Jen Dalton

President
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Jen is a community food systems and facilitation consultant with extensive experience in communications. She is an auntie extraordinaire, as she does not have her own children. As a not mom, she loves to share her love with all the children in her life. Jen is passionate about reading and education and sharing the love of books with others. She runs a consultancy with her partner in love called Kitchen Table Consulting, LLC. Jen also teaches about self-love and enjoys yoga, travel to distant lands, gardening and cooking.

Juanita Joy Riddell

Board Member
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Juanita-Joy began her career in 1968 with a Masters in Education as a Special Education teacher with Oakland Public Schools. In 1981 she moved to Greenfield Ranch, married Michael Riddell and raised 3 daughters. She worked for Mendocino County Office of Education for 23 years as an itinerant teacher for Physically Impaired students. In 2006 Juanita-Joy was awarded Schoolmaster Teacher of the Year, she has received an Exemplary Teacher award and was a Mentor teacher for MCOE. Before and during retirement she has traveled extensively, participated in numerous community and non profit organizations. She is currently a Board member for Tu Hogar and Hearthstone Village.

Deborah Mead

Treasurer
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Deborah moved to Northern California 1984 with her husband, Ricardo Stocker and their children. Since that time she has worked extensively with numerous non profit organizations in Mendocino County. She was the Director of the Mendocino County AIDS Volunteer Network (MCAVN) from 1987- 2000 and during that time worked with staff, board and the Public Health Department to establish the County’s first Needle Exchange Program. From 2001 to 2006 she was the Director of the Ukiah Valley Cultural and Recreational Center and helped to raise more than 4 million dollars toward this project.

Emily Frey

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Emily Frey is a Physician Assistant who works at Ukiah Valley Medical Center in the emergency department and hospitalist program. Her childhood was spent in third world countries as her father worked in international public health and her mother as an author and expert in Asian art. She met her husband Luke and moved to Mendocino County in 1981 where they have a biodynamic winery and farm. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and enjoys hiking, reading, gardening and the turning of the seasons.

Laura Wedderburn

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Laura is a practicing Internal Medicine physician at Ukiah Valley Medical Center in Ukiah California. She graduated from Washington University with a degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry in 1994 and went on to Medical School at Howard University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY in 2001 and moved to Northern California. Laura volunteered as a physician in Banda Ache after the 2005 tsunami and also volunteered in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. Laura currently practices full time as a hospitalist at UVMC and is the mother of two young boys.

Nancy McGivney

Board Member

Nancy taught elementary school for 18 years and now works as an educational consultant with schools and teachers throughout the country. Although she lives in Ukiah, she loves the fact that she gets to travel very often and meet students and teachers from all over the United States. Trained in the latest effective research in education, she brings this talent and experience to our work with RMOF. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and is presently trying to learn French to further help in her regular visits to Haiti. Her friends know her by her family nickname Niv, yet this translates poorly into French, so the Haitians have begun to just call her Auntie Nancy

Serena Miller

Board Member
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Serena is a retired Waldorf specialty teacher. She was one of the original founders and boardmembers of River Oak Charter School in Ukiah and was the head of curriculum development at La Vida Charter School in Willits—both schools using Waldorf methods. She is involved in many fundraising projects at Hearthstone village and is also currently a yoga instructor and teacher if iRest Yoga Nidra meditation. Serena is a mother of four and lives with her husband in Redwood Valley, California.