2015 Board of Directors
CATT FIELDS WHITE | SAN DIEGO MARKETS
Catt Fields White is the Director of San Diego Markets, developing thriving farmers’ markets in urban neighborhoods, and consulting with emerging markets throughout San Diego County. She encourages entrepreneurship and value added opportunities for farmers through monthly Vendor 101 classes and writes about food, farms, restaurants and marketing for a variety of regional publications. Serving on multiple Boards of Directors including the California Restaurant Association, the Little Italy Association, Just Call Us Volunteers, California Small farm Conference and the California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets, she has been actively involved with Slow Food Urban San Diego, Les Dames Escoffier, and other professional associations and charitable foundations related to food security, the restaurant industry and small business marketing for three decades. Find her at www.sdweeklymarkets.com
MICHAEL SCHUREK | CITY OF CHULA VISTA
Michael Schurek is a San Diego native and a foodie. He is currently a Parks and Recreation Coordinator with the City of Chula Vista. Mike spends his workdays organizing city events & tournaments, monitoring and maintaining sports fields and coordinating the Adult Sports program. During his free time, he enjoys rooting for his San Diego Padres & Chargers, camping & hiking, and eating pizza of any kind!
Mike became interested in volunteering at a young age. He has volunteered with several organizations before hearing about Just Call Us Volunteers in late 2012. Mike immediately fell in love with JCUV and their mission.
Jocelyn Baciles serves at the Volunteer Coordinator for Just Call Us Volunteers. In early 2013, she sought out opportunities to give back to the community of San Diego. She eventually stumbled upon JCUV and the rest is history. Her love of food and her desire to help others has made it a perfect match.
Jocelyn grew up on the beautiful island of Oahu, but loves calling the equally amazing San Diego her home. She is currently shaping the minds of tomorrow at a learning center in Chula Vista, as well as fulfilling her duties as an Administrative Assistant. In her spare time, she loves to indulge in the fabulous food that San Diego has to offer, get creative with her crafty projects, and cheer on her beloved Dodgers.
DAWN PARKS | THE WILD THYME COMPANY
I created Wild Thyme in 2005, I’d been a sous chef, executive chef, and corporate chef; I’d managed 11 restaurants with four different concepts within the Aloha Group, had opened up the W Hotel in San Diego, and had run the café/catering for the prestigious Salk Institute. But the most important job I held, and continue to cherish, is that of mother to Gia, my daughter. It’s from my want to spend time raising her with my passion for food that I created The Wild Thyme Company. I couldn’t be prouder of my two babies. In my free time I love to paddle outrigger canoes and help with various non-profit organizations like Just Call Us Volunteers.”
Born and raised a California girl, Michelle has demonstrated a commitment to giving back her whole life. From building houses and teaching Sunday school in Mexico at 16, to her own successful non-profit awareness project featured on 10 news in 2012 she brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to JCUV that can only be gained from a lifetime of service. Her non profit experience is supplemented by years in the hospitality and admin fields. This unique mix of food and operations experience makes her a perfect fit for her role as Secretary, and JCUV in general.