MEET THE TEAM
As the founder and Executive Director of RTE, Joanna Campe raises public awareness of the crucial role of soil remineralization with finely ground rock dust, sea minerals and other natural means to regenerate soils, forests and stabilize the climate. She promotes partnerships with foundations and educational institutions, government agencies, international development agencies, the private sector, and NGOs. She has decades of related conference participation, project organization, media development, authorship, public speaking, professional networking, policy advocacy, and public awareness building. She has co-authored several research papers and is the co-editor of Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase.
In the early 1980s, Joanna read the book The Survival of Civilization by John Hamaker and Don Weaver and what had for her previously been “dirt” under her feet became a vast micro-universe that is the basis of all life. She recognized the tremendous importance of John’s work and joined together with him, Don Weaver and others to get the message out.
Co-Author of The Survival of Civilization
Don has for 37 years been an ecologist, researcher, writer and organic grower concerned with the health and survival of humanity and the Biosphere. Humanity must quickly transform into the wisely generous species on Earth, if the growing momentum of eco-climatic and health degeneration is to be reversed. He began working with John Hamaker in 1978. John’s early writings inspired an understanding of how local and global soil remineralization with natural gravel (mixed rock) dust can enable us to perpetually grow high-quality crops and trees, the natural foundation for regenerating the socio-ecosphere. John and Don subsequently collaborated to author The Survival of Civilization, produce 11 issues of Solar Age or Ice Age? Bulletin, and numerous articles for the magazines Remineralize the Earth Magazine (1991-1997), Acres USA, Living Nutrition and more. His email contact is: email@example.com
Since John Hamaker died in 1994, Don has continued sharing these crucial insights. From 1997-2002, he researched and wrote To Love And Regenerate the Earth: Further Perspectives on The Survival of Civilization, which includes additional Hamaker writings in its 540 pages. Both Hamaker-Weaver books remain free at www.soilandhealth.org.
Don’s ebook Regenerate the Earth! was published in 2011 and is available here.
Veronika Miranda Chase
Director of the Research Database and Translations (2014-2017)
Miranda is an Environmental Policy Researcher, with a BA in International Relations and MSc in Integrated Water Management. She is a PhD candidate for the UMass program on Global Governance and Human Security, and is a research fellow from the IGERT program of the National Science Foundation. Her research mainly concerns sustainable development in rural communities of the Amazon basin. As a coordinator for RTE, her goal is to provide a state-of-art database with reliable information about remineralization as a sustainable, effective and affordable solution to agriculture worldwide. This knowledge can assist scientists and policy makers, farmers and gardeners, and the general public in making better environmental decisions.
Lucas Pozzobon de Bem
Research Database Coordinator – Portuguese to English (since 2019)
Lucas received his BS in Geology at the University of Brasília in Brazil with the same rigorous academic curriculum of scientists such as Suzi Huff Theodoro, Eder Martins and Othon Leonardo. Taking their career as an inspiration, Lucas followed any research he could related to remineralization on his own for a couple of years. In 2019, Lucas received a scholarship to join the first latu sensu post-graduate course about remineralization in Brazil, at the Federal University of Pará. This will be an opportunity to develop his own research, in which he wants to study how remineralization could enhance and re-establish local soil ecosystem services. With that in mind, Lucas aims to promote and to keep on building our research database, following the path that has been a tremendous contribution of our previous director, Veronika Miranda Chase.
Benjamin T. Rancourt
Science Editor and Writer (since 2016)
Benjamin T. Rancourt received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016. His continuing philosophical research focuses on understanding, knowledge, and science, among other topics. This research ties into his wider goal of encouraging deeper understanding of ourselves, our strengths, and our limitations. He hopes that greater understanding will help us use the resources available to us to preserve what is good and address what is wrong. Walking is his primary mode of transportation. He appreciates the natural world. He lives in North Carolina with his wife Julia, where he is a Teaching Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University and William Peace University.
Science Writer (since 2019)
Carter Haydu is a writer, reporter, and journalist based in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He works for JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, with regular articles appearing in the Daily Oil Bulletin. He is a freelance columnist with the award-winning Quad Town Forum weekly newspaper, based in Vibank, Saskatchewan. He also contributes content for a series of magazines in and around Regina and Saskatoon. He received a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Augustana University College in 2001 and a diploma in journalism from Grant Macewan College in 2005.
Science Writer (since 2020)
Natasha Strydhorst studied science journalism at Boston University and Writing and Environmental Studies at Calvin College. She is on the cusp of beginning a Ph.D. program in science communication. Her goal is to address, through her studies and work, science illiteracy—bringing a greater understanding of and curiosity for science into the public realm. Natasha enjoys reading, writing, the great outdoors, and virtually any combination thereof. She looks forward to expanding her own and others’ understanding of remineralization science.
Science Writer and Social Media (since 2020)
Alyssa is eager to put her passion for sustainable and natural endeavors to practice by becoming a part of the RTE community. Alyssa recently graduated with a degree in Neurobiology from Boston University and is excited to pave her professional path through all avenues of science. She currently sits on an Advisory Board for the small non-profit Movement Exchange, and is excited to continue to expand her presence and impact in the non-profit community with RTE.
Science Writer (since 2020)
Seeking to expand her knowledge of soil fertility and remineralization, Cameron has joined our team as a volunteer to enrich her life and those around her with a deeper understanding of Geotherapy, low impact and sustainability. As an artist, writer, activist and interior designer in the Washington, DC area, Cameron has incorporated sustainable and low impact practices into her client projects and community and continues to do so through events showcasing local artists and activists. A dedication to giving back to this celestial giant drives our newest volunteer to ACT. Cameron is looking to implement these guidelines and more into her overarching path of Hedonistic Sustainable Architecture. Her hope is that RTE plants its seeds of awareness and restorative principles to the people inhabiting this planet so that we might once break bread as deeply nurturing as the ones we break it with.
Katherine Robayo Vanegas
Spanish Language Correspondent
Katherine Robayo Vanegas graduated from University Catholic of Pereira in Colombia with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business. She has a certificate on Children and Climate Change as well as Project Management. She has also followed courses in Politics and Human Rights at Smith College. She worked for two years as a volunteer with the Circle of Care that helps refugee families in Northampton, Massachusetts. Katherine speaks Spanish as her first language, fluent English and has an intermediate knowledge of Portuguese. She believes we all can do something to make the world a better place to live and wants to be an inspiration to positively impact other people’s lives. She is currently working at RTE as the Spanish Correspondent and hopes to use her knowledge and efforts on communicating and raising awareness of sustainable development issues.
Financial Advisor, Marketing and Strategic Plan
Robert Kuang is a passionate entrepreneur, a disciplined strategist, and a creative problem solver. He received his Bachelors and Masters degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 as well as an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2017. As a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction, Robert has over ten years of project management experience ranging from large scale construction projects to early-stage tech start-ups in both the B2B and B2C space. Robert hopes to solve some of the toughest challenges currently facing Remineralize the Earth and focus the organization’s efforts to more effectively create better soils, better food, and a better planet.
Angelina graduated with a BA in Anthropology and Liberal Studies. Her academic background has cultivated strong research and writing skills that are being utilized as a grant writer for the RTE team. She hopes to support the sustainable initiatives RTE is making toward a healthier environment.
Olivia is a graduate from the University of Vermont where she majored in Environmental Studies, concentrating in sustainable food systems. Spending the last three summers working on farms in Vermont and New York, Olivia’s passion for creating and implementing more holistic farming practices brought her to RTE. She is driven to promote nutrition education and food accessibility in the United States. Olivia is excited about RTE’s mission and hopes to spread the word of remineralization and increase funding for our youth education school projects.
Julia is an actor and audiobook narrator based in New York City. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Classics (Latin & Greek) and Psychology from Wheaton College (MA) and her MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep. She joins the RTE grant writing team with a diverse and rigorous background in research and writing, and with a desire to support climate change and awareness through the sustainable initiatives RTE is striving to implement.
Creative UX Designer+
Laura has her B.S. and an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University. Laura volunteered with RTEand Joanna because of her commitment to make the earth a better place. Living in Lake Tahoe she has seen first had climate change with the reduction in clarity of the lake as well as algae proliferation. In light of the current political environment this spurred her even stronger to help in reducing our carbon footprint as well as remineralizing this earth we continually take from.