Jesse earned her master’s in Ecological Design at the Conway School in western Massachusetts. After building her first rainwater collection system as a post-grad school AmeriCorps project, Jesse launched BlueBarrel and earned her professional accreditation from ARCSA (the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association). Also a certified Permaculture Designer, graduate of the Ecosa Institute’s intensive course in Sustainable Design, and Fellow of Sonoma County’s Leadership Institute for Ecology & the Economy, Jesse understands rainwater harvesting as one of many measures to bring our households into balance with the earth’s capacity to thrive. Jesse and her husband welcomed a son in 2014 and balance work and play on their farmstead in Santa Rosa, CA!
Customer Service/Vendor Relations
Clyde retired in 2012 from a long career in facilities management with the University of California, where he specialized in sustainability and maintainability with a keen interest in water conservation. As luck would have it, his retirement roughly coincided with BlueBarrel’s launch. Starting as an unofficial adviser, as the business expanded, Clyde’s role grew. He officially joined the team in 2015 to handle customer service. Clyde also assists with barrel supply chain and partnership outreach. Clyde is an avid college basketball fan, and if there is one thing he knows more about than water conservation, it’s basketball trivia. Give us a call and try to stump him!
Kelly earned her bachelors in Graphic Communications and spent 10 years working in marketing and communications before joining Team BlueBarrel in 2016. Recently, she and her family moved onto 5 acres with the goal of starting a small farm. Beginning with chickens, a few goats, and of course a couple of rain barrels, Kelly continues to develop the property with visions for a large garden and fruit trees. Through the years she has found creative ways to balance her work and being the mother of three. Since BlueBarrel is a growing, family friendly company, we were looking for someone with her flexibility, personality and passion for sustainability, and we are thrilled to have her working with our customers.
Bob is the master developer behind BlueBarrel’s primary interface – our website! With many years experience in web and software development, Bob builds and supports websites for organizations big and small. In his spare time, Bob enjoys running, singing with a Latin American chorus, and volunteering with the Center For Citizen Initiatives. (Guess who built their website? 🙂 )
You can connect with Bob and see more examples of his work at FlyingSealSystems.com.
Dani has been working with BlueBarrel since 2014 managing inventory and fulfilling orders for our customers. Dani is the face behind BlueBarrel’s custom-packed RainKits™ and impossibly quick shipping turnarounds! In her spare time Dani can be found playing softball, shooting pool, and spending quality time with her family.
Learn more about Dani and her warehouse and fulfillment services at NorthBayShipping.com.
Jula joined Team BlueBarrel in 2015 to handle our social media outreach. If you’ve connected with us on Facebook or in the Twittersphere, you’ve probably “met” Jula! Jula is passionate about building communities, both online and offline. She is a sustainability advocate, reads lots of books, and makes killer coconut-oatmeal-pecan cookies.
If you want to connect with Jula, you can contact her through her social media consultancy, On Time Social.
The Advisory Team
We are ever-thankful to our strong team of committed advisers who met regularly to support the launch of BlueBarrel and our products. From A-to-Z:
Erin is a true fixture in the local permaculture world and a strong advocate for organizations and businesses that represent the new regenerative economy. A problem solver and systems thinker, Erin first met BlueBarrel during her many years with Daily Acts, and continues with her amazing contributions to a regenerative economy through her work with LIFT Business Design.
Robert is a former general contractor and co-conspirator toward a world in which all people align with their true heart-felt paths. A strong and kind supporter of BlueBarrel from its infancy, Robert attended one of our very first workshops and quickly became a BlueBarreler himself, hosting the filming of our How-To Video Series and more!
Chris is a landscape contractor who first lent his skills to BlueBarrel by building rock solid foundations for our full-service install clients. Reminding us that our power to sculpt our landscapes should be wielded wisely, Chris has lent technical expertise and creativity to BlueBarrel along the way. In addition to being a stellar ecological designer through his own permaculture design/build business, Chris is also a greywater specialist. What better irrigation combination exists than rainwater and greywater?!
With over 60,000 gallons of rainwater storage capacity at her own home, Margaret is a retired marketing consultant, business owner, and author well known in the community for her contributions to all things sustainable. In addition to advising BlueBarrel, she sits on the boards for the Sonoma Land Trust, Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, and now also the Sonoma Clean Power initiative. We can all thank Margaret for being a tremendous part of many good things in our region.
As the founding organizational development consultant behind Practical Management Network (Leadership & Organizational Development), Sylvia is personally responsible for some of BlueBarrel’s first and most valuable business relationships. A key adviser along the way, Sylvia is a true advocate for the building blocks underneath good organizations doing good things.
Other credits are due to many folks who through life’s twists and turns managed to lend a helping hand to BlueBarrel in the early days. John Thorburn, Henry Wallace, and Jenna Brager, Jesse’s original project partners and supervisors for the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden project; Carissa Green and Lily Walter (the original ToolGrrlz); Sarah Farrell and Jeanna Ruppel who stuck their necks out to become two of BlueBarrel’s very first clients and workshop hosts; and Keith Evans, our very first partner barrel supplier who rolled with the punches and set the standard for many more. Thanks to Mike Davis, UC Davis plant pathologist who lends his expertise to our important determinations over the safety of used barrels; and to Peggy Froehlich for meticulous proof-reading. Many thanks, too, to Bern Lefson and Lynn Reiter who volunteer their time and vast experience as business mentors with SCORE.
We must recognize the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and the Conservation Corps North Bay—and while neither identifies as a business incubation organization, both were key players behind the inception of BlueBarrel.
Big BlueBarrel Blessings to all of you, and all others who have supported and continue to support BlueBarrel in big ways and small!