Meet Our Board
Meet the individuals who work hard every day to ensure the Soulful Seeds mission is achieved.
Earstin Whitten is the Co-Founder of Soulful Seeds. He is retired insurance executive and an Army veteran. Since retiring and moving to Reno 15 years ago, Earstin has served on several boards locally and currently serve with the boards of the Great Basin Community Cooperative and the Nevada Women's Fund. Earstin has always been active in growing healthy food. He is co-found of Soulful Seeds along with his wife, Dolores Schafer-Whitten.
Amanda Burden is publisher and editor of edible Reno-Tahoe magazine, which debuted in Spring 2010. Through it, she celebrates and supports the local food and drink movement, which includes chefs, farmers, ranchers, distillers, brewers, home cooks, and more. In addition to being a Soulful Seeds board member, she also serves on the boards of the American Culinary Federation’s High Sierra Chefs Association, which champions the culinary community; the Nevada Press Association, advocating for the state’s journalists; and TEDx Reno. Her business and volunteer work allow her to combine her passions for food, drink, publishing, community, local business, and making a difference.
Marc Chapelle is a landscape architect with Lumos and Associates where he is responsible for land and design planning of all scales and development types. He also holds professional education in agronomy, enology, soils, and plant pathology. Marc comes from a family of passionate gardeners and is an avid gardener himself.
David Mansfield is a Reno native and owner of Curtis Brothers Construction. He founded Curtis Bros Construction 15 years ago with the goal of raising the standard of construction in Northern Nevada. Since that time, Curis Bros. Construction has grown into one of the region’s leading construction companies. In addition to his dedication to quality craftsmanship, David is passionate about giving back to his community. He joined the Soulful Seeds board two years ago and is actively engaged in making the Our Place Garden project a reality.
Dee Schafer-Whitten is the Co-Founder of Soulful Seeds. She is a retired Healthcare and Non-Profit Executive. Dee was President and Founder of Corporate Solutions, Inc., a strategic planning firm for non-profits, government, and law enforcement agencies. Dee retired and took a year off to establish Soulful Seeds with her husband, Earstin Whitten, to provide fresh, healthy food to the most vulnerable in our community and move individuals' from poverty to sustainability. Dee currently holds the position as Director for Client Experience at American Wealth Management in Reno.
A Reno native, Parker Peterson studied at the University of Nevada Reno, majoring in Photography and History. Upon graduation, Parker earned her master’s degree in Business Management at the Pratt Institute in New York City. There, Parker blended her non-profit management and marketing skills at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and at Made In NYC. Parker returned to Reno in 2019, joining the Saint Mary’s Health Network to help drive marketing forward at the Fitness Center, working directly with the Director to reintroduce the Foundation and the ways in which Saints could give back to the community. Parker always looks forward to combining her creative marketing efforts and passion for bringing others together to introduce individuals to something they haven’t heard of before. In her free time, Parker enjoys tending to her plants, skiing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Janice Bailey is the firm administrator for her husband’s Reno CPA firm and a passionate cook and master gardener. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Geography/Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is one of the founding board members of Soulful Seeds and serves as its’ treasurer. She enjoys volunteering in the Washoe County elementary school garden program with 10 and 11 year olds and looks forward to assisting with the Soulful Seeds education program at the Our Place Campus.
Selfless giver. Fitness junkie. Passionate soul. Renoite to the core. A third generation Native Nevadan, I graduated from Wooster High School, followed by college at the University of Nevada, Reno (go Wolf Pack!) where I received a Bachelor’s in Health Ecology. Working as a Marketing Representative at MINDBODY eventually led to where I am now. My passion is healthy living, and the city of Reno. Combine the two, and Saint Mary’s is exactly where I am meant to be. My other true love is helping others, and I have donated countless hours to local charity events including Mom’s on the Run, Polio Purple Pinky Trail Run & Walk, JUSTin Hope Foundation, and many others. I also serve on a couple local boards including Saint Mary’s Hospital and Reno Riverwalk Foundation, representing mindfulness and fitness.