their health and wellness.
Nicole Wires is Manager of Community Initiatives for Collective Roots. A graduate of Stanford University, Nicole studied Earth Systems, an inter-disciplinary environmental science program, and created an emphasis on sustainable agriculture and food justice. Nicole previously worked on issues of international food security, spending time abroad in Ecuador, Tanzania, and Burkina Faso. Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, she loves the west, the mountains, backpacking, climbing, biking, gardening and being outside.
Gabriella Lopez is our Farmers Market Manager. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and began her studies in Cultural Anthropology while exploring the dynamics of rural Californian farm worker communities, California Agribusiness, and the processes of community building at UC Santa Barbara. Gaby then went on to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue graduate education and received her M.A. in Anthropology upon completion of her thesis surrounding the historical development of institutional dynamics in Monterey County, CA. Over the last few years, while delving into the realms of agriculture, labor, and food systems her passion for sustainability, community-building and farming have grown. She loves being outdoors, gardening, hiking, playing with her dog, and reading.
Tiffany ‘Uhila-Hautau is 32 years old and is of Tongan and Samoan descent. Her close knit family and their ties to the community have so much to do with who she is today. Working closely with the East Palo Alto community has been deeply rooted in her upbringing. Raised in East Palo Alto, CA and experiencing life’s challenges have encouraged her to always come home to be a part of the movement towards “change”. In 2005 she was hired to work as a Community Health Advocate at Ravenswood Family Health Center and soon after a Health Educator. Her experience teaching Cooking Matters alongside Collective Roots has helped shape her positive views on healthy living through fresh produce and direct access to nutritious, local foods. Tiffany’s passion is community advocacy and “being the voice” for the underserved in hopes that her efforts in partnership with local community resources.will help to build a self reliant community. When she is not caring for her two girls, she is taking short family trips, playing golf with her daughter and husband and enjoying great food along the way!