Board Members

Lynda Deschambault

lyndafaceCo-Founder of Generation Green, Lynda holds a dual degree in Chemistry/Soil Science, and an M.B.A. in Management/Marketing. She has more than 17 years in the environmental laboratory business, and 4 years as a private business consultant. Lynda then went to work as an Environmental Scientist performing inspections for five years, and settled enforcement cases under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Programs. She also spent several years as a project manager for cleaning up contaminated sites in California. Lynda often focused her efforts on working with schools, tribes and environmental justice communities. She participated in two overseas activities in African third world countries with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). Lynda established EPA Region 9’s first Green Cities Program. Lynda Founded the Contra Costa County Climate Leaders (4CL) Program in 2007, providing outreach tools and assistance to local government decision makers to address climate change. Lynda also served as an elected official to the Town of Moraga for four years, and held the position of Mayor in 2008. Wanting to apply her love of nature with her knowledge of science, Lynda graduated from the Ohlone Herbal Center apprenticeship program and practices herbal supplements at home, with family, friends and her pets. In her spare time, she sells percolation flasks to make tinctures, likes to make beer, garden, study herbs, scuba dive and walk her Siberian husky!

Donna Odierna, DrPH, RH

400095_3121677040185_175653476_n(1)Donna H Odierna, DrPH, MS, RH(AHG), is a clinical herbalist, social epidemiologist, and public health researcher. Her research focuses on social exclusion and health equity, with  emphasis on how structural and individual factors  interact to affect population health. She has particular interest how research itself can function as a social determinant of health by virtue of the questions we ask, the populations we include or leave out, and way we use the findings to develop practice guidelines and health policy. Dr. Odierna studied clinical herbalism at the New York Open Center with Robin Rose Bennett at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine with Michael Moore. She received her doctorate in public health from UC Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health policy and health services research at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a faculty member in the UCSF Department of Clinical  Pharmacy, where she teaches a course on health disparities in clinical practice. She also teaches critical appraisal of health research at the UC Berkley Extension Health Advocacy program, the Ohlone Herbal Center, and in  community-based workshops for non-traditional learners. She has worked with diverse populations including indigent women in Latin America and needle exchange participants. She developed and coordinated a holistic health clinic for injection drug users and community members in Oakland, CA. She maintains an independent research consultancy practice, and lives in Oakland, California.

Cathlene Richmond, PharmD, BCPS


Dr. Richmond currently serves in the role of Director of Formulary Management and Clinical Programs – Pharmacy for Sutter Health. Her work is focused on clinical evidence review with a view towards promotion of best practices in the use of medications for the care of patients.  She has over twenty-five years of experience as a pharmacist in a variety of pharmacy settings, including hospital (cardiology/critical care) and managed care. Dr. Richmond has a bachelor’s degree of biochemistry from SF State and a doctor of pharmacy degree from UCSF. She earned board certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2009 and serves as a volunteer clinical faculty member for the UCSF School of Pharmacy. Dr. Richmond has a deep respect for the holistic approach offered and taught at Ohlone Herbal Center and an interest in creating bridges between western medicine and traditional healing practices.

Marcey Shapiro, MD

img_8750_medMarcey Shapiro, MD is a physician in private practice currently practicing in Berkeley, California.  She has had a passion for herbs since her adolescence and has worked with herbal medicine since then.Marcey has studied and taught herbal medicine in many venues, including teaching conventionally trained medical practitioners about the basics of herbal medicine and communication with the natural world.

As a physician, Dr. Shapiro graduated from Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1989, and completed a Family Medicine Residency at Montefiore Hospital in the Residency Program in Social Medicine in 1992.

Highlights of her alternative medical education include several years of study of Western Herbal medicine with Billie Potts and study of Chinese Herbal Medicine, initially with Jeffrey Yuen in New York City and later with Ted Kaptchuck, O.M.D. and Sharon Weizenbaum, L.Ac. in Boston. She completed training in acupuncture with Sonia Lopez, MD at Montefiore Medical Center, studied at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx New York, and completed the UCLA Medical Acupuncture for Physicians program. She has studied osteopathy, including the biodynamics of osteopathy with James Jealous, DO, for the past twelve years. Professionally, she is a member of the Cranial Academy.

In the 1990’s Marcey designed a basic 50 herb formulary for use at the Montefiore Family Health Center in the Bronx, and during her residency, taught over 40 medical practitioners to use the herbs in the formulary.  She was the staff physician at El Rio, an alternative therapies focused drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in the Bronx, in 1991-92.  She coordinated herbal and medical care at Michigan Women’s Music Festival for 15 years. For many years, she was a core faculty member of the Columbia University continuing medical education course, organized by Andrew Weil, MD and Freddie Kronenberg Phd ”Botanical Medicine in Modern Clinical Practice.”  She has recently enjoyed being a frequent teacher at the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium

Dr. Shapiro has a variety of interests and is a popular speaker and writer on numerous topics in herbal and natural medicine.  She is the Author of Transforming the Nature of Health: A Holistic Vision of Healing that Honors our Connection to the Earth, Others and Ourselves, and has an upcoming book: Freedom from Anxiety, that will be released in January 2014. She continues to explore topics of ecological sustainability, self-sufficiency and self care, in her teaching and writing, and has several more books in progress.

In her medical practice, she works with the clients to address the many facets of illness/imbalance including biophysical, nutritional, and psycho-spiritual concerns, then, with the patient, evolves a realistic treatment plan which might utilize a variety of modalities.

Laura Tryboski

laura in blueLaura Tryboski has a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture and an Associate’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture.  Her career path includes environmental engineering, health physics (radiation protection), landscape architecture, business owner (design/build landscape company), and quality control.  She currently works for a family owned business as a quality control manager for the environmental business unit.  It was her love and curiosity of plants that lead her to Ohlone; she completed Ohlone’s Foundations and Therapeutics courses.  Laura was added to the Board in 2014 to support the development of the garden curriculum for the school.  She is inspired about being able to contribute to forward Ohlone’s mission for teaching herbalism to others and forming partnership with local and distant communities.



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