Our Team is friendly and knowledgeable. All of our team members have their own gardens - even farms. They care about your plants, your animals, and you!
Brook is co-owner and CEO of CatchingH2O/H2OME. Her engineering background perfectly complements the permaculture design framework she uses to approach design problems. She graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California in 2001. She received her Permaculture Certificate in 2008 from ECOSA Institute in Prescott, Arizona. Brook also completed the Watershed Management Group Water Harvesting Certification Course as well as a Watershed Restoration Course with Craig Sponholtz. Brook received the Water Warrior Award from the Surfrider Foundation in 2011 for her on the ground work in water conservation. Brook teaches water harvesting and permaculture courses through the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute. Learn more about Brook here.
Brook is passionate about water and is always on the search for Wild Water wherever she goes! Brook lives in Valley Center, California in a Straw Bale home with her partner, two sons and two cats.
Rosalind Haselbeck is the founder, co-owner and president of Catching H₂O. She has been working on climate advocacy since 2005 when she began volunteer work in the open space canyons and became interested in storm water mitigation and carbon sequestration. Her background is in Biology — she received her PhD from the University of California, Irvine in 1992 and then taught Biology at the University of San Diego, where her teaching on environmental topics ultimately inspired her to form her first company, Building Green Futures, in 2007. Rosalind is an ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association) accredited professional, a green roof accredited professional, an accredited member of the G3 Gardens group, and a level 2 installer with Greywater Action. Since 2017 she has been co-owning and running Catching H2O with her long-time colleague and friend Brook Sarson of H2O-ME. When Rosalind isn’t working, she is blogging for for Dwelling on Carbon, at the dojo pursuing her aikido training (recently promoted to black belt), or out on her bicycle exploring local canyons and watersheds, and doing bicycle fundraisers for climate awareness for Climate Ride.
Atulya loves the great outdoors and this beautiful planet. He sees water conservation as a high priority in southern California and on the entire planet. He completed his Permaculture Design Course through the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute in 2017 and decided to join our team to put this new knowledge to work.
You can’t drag him away from an Ultimate Frisbee game or an excellent acoustic concert. He and Teekhnata (his wife) are always up for some delicious fruit!
Philip's familiarity with gardening and his work ethic are a huge asset to our worksites. As a homeowner he has extensive experience with plants and garden design with an eye for maximizing small spaces in our urban environment.
He has augmented his experience by being a core volunteer at the San Diego Peace Garden in City Heights and recently teamed up with a three other farmers to start a farm in Chula Vista called Agua Dulce that offers weekly CSA boxes to San Diego. Three years ago, he founded Harvesting San Diego, a program of the San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project, that helps local homeowners harvest and distribute their excess fruit to local food banks and aid agencies. He also enjoys beekeeping and raising backyard chickens.
In a former life, he competed for the US Track & Field Team at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, won numerous national championships and traveled the world
Doug joined H2OME in 2019 after participating in the Holistic Water Harvesting Certification course offered by the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute. A professional plumber with over 15 years of experience, he was thrilled at the chance to merge his skill set and his passion for water conservation.
Doug has always been deeply connected to water and his local environment. Growing up surrounded by San Diego Bay, he has enjoyed life on the water as a sailor, lifeguard, and water safety instructor. Back on land he was an Eagle Scout and avid San Diego backcountry hiker and more recently, has become a bird watching enthusiast. At home, Doug shares an expanding suburban farm with his wife, four chickens, and their supportive neighbors. The farm boasts of shared vegetable plots, fruit trees watered by laundry to landscape, and a pollinator garden supported by harvested rainwater.
Wendy earned her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2015 and her Water Harvesting Certificate in 2020, both from San Diego Sustainable Living Institute. The COVID pandemic has given her the opportunity to use her skills in sustainability full time. Now you can find her restoring habitat in San Diego’s urban canyons with San Diego Canyonlands, running a community composting hub in her City Heights front yard with Food2Soil, and learning and sharing as much as she can about soil, water, trees and community. She’s super happy to be part of the H2OME Team.
She is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Eritrea), AmeriCorps Volunteer (Maine Conservation Corps), has a BA in Mathematics (UCSC) and her house was recently featured on the San Diego Green Homes Tour (the low budget options J).
Originally from Chicago, Cathryn moved to San Diego and graduated with a B.S. in environmental engineering from UCSD in 2007. She worked for the Regional Water Quality Control Board and volunteered with San Diego Coastkeeper in their water monitoring lab until 2012. She took her first Laundry to Landscaping course with H2Ome in 2011!
Cathryn co-owns BeeWorthy Farms, a farm growing cut flowers and medicinal herbs for both people and pollinators in Santee, CA. Cathryn spends most of her time working on the farm, and also enjoys cooking and spending time at the beach.
In the fall of 2021, Cathryn completed the water harvesting certificate course. She joined the team in 2022 to work in the maintenance program and looks forward to helping San Diego keep their greywater and rainwater systems running smoothly for years to come.