Meet our team
Founder and Executive Director
Jamie Christian is the Executive Director and founder of Lettuce Turnip the Beet Sustainability Collective©(2020) and co-founder and Executive Director of its predecessor Lettuce Turnip the Beet CSGA©(2015). LTBCSGA began as a school garden initiative and has bloomed into an organization that provides sustainability and regenerative agriculture education to schools and communities in South Western PA. Jamie teaches “attainable sustainability and agriculture” methods that illustrate how to use easily obtainable materials to build, cultivate, and sustain a beautiful life. She is a lifetime lover of food, agriculture, and the environment.
In 2017 Ms. Christian moved on from a 15 year career in finance to the full time operation of LTBCSGA . She has continued her education through certification programs including Master Naturalist, Master Gardener, permaculture, mycology, solar and alternative energy, and biomimicry. Jamie has completed Executive Director capacity training and learning circles through the Forbes Funds and the Slippery Rock University Non-Profit Institute. Her advocacy work includes, community food sovereignty, equity and inclusion in agriculture, sustainability education, culturally appropriate foods in schools, farm to school programs for all, her future endeavors are focused on changing education and food policy to support these initiatives. Jamie is an active member of The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, The Pittsburgh Food Justice Fund Committee, and the PA Farm To School Working group supported by The Food Trust.
Ms. Christian is a single mother who resides in South Park PA with her family (including her mom, sons, pup Sally, and bunny Ziggy). She served on the YSWPCS PTO for two years (one as secretary) where she also provided sustainability education programming year round. For the past two years Jamie has served as a parent representative for the AIU Head Start/ Early Head Start policy council where she has held the offices of Executive Committee Liaison and Treasurer.
Director of Customer Support (Native Nosh)
Workshop Contributor (OHM)
Board Vice President
Brenda Provident grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Penn State University, receiving a BS in Psychology. Brenda has over 20 years of client support and management experience in the financial and insurance industries and has been instrumental in the planning an coordination of our Native Nosh Customer Fulfillment Center. Brenda also contributes to our OHM Wellness Program as a business professionalism and relationship consultant. She is a single mother who resides with her teen daughter, cat, birds, and a few other furry friends just outside of Pittsburgh PA. She is a nature lover who also loves singing, traveling, and gardening with her daughter.
Erin Ward is an Instructional Media Designer for the online division of South College. She and one other Instructional Designer build, format, and design all of the online courses within the LMS of Canvas. They take all of the content from the content experts and transform it into a usable format for students in the various degree programs.Ward earned a B.A. in Telecommunications and an Associate degree in Business at Penn State University, as well as minoring in Photography. Prior to working at South College, she worked at the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Learning as an Instructional Media designer and Video & Media Producer. She has also worked in video production for over 20 years in a variety of aspects, from education work to commercial advertising to national television networks. Ward also designed and taught Photography and Video Production courses at two high schools in a charter school district in Pittsburgh. She freelances in photography, video production, and dabbles in several other artistic mediums. Erin resides in Pittsburgh with her two legged and four legged loves. G
Education Curriculum Writer/ Segment Host (E3 Explorers)
Ms. Shearer is a Natural Resources Project Manager. She has a diverse background including conducting rare, threatened, and endangered plant surveys and wetland and stream delineations. She is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP), Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), and maintains a valid Pennsylvania wild plant management permit. She is qualified to conduct conduct Virginia spiraea surveys in West Virginia. In her spare time Natalie volunteers with Animal Friends and Rabbit Wranglers. She resides in Washington county with her fur babies and fur baby fosters.