meet the board

Patti huffman: Board Chair

Patti is a lifelong resident of Chula Vista and has become a dedicated community leader and volunteer. She taught for 29 years in the Chula Vista Elementary School District until her retirement in 1991. Since then, she has dedicated her life to volunteering and supporting the South Bay Historical Society, Chula Vista Heritage Museum, Sol & Ruth Gerber Family Center, and the Living Coast Discovery Center where she is a docent, helps with outreach programs, and serves on volunteer committees. 90 years young, she advocates for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle and over the years she has been participating in sustainable events throughout the South Bay. Patti has a passion for community education and a desire to help reduce our carbon footprint to preserve our environment for the enjoyment of future generations.

melanie McMeans: secretary

Born and raised in San Diego, Melanie is currently working for a locally and family owned flower shop in Bonita and her future plans include getting a bachelor's degree in sustainability. Melanie has been with South Bay Sustainability Communities since August 2020 as a Community Lead and is now a certified master composter. She is responsible for the education and compost maintenance of two community composting neighborhoods. She also works with small busniesses to become more sustainable by donating thier foos scraps to our community compost piles. Melanie is in charge of SBSC's social media accounts and website. She loves spending her free time practicing yoga and connecting to nature in any way she can. Her goal in life is to live as environmentally sustainable as possible and help encourage others to do the same as well.

Marianne meivers: treasurer

A Bonita resident for 40 years, Marianne has an extensive background in volunteering. She was a nurse for 45 years and since her retirement has held a board position for several organizations, including Friends of Cats and the former Chula Vista Nature Center (now the Living Coast Discovery Center). She is a former Rotarian and member of the Senior Volunteer Patrol in Chula Vista, and currently she continues to volunteer at the Living Coast. Her tenure there has seen her involvement in gardening, docent tours, and office work. These days, Marianne can be found enjoying her retirement and filling her time with gardening and composting. She has a half acre lot she tends simply for the enjoyment of growing plants and is learning how to compost in her own backyard. Marianne has a desire to “spend her days living right and to give mother nature a little help along the way”.

katherine bohn: board member

Kat hold a bachelor's in both biology and psychology, is a certified zoo and aquarium science practitioner, certified master composter, and hold a master's in parks and resource management. She first met Tina while volunteering at the Living Coast Discovery Center and since their introduction has partnered with her on several projects, incuding a systematic review communuty engaged learning project for Team-Up to Clean-upprogram Tina developed. Kat has been involved with reforestation work, trail maintenance, and wildlife rehabilitation, and volunteered with both the Living Coast and the USFWS at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge. At the Living Coast she was a docent, leading tours to teach local students about the conservation of our local habitats abd wastershed. And at the Tijuana Slough National wildlife refuge she was involved with restoration projects and clean up events.