Eiswerth, a resident of Tucson since 1992, worked as a research geologist specializing in GeoSpatial Information Technologies with the US Geological Survey. After ten years working extensively with technology transfer in Latin America, she pursued a career as an environmental scientist working at the Office of Arid Lands, Arizona Remote Sensing Center. Her work included projects in East and West Africa. In 2003, after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, Eiswerth founded a community based organization, which soon focused on UN refugees. The programs have evolved from harvesting a few thousand pounds of fruit to an annual harvest of over 50 tons of fruit, nuts, and vegetables from backyards, local farms and orchards. Barbara serves on the state Linking Edible Arizona Forests (LEAF) steering committee, heads the UALEAF project, and is an adjunct at the University of Arizona in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
Valerie Seeton joins the Iskashitaa team from a fruitful time with the National Park Service. Taking on the responsibilities of both harvesting and food preservation under the canopy of Program Manager, she hopes to grow Iskashitaa’s efficiency and reach, while maintaining the compassion and care we pride ourselves in.
Kate moved to Tucson after completing a year of service with the Young Adult Service Corps of the Episcopal Church in Liverpool, where she worked to promote food security for refugees and asylum seekers. She has experience in volunteer coordination, community outreach, and fundraising. She is looking forward to developing new relationships around food security, harvesting, and sustainability. When she’s not working you may catch her on the rugby pitch as a referee or coaching high school girls.
Special Projects Manager
Jack Speelman is a student at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College, studying Mechanical Engineering and CNC Machining, with a Minor in Spanish Language. He has been with Iskashitaa for over three years, leading harvests, events, and more. Jack is now working with interns to develop community outreach and organization efficiency. He is particularly interested in the complete cycle of produce, from growing to harvest to processing to disposal, and ultimately to growing again.
Cristina Raquel Moraga Franco
Project and Intern Coordinator
Cristina Moraga is a student at the University of Arizona, majoring in Nutritional Sciences and minoring in Spanish. Having moved from Chile at a young age, Cristina has lived in Arizona for the last 13 years, and in Tucson for almost 7. She is excited about all that Tucson has to offer, especially at the UA, including internship opportunities, clubs, intermural sports and other activities. Through her school and major she was able to intern for Iskashitaa in the spring of 2017 and she stayed on as the Food Workshop Coordinator for the duration of that summer. She is now coming back to Iskashitaa through a different role, this time under the UA overseeing a group of new interns to implement new goals and ideas. She is thrilled about this opportunity to do amazing things with people she is lucky to call her friends.
Marco Martin Cowan
Marco is a computer science student who started volunteering at Iskashitaa in the spring of 2016, soon after he moved to Tucson from his native country of Spain. He was introduced to the awesome world of fruit trees at a young age by his plant nerd parents.
Came to Tucson in 1953 at 13 years old. Worked at UCLA and University of Arizona for 30 years in cancer biology as a research specialist where I worked with many foreign students and post docs. Using early DNA Engineering techniques as tools, I studied oncogenes, authored technical papers, managed and taught others. With my husband, we raised three children, now scattered. I have been working with Iskashitaa for about 10 years.
It gives me great satisfaction to see food and produce in large quantities going to good use. I enjoy working with folks from all backgrounds. I like the idea of using my volunteering so that others can volunteer. Iskashitaa offers variety in people to know and work to do.
15 year Tucson resident, born in California, raised in Los Angeles. Connected via Casa Grande. Former cook, current juicing enthusiast, potter, player of instruments out of tune and out of key. Found Iskashitaa through a traffic ticket! – came for community service, stayed for the cause! My dogs know Miley Cyrus! Plan to continue to encourage leadership to invest time and resources in the Statements of Net Assets and the Statement of Activity. Just recently Mr. Bradwell was quoted saying "the best thing that ever happened to me was that traffic ticket."
And holds the following certification and education: Bachelors of Business Admin, Accounting – University of Arizona – 2004. Associate of Applied Sciences, Accounting – Central Arizona College, Honors, 2001, Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor
Nolan moved to Tucson in 2015 and will graduate from the University of Arizona Summer 2019. He is looking forward to learning about food systems and food security in the Southern Arizona community in addition to connecting with the local refugee community. Outside of Iskashitaa, Nolan is excited about his church community, international politics, and hiking Arizona's wilderness.
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