Zachary Zager, Chair Zachary has been connected with the people of Hagley Gap for over a decade, first visiting in 2003 as one of the founders of the Blue Mountain Project. After completing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Daniel's College of Business at Denver University, he knew he wanted to use his leadership and management skills not only to make money but to better the world. His brings to the organization his passion for business strategy, strong financial integrity, and understanding complex systems. Zac loves world travel, woodworking, and trains Ving Tsun Kung Fu. Sarah Marshall, Vice Chair Sarah fell in love with the Blue Mountains when she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica from 2011 to 2014. There, she spent two years working alongside community members on a landslide mitigation project in Somerset, St. Thomas before moving to Kingston to work on the Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (JaREEACH) project for USAID, facilitating farmer field schools and youth action trainings across the island.
Sarah currently works as a Strategic Communications Specialist in the USAID Bureau for Food Security where she supports event management for the U.S. Government's Feed the Future initiative. Sarah has a bachelor's degree in Community, Communications and Leadership Development, focused on agricultural communications, and a master's degree in agricultural education. She is passionate about agriculture, capacity building, and program development. In her spare time she enjoys cooking with her instant pot, trying new exercise classes, and spending time with people who make her laugh. Sarah is originally from the hills of eastern Kentucky.
Mary Avery, Secretary Mary is a respected leader and expert in business and non-profit management.She is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Marquette College and provides advice and counsel to the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and the Social Innovation Initiative, advising student entrepreneurs and area nonprofits and community members.For nearly 20 years prior (1997-2016), she served as the Director of the Business Management Program at Ripon College, while also teaching a variety of business and non-profit courses.It was during this time that she first learned about BMP, facilitated a Ripon College Student Service Learning Program group to Jamaica and even sat on the Board of Directors.
Not only is Mary an accomplished academic, she teaches from a foundation of practical experience.She started her career as a bank teller for US Bank and was eventually promoted into management.From 1986-1997, She was the president and founder of Business Development Services, Inc., a private consulting firm specializing in financial consulting for start-up and emerging companies, as well as financial services for banks.She also Co-founded of commercial financing consulting service that provided commercial loan packaging, market research, feasibility analysis, business planning and strategic planning. Mary is a Certified Management Consultant and received her Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of WI.Mary is actively engaged in her community and has received several awards, including those from the US Small Business Administration, Students in Free Enterprise and Ripon College.Mary loves spending time with her grandson and is an avid equestrian.
Brad Crow, DHSc.,MBA, Treasurer Brad completed his Doctorate of Health Science (DHSc) degree with emphasis in organizational behavior and leadership in December 2015. Brad is also a board member of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, chairing the credentialing and quality assurance committees. The FQHC works to provide medical and dental care to the underserved and low-income residents of Tulsa. His previous experience included working with underserved patients as an outpatient department director in a local hospital. In this role, Brad helped coordinate available benefits to treatment plans to maximize patient treatment and outcomes. He continues to serve as a leader and mentor and has extensive experience with the development and coordination of medical in-service and peer-to-peer training.
Sheila Crow, Ph.D. Shelia is currently an Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Affairs at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine.She has experience in many facets of medical education including curriculum development, program evaluation, learner assessment, educational research, grant writing, and professional development.In her role as Assistant Dean, Dr. Crow focuses her educational efforts on improving care for the underserved and understanding the social determinants of health.
Sydney Radandt Sydney is currently serving as an AmeriCorps Member for City Year Milwaukee in WI.She is a recent graduate of Ripon College, with a major in Business Management.While at Ripon, she was the President of Students for Blue Mountain Project, leading fundraisers, supply drives, and volunteers to Jamaica from 2015-2017.Sydney is an athlete and participated in NCAA: Division III Women’s Volleyball.
Tameka Samuels-Jones Tameka is a Doctoral Candidate in the department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida, Gainesville FL. Tameka was born in Jamaica, where she worked for 7 years as an Investigator at the Financial Services Commission. She holds a Master of Science in Government with a distinction for her thesis on Participatory Governance in Sustainable development initiatives. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management (hons.) from the University of the West Indies.In addition to pursuing her PhD, Tameka currently teaches Criminal Investigations at the University of Florida. In her spare time, she volunteers at her Church and enjoys nature trails with her husband and son.
Sarah Weaver, RN, MSN, FNP-C, HN-BC Sarah is a certified Holistic Nurse and Integrative Nurse Practitioner with Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, IN. She spends her working time divided between teaching Nurses self-care and delivering complementary medicine at the bedside and working one-on-one with patients to achieve optimal health and wellness through improving nutrition and lifestyle. Sarah is a trained integral health coach and is currently completing the Functional Medicine University Certification. She was recognized nationally in 2016 by the American Holistic Nurses Association as the Holistic Nurse Rising Star. Sarah has worked as an entrepreneur in the nonprofit sector, a birth and postpartum doula and a nursing instructor. She was one of the founding members of BMP and has been to Hagley Gap many times.Sarah loves to travel, garden and cook healthy, organic meals for friends and family.
Jamaica: Blue Mountain Project Hagley Gap Post Office St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica, West Indies
USA: Blue Mountain Project P.O. Box 861 Tulsa, OK 74101