Kathy graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, and practiced as a Registered Dietitian for many years. It was time for a change, and after working with a career coach, she decided to go back to school and earned two degrees: one in environmental landscaping, and the other in Landscape Architecture.
She is passionate about environmental issues, having been born and raised in California where protection of the environment is a relatively new concept. She is also passionate about developing alternative energy sources, nuclear energy and its waste and what to do about it, and the lack of water in California and the burden of an ever-increasing population.
Parabar comes to RHAA with a diverse background in Financial Management. He was previously a Systems Manager at Vali Cooper and Associates, a Financial Manager at Stantec, and served as Controller for RHL Design Group, Inc. for nearly 20 years.
In addition to RHAA, Parabar does private consulting for Bay Area law, software and other firms, and is also an accomplished musician, having recorded and toured the USA, Canada and Europe with a number of well-known reggae, jazz, rock, Latin and funk artists. He continues to record and perform throughout the Bay Area on a part-time basis.
Nels comes from an accounting background with a love of technology and computers. He handles all technological and computing issues for the office as well as supporting the accounting operations of the business by processing merchandise invoices, making payments and resolving queries. In his free time, he enjoys working on his vehicles and spending time with his family.
Jules Schaafsma brings many years of Graphic Design and Marketing experience to RHAA. Jules’ diverse experience set extends beyond Graphic Design. Her years of work in Interior Design/Staging, Real Estate Development, Architecture and Landscape Design lend to her ability to understand both market real estate and the broader design industry. Additionally, Jules has many years of merchandising experience in the Wellness, Spa, Hospitality and Natural/Gourmet Foods industries.
An avid learner, Jules strives to keep abreast of new trends in the marketplace. Her studies include graphic design, green building design, organic locavore agriculture, soil science, surveying & mapping, geology, natural resource management, and wellness/natural health care. Jules’ wide array of knowledge brings a unique perspective that informs her design ethos and allows her to understand a broad range of industries.