Kinari first developed the vision for Health In Harmony when studying orangutans in 1993 at Gunung Palung National Park. There she encountered not only a beautiful and threatened natural environment but also the dire health needs of the people surrounding the National Park. After her experience in Indonesia, Kinari decided to become a physician and return to Indonesia to work together with local communities to improve both their health and preserve the natural environment. Dr. Webb graduated from Yale University School of Medicine with honors and then completed her residency in Family Medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California. Kinari founded Health In Harmony in 2005 to support the combined human and environmental work that she planned in Indonesia. After a year of traveling around Indonesia looking for the best site for this program (unmet health care needs, forest that could still be saved and a responsive government), Kinari helped co-found the ASRI program in West Kalimantan Indonesia with Hotlin Ompusunggu and Antonia Gorog. Kinari currently splits her time between Indonesia and the US.

My favorite HIH story is: A village's first female chief ended illegal logging with spies and checkpoints

Jonathan found his passion for managing international development projects early in his career. After completing his M.S. in Conservation Biology and Applied Ecology, he spent several years in post-conflict Kosovo and then Croatia working with local NGOs and consulting for Mercy Corps. He later joined Save the Children in the UK and earned his M.A. in International Politics and Security at Bradford University. In 2005, he joined Doctors Without Borders / Medicins Sans Frontieres, spending the next decade managing medical humanitarian programs in South Sudan, Ethiopia, India, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Liberia, and elsewhere. In 2013, he became the Deputy Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders Canada and settled in Toronto.

After more than 15 years in international aid, he decided to get back to his passion for environmental science and joined Health In Harmony (HIH) in 2017. He is incredibly excited to be part of the HIH team, as it's mission merges his two passions - global health and conservation biology. Jonathan believes that we no longer live in a world where the health of people, ecosystems, and the planet can be effectively addressed in silos; human development and ecosystem conservation are one and the same. As Executive Director, he oversees the representational, operational and financial health of this uniquely ambitious non-profit organization.

My favorite HIH story: Building a ‘Good Anthropocene’ From the Bottom-UpIdentifying successful socio ecological initiatives

Trina graduated with a BA in journalism from Washington State University in 2010. She then pursued her passion for social justice through earning an MS in environmental studies at the University of Montana and writing her thesis on sustainable community development in Central America, Kenya and India, focusing specifically on the roles of women and religion – describing a model very similar to Health In Harmony! Trina has worked and volunteered with a variety of publications and environmental and social nonprofits including Portland Monthly, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and Women’s Voices for the Earth. In the six months before she started at Health In Harmony in 2013, Trina lived with families in Turkey, Greece, and Italy, but she is now happily installed in Portland with her new husband, indomitable cat, and backyard garden.

My favorite HIH story: When our volunteer, Adam, was walking around ASRI's reforestation site and found the first four orangutan nests. It was so gratifying to see that orangutans were sleeping in the trees, even though they were still so young! This corridor, replanted with seedlings bartered by patients at the clinic, is so important for the genetic diversity and survival of this population. Reforestation is complex and difficult, but it's working!

Ashley graduated with an M.A. in International Development, Community, and Environment with a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Clark University. While in college and graduate school, she began her research in Namibia and South Africa and later spent time working on women's economic development initiatives in Ghana and Tanzania. Ashley later became the director of an international non-profit that scaled to working in ten low-resourced, post-crisis countries focused on community-driven solutions to public health, education, and economic challenges. Seeing the impact that health interventions had internationally, she moved into domestic public health, helping launch a national public health program on early cancer detection for young adults. Ashley has served on a number of boards including World Child Cancer, Planned Parenthood of MA, the International Center of Worcester, and is the co-founder of AIRSPRAY, a grassroots organization focused on LGBTQ activists and supporters to boost artistic economy in central Massachusetts. 

After ten years of working in international development and public health, she transitioned to Portland, OR to get closer to nature and begin working at the intersection of human and environmental health.

My favorite HIH story: How to save the rainforest: build a health center

Amy manages trips and learning opportunities for our supporters and academic partners to meaningfully engage with our partner, ASRI.

Amy has a B.A. in International Studies and Environmental Studies from University of Illinois, and a M.A. in International Education from New York University. In her previous role, Amy led international service trips for students and donors to build primary schools in Burkina Faso, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal, and Nicaragua; she loves connecting people to new experiences, perspectives, and cultures. At HIH, she enjoys enabling others to learn about our work first-hand, growing support of our programs and growing our ability to affect broad planetary health change.

My favorite HIH story: Sometimes all you need is a pair of ducks - I love any story with strong women and a dash of humor!

Ellie graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences with certificates in African Studies and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. Her environmental sciences education met the field of international development when she spent one year studying abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a summer interning in Uganda’s coffee industry. On the UW-Madison campus, Ellie worked as an experiential education facilitator, and she also recently spent one semester interning with the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program in Washington, DC. At HIH, she supports the growth and development our programs by providing research and administrative support.

Lisa spent her early years traveling throughout the US, dividing the better part of her time between Hawaii, Washington, New York and Idaho. A resident of Oregon for twenty-plus years, she has spent seven of those working for the Forest Park Conservancy as an Office Manager and Membership Coordinator. She is most pleased to be transferring her knowledge and passion for helping forests to Health In Harmony. Most weekends she can be found with her family—eating, reading, hiking and enjoying the company of nature on the banks of one of Oregon's wild and scenic rivers.

My favorite HIH story: The Rain Forest as a Classroom - I'm always inspired by young minds on adventures and finding their way in the world.

Madeline graduated with a B.S. in Life Sciences Communication and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2017. During her time at UW–Madison, Madeline gained communications experience working at the Office of Sustainability, where she was able to use her strategic communications expertise to promote sustainability events around campus. Since graduating, Madeline spent a year as a high school science teacher on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through Teach for America. This experience brought her close to indigenous communities in the United States and ignited her passion for community-based approaches to social justice.

Thomas has ten years of experience in the non-profit world, with a focus on fundraising and communications. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a BA in English, he spent time teaching English in Beijing, China before earning an MA in International Affairs and Asian Studies from George Washington University. At GW, he researched water scarcity and other issues at the intersection of environmental degradation and public health. He was drawn to Health In Harmony’s community-led approach to conservation and planetary health. In his free time, Thomas enjoys cooking, playing and listening to music, and checking out the many fine local businesses in the fair city of Milwaukie, Oregon!

My favorite HIH story: I love this graphic introduction to Planetary Health from The Lancet. It helped me understand a broader definition of “health.” This is a must-read for anyone interested in how Health In Harmony protects fragile ecosystems by helping vulnerable people find sustainable livelihoods.