Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director.
Leslie has over 25 years experience in educational administration, government affairs, media relations, and environmental education programming. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego. She served as chief of staff to a California State legislator for many years, managing staff, constituent services, communications, and drafting legislation. She then served as Vice President of San Diego State University’s Office of University Relations and Development for almost two decades, where she managed community relations, legislative affairs, division budgets, grants, and contracts. She left the university to create a nonprofit organization offering habitat-based service learning and youth leadership programs; she is a founder and the Executive Director of Groundwork San Diego.
JoAnna Proctor, Education Coordinator.
JoAnna graduated from University of California San Diego, and began her career teaching for the Juvenile Court & Community School System. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential/CLAD and continued her teaching career as the Elementary & Special Needs Module Coordinator and teacher at a private K-8 elementary school. Accepted into the Educational Leadership Program, JoAnna then earned her Master’s Degree in Education and her Administrative Credential. She graduated with honors and is a member of two honor’s societies, Pi Lambda Theta and Phi Kappa Phi. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2008. JoAnna’s passion is teaching environmental conservation and outdoor science education. She is committed to teaching STEM and Next Generation Science Standards in conjunction with Common Core Curriculum so that her students will be prepared for the future. She is also committed to teaching children the importance of environmental stewardship and the preservation of the planet.
Patrice Baker, Community Outreach Director.
Patrice grew up in Southeastern San Diego, attended neighborhood schools and graduated from Lincoln High School. After 29 years of service with Pacific Bell, Patrice retired and started her own business. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Management, and her Master” Degree in Organizational Leadership. Patrice has been a long time community advocate, and has worked as Parent Instructor for The Center for Parent Involvement for Education, Mentor for SD City Schools CALWORKS program, Contract trainer for International Seminar Company, and Outreach Coordinator for Harmonious Solutions. Her community involvement includes: Program facilitator at Penn Elementary School, Conference presenter and facilitator, and member of the Jackie Robinson YMCA Board of Managers. Patrice is trained in mediation and conflict resolution. Her passion is to inspire and prepare young adults to discover their best selves in order to be productive & effective citizens. At Groundwork, Patrice is responsible for the recruitment of community members, resident change-makers, and developing partnerships for ongoing community projects. She has received the 2015 Blum Public Scholars Award.
Alexander Garcia, Earth Lab Manager.
Alexander worked for several years as an assistant supervisor at the Boys and Girls Club in Imperial Beach before he decided to pursue work at the Earth Lab. While at the Boys and Girls Club Alexander operated an after school program for fifth and sixth graders who were interested in workshops and activities lead by local artists, educators, and mentors in the community. Alexander is a recent alumni from San Diego State University, where he earned his Bachelors of Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. He assisted his professors and mentors with construction, carpentering, woodwork, and jewelry making during his college years. He has always had an interest in grey-water and rain barrel systems and now has developed a passion to implement these systems into our community. He was instrumental in the completion of the IRWM project along Chollas Creek as well as sustaining the farm that is located in the Earth Lab now. When he is not working on the farm he teaches students about components of nature and sustainability at Earth Lab academies, which are held throughout the school year.
Alisha Donnell, Groundwork San Diego Intern.
Alisha is a San Diego native and cares immensely about the community and environment we live in. She graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s of Art in Global Health. Her senior thesis studied the devastating effects of the Tijuana River Watershed in the cross border communities along the canyon based neighborhoods of Tijuana as well as the Southern San Diego Region. She was involved in the Black Student Union and worked for OASIS (Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services) during her undergraduate career where she advocated for minority students rights to succeed and be sustained in higher education. She has worked for one year at an independent study school, tutoring high school students in math and science. She now works as a Groundwork San Diego representative in the Parks Now Coalition through the Resources Legacy Fund in Sacramento. She also manages the social media output and newsfeed for Groundwork San Diego to make sure the community is staying connected through all platforms.