Meet the team

Susan Carpenter Sims, MBA

Susan Carpenter Sims, MBA

Susan, our CEO, has been an entrepreneur since 1991. She's co-created and managed non-profit organizations, and coordinated sustainability/community-related events. She has an MBA in Management and an MA in English.

Mark Goldman, AIA

Mark Goldman, AIA

Mark, our Vice President and Director of Design & Construction, is a distinguished alumni of the Boston Architectural College, and has won awards for his humanitarian and sustainable architectural designs. He is also a licensed commercial builder and chair of the University of New Mexico-Taos green technology and construction program.

Rochelle Rex

Rochelle Rex

Rochelle Rex, our CFO and Horticultural Director, is a certified Horticultural Therapist, an experienced bookkeeper, and is also the Executive Director 0f our sister 501(c)(3) organization, The Growing Foundation, Inc.

Dr. JonnaLynn Mandelbaum, PhD

Dr. JonnaLynn Mandelbaum, PhD

JonnaLynn, our Chairman of the Board, has vast experience in education and public health, and international program design and implementation. She has served on the Board of Directors of various organizations.

Melanie Redmond

Melanie Redmond

Melanie Redmond is an experienced, energetic community organizer, manager, and networker with knowledge of and passion for sustainable systems.