Our Team

Roots Without Borders Team

George Akomeah

Co-FounderGeorge Akomeah

George has worked for over ten years managing sustainable agriculture, tree-planting, and school garden programs in Ghana, West Africa. He has a wealth of experience gained from his work with Trees for the Future, Alma Mater Education, the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture and World of Hope International. George has an Associate’s Degree in Agricultural Education, and has studied Sustainable Construction at the world-renowned Endeavour Centre. He has travelled across the globe to learn about and teach innovative ways to live sustainably. He is passionate about protecting the environment, empowering people to produce their own food, building sustainable structures, and bringing people from different cultures together.

Christy Cook

Co-FounderChristy Cook 

Christy has a B.A. in International Development and Environmental Studies from Trent University. She had the opportunity to travel to Ghana for a study-abroad year and fell in love with the country and its people. Since then, she has worked for non-profit organizations, across Ghana and Canada, to implement sustainable agriculture, food education and tree-planting projects. Christy has worked for Growing Chefs! Ontario, ReForest London, Alma Mater Education, the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and volunteered for Trees for the Future and the Ghana Permaculture Institute. She is passionate about food sovereignty, forest gardens, permaculture and experiential learning.

Jerrica Gilbert

Board MemberJerrica Gilbert

Jerrica has a double-major in Global Culture Studies and Philosophy from Huron University College and is currently completing her Master’s of Environmental Studies at York University, researching community food relations and urban planning. She is interested in how urban agriculture can be used as a tool for addressing social inequalities and bringing communities together. Jerrica currently lives in Toronto with her partner and their cat, and spends her free time tending to her potted plants.

Camilla Nielsen-Englyst

Board MemberCamilla Nielsen-Englyst

Camilla is an international consultant, with over 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations in Ghana and Denmark. Camilla has worked with the Danish Red Cross Youth, Crossing Borders, African Footprint International, and 100% for the Children.  She is also a member of the European Council of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), the International Project Coordinator for the Danish Ecovillage Network,  and was an active player in the founding of the Ghanaian branch of GEN. Camilla currently lives in an eco-community in Denmark, with her pet zebra.

Jon Trimarco

Board MemberJon Trimarco

Jon is a conservationist, educator and sustainable farmer with several years experience in agronomy work in Africa and Latin America. He served as an agroforestry volunteer with the Peace Corps in Ghana, and holds a B.S. in Conservation Biology and an M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. Jon’s work has included small-enterprise development in sustainable aquaculture, organic farm management/education, research in indigenous knowledge preservation, and developing community-based ecosystem restoration projects.