Insight Garden Program

Our Team

BethWaitkus-200x200Beth Waitkus

Founder & Director

As part of her deep commitment to community service, environmental issues, and sustainable food systems, Beth founded the Insight Garden Program in 2002 – an organic gardening program designed to rehabilitate prisoners through reconnection to the natural world. Having worked with over 1,000 prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, she is planning for program replication statewide and nationally – including reentry support for people who leave prison.

Beth has won accolades for her prison work as runner up for the Agape Foundation’s Peace Prize and is featured in the book, Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World by Dorka Keehn. She is also a recipient of the Hotchkiss School’s 2013 Community Service Award and was recently featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.

Prior to her full-time work with the IGP, Beth has been a strategic communications and organizational consultant, having integrated years of experience developing, managing, and implementing social marketing and strategic communications campaigns with a background in organization development (OD).

Beth holds a M.S. in Organization Development from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University. At home, she spends time playing in the waves, the woods and her garden to renew her spirit and refresh her soul. She believes the natural world teaches us everything we need to know.

 

DianaBadger-200x200Diana Badger

Curriculum Designer

Diana Badger brings several decades of experience as a writer/editor, and educational content developer to her work as Curriculum Consultant for IGP. In addition to her work with IGP, she is a content development associate for a national company that produces educational videos, websites, booklets, and teachers guides about energy science, safety, and sustainability. Diana is pleased to be consulting and collaborating on the development and management of IGP’s transformational curriculum, as many of the themes and concepts covered are personal areas of interest and expertise, such as meditation, systems thinking, and transformative practices. She is an avid gardener and herbalist of many years, and involved in the study of  permaculture and the application of its principles to one’s personal life.  She is also a trained counselor and group facilitator. In addition to her work with IGP, Diana co-facilitates meditation groups for homeless women.  She is honored to be able to work with and serve the prison population through the powerful, broad-reaching  IGP curriculum. She is the single parent of a child recently launched to college, and now plans to expand her group facilitation practice, and further pursue her hobbies of writing, photography, and music.

 

AmandaBerger-200x200Amanda Berger

Program Manager and Facilitator, San Quentin Prison

In addition to serving as the  program manager with the Insight Garden Program at San Quentin Prison, Amanda Berger is a certified professional coach and consultant that works with social change leaders and nonprofits in the Bay Area and beyond. She is passionate about working with social justice organizations and has a special interest in criminal justice reform, including efforts to expand educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. Amanda has an extensive background in progressive philanthropy and transformational leadership development through her work with the Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing, the Women Donors’ Network, Rockwood Leadership Institute and Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER). Beyond her individual coaching practice, Amanda consults with foundations and social change organizations interested in fostering collaboration, learning communities, networks and policy change.

She is a co-coordinator of the GED Prep Program at San Quentin Prison and a facilitator in training with the Victim Offender Education Group at a women’s prison in Chowchilla, CA. She is an affiliated coach with RoadMap, Rockwood Leadership Institute, the Haas Flexible Leadership Award and a co-founder of www.coachingforjustice.org. Amanda lives in the Bay Area, has two daughters and a “cat-dog” named Zuma.

 

AmyBoyer-200x200Amy Boyer

Program Manager and Facilitator, Solano State Prison

Amy Boyer is program manager and facilitator for IGP-Solano. She has a life-long love of gardening and nature, and working for local environmental groups gave her a solid knowledge base for the Central Valley. As program manager, she draws on her administrative experience working for University of California Press. As facilitator, she uses her training in Buddhist chaplaincy. She loves this work because she sees the world from the perspective of people who aren’t normally heard, and because she loves observing people discovering their strengths in difficult circumstances.

 

Karen HsuehKaren Hsueh

Administrative Associate

Karen Hsueh first joined IGP as a volunteer at CMF-Solano, and is now on their administrative team. She has participated as a volunteer for several years at many small Bay Area non-profits and grassroots efforts. She’s working on completing a mater’s certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from Tufts University, and earned her BA in Political Science from the Instituto de Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence. Her interest in prison gardens was cultivated when she learned about horticultural therapy, a concept she’s practiced on her own, and its use with people in prison – an often forgotten population.

 

HaleyReimbold-200x200Haley Reimbold

Development Manager

Haley Reimbold brings a longstanding commitment to launching, sustaining, and scaling innovative non-profit initiatives to her role as IGP’s Development Consultant. While working at the Vera Institute of Justice, Haley helped incubate cross-sector demonstration projects in the Department of Planning and Government Innovation. She served as a governor-appointed member of the New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group for seven years, setting state priorities and awarding grants to organizations and municipalities across the state. For three years, Haley was a primary member of the US Department of Justice’s Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and she served as a board member of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice for two years. Haley received her MPA degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, MPP from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and her BA in Women’s Studies from Hamilton College.

 

AnneValiant-200x200Ann Valliant

Operations & Finance Manager

Ann Valliant has been a finance and business operations consultant since the mid -’80s, helping a wide variety of visionaries strengthen the business foundations for their success. Recent projects include setting up the accounting and human resources operations for a start-up that offers business services to food and farming entrepreneurs and to investors in those enterprises and for a non-profit that arranges tours that demonstrate the sustainable economy in action and inspire support of local green businesses. A gardener for over sixty years, she deeply understands the power and peace that arise from hands in soil nurturing living things and is delighted to help expand that experience to people in one of our most nature-alienated environments—prisons.