Iris Mayes

Board Chair

Iris Mayes is a University of Idaho Extension Educator in small farms and horticulture with Latah County. She has been with UI Extension for 4 years. She previously worked as a land-use planner for 15 years. Her intention in serving on the Backyard Harvest Board of Directors is to connect small acreage farmers, gardeners and others in the community with the mission of bringing fresh food into local food banks.

Bev Bafus



One of Bev’s first memories was walking behind her grandfather at the age of four, dropping seeds into his garden. She has continued to grow food, raising a garden of some sort at each place she has lived, from pots of beans on a window sill to a fairly large backyard garden. She has a passion for food, and making sure that everyone has enough to eat.

Bev grew up in the Moscow area, and her family lived in Deary, Idaho for 23 years. Back in Moscow, She is the owner of Café Artista and has a home-based business providing bookkeeping and payroll consultation services. She is the Coordinator of the Trinity Moscow Food Pantry. She is also active in the many ministries of Trinity Baptist Church.

Bev’s three grown children and one beautiful granddaughter can attest to the fact that she is passionate about whole foods, and providing them for families to enjoy.


Marissa Rudley


Marissa arrived in Moscow in 2007 and found a home among the beauty and charm of the Palouse. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, she works at the University of Idaho as the Campus Dietitian. In this position, she has the opportunity to combine two of her passions, cooking and nutrition education. She instructs cooking classes for students and provides nutrition counseling and education on the Moscow campus. Marissa is a two time Vandal alumna, graduating from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and a Master of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences.
Marissa believes that every individual deserves access to fresh and nutritious food. She has volunteered at various food banks, soup kitchens, and with community suppers. Her enthusiasm and interest in making nutritious food accessible is a perfect fit for the mission of Backyard Harvest. 

Jessica Bearman

Immediate Past Chair

Jessica works with foundations and other mission-based organizations, including nonprofits, co-ops, and schools. Her work focuses on organization development and project research, design, and coordination to help ogranizations become more effective and have more fun. She has written and spoken widely about new and established philanthropy and is the author of several studies of giving circles and shared giving. She's the author of Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose, a study of grantmakers' application and reporting practices and spends a lot of time working to get grantmakers to reduce the burden that their practices place on nonprofits.

Jessica lives with her husband and two wild boys on 40 acres outside Viola, Idaho.

Jeanette Gara-Betzold

Board Member

Jeanette Gara-Betzold is originally from Norristown, PA, and arrived in Idaho in 2003 as a graduate student with the McCall Outdoor Science School. For the last 10 years she has lived in Lewiston, Idaho working for Lewis-Clark State College, teaching yoga in the community, and raising her two sons, Cedar and Donald. Gardening, sustainability and service-learning are three of her lifelong passions that inspired the creation of the LC Learning Garden in 2014.  This garden is a BYH Grow for the Greater Good Garden, providing vegetables for low-income students and local food banks.

Alice Ma

Board Member

Alice arrived in Moscow in October of 2015 to work at Washington State University as the Registered Dietitian for Dining Services. She grew up in West Jordan, Utah and received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sports Science and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Utah. A life-changing experience she had during college was becoming heavily involved in her campus’s community service center and participating on an Alternative Spring Break trip to Seattle focused on hunger and food justice. This inspired her to spend a year serving with a community action center in Ellensburg, WA as an AmeriCorps volunteer, before moving to the Palouse area


Alice can often be found playing with her dog, wandering the thrift stores, or experimenting with vegan recipes, but is always looking for ways to volunteer in the community. She is excited to integrate her passions for nutrition, food security, and sustainability by serving on the Backyard Harvest Board. 

Peggy Jenkins

Board Member

Peggy grew up in Hawaii and attended college and law school at Boston University. She clerked for a judge on the Court of Appeals in Washington DC, then worked for big law firms in Washington DC and Honolulu, concentrating in civil litigation and appellate matters. In 2001 she moved to Idaho with her husband, Jay,and their son, Daniel. While she continues to research and write for Hawaii attorneys, she also finds time to participate in the High School Parent Group, the Unitarian Church, and continues her quest to remember to play the guitar.

Nathan Weller

Board Member

Nathan Weller has been a Pullman, Washington City Council member since 2008.  His efforts in volunteering, public service and a focus on bettering the region has come from a varied backgrond including building houses and handing out food in Nogales, Mexico to local leadership in poverty education, economic and environmental sustainability.  Nathan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from WSU and a Masters in Science in Bioregional Planning and Community Design from the University of Idaho.  His education and current efforts are on promoting multi-jurisdictional collaboration, organizational outreach and cooperative ventures between the cities of Pullman and Moscow.  

Nathan serves on a number of boards and committees in addition to Backyard Harvest.  He is the Chair of the Pullman/Moscow CROP Hunger Walk and Chair of the Poverty Awareness Taskforce.  His goal is to bring healthy sustainable food sources to communities and transform urban areas into food rich environments.  

Donna Kendall-Woolston

Emeritus Board Member

Donna is the owner of Appearances, a boutique marketing and promotions firm that for over twenty-years has represented businesses in the Inland Northwest. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs, as well as planning truly extraordinary events. Donna is also a familiar face to Arts and Cultural boards, continuing a legacy of community service passed down through six generations of her Idaho family. Daughter of an educator and a gardener, wife of a photographer, mother to a songwriter, an actress, a social activist AND a recent Grandmother to a perfect child, Donna believes in power of dreams becoming reality. Her enthusiasm and outlook is natural fit for Backyard Harvest.

Ryan Kelly

Board Member

Ryan Kelly is the Branch Manager of Banner Bank’s Pullman, Pullman South Grand, and Uniontown Branches.

He has more than ten years of banking experience, and focuses on helping individuals and families with personal lending and depository needs.

Ryan also serves on the board of Palouse Cares, which holds annual food drives and auctions to benefit local nonprofits, including Backyard Harvest.