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 Coordinator:
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
Loralyn Owen, Farmers’ Market Associate:
A lifelong native of California, Loralyn has a deep appreciation for locally grown foods and supporting community farmers. Now living in Sacramento, she is a graduate from Sacramento State where she studied Studio Arts. She is an aspiring gardener and values the fun and importance of working within our local food system.
Mike Myers, Garden Manager
Board of Directors
Dawn Dunlap, President Sacramento Natural Foods Coop, Health and Nutrition Educator
Mary Helen Doherty, Vice President and Secretary
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.
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.
Rosie Cerna, Woodland Farmers’ Market Event Coordinator
Rachel Davis, Master Food Preserver, Co-founder/owner of The Cook House Garden urban farm.
CalFresh/EBT at Farmers’ Markets Interns:
Emily Porter, Intern for Central Farmers’ Market
Phuoc Phan, Intern for Sunrise Station Farmers’ Market
Lidija Kostic, Intern for Florin Farmers’ Market
Katie Stone, Intern for Central Farmers’ Market
Amanda Picket, LEVN Service Corps Volunteer
If you are interested in becoming an intern with Alchemist CDC, click here.