Kate Bodin, MEd, HTR is the Executive Director of Community Cultivators. She completed the Legacy Health/Portland Community College Horticultural Therapy Program, and in addition holds a Masters of Creative Arts and Learning and Activity Director Certification from the State of Oregon.
Previously, Kate oversaw the horticultural therapy program at Earthtones Music Therapy Services in Portland, OR and implemented several thriving horticultural therapy programs for older adults throughout the region. In addition, she developed and implemented a comprehensive horticultural therapy internship program, and continues to train interns through her work with Community Cultivators. Prior to that she worked for over twenty years in higher education – eleven of those years as the dean in two art colleges.
Kate’s clinical experience includes service in residential homes, assisted living sites, hospitals and day programs. She has worked with people diagnosed with dementia, physical, behavioral and cognitive disabilities, as well as older adults in assisted living and wellness settings.
Kate is an avid and experienced gardener, educator and outdoorswoman. A passionate cook, Kate loves creating nourishing and healthy meals from the produce she picks in her garden.
Peggy Hellyer is a freelance Graphic Designer. Her extensive experience in working with both for-profit and non-profit environments is invaluable in assisting clients who wish to create or re-create their corporate identity. She is a specialist in logo design, building brand recognition and firmly believes in the power of a well-chosen and properly kerned typeface.
Peggy is a graduate of the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A native of Pennsylvania, she now makes her home, along with her husband and three cats, on Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a lifelong gardener; formerly a Penn State Master Gardener and more recently, a Louisiana State Master Gardener. She has a keen interest in native plants and habitat restoration and in plants that can thrive on neglect in the inhospitable climate that is a Louisiana summer. Her love of vibrant and contrasting colors in the garden often carries through into her graphic design work.
Amanda Kelley-Lopez, BS, MA, HTS is currently an intern in Legacy Health’s – PCC Horticultural Therapy Certification Program, having completed the necessary coursework. She is from Ada, Oklahoma and is of European, Choctaw, and Chickasaw heritage. While a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, she served as a teaching and research assistant in the Native American Studies Program (2008-2011). She has also served as the Wisdom Gardens Coordinator for Wisdom of the Elders, Inc., a local Native American non-profit (2013-2015). As a future horticultural therapist, Amanda utilizes her knowledge of traditional southeastern Native American foods and horticultural practices to serve all peoples. Her passion is to develop tailored HT intervention and prevention programs for youth and families and to recruit more HT students from underserved communities.
Terrie Marsh – While being a single mom and realizing the importance of a good education and good financial health, Terrie went back to school part-time and earned a degree in accounting. It was her long term goal to open a bookkeeping business in the future – she even had a name for it: Benchmark Bookkeeping.
Years later, after many successful years in the corporate world and with great thanks to her supportive husband, she was recently able to realize her dream and opened her own bookkeeping business. And yes, it’s called Benchmark Bookkeeping. Terrie’s goals are simple in this new chapter of her career. She wants to help business owners and not-for-profit organizations spend more time doing what they do best by taking the often onerous task of bookkeeping off of their to-do lists.
Community Cultivators wholeheartedly welcomes Terrie’s expertise and lovely personality to the growing company where there are so many things to concentrate on other than the day-to-day bookkeeping!
Nathan McClure, chef, has been creating amazing dishes for years as a professional restaurant and catering chef. A graduate of Western Culinary Institute (now known as Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland), Nathan honed his skills while working around the world for hotels, resorts and spas, catering companies, food service contract companies, and even aboard cruise ships. All of this experience led Nathan to realize that he prefers working with clients on a smaller scale, so he created his own company – Culinary Confidence.
In the privacy of client’s homes, Chef Nathan creates a fun and exciting environment for people interested in improving their culinary skills. From beginners wanting to master the basics of preparing simple meals to seasoned cooks wanting to master an advanced technique or specific cuisine, Nathan will provide the instruction and encouragement necessary for his clients to build confidence in their abilities in the kitchen.
Chef Nathan and Community Cultivators are working together to provide group cooking classes where members of the community can learn how to plan, prepare and execute healthy meals using fresh, whole foods harvested directly from the garden.
David Sandrock has had his hands in plants, landscaping, designing and gardening for almost 30 years. He started his career in horticulture by working for landscape contractors where he grew up in Georgia. Later, he attended the University of Georgia where he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture under world renowned plantsman, Michael Dirr. In 2000, David moved to Oregon to attend Oregon State University where he earned a Ph.D. in Horticulture.
Today, David is the Department Chair for the Landscape Technology Program at Portland Community College (PCC). David is a licensed landscape contractor, an ISA certified arborist, and he serves as the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association (OLCA) Academic Committee Chair. While at PCC, David has taught classes in landscape design, landscape construction, estimating and bidding, plant identification, plant propagation, landscape math and landscape business operations.
When he’s not in the garden, David enjoys woodworking, painting, drawing, hiking, boating and spending time with his wife and two boys.