About Us

The Board of Directors

 Blair Norman
Blair Norman co-founded Community Fruit Rescue in 2014 and serves as President of the board in 2022 as well as the interim ED. In 2014 she saw fruit rescue as a way to provide resources for the community as well as to reduce the attractiveness of our neighborhood apple trees to our local bears. She was a community garden volunteer leader in Boulder for 6 years and enjoys engaging volunteers to form community bonds. She works as the warehouse manager for a small bag manufacturing company in Boulder.

Micah Parkin
Micah Parkin co-founded Community Fruit Rescue in 2014 and serves on the Steering Committee and as the fiscal sponsor. In addition, she is a founder and Executive Director of 350 Colorado. She has 20+ years of experience as a climate and clean energy advocate, community leader and organizer, and nonprofit director. Micah serves on the City of Boulder's Clean Energy Technical Team, as well as the RenewablesYES and Empower Our Future teams. She serves on the steering committee for the Coloradans Against Fracking coalition and the board of Colorado Rising as well as on "The Shed" – Making Local Food Work coalition. She created the Boulder Edible Landscapes Coalition to promote local food growing and access for all community members. Micah is the mother of two daughters who fuel her passion to build a powerful climate and clean energy movement, create resilient communities and transition to a sustainable future.
Melanie Hill
Melanie Hill was first introduced to Community Fruit Rescue while completing her Master's thesis - now the ongoing Bears & People Project - and joined the CFR Board of Directors after spending a season as a harvest leader. She received her MA in Media & Public Engagement from CU Boulder, with a focus on black bear coexistence in the region. After working more than a decade at the WILD Foundation as the Communications & Outreach Director, Melanie continues to focus her work around community-based environmental programs and advising students in the CU Wildlife Club. In her spare time, you can find Melanie exploring the great outdoors via foot, ski, and bike with her husband, daughter, and two pups.
Lisa Chapello
Lisa Chapello first got exposed to the food system by her father, an agricultural economist. Her own work in food and agriculture has included business and product development at agricultural technology startups, consulting for an ag-focused venture capital fund, conducting palm oil research in Ghana, and enabling the first online SNAP/EBT transactions at Walmart. She works in tech in Boulder and loves finding outdoor adventures with her husband and labradoodle.
Erin Hauer
Erin Hauer is a designer at a local landscape architecture firm that works closely with community, ecology, and water resources. She is involved in growing Fruit Rescue's tree care program, bringing insight from her master’s studies abroad on participatory design and management as well as her research experience with the European Forum on Urban Forestry. Her first harvest memories in Boulder were made while gathering fallen apples from a community lawn and baking them into pies with her grandmother.
Jpoy8 Tagert
Joy Tagert joined Community Fruit Rescue as a Harvest Leader, and was immediately hooked on the mission of reducing waste and helping solve food insecurity in the Boulder area. She spent the bulk of her professional career working at OpenTable, bringing technology into restaurants around the world. In addition to being a serious foodie, she is an avid gardener and is passionate about making sure people have enough to eat, regardless of their circumstances. In her free time, you can find Joy with her husband and three teenage boys enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.
The Advisory Council

Jonathan Sekerak
Jonathan Sekerak is a brand and culinary innovation strategist at SRG, where he focuses on creating regenerative, for-profit business models. Prior to this he was the founder of a Boulder-based startup called UglyFruit, a social cause company seeking to combat food waste by converting seconds into shelf stable fruit snacks. Jonathan's passion lies at the intersection of human and planetary health, and he seeks to promote regenerative agriculture as the key to solving the challenges we face on both of these fronts. When he’s not skiing, hiking or otherwise adventuring in the mountains, you can usually find him cooking Thai food, seeking out live music, or planning his next SCUBA trip.
Ethan Welty
Ethan Welty is a research scientist turned urban forager. With technology and big data, he champions the overlooked but abundant food growing in cities, hoping to convince even the most diehard urbanite that cities can be a source of fresh and free food. He is a co-founder of Falling Fruit (fallingfruit.org) – a collaborative global urban foraging map – and co-founded Community Fruit Rescue in 2014, where he serves on the Steering Committee as a technology consultant extraordinaire. All the while balancing his photography career with research on glaciers for a Ph.D. at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research.
Lindsey Loberg
In addition to serving on Community Fruit Rescue's steering community, Lindsey Loberg is the program director for Boulder Food Rescue, a nonprofit focused on building a more just food system. Lindsey first became involved with food justice work as a high school teacher in their hometown of Milwaukee, WI, facilitating student projects exploring food systems, food access, food waste, and food sovereignty. Their work focuses on community engagement and facilitating democratic, participatory systems of food access. They also sit on Boulder’s Human Relation’s Commission. Lindsey is learning Spanish and likes bicycle adventures.