Staff & Volunteers
Meet our Regeneration Staff & Volunteers
Regeneration is growing thanks to our dedicated volunteers, generous donors, and committed staff!
Our work in 2016 included assembling a team and crafting a vision and mission statement and initial goals. In 2017, Regeneración began implementing projects: a mural on Rodriguez Street; Our Mother Earth series of environmental justice films in partnership with the Watsonville Film Festival; a video research project with Watsonville High School video academy seniors; and the Healthy Children for a Healthy Planet festival.
Director Nancy Faulstich founded Regeneración in 2016 together with a small group of Pajaro Valley residents. Nancy was motivated to work for climate action and resilience upon realizing the plight that younger generations, including her daughter, will face. Her goal was for everyone in the Pajaro Valley to become fully aware of the reality of climate change and to move together to address the causes and fight for justice.
Prior to her work with Regeneración, Nancy served as a bilingual preschool and kindergarten teacher and literacy specialist with the Pajaro Valley School District for 25 years. She has a BA in Women's Studies and Masters in Education with a bilingual (Spanish) certification.
In conjunction with her work as an early childhood educator, Nancy has led parent and women’s support groups and organized to address and eliminate racism and anti-semitism. Nancy approaches her work with Regeneración as an ally focused on elevating the leadership of people of color.
Maria arrived in the US in 2011. Inspired by a film event produced in 2014 by Watsonville Climate Action, Regeneration’s predecessor, she catapulted herself into environmental justice activism.
She recognized that “the people at the top are taking advantage of everyone and of the planet and of the people who don’t have enough money, to create profit, and that’s when I started realizing how unfair that was and I started learning more about the environment.”
Soon to graduate, Maria has now completed two years of the Pajaro Valley School District’s Solar Academy, worked as the farm and harvest manager at an organic farm. She’s taken the initiative to speak at School Board meetings and fundraisers for the environmental organizations she cares about.
Independently she recruited a small but mighty team of Pajaro Valley High School students to enter the International Project Green Challenge, which entailed doing and recording a green action daily for an entire month. Maria won second place in the finals in November 2016