Davida Douglas, Executive Director
Davida was Alchemist’s first employee. She runs Alchemist’s programs and manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. Davida came to the organization with over ten years’ experience working with non-profit organizations, as well as several years with a private community outreach firm, and general business management experience. She is originally from rural Missouri, and has been a Sacramento resident for over a decade, currently in the Oak Park neighborhood. (916-204-8260 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kerin Gould, Program Assistant:
Kerin is a dedicated gardener, foodie, and future farmer and has worked with a number of farm and health related organizations as well as collaborating with Indigenous and environmental justice projects. Her graduate work focused on the intersection of Indigenous Peoples’ values and community development, and her earlier studies were focused on Natural Health. email@example.com
Board of Directors
Chris Aguirre, President
Chris Aguirre is a Senior Project Manager at Valley Vision where he manages their healthcare portfolio, outreach activities, and coordinates the annual event. Prior to Valley Vision, Chris obtained his master’s degree in Community & Regional Development from U.C. Davis, and a bachelors in Ethnic Studies from California State University, Sacramento. Chris is a native Sacramentan and grew up in Orangevale.
Mary Helen Doherty, Vice President
Mary Helen Doherty has a unique combination of experience with community based non-profits, volunteer organizations and public service agencies in the health, social welfare and housing fields. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento, a certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, Graduate School of Business Stanford University. She comes from a long line of Irish farmers in Northern Illinois, loves to cook but would rather be backpacking in the Sierras.
Mariko Yoshihara, Treasurer
Political Director, California Employment Lawyers Association. Mariko is a Bay area native. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology and Political Science from San Jose State University, and a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She was admitted to the California State Bar in November, 2008. Mariko honed her public policy and advocacy skills as a Legislative Aide to Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes and Assemlbymember Sandre Swanson. She also worked as a policy consultant for the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. While in law school, Mariko interned at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Employment Discrimination Division, and at the plaintiff side employment law firm of Rukin, Hyland, Doria & Tindall. Mariko currently plays on a semi-professional soccer team, the Sacramento Storm and is the president of the Sacramento Fem Dems.
Rachel Hollander, Secretary
Rachel received her MD from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and is currently a board-certified family physician at UC Davis Medical center. She is additionally taking courses at UC Davis to complete a Master in Public Health degree. She has interests in prevention of chronic disease, teaching resident physicians, and expanding the med center’s involvement in improving community health.
Jamila Bebe Khan
Jamila is an assistant account executive for Jennifer Jones and Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital marketing firm. She is also a part-time editorial intern for the Style Media Group in Folsom. Born in Sacramento, Jamila graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2011, earning an MS in Community Development. Before becoming a member of the Alchemist board, Jamila was an intern for Alchemist’s Bryte & Broderick Urban Farm Stand program. Her interests include social media, street art and fashion blogging.
District Director for District 7, office of Sacramento City Councilmember Darrel Fong
Colin received his JD from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, where he participated in the Program in Public Interest Law & Policy and the Critical Race Studies concentration. He is executive director and attorney at law at The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water and lives in Sacramento with his wife and daughter.
Christie hails from the East Coast and has 5 years of community development and public health experience. Previously she was the Outreach Director of Farm Fresh Rhode Island, where she ran farmers markets, produce distribution, nutrition education, and food access programs. She has a B.S. in Conservation Biology and has studied and worked in Senegal, Thailand, Guatemala, and Mexico. She now works as the Operations Director for Fresh Producers and teaches cooking classes at the Davis Food Co-op.
Dawn Dunlap, Sacramento Natural Foods Coop, Health and Nutrition Educator
Daniel Abbes Daniel is a lifelong Sacramentan and graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in Metropolitan Area Planning in 2011. Before becoming a member of the Alchemist board, Daniel was an intern for the Mini-Market Makeover Community Chefs program. Currently he is an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, working with the Napa County Office of Education and the non-profit NapaLearns to increase community involvement and support in local schools. He also volunteers his time to The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation and Project Birthday. When possible, he enjoys playing basketball and riding the American River Bike Trail.
CalFresh/EBT at Farmers’ Markets Interns:
Mai Vang, Intern for Central Farmers’ Market
Loralyn Owen, Intern for Florin Farmers’ Market
Everett Lacey, Intern for Laguna Gateway Farmers’ Market