Meet Our Team

Kali Crow-Liester

Executive Director

About Kali

Kali Crow graduated from Fairhaven College with a degree in Food Security and Environmental Resilience, which concentrated on how to use urban agriculture as a tool to address social and environmental justice. After working full-time on organic farms, Kali became actively involved with Bellingham community gardens when she started volunteering with the WSU Community First Garden Project. Kali worked as the Lead Garden Educator for Lydia Place and for Northwest Youth Services’ WeGrow Garden in 2016.

Roger Schuettke

Program Manager

About Roger

Roger has extensive experience working with both adults and children who suffer from PTSD, including foster youth. His mother grew up as a foster child, and his grandparents have raised multiple foster children. Roger is graduating from Fairhaven College in June 2017 with a concentration titled, Designing Culture: Integrating Somatic and Flow Psychology into Social Organizations, and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His interdisciplinary degree merges studies of cultural anthropology, developmental psychology, and organizational leadership.

Beth Chisholm

Board President

About Beth

Beth is a Michigan native and has lived in Bellingham for 25 years. She keeps busy raising a family, working, and romping in the mountains. Her work as the WSU Extension Community Horticulture Coordinator for Whatcom County provides her with community connections to serve those in need. Growing food and caring for plants is a natural part of her life and extending knowledge, sharing skills to youth and those that need a little help fills her cup.

Abby Kuchar


About Abby

Abby Kuchar is from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she was raised on a small family farm. While in high school, Abby started a community service group that harvested and delivered fresh produce to a local homeless shelter for women and children. Since then, Abby has worked on multiple farms, including as Assistant Coordinator of the Outback Farm on Western’s campus. Currently, Abby is pursuing her Fine Arts degree from Western Washington University with a primary focus on environmental art.

Sarah Chan

Board Member

About Sarah

Sarah is originally from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago, she has resided in Whatcom County since April 2008. A social activist, Sarah’s passion for affecting positive changes in people’s life stems from her own personal experiences. She is a firm advocate against human trafficking, domestic violence and ending hunger. Sarah currently operates Calypso Kitchen, a business centered around teaching kids & adults how to utilize fresh local produce to create delicious meals with Caribbean flavors. An entrepreneur for many years her current business model, allows for an organic flow of doing what you love and loving what you do.

Daniel Kilby

Board Member

About Daniel

Daniel Kilby is a former foster, at risk, and homeless youth who founded the Young Entrepreneurs Club to help empower and inspire his younger peers to success.
Utilizing his experiences working with Santa Rosa Junior College’s Foster Care Kinship & Education department as a career development tour creator, his personal background in banking, his entrepreneurial spirit, and his first hand experiences within the system, he spends his time educating his peers, other non-profits, and the community on the challenges and underlying issues pertaining to foster and at risk youth, and how to solve them.

Annah Young

Board Member

About Annah

Annah is honored to serve on the board for Growing Alliances. She has a background in education and agriculture and believes in the power of community-based food systems. She works as the education manager at Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson, running a farmer-training internship program. She got her M. Ed. at Western Washington University where she studied the role of education in food sovereignty movements.

We are currently building our Board of Directors.  We are seeking a treasurer who can present budgets and spending at our bi-monthly meetings. If you want to join our efforts, please contact us here.