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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
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.
Sabrina graduated from Hampshire College in 2017 with a degree in Environmental Studies. She is passionate about challenging the idea of nature as separate and distant from society and works to promote intersectional environmentalism using science and sociology. Her background in writing and organic agriculture lead her to work with RTE and she is excited to share her skills in research while learning about the nonprofit sector.
Ashley Franzen is a writer, editor, educator, and photographer based in Bonn, Germany. She earned a BA in Liberal Studies from Portland State University with foci in English, Spanish, geography, geology, international studies, sociology, psychology, and conflict resolution. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and has been writing and teaching English in Germany since 2014. As a Global Citizen and transnational humanist, she sees no borders and aims to connect the world through words. She writes with the purpose of expressing science and complexity in a comprehensible way. Through her writing she hopes to increase awareness around topics in climate change, environmentalism, earth sciences, consciousness, and our collective humanity, while being vocal against capitalism, conspicuous consumption, corruption, injustice, among other social and geopolitical issues. Ashley hopes to support RTE’s mission with her skills in writing and education in order to contribute to deepening the understanding of soil, planetary, and human health. She can be reached via ashley.franzen.io.
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 and Project Management. She has also followed courses in Politics and Human Rights at Smith College. Since 2017, she has been working as a volunteer with the Circle of Care that helps refugee families in Northampton, Massachusetts. 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 very happy to be working at RTE assisting the director 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.
Digital Content Creator
Diana Chaplin is a freelance copywriter, content strategist, and brand consultant. She’s had a passion for creative communication in diverse forms since childhood and has worked in the realms of publishing, marketing, social media, entrepreneurship, and content management since graduating with a B.A. in Communications in 2004. Diana is also passionate about wellness and sustainability and uses her digital media skills to help RTE create content and share messages that speak to the importance of these issues. You can learn more about Diana and connect with her personally at Dianachaplin.com
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.
Assistant to the Executive Director and Science and Policy Writer (2015-2019)
Orlando Leach Jr. is currently a DIV II Hampshire College working towards a profession in psychology. His passion for environmental awareness stems from his high school experiences in AP Environmental Science and Human Geography. The need to promote sustainable change and allow for mutual coexistence of both humans and their environment has always been a personal drive of his. During his leisure he’s a pianist and composer of his own music. Through canvassing ideas as a student advisor to optimize performance in academics, working collaboratively as a material library manager in an architecture firm, and being a role model for campers in multiple YMCAs, he’s already established himself as a leader of change. He’s currently taking courses in Psychoanalysis, Bioethics and Inequality, Philosophy and Black Psychology and will incorporate each field in nurturing his experiences within psychology. Joining RTE will provide him with the environmental exposure needed to gain a stronger conceptual grasp on organic culture.
Social Media Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director (2018)
Hannah Vogel is a rising sophomore studying English at Smith College. She interned at Remineralize the Earth the summer of 2018 as a social media and office assistant, and is excited to continue combining her love of language and literature with environmentalism. As communication is integral in networking and communication, she is thrilled to have an opportunity to learn more about the science of remineralization through an English lens. Besides English she loves to be outdoors and especially enjoys walking on the path beside Paradise Pond at Smith College.
Assistant to the Executive Director and Social Media Coordinator (2019)
Elijah is an educator, developer, performer, and arthropod enthusiast from Northwest Florida living in the Pioneer Valley. He has served under public and environmental education programs in Florida, Michigan, and Western Massachusetts. His search for ecology and sustainability action brought him to RTE, where he hopes he can bring his talents together to stir up movement and excitement towards remineralization and environmental restoration.
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.
Localization Manager, Translator and China Blog – Weibo
Ziqi is a graduate student studying translation and localization management in Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is a passionate language learner native in Chinese and fluent in English and Korean, and a freelance translator with over 5 years of translation experience. Before coming to US, she has been working for China’s IT industry, media and public sector for over 4 years. As a localization manager, she manages the localization of RTE’s website and the online promotion of RTE in China.
Daniel is a web developer and musician living and working between Brooklyn, NY and Northampton, Mass. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2018 with degrees in Computer Science and Politics and when he is not busy maintaining the RTE WordPress site, you can find him playing drums in a number of bands around Brooklyn.