NATALIE KARMALLY, OPERATIONS MANAGER
Natalie comes to MEarth with professional experience spanning the realms of community engagement, youth outreach, science communication, as well as formal and informal education. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and pursued her undergraduate degree in Biology at Sonoma State University. She went on to earn her Masters in Zoology at Oregon State University researching amphibian disease ecology and ecotoxicology. She is passionate about conservation, social justice, providing equitable opportunities for kids in science and the environment, and increasing diversity in STEM fields. When Natalie is not working on the magical habitat of MEarth, she enjoys calligraphy, watercolor, exploring the beautiful Central California Coastline, and spending time with her two cats and husband.
NADIA KELEM, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATOR
Nadia has been interested in food systems and nutrition education since she was an 8-year-old camper at the Life Lab farm & garden in Santa Cruz. Since then she has traveled the world to study the effects of climate change on agriculture, global culinary practices, and food sovereignty movements. In 2013, she got her B.A. in Global Food Systems from the University of Redlands, while working for a local plant nursery and her university’s sustainable farm. She has also worked in garden and nutritional education at B’nai B’rith Camp in Oregon, Growing Gardens in Colorado, and most recently served a year for FoodCorps in Calaveras, CA. Nadia likes to spend time connecting to the environment through snowboarding, hiking, biking, and camping. She also explores the world through art, particularly printmaking, jewelry making, and ceramics. She is excited to return to the California coast and join the MEarth team to bring engaging and inspiring education experiences to students all over Monterey County.
MELISSA LOPEZ, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Melissa grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and moved to Monterey in 2000 to attend CSU Monterey Bay majoring in Social and Behavioral Science. Melissa has over a decade of experience working in the education field. Her passion in gardening and the hands on learning environment brought her to MEarth. She has been working with volunteers for several years in various organizations. With her organization and creativity skills, and experience at MEarth Melissa is excited to continuing growing the organizations programs.
KATIE REEVES, COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP MANAGER
Katie comes to MEarth with a background in landscape architecture and psychology with degrees from Arizona State University. Growing up on the Central Coast she recognized the value of environmental stewardship and healthful living. Her passions lie within design, sustainability, food, education, and looking to solve various social justice issues. She has work experience in sales, publishing, media, design, political campaigns, and education. She is excited to be contributing to an organization whose vision aligns with her passion and values.
Katie enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible hiking, cycling, camping, or gardening. She loves to explore and eat her way around the world constantly seeking out new things. She is an avid cook, baker, designer, photographer, and scuba diver enjoying all that the Monterey Bay has to offer.
KATE REGAN, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATOR
TOM SKEELE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Tom’s nonprofit leadership experience spans eighteen years with three nonprofits, one international in scope. He served as Chief Operating Officer for a $2.7 million international media and storytelling NGO focused on environment, health, women’s and youth empowerment. Early in his career he spent four years with Yosemite Institute (now NatureBridge) in both Yosemite NP and Headlands NRA where he led programs for 6th-12th grade school groups, Elderhostel (now Road Scholar), and teacher trainings. Tom has served on numerous boards, has developed donor-specific tours for three nonprofits, and served as tour guide for those tours, as well as for an independent eco-tourism company. He spent sixteen years as part time advisor and assistant to an event promoter (concerts, festivals, high end private events). He holds a BS from the University of Oregon. An avid photographer, Tom enjoys spending time hiking, biking, swimming, SUPing, sailing, SCUBA diving, backpacking, climbing, and traveling his way around the world.
ALICIA TAO, PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Alicia is new to the world of environmental education after working in a variety of fields, including advertising, entertainment, and fitness. After several years off for raising two young boys, Alicia is excited to be working at MEarth, supporting a great organization that provides excellent hands-on learning for students of all ages. She holds a BA in Geography from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Masters in English from Cal State University at Dominguez Hills.