About Us

Healthy Day Partners was created by two Encinitas Union School District parents who saw a need to provide schools with sustainable programs that help students make informed healthy lifestyle choices. This nonprofit supports programs that engage students through school gardens, wellness and environmental education—empowering them to make responsible decisions about their own health and the health of the planet.

CurrentlyHealthy Day Partners supports the Ocean Knoll Farm located just behind Ocean Knoll Elementary School. The Farm is available during the school day as an extension of the classroom- providing novel opportunities to reinforce the global lessons and values that satisfy the school’s International Baccalaureate curriculum. 

Working closely with the City of Encinitas, HDP also hosts composting and sustainability workshops at Ocean Knoll Farm on the weekends when school is not in session. Composting workshops are held in an outdoor classroom designed specifically to showcase all forms of residential composting.  Compost Campus was created on the Farm with the generous help from the City of Encinitas. 

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The Founders

Camille Sowinski and Mim Michelove, founders of Healthy Day Partners

Camille Sowinski and Mim Michelove, founders of Healthy Day Partners

Camille Sowinski

Camille Sowinski is co-founder of Healthy Day Partners. Camille attended the University of California, Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Frustrated with the polluted Los Angeles air, Camille moved to the Green Mountain State in search of better air quality and to attend Vermont Law School. While there, she focused her studies on environmental law, received her Juris Doctorate and interned at the Vermont State Legislature. After graduating law school, Camille spent the next 10 years in the non-profit sector working in fundraising and planned giving for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and for Scripps Health in San Diego, California.

Since 2007, Camille has been creating environmental education programs and implementing best green practices for local schools and community groups. She currently volunteers for the Encinitas Union School District’s Green Team and the La Costa Heights Elementary School Green Team.

Mim Michelove

Mim Michelove is co-founder of Healthy Day Partners. A former rock and roll photographer and an artistic welder, Mim has found her true calling in providing nutritional wellness education along with urban farming instruction to schools and community groups. While always keenly aware of the role that proper nutrition plays in one’s health, her passion for homegrown gardening and community wellness came into sharp focus when her son was diagnosed with autism. She credits a clean diet as a major factor behind her son’s improved prognosis. He is no longer on the spectrum.

Mim has worked within the Encinitas Union School District since 2008 helping to create school gardens and promote responsible environmental practices. Mim is one of the original members of the Encintias Union School District’s Green Team which helps to guide the district towards sound environmental changes and cost saving green efforts. She serves on the board of directors for San Diego Agriculture in the Classroom. Mim is a firm believer in improving the quality of life within the community and has worked hard to bring farmers markets to her area. Mim is also the founder of the New Encinitas Town Council where she works on many local issues, including those regarding quality of life and building community.

The Board

Teresa Barth

Teresa Barth is a third-generation resident of the North Coast area. She also lived in Hilo, Hawaii for a number of years and is an avid traveler. She was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2006, was re-elected in 2010, and served as the appointed Mayor Dec. 2012 – May 2014.  Barth is the founding president of Engage Encinitas, a nonprofit that aims to enrich the lives of city residents by encouraging collaboration and strengthening civic engagement. She is an advocate for the arts, urban agriculture and the environment.

Kathryn Rippy

Kathryn works with organizations to produce measurable results and real change by connecting individual performance with organizational strategy. With a heavy emphasis on leadership development and management coaching Kathryn has extensive experience in individual and team development, including assessment, coaching and performance feedback.  Additional expertise in strategic planning, leadership and employee development programs, and performance management initiatives, she designs and implements a variety of organizational effectiveness interventions and partners with leaders to improve business practices and aid system-wide change.

With over 12 years experience in non-profit, private and public sector consulting engagements within a variety of industries, Kathryn is the Director, Organization Development for The Centre for Organization Effectiveness in San Diego.  In addition to managing her own consulting firm, Migliore Consulting, for five years, she has held previous consulting positions with J.D. Power and Associates, the County of San Diego, and Plus Delta Consulting. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Communication and Psychology from the University of Southern California and her master’s degree in Consulting Psychology from the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management at Alliant International University. Kathryn is involved in several professional organizations including OD Network (ODN), Professional Coaches and Mentors Association (PCMA), and the USC Alumni Club of San Diego and the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

Joy Singleton

Joy Singleton is an attorney in Encinitas. Following graduation from UC Berkeley, Joy worked as a legislative analyst for the Youth Law Center where she focused on state and federal legislation to improve the lives of foster children. She also coordinated outreach for the California Youth Connection, an organization dedicated to involving foster youth in advocating for reform of the foster care system. Joy was granted special recognition from the California State Assembly for her advocacy on behalf of children. Since graduating from Yale Law School, Joy has been a staff attorney at the Youth Law Center and, most recently, has practiced civil litigation with her husband in their own firm. Joy has two children in the Encinitas School District.