Meet the Team Draft

Joanna Campe

Executive Director

joanna-250As 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.

Don Weaver

Co-Author of The Survival of Civilization

DW12-27-10BdonDon 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:

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

Don’s ebook Regenerate the Earth! was published in 2011 and is available here.

Veronika Miranda Chase

Translations and Research Database Coordinator

Miranda-28Profile-Picture29Miranda 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.

Omid Afzalalghom


Omid_AfzalalghomOmid is a Portuguese to English translator, specializing in agronomy and geology texts. His clients include NGOs, universities and non-profit organisations. Omid joined Remineralize the Earth in 2014 and spent the last year helping to translate documents from the 2nd Brazilian Stonemeal Conference.

Dionna Hatch

Grantwriting Team Coordinator

IMG_0427-DionnaDionna’s team is researching various grant opportunities both locally and abroad. They are developing a system to organize all of this information to streamline the proposal writing process for RTE. Dionna has been living abroad in India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and lastly Nigeria for six years. Now based out of Tucson, Arizona, Dionna has a keen interest in agriculture, environment, and the impacts these areas have on the health of populations. She has a BS from Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs School in Environmental Science and Management, and a Masters of Public Health.

Lydia Plotz

Grant Research & Grant Writer

Lydia is an environmental engineer with seven years of experience working in the fields of environmental compliance, sustainability, and pollution remediation. She has Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Biology and Environmental Science from Tulane University, and a Master’s of Engineering degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from Tufts University. Lydia has previously written grants for the District of Columbia chapter of Engineers Without Borders for a project to bring clean drinking water to the communities of Mbokop, Cameroon. She is excited to join the grant writing team at RTE and help advance the concepts of remineralization as a means of sustainability.

Natasha Doyle-Bridgewater

Grant Research and Grant Writer

IMG_0237-NatashaNatasha is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and has a 9 year background in Youth Advocacy and Education. She has B.A. in History from the University of the West Indies (2001), a Masters in Globalization & Development from the University of Warwick (2006) and a Masters in Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University (2015). Natasha has taught high school, where she worked on issues pertaining to governance and social justice. She has worked with an educational non profit, with the aim to expand educational choices for students. She believes that the work of RTE has the potential to change population behavior and government policy.

Siobhan Stack

Grant Research and Grant Writer

IMG_0056Siobhan has a BS in Geosciences and has worked within Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the past 12 years, implementing and administering asset management within a corporate environment. Previously, she taught physical and sciences to grades 7-12 in Hartford, CT and greatly enjoyed exposing students to efforts in conservation and why it is important for all of us, however insignificant we feel, to contribute to efforts to preserve the beauty and resourcefulness of our planet. She is transitioning her career efforts to grants research and writing to focus on nonprofit work in conservation and food sustainability. She is pursuing an MA in Nonprofit Management.

Norma Powell

Science Editor

Ms. Powell specialises in environmental assessment, with a professional and educational background in ecology and wildlife biology. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of environmental assessment, she has had exposure and managed data collection programs in most assessment biophysical disciplines (e.g., soil science, noise emissions). Project work has ranged from residential property owners simply wishing to redevelop their land to large scale industrial projects that require multiple government permits.

Patrice Cobin

Literature Review

Cobin_photo_2Patrice has investigated the relationship between food and personal health, eventually leading her to RTE. As a geoscientist she was delighted to lead the development of a literature review on the most recent research in agrogeology as it relates to geotherapy and contribute to work that will highlight the importance of bringing more nutrients to the soils and consequently our food. Patrice currently lives in western North Carolina and is an Interpretative Naturalist, where she implements her background in earth sciences to encourage a deeper awareness of the environment in others. Patrice received her B.A. in Geology and History from Mount Holyoke College, and continued her geological studies at Michigan Technological University through their joint Masters’ programs with the United States Peace Corps, Peace Corps Masters’ International. She completed her M.S. in Geology in 2013, having also served for 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala as a Sustainable Community Tourism Facilitator.

Palash Sanyal

Media and Public Relations, Book Promotion, Organizing Files and Documents

Palash-PRS_imagePalash focuses on Climate Change and Human Perception. With a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Development Studies, he uses social media to create awareness. He is a graduate student at the University of South Carolina, studying Environmental Engineering. His current research is on Climate Change and sustainability. The goal is to disseminate the knowledge of sustainable, effective and affordable agricultural solution worldwide through all mediums.

Christine Song

Social Media Coordinator

C-1960093_3807726408942_684507081_nChristine has her B.A. in English and is currently studying Public Relations and Strategic Branding at UCLA. She is an avid traveler, having lived and worked in four countries – racking hours of public relations, social media, marketing, and event planning experience. Her interest in the environment started in high school when she took AP Environmental Science and realized the importance of doing her part to decrease her carbon footprint. Fast forward several years and she came across RTE and its mission to inform the public about rock dust and its benefits, and believes that remineralization is crucial in maintaining sustainability on Earth.

Ray Liu

Junior Webmaster

Ray LiuRay has more than four years of experience in website design and development. He is responsible for enhancing the website UI and making content updates to improve the user experience. He is also responsible for managing our Ning online community site. Ray has seen the impacts of environmental problems our planet faces through his travels, and he strongly believes remineralization is an essential tool that can help solve these problems.

Danielle Jacques

Volunteer Coordinator

Danielle-Screen-Shot-2015-07-23-at-10.41.51-PMDanielle is a senior Economics major at Smith College concentrating in Sustainable Foods, while also studying Spanish. Growing up near her grandparents’ dairy farm, she was always immensely interested in agriculture and the livelihoods of small farmers. Pursuing these interests has led her to focus her studies on international trade and world food systems, agricultural development, and issues of food access and distribution. The mission that drives RTE is of pressing importance in today’s increasingly globalized world, and she is excited to learn more and contribute to the many projects of RTE.

Carissa Vuong

Assistant to the Executive Director

Carissa-Photo-on-7-20-15-at-2.25-PMCarissa has received her B.S. in Biology from University of Massachusetts: Boston and is currently continuing her studies at Elms College. RTE conjoins her interests for sustainability by proposing remineralization. As an assistant to executive director, Joanna, she is learning more about the benefits of the persisting changes made unto the Earth everyday and the measures she can take as her civic duty to minimize the effects.

Assetina Kataka

International and Africa Research Associate

Assetina is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Omaha with a B.A. in both Political Science and International Studies. She is preparing to enter graduate school to obtain a M.P.A. with a concentration in Non-Profit Management. She is doing background research for upcoming projects in Africa.

Michelle Ottmann

Translator (English and Brazilian Portuguese)

fotoMichelleperfil_pdf__1_page_Michelle Ottmann is a forestry engineer from Brazil, with a Masters and a PhD degree in Horticulture. In Brazil she has worked as a landscaping designer as well as a university professor, teaching Horticulture and Landscaping. She is also interested in urban agriculture and agroecology. In 2011 she became a certified translator with a degree from NYU, and specializes in translating topics of agriculture.

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