Meet the Board
Anne Clare Erickson - President, Western Spirit Cycling
Anne Clare is starting her seventh year on the board at the Youth Garden because she loves being involved with a group that has such a positive influence on the community. She came to Moab for a college course, and upon completing it, returned to Moab, where she has lived for 29 years. She loves to garden, backpack and ride her road bike. She worked as both a river and mountain bike guide, before managing permits and sales at Western Spirit Cycling. She lives with her husband, her garden and her many pieces of Fiestaware.
Trish Hawkins – Vice President, Landscape Designer with Gaia Designs
Born in England, I moved to Moab in 1989 to work as a guide and later a landscape designer. I’ve always loved to be outside, to be gardening, farming, getting my hands in the dirt and living with the seasons. I think it’s very important. The Youth Garden Project offers our kids the opportunity to do just that, to be outside and to learn how to grow food with a bunch of really great people, what could be better! That’s why I give my time to YGP.
Sharon Brussell - Secretary, National Park Service
I first came to Moab in 1985 as a student volunteer at Canyonlands National Park and was stunned by the landscape and the silence. I returned in 1990 and have been here since working for the NPS non-profit partner Canyonlands Natural History Association and the last 14 years for Arches & Canyonlands National Parks. Coming from mid-west farm stock, gardening is a deep love and vital connection to the earth for me. I am happiest pruning and planting as well as making any outdoor space sing. YGP is magical in it composition and bringing to life the music of people, plants and community–I feel blessed to be even a small part of that!
Susan Kittler - Treasurer, Restaurant Owner, Paradox Pizza
Susan is the newest addition to the YGP Board. We are excited to have her at the Garden!
Tim Graham, Retired Desert Ecologist
Tim is a desert ecologist who has been studying the uncharismatic microfauna of the Colorado Plateau—terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles—for over 30 years. He also enjoys hiking, gardening and playing soccer. Lots and lots of soccer. Tim retired from the USGS in 2009, but hasn’t retired from life; he hasn’t found a reason to stop yet.
Chad Niehaus, Business Owner, Waterpocket Press
I started my Moab life in 1999 as a park ranger at Dead Horse Point. The same elements that lured me to this place then still thrill me today – raw natural beauty, wild rivers and a vibrant small-town community. I’ve long seen the Youth Garden Project as a major source of this vibrancy. My family enjoys growing some of our own food and being connected to the source of things we are reliant upon. I am proud to be a part of an organization that provides this foundational knowledge to the young folks of our community.
Jerry Shue, Retired Educator
My wife Barb and I moved to Moab in 2005. Back in Pennsylvania I was teaching physical geography, and felt I should get a firsthand look at the landscape and challenges of the arid southwest. We came here for our honeymoon in 1990, drank from Matrimony Spring, kept coming back, and now, here we are. Lately I have been preoccupied with learning to raise honey bees in a desert environment. I was drawn to the Youth Garden Project because of its mission to teach children, but have grown to appreciate the importance of its larger role as a center for community interaction across generations.
Gerrish Willis, Retired Biologist
Gerrish is a newcomer to Moab but not to gardening. He grew up in a small southern Virginia town where everyone had a garden and he took over operating the family’s garden at the young age of 13. He is very excited to serve on the board of Youth Garden Project so other kids can have similar experiences. Growing ones own food allows us to better understand the connection between the earth and our lives and to learn important life skills. Youth Garden Project is a great asset to Grand County and Gerrish’s interest in serving on the board is to help ensure that Youth Garden Project thrives in the years ahead.
The Board can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org