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.
Aguila grew up in the Pajaro Valley area. When she was going to Watsonville High School she started to learn a lot about climate change and how we were contributing to it. She developed a passion for the environment and majored in Environmental Studies at Cal State Monterey Bay.
Abigail started volunteering with Regeneracion when she learned about their work in the Pajaro Valley while taking a research methods class at CSUMB. After graduating from CSUMB in June 2019 she began working as an office assistant. She has appreciated this opportunity to give back to her community.
Natalie Olivas is a recent graduate of California State University Monterey Bay where she studied Environmental Studies with a concentration in Science for Sustainable Communities. Her childhood in Los Angeles and Kern County exposed her to the extreme outcomes of environmental degradation which drove her to pursue a career in environmental justice.
Throughout her time at CSUMB, she developed and analyzed environmental policy and gained experience recording and interpreting data through environmental fieldwork. She has worked to implement sustainable business practices through the California Green Business Certification in the cities of Seaside, Salinas, Monterey, and Pacific Grove. She continues to volunteer in Conservation and Science at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, assisting in sustainability certifications and research. Most recently, she interned for San Benito County where she worked to perform outreach, education, and policy development. Natalie is thrilled to be joining Regeneracion as an Organizer to work with the community for collective climate action.