Jennifer Jovanovic spent seven years as the Director of Science Beyond the Boundaries, a network in which science centers and museums share best practices in hands-on education with their colleagues around the world. Jennifer was the original and only network director, growing it from 12 museums when it was founded to 249 museums reaching over 81 million visitors. Most recently she created and directed the Early Learners Collaborative, funded by a federal grant to help museums develop programs that support preschoolers’ readiness for school. The Saint Louis Science Center was just one of Jennifer’s many clients. She has extensive background in hands-on science programming for underserved audiences. She specializes in assisting nonprofits in creating education programs, including related written materials, grant proposals and publications. She is the former Executive Director of the Children’s Museum at La Habra, where, under her leadership, they won the national Association of Children’s Museums’ Promising Practice Award. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University.
Director of Education
Jill Coons comes to GrowingGreat with a background in sustainable gardens, youth nutrition, and volunteer and business coordination. A graduate of The University of Arizona in Agriculture with an emphasis in Landscape Architecture, Jill has pursued many aspects of her educational background. Since 2003, she has been the GrowingGreat garden coordinator for Pacific Elementary, developing and implementing hands on curriculum.
Jill expanded her passion for garden education to include teaching GrowingGreat nutrition lessons. During her time as Program Director for GrowingGreat, Jill has developed a strong understanding of coordinating long-term relationships with administrators, teachers, and volunteers. Outside of GrowingGreat, Jill currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The Warren Neely Foundation, a philanthropic organization that grants money to deserving youth, clubs, and communities throughout California. Jill lives in Manhattan Beach where she loves spending her free time with her husband, David, and her three sons.
Director of Community Outreach
Laura Hoyos Kainsinger, MPH is a public health professional specializing in community health, nutrition and parenting. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Science and a Master in Public Health from UCLA. She has over 18 years experience focusing on increasing health access among lower socioeconomic, Spanish-speaking communities throughout Los Angeles County.
Most recently, Laura worked as a nutrition and parenting educator for Venice Family Clinic which culminated in the development of the Healthy Parenting Workshops toolkit, currently being implemented in Los Angeles County. Previously, she held community outreach and case management positions with Providence Little Company of Mary and Richstone Family Center. While taking time off to raise her children, Laura found a new creative outlet in ceramics and ranher own online ceramics business for the past five years.
Originally born in Lima, Peru, Laura has been a long time resident of the South Bay. She currently lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband, Kurt, and their two active boys, Jayden and Dylan.
Director of STEM Programs
Stephanie works with the GrowingGreat team to create hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities that empower youth to eat healthy and grow their own food. She relishes the fact that STEM education helps students develop a deeper understanding of how the food they eat impacts their quality of life.
Stephanie has served as an informal outdoor and STEM educator in corporate and non-profit settings for over four years. In 2009, she earned a degree in Environmental Studies with Emphasis in Writing from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Stephanie moved to the Los Angeles area with her husband and small dog in 2014 and instantly fell in love with LA’s vibrant atmosphere.