Healthy Kids. Happy Planet.

Lean and Green Kids

Christina Ortega, Board Member

A former firefighter, Christina is currently the proud mom of 3 spirited boys and serves on the school PTSO with a special focus in the school garden. She also serves as the associate director for children's ministry at a local interfaith community bible study fellowship. Christina is a certified personal trainer and passionate about health, fitness and giving back.

Jason Folkman, Board Member

Jason worked for nearly two decades as a full time high school social studies and English teacher, until... becoming a full time parent after adopting four fantastic kids with husband Victor. As a parent and educator, he is passionate about empowering kids to learn about healthful, humane and sustainable meals. He now spends time at home preparing nutritious meals, volunteering at his children's school and in the school's garden, jogging with the kids and walking his two dogs.

Angela Bailey, Board Member

Angela Bailey is mom to Rowan and Savannah, a real estate professional, and a long time advocate & activist for children’s health, environmental and animal rights issues. Angela is a member of the Community Resource Center in Encinitas and formerly served as President of the San Diego Feral Cat Coalition. She recently moved to Carlsbad, and is excited to be a part of LGK's very unique and important nutrition education/food justice efforts.

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Barbara Gates (a.k.a. Queen Bean),

Founder and President

Barbara has been a children's health educator and advocate since her own children entered public school, and in 2003 spearheaded a CA coalition to successfully pass the first ever school lunch ​legislation calling for daily plant-based vegetarian school lunches and nutrition education that includes the vegan/vegetarian perspective (ACR 16, CA 2003). Three more states followed suit. She founded LGK in 2010, to further the goals of the legislation. Barbara earned a BFA in theatre, and every now and again works as a professional actress in So Cal. barbara@leanandgreenkids.org


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LGK Advisory Board

Ken Fisher/Rachel Shapiro, Founder/Director, Heal the Planet 

Miguel Villarreal, School Food Service Director
Amy Haessly, School Food Service Nutritionist & Education Specialist

Lita Esposito, Middle School Science Teacher & Track Coach

Leslie Engel, Elementary School Teacher

Jayne Reinhardt, Community Health Specialist, CDPH

Cheryl Craig, Registered Dietician, Member, American Dietetic Association

Adrianne Hakes, Retired School Superintendent & School Board Member
Phil Goscienski, MD, Pediatrician (retired) and Author, the Stone Age Diet