Iris Mayes is a University of Idaho Extension Educator in small farms and horticulture with Latah County. She has been with UI Extension for 4 years. She previously worked as a land-use planner for 15 years. Her intention in serving on the Backyard Harvest Board of Directors is to connect small acreage farmers, gardeners and others in the community with the mission of bringing fresh food into local food banks.
One of Bev’s first memories was walking behind her grandfather at the age of four, dropping seeds into his garden. She has continued to grow food, raising a garden of some sort at each place she has lived, from pots of beans on a window sill to a fairly large backyard garden. She has a passion for food, and making sure that everyone has enough to eat.
Bev grew up in the Moscow area, and her family lived in Deary, Idaho for 23 years. Back in Moscow, She is the owner of Café Artista and has a home-based business providing bookkeeping and payroll consultation services. She is also active in the many ministries of Trinity Baptist Church.
Bev’s three grown children and one beautiful granddaughter can attest to the fact that she is passionate about whole foods, and providing them for families to enjoy.
Marissa arrived in Moscow in 2007 and found a home among the beauty and charm of the Palouse. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, she works at the University of Idaho as the Campus Dietitian. In this position, she has the opportunity to combine two of her passions, cooking and nutrition education. She instructs cooking classes for students and provides nutrition counseling and education on the Moscow campus. Marissa is a two time Vandal alumna, graduating from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and a Master of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her daughter and husband.
Marissa believes that every individual deserves access to fresh and nutritious food. She has volunteered at various food banks, service trips, soup kitchens, and with community suppers. Her enthusiasm and interest in making nutritious food accessible is a great fit with the mission of Backyard Harvest.
Immediate Past Chair
Jessica works with foundations and other mission-based organizations, including nonprofits, co-ops, and schools. Her work focuses on organization development and project research, design, and coordination to help ogranizations become more effective and have more fun. She has written and spoken widely about new and established philanthropy and is the author of several studies of giving circles and shared giving. She's the author of Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose, a study of grantmakers' application and reporting practices and spends a lot of time working to get grantmakers to reduce the burden that their practices place on nonprofits.
Jessica lives with her husband and two wild boys on 40 acres outside Viola, Idaho.
Jeanette Gara-Betzold is originally from Norristown, PA, and arrived in Idaho in 2003 as a graduate student with the McCall Outdoor Science School. For the last 10 years she has lived in Lewiston, Idaho working for Lewis-Clark State College, teaching yoga in the community, and raising her two sons, Cedar and Donald. Gardening, sustainability and service-learning are three of her lifelong passions that inspired the creation of the LC Learning Garden in 2014. This garden is a BYH Grow for the Greater Good Garden, providing vegetables for low-income students and local food banks.
Alice arrived in Moscow in October of 2015 to work at Washington State University as the Registered Dietitian for Dining Services. She grew up in West Jordan, Utah and received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sports Science and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Utah. A life-changing experience she had during college was becoming heavily involved in her campus’s community service center and participating on an Alternative Spring Break trip to Seattle focused on hunger and food justice. This inspired her to spend a year serving with a community action center in Ellensburg, WA as an AmeriCorps volunteer, before moving to the Palouse area
Alice can often be found playing with her dog, wandering the thrift stores, or experimenting with vegan recipes, but is always looking for ways to volunteer in the community. She is excited to integrate her passions for nutrition, food security, and sustainability by serving on the Backyard Harvest Board.
Peggy grew up in Hawaii and attended college and law school at Boston University. She clerked for a judge on the Court of Appeals in Washington DC, then worked for big law firms in Washington DC and Honolulu, concentrating in civil litigation and appellate matters. In 2001 she moved to Idaho with her husband, Jay,and their son, Daniel. She researches and writes for attorneys throughout the United States. She also founded a non-profit that provides college and career resources to families, Palouse Pathways.
Nathan Weller has been a Pullman, Washington City Council member since 2008. His efforts in volunteering, public service and a focus on bettering the region has come from a varied backgrond including building houses and handing out food in Nogales, Mexico to local leadership in poverty education, economic and environmental sustainability. Nathan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from WSU and a Masters in Science in Bioregional Planning and Community Design from the University of Idaho. His education and current efforts are on promoting multi-jurisdictional collaboration, organizational outreach and cooperative ventures between the cities of Pullman and Moscow.
Nathan serves on a number of boards and committees in addition to Backyard Harvest. He is the Chair of the Pullman/Moscow CROP Hunger Walk and Chair of the Poverty Awareness Taskforce. His goal is to bring healthy sustainable food sources to communities and transform urban areas into food rich environments.
Ryan Kelly is the Branch Manager of Banner Bank’s Pullman, Pullman South Grand, and Uniontown Branches.
He has more than ten years of banking experience, and focuses on helping individuals and families with personal lending and depository needs.
Ryan also serves on the board of Palouse Cares, which holds annual food drives and auctions to benefit local nonprofits, including Backyard Harvest.
Kerry grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. After studying geology in college, she taught at a farm school in Wisconsin, tracked elk in Colorado, and built backpacking trail with crews of teenager in four states. She then spent several years working wit environmental and youth developmen onprofits. Kerry came to the Palouse in 2010, where she has pursued a deeper understanding of the connection between people and the food they grow and eat. She received a master's degree in soil and land resources in 2015 and is currently the store manager of the Moscow Food Coop, where she has worked since 2011.
Trent grew up in Missoula, MT. He attended the University of Montana where he graduated in 1992 with a bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. In 1994, Trent and his wife Jodi moved to Moscow Idaho to open Insty-Prints commercial print and copying, which was later re-branded as Allegra Print and Imaging. In 2007 he expanded to Pullman, Washington. In August of 2016 he added Image 360 signs and graphics to his expanding franchise brand. Trent has served and belonged to several boards in the Moscow area including Moscow Chamber of Commerce, Moscow Bear Booster and Latah County Economic Development Council. Trent has also been a member of many organizations including Moscow Moose Lodge, Moscow Elks, Kiwanis. He is an alumnus of Sigma Nu Fraternal organization.
Trent and Jodi have raised three children in Moscow; Kade 23, Bailey 21 and Samuel 8. A trip to Ethiopia in 2009 opened his eyes and heart to the needs of others. Since that time, he has felt a need to give to those less fortunate than himself. Trent is dedicated to giving back to the community that has embraced his family and business for the last twenty plus years.
Emeritus Board Member
Donna is the owner of Appearances, a boutique marketing and promotions firm that for over twenty-years has represented businesses in the Inland Northwest. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs, as well as planning truly extraordinary events. Donna is also a familiar face to Arts and Cultural boards, continuing a legacy of community service passed down through six generations of her Idaho family. Daughter of an educator and a gardener, wife of a photographer, mother to a songwriter, an actress, a social activist AND a recent Grandmother to a perfect child, Donna believes in power of dreams becoming reality. Her enthusiasm and outlook is natural fit for Backyard Harvest.