Jenn has been passionate about the systemic transformation possible through nature and place based education for decades, and is excited to be part of the Ag in the Classroom team! As a proud resident and parent of El Dorado County for 10 years, she is interconnected with the local food systems, people and wild places. Jen is a leadership coach and intuitive consultant for professional women in positive changemaking industries through her consulting business. Her background and passions intersect with permaculture, social justice, conscious marketing, community building and healing arts. She has co-directed an alternative medical clinic, hosted online educational shows, mentored high level executives and entrepreneurs, hosted women’s retreats and workshops, run Rites of Passage, collaborated with non-profits and successfully run multiple businesses. She is a mother of a wonderful teen, committed auntie, writer, dancer, community weaver and nature wanderer. You can find her at an EDHS basketball game, chasing butterflies with her nieces or wandering by the American river.
A resident of Placerville since 2008, Melissa has been dedicated to environmental education and stewardship throughout El Dorado County. As a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership member with the El Dorado Irrigation District, her work focused on watershed coordination through education, collaboration with local stakeholders and water quality monitoring. In 2009, she became the Watershed Coordinator for the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts (RCD). At the RCD she coordinated several educational events including Farm Day in collaboration with the El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom. After the RCD, Melissa worked in the private sector as an Environmental Consultant with EN2 Resources, Inc. A local consulting agency working on environmental permitting and project development with local organizations such as the El Dorado County Water Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, El Dorado Irrigation District and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
In 2014, her focus shifted to staying at home with her two boys. She is now excited to get back to her passion of providing meaningful hands-on education to students in El Dorado County. In her role with El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom she hopes to help coordinate and expand existing programs and events.
Born and raised in El Dorado County, Britney grew up as a member of the Shingle Springers 4-H and later served as Vice President of Ponderosa FFA. She raised livestock including dairy goats, market goats and hogs. She also showed cutting horses throughout high school and college. She graduated from Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs and received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Elementary Education from National University.
Britney worked for Farm Bureau and Ag in the Classroom since 2007. She has worked for the El Dorado County Farm Bureau and El Dorado Ag in the Classroom as well as the California Farm Bureau and California Ag in the Classroom Foundation. In 2014, Britney continued to pursue her passion of agricultural education at Green Valley Elementary School as the Garden Coordinator.
Britney has settled down in Placerville with her husband, 3 daughters and small farm.
Britney coordinates Ag in the Classroom’s Farm Days.