The MEarth Board of Directors are a distinguished group of community members who help guide and support MEarth’s efforts in Monterey County.
Andrea Lewis | President brings her interest and experience in environmental education, sustainability, and protection of the environment to the MEarth Board of Directors. Prior to joining the Board, Andrea was the former Executive Director of MEarth for almost three years. Additionally, she has worked for the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) as Assistant Secretary for Education and Quality Programs. Andrea is a formally trained facilitator and classroom trainer and holds a B.A. in Government-Journalism from CSU-Sacramento and a Total Quality Management Certificate from the Los Rios Community College District. She worked for the State of California since 1973 and, prior to joining Cal/EPA in 1994, worked for the Attorney General’s Office and California State Teachers’ Retirement System.
Kimberly Briggs | Secretary currently serves as Deputy General Counsel for the Pebble Beach Company. Kimberly holds a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago, B.A. from Colby College and an undergraduate certificate from University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She previously held positions as counsel for USI, Citicorp and Near North National Group. Kimberly is interested in childhood development, especially related to food and the environment, and currently serves on the Board of the Monterey Youth (MY) Museum and the National and Monterey Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food, with another 13 years of service to other Boards.
Nicole Saulnier | Treasurer is the owner/operator of Rental Depot, Inc., an equipment rental company providing construction, landscaping and small tools to contractors and homeowners. She graduated from Merrimack College with a B.S., specializing in Environmental Studies. After graduation she worked for OHM Services, an environmental clean-up company, as Lab Technician in the Bio-remediation & Stability lab. Nicole was born and raised in Ohio and moved to Carmel Valley in 2002 with her family to start their business. She has four children in the Carmel Unified School District. She is currently the Treasurer of the Panther Youth Football Board of Directors, and was Treasurer for Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce from 2005-2008.
Mark Shelley | Past President is the founder and executive director of Sea Studios Foundation. He has been producing media about nature, science, and the role humans play in impacting global environmental health for over 30 years. He and his family live in Carmel Valley where they are also have a grass fed beef business, Tassajara Natural Meats. His current work is focusing on the connections between food, the environment, and human health.
Bill Cox is currently the District Sales Manager for US Foods in the Monterey/Santa Cruz area. He has been working in the food industry for the past 28 years, most of that time he was responsible for the Monterey Peninsula territory. He is currently on the Technology Council for US Foods, as well as the Emergency Response Team, which supports food service needs for Cal Fire and Federal Firefighters during California’s fire season. His employer is a Certified Green Business and is continuously improving energy and environmental efficiencies with solar panels, recycling, and battery technology. He was part of a food brokerage team that introduced Eco Products to the Bay Area, growing sales, but more importantly, spreading knowledge of the importance of utilizing compostable products. He is also on the Board for the American Culinary Federation, Monterey Bay Chapter which has synergies of promoting healthy eating through the ACF Chefs. As a young boy he was his father’s helper in the garden while they planted flowers, vegetables and fruits.“Being asked to be on the Board was an honor. It brings it full circle back to my youth. I know my Father would have loved MEarth”. In his spare time he enjoys landscape photography, especially Yosemite and the Big Sur Coast.
Erin Fogg has dedicated her career to making the world more equitable, prosperous, and just, working with a wide array of charities, philanthropists, government agencies, political candidates and elected officials. She is the Founder and Principal of Spoke Consulting, a Carmel-based communications firm that serves nonprofits and foundations across the nation. Erin brings a richly cross-cultural personal background to her work. She has called both Indonesia and Spain home, and has traveled extensively across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2000, Erin helped coordinate donor retention efforts for the Southern California office of the U.S. Fund for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She went on to found the U.C. Berkeley affiliate of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (Bears for UNICEF) which will celebrate 15 years of service this year. Erin graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Minor in Spanish. She earned an M.A. in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where she specialized in negotiations and conflict resolution. She studied abroad at the Universidad de Alcala just outside of Madrid, Spain, and completed a graduate-level course of study at the Universitas Sam Ratulangi in Sulawesi, Indonesia. She is an alumna of Emerge California and the National Outdoor Leadership School.Erin’s husband Trevor owns Blink Optometry in Carmel. Their son Rowan attends Carmel Unified, and their two dogs, Delilah and Toby, work with Erin at Spoke (with occasional office visits from kitties Bleu and BrieBella).
Charles Franklin is retired from the retail and commercial real estate business. For more years than he says he wants to count, he has volunteered as “cockroach, the ancient camp counselor” at a variety of camping programs including at MEarth. Charles was born and raised in Southern California and moved to the Peninsula in 2002. He attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received a law degree from Loyola Marymount. He and his wife, Susan, have three sons and three granddaughters. Charles is a supporter of the No Child Left Inside movement and hopes to promote the community’s appreciation of the natural environment.
Shelby Lambert is the Advertising Sales Manager at Edible Monterey Bay, a local publication celebrating our area’s local, sustainable and organic food culture. Shelby holds a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of Denver and has eight years of experience in luxury hotel/restaurant management. Shelby is the mother of three children attending three CUSD schools.
Elizabeth Lorenzi became the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Community Health Innovations (CHI), an affiliate of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, in 2012. In this role, Liz is responsible for building and operating a company dedicated to providing population health management services throughout Monterey County. CHI provides wellness, complex care management and disease management services to a number of health plans and self-funded employers, operates Central Coast Health Connect, Monterey County’s health information exchange and provides Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) support services to primary care providers. Liz has over 26 years of executive healthcare management experience with an emphasis in population health management, business development, payer contracting, strategic planning and physician integration. She was formerly Senior Vice President, Physician Integration & Business Development at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMH). Liz obtained an undergraduate degree at California State University, Fresno and completed a Masters of Health Administration degree at the University of Southern California.
Marcy Rustad is the managing partner of OMP Research Associates, specializing in customized high-quality research and consulting services for businesses, nonprofits and schools. She is a respected leader and consultant in the business and education communities, with over 25 years of experience, and has a particular passion for high quality education for all children. Marcy has worked with nonprofits on strategic planning, evaluation and assessment, program development and marketing strategies. Over her career, Marcy’s education clients have served students from preschool through college, all leveraging quality information and research to improve decision-making and educational experiences for their students. Marcy is currently working closely with California State Monterey Bay’s Bright Futures Initiative to improve educational outcomes birth-to-career for all children in Monterey County. Marcy became impassioned about MEarth when her own children attended Carmel Middle School and derived the benefits of hands-on learning in the areas of science, healthy lifestyles and environmental stewardship. She served as an advisor to MEarth while a member of the Carmel Unified Board of Education from 2005-2011 and served as the MEarth Board Chair from 2011-2013.
Karl Pallastrini (ex-officio) is the former President of the MEarth Board and current non-voting board member. He holds BA degrees in English and History and an MA in School Administration from the California State University—Chico. Karl served 24 years as an administrator in the CUSD, as Principal at both Carmel Middle School and Carmel High School. He now sits on the CUSD Board of Education, being the first board member to be elected as a “write-in” candidate. Karl has also served on the board for the Ventana Wilderness Society and the Big Sur International Marathon, was the President of Carmel Youth Baseball for five years, and is a former member of the Pacific Grove Kiwanis Club.