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.
Valdielly Larisse Silva
Research Database Coordinator – Portuguese to English (since 2020)
Valdielly is a geologist who graduated from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) in Brazil and received her MSc in Geosciences from the same institution in 2019. Inspired and encouraged by Suzi Huff Theodoro, Valdielly and other two colleagues (Nayara Mesquita and Thales Lúcio) founded the startup Reminera – Soluções em Agrogeologia. The enterprise is incubated at UFPE and helps Brazilian quarries and mining companies to fulfill requirements for regulation of soil remineralizers. Through analytical services and bureaucratic advice, Valdielly helps to guarantee that the remineralizers in the market are efficient and safe to use. As research database coordinator of RTE, she promotes and keeps on building our research database, following the path that has been a tremendous contribution of our previous directors, Veronika Miranda Chase and Lucas Pozzobon de Bem.
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)
Will is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder helping the RTE team in grant acquisition and content writing for our website. Holding a bachelors degree in environmental studies with a focus on environmental governance, Will looks to combine his education and written communication skills to bring remineralization techniques into the spotlight of climate change policy. In his spare time, Will enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, and other activities that allow him to spend time in wilderness. In addition to his contributions to RTE, Will works on freelance writing projects and repairs outdoor recreation equipment. He hopes that gaining a better understanding of financially viable climate solutions like remineralization will help him craft impactful and long-lasting solutions in the future for maintaining environmental well-being and economic stability.
Science Writer (since 2021)
Debbie Patskowski is a senior petrophysicist and freelance writer on Medium, covering such topics as geology, science, and space exploration. Her professional areas of expertise include identification of minerals, rock types, and pore fluids using remote sensing (borehole) measurements. She has a BS in Geology and Environmental Sciences from Stanford and an MBA from the German University in Cairo. She and her husband live in Colorado where she enjoys running and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.
Science Writer, Grant Writer, and Policy (since 2021)
Tim is a versatile researcher, writer, information designer, programmer, and data analyst specializing in international development and global defense of forests, biodiversity, and environmental justice. He is also a systems strategist, and fundraiser who works to support communities in Haiti, forest defenders around the world, campaigners in opposition to the forest biomass energy industry, researchers of techniques to prevent violent extremism. He supports education and equitable development in his own small town and Remineralize the Earth.
Science Writer (since 2020)
Pavi Chance is a contributing science writer for Remineralize the Earth, and a recent graduate of Barnard College with a degree in English and human rights studies. Growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she developed an enduring appreciation for the natural world, and seeks to ensure it is protected and preserved for generations to come. She was inspired to join Remineralize the Earth to learn more about the problems facing the environment today, and the methods, such as remineralization, that can be employed to counter them.
Science Writer (since 2020)
Abrianna is a graduate of Hampshire College where she received a Bachelor’s of Art in Environmental Science with a concentration in Forest Ecology. Her interests include: taking long walks in the woods and noticing interesting natural phenomena while she does so, reading about the ecology of different places and communities of organisms, and playing an active role in climate change mitigation by reducing her carbon footprint in everyday life and volunteering with organizations like Remineralize the Earth. She is an enthusiastic and passionate steward of the environment who is thrilled to join the RTE team.
Science Writer & European Correspondent (since 2020)
Marialaura Faitini is an Interpreter, Translator, Business English and Spanish Teacher with a BA in Interpreting and a MA in Simultaneous Interpreting and Specialized Translation. She currently works as an Interpreter in the field of International Security at the Prefecture of Milan, as an Editorial Consultant for a Publishing House, and she teaches Business English and Spanish for companies. She also works as a translator in the field of Agritech, Biology and Telecommunications. Her interest in science and environmental issues led her to work in this field, combining her love for nature with her job. She lives on Lake Garda, in the northern part of Italy, where she enjoys the lush greenery, the sunshine and windsurfing. She truly enjoys writing about regenerative agriculture, and about replenishing and restoring the Earth through rock dust.
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.
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.
Nant Tha Phyu (Nadia)
Assistant to the Executive Director
Nadia graduated with a BBA in Management and minored in Ecosystem Science and Policy from the University of Miami. Her goal is to combine her passion for sustainability and business to help organizations around the world achieve long-term value and success by structuring sustainable and transparent operating frameworks for a positive social and environmental impact. Nadia decided to join Remineralize the Earth (RTE) because believes in the work dedicated to regenerating soils, it supports her continuous learning about the issues that surround our planet, and the endless possibilities to solve them. At RTE she hopes to play a crucial role in solving the toughest challenges that face the organization and do her part for a world with “better soils, better food and a better planet”.
Assistant to the Executive Director and Copywriter
Alex Hermer is a rising sophomore at Cornell University who is working towards his BS in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Environment and Sustainability. After receiving his BS, he plans on working internationally in the renewable energy sector, with the goal of accelerating global adoption of renewables. Currently, he works as a solar energy advocate in his home and college communities, and also works as a oyster shucker. He enjoys spending his time outdoors and tries to get away from the city as much as possible to do so! He is excited and grateful to be part of the RTE team because it allows him to combine his academic and personal interests and ultimately be part of the movement which will help mitigate global warming and save the world.
Assistant to the Executive Director
Will is an Environmental Earth Science and Political Science Major focused in International Development at Tulane University. He is fascinated by the inner workings of our planet that may not be noticed on a basic level. He strongly believes natural Earth processes should be preserved and protected in order to work in harmony with human populations and create a cleaner, safer, and more productive environment around the globe.
Communications Project Manager
Enzo has been putting his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst to work by organizing team projects. He has spearheaded the Wikipedia page project as a writer and as a group coordinator. Aiming to raise public awareness for Remineralize the Earth and for soil remineralization’s potential, Enzo brings a true passion for environmentalism..
Creative UX Designer+
IT Product Designer
Adriana graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Sociology. She has a background in nonprofit administration, website management, and web design. She is committed to reducing her carbon footprint and raising awareness about the impact of climate change. Adriana joined Remineralize the Earth to contribute with her design skills to a movement that strives to make a better planet.
Jeff Bourdier is a geographic information and computer scientist with a high degree of interest in sustainability. He believes it can be easy for those of us who are not farmers to underestimate just how vital agriculture is to our very survival as a human race. Helping to promote soil remineralization by lending his talents to the development of this website is one way in which he hopes to contribute to agricultural sustainability. Jeff is an active developer of multiple free, open-source software (FOSS) projects, which can be seen at jeffbourdier.github.io. He lives with his wife and four children in Texas, where he works as a GIS developer for Frontier Communications.
Logan Li Saenz
South Florida Projects, Lets Remineralize! Science Ed K-12
Logan Saenz, a Broward Sierra Political Committee volunteer and graduate of the CLEO Institute’s Climate Action Lab, is a student at Pembroke Pines Charter High School. He is particularly devoted to the sciences, serving as the Community Service Manager for the school’s Science National Honor Society chapter. As a volunteer for Remineralize the Earth, Logan develops lesson plans and coordinates experiments to teach students about the scientific method and environmental science — with research behind enhanced (rock) weathering as a vehicle to do so. He also commits a significant portion of his time to crafting educational materials for Mission Blue’s Florida Gulf Coast Hope Spot in his role as an ambassador for Blue-Green Connections. When he is not analyzing the En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator and practicing the En-ROADS Climate Workshop with Broward Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Logan is likely to be found at the Town of Pembroke Park Community Garden and Agro-Eco Orchard, where he has cultivated a better understanding of equity in relation to environmentalism.
Laura has her B.S. and an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University. Laura volunteers with RTE and Joanna because of her commitment to make the Earth a better place. Living in Lake Tahoe she has seen climate change first-hand with the reduction in clarity of the lake, as well as algae proliferation. In light of the current political environment, this spurred her even more to help in reducing our carbon footprint, as well as remineralizing this Earth we continually take from.