Our Staff

Delite Primus, Executive Director – delite@youthgardenproject.org

Delite became the Executive Director of YGP in January of 2012. She was born and raised on her family’s farm in Iowa, and later attended Wartburg College and studied Business Management. After college Delite worked for United Way, and built on that experience with a position at Habitat for Humanity in Minnesota. An internship with Heifer International brought her to the California sunshine where she gained valuable experience in organic farming. In 2008, Delite was hired as the Associate Director of the Youth Garden Project. Since moving to Moab, she has served on the board of Community Rebuilds, the Moab Community Action Coalition, and volunteered with a variety of other nonprofits. Delite is committed to the Youth Garden Project being a healthy, nurturing, and fun place for everyone to learn and grow.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Niederehe, Associate Director - kate@youthgardenproject.org
Kate grew up in Maryland just north of Washington, D.C. and started her migration westward by studying Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She recognizes the unique ability for nature to stimulate personal growth and long-lasting learning experiences, and works to create more opportunities to connect people of all ages to the outdoor world. Her first job was at a backyard birding nature store and since then has worked at high/low ropes courses, wilderness therapy programs, and environmental education programs across the US. The red rock landscape drew her to Moab in 2010 to work for Canyonlands Field Institute as a naturalist guide and instructor.  Kate was hired as YGP’s Associate Director in January of 2016 and is excited to support great garden programming!

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Zender, Program Manager - julie@youthgardenproject.org

Julie made her way to Moab in 2014 to intern with YGP as a full season Program Instructor. She pursued a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri. After spending a year student-teaching, her career transitioned outside of the classroom and into the garden – working as a Garden Educator for the Southern Boone Learning Garden in rural Missouri. Julie believes outdoor spaces naturally encourage hands-on and exploratory learning.  As the Program Manager, she brings 5 years of teaching experience, developing, and enhancing curriculum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Perez-Sanz, Garden Manager – sarah@youthgardenproject.org

Sarah originally came to YGP as a Garden Intern in the summer of 2013, and discovered the importance of connecting people – especially kids! – to the source of their food. Continuing in that vein, she spent the winter teaching environmental education (while feeding pigs and milking cows on the side) at an organic farm in the Bay Area.  Not able to deny the call of the lovely desert community of Moab, Sarah returned to the Youth Garden the following summer as Kitchen Manager Intern, and was later hired as the Garden Manager. Sarah studied Biology at Colorado College and has a fascination with all things food related.