Our Staff & Board

The Youth Garden Project relies on a team of people to carry out our programs & events, grow the garden, and achieve our mission. The core of this team includes four full-time staff members, one AmeriCorps VISTA member, seasonal apprentices and interns each year, and dedicated volunteers serving as our Board of Directors. Find out our more about the staff, interns, and board of YGP below.

Interested in joining our team? Check for job openings.

Meet Our Staff

Our Staff, Youth Garden Project

Executive Director

Kaitlin joined YGP in 2010 for to serve as an AmeriCorps member and later as the Program Director. In 2018, she returned as the Executive Director. Kaitlin believes strongly in the garden’s unique ability to be used as a teaching and learning tool for people of all ages and subjects of all varieties.

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Youth Programs Director

Erin recently joined the YGP team as the Youth Programs Director in summer 2021. She has led youth programming and taught outdoor education seasonally around the country for the past few years and is excited to settle down in Moab for a while. Erin is looking forward to seeing youth learn about their food and connect with their local environment in a hands-on way.


Our Staff, Youth Garden Project

Outreach & Development Coordinator

Emily first joined the YGP team as a Farm Intern in 2017. She later returned as the Outreach & Development Coordinator in 2020. Emily sees the garden as a valuable place for people to foster meaningful relationships to our local environment, our food system, and with each other.

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Produce Manager

Sarah first joined YGP as a Farm Intern in 2020. She returned the following season as YGP’s Farm Produce Manager. Sarah sees local food as a valuable tool in nourishing our community’s health and resiliency.

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Farm Manager

Nikki just recently made her way to Moab to be YGP’s Farm Manager starting in winter of 2021. Nikki is passionate about the connection of cultivating soil and cultivating community, and believes the garden provides the best space to encourage these experiences.


Meet Our AmeriCorps Members

Our Staff, Youth Garden Project
Seed to Table Educator

We are currently hiring for this position, learn more here!

Our Staff, Youth Garden Project

Garden-Based Curriculum Specialist

Jessie joined YGP in October 2020 as the Garden-Based Curriculum Specialist with Americorps VISTA. She believes that the garden provides endless opportunities for kids to connect with their food, their planet, and their community, and is excited to continue learning and growing alongside them.

Meet our 2021 Youth Programs Instructors


Spring + Summer Intern


Spring + Summer Intern


Summer + Fall Intern


Summer + Fall Intern

Meet Our Board of Directors

Desiree Westfall

Physician Assistant, Moab Regional Hospital

Anne Clare Erickson
Vice Chair

Sales Director

Makeda Barkley

Jen Sadoff

CEO, Moab Regional Hospital

Tim Graham
Soil Scientist, Retired

Nan Marquardt

Psychologist, Retired

Bruce Keeler
Goat Herd

Joshua Cameron
High School English Teacher