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Mim Michelove - Executive director

Mim co-founded Healthy Day in 2012. She is nationally recognized for her work as one of the environmental consultants for the Encinitas Union School District, the creator of the Ocean Knoll Farm program, the architect behind Encinitas’ pioneering Farm to School program, and as Founding Director of EUSD’s innovative Farm Lab campus.

TERESA BARTH - Board Member

Teresa Barth is a third-generation resident of the North Coast area. She also lived in Hilo, Hawaii for a number of years and is an avid traveler. She was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2006, was re-elected in 2010, and served as the appointed Mayor Dec. 2012 – May 2014. Barth is the founding president of Engage Encinitas, a nonprofit that aims to enrich the lives of city residents by encouraging collaboration and strengthening civic engagement. She is an advocate for the arts, urban agriculture and the environment.

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Kathryn Rippy - Board Member

For 20 years, Kat Rippy has worked with organizations across the United States ranging in size from 20,000+ employees to a small office of 30 as well as many individuals who run their own small businesses. She has coached an endless stream of leaders in a variety of positions and businesses to reach their goals and make critical shifts in their effectiveness. Additionally, Kat has presented, facilitated, and trained more than 10,000 participants in various leadership topics, keynote addresses and all-hands organization-wide events.

Kat knows what it takes to lead people. With her extensive consulting background in organization development, she’s experienced in working with the organization as a whole to enhance cultural and systemic improvements through coaching, strategic planning, employee development programs and strategic talent management. As a Board Certified Coach, her clients benefit greatly from her system-wide perspective and understanding of how to improve performance through tools and techniques mastered by the world’s greatest leaders.

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Lisa Shaffer - Board Member

Lisa Shaffer enjoyed a 44-year career in government, industry, academia, and the non-profit sector. Her experience includes positions at NASA and NOAA in international environmental programs; in strategic planning at an aerospace company; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and executive director of the UCSD Sustainability Solutions Institute. Lisa taught ethics, environmental strategy, and corporate social responsibility at UCSD. She served on the Encinitas City Council from 2012-2016. Shaffer earned her B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan, her Ph.D. in public policy from George Washington University, and MBA from UCSD. Currently she is writing and consulting.

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Julie Walker - Board Member

Julie Walker has co-owned and successfully operated Obra Verde Growers, an agricultural business located in Valley Center, CA, for over 40 years. Specializing in drought-tolerant plant varieties perfectly suited to a Mediterranean climate, she is well-versed on the challenges and opportunities open to local farming today. Julie currently serves as an advisor to the Executive Committee for the SD County Farm Bureau, having also served as its President and has chaired multiple related committees both local and state . Walker received the prestigious Farmer of the Year award in 2017, recognizing her years of service to the ag community. She has also served as a member of boards including SD Flower and Plant Association and CA Association of Flower Growers and Shippers. Julie's passion revolves around keeping agriculture viable and is particularly interested in fostering opportunities in agriculture for children and young adults. She holds a BA in Education from San Diego State University.

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Vicky A Newman - MS, RDN, Board Member

Vicky is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) specializing in an integrated and personalized approach to nutrition, health, and healing. As a member of the voluntary faculty at the UC San Diego School of Medicine since 1984, Vicky is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health.

Vicky’s early career focused on women’s nutritional issues, including an active role in setting statewide practice guidelines for nutritional care of women in California. From 1995 – 2014, Vicky was the Director of Nutrition Services for the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. In this capacity, she developed and managed the phone coaching and dietary assessment components for a number of multi-state clinical trials.

Though retired from full-time employment at UC San Diego (June 2014), Vicky continues working with the Division of Family Medicine as a member of the Voluntary Faculty. She also enjoys consulting with individuals and organizations and providing educational programs in the community, including at nearby Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, Mexico (more at www.mindfulnutritionsolutions.com).

Additional Board Members

Carol Skiljan, Marjorie Fox