Our Team - Natural High

Our Team


Digital Strategist – [email protected]

John (JB) has over 15 years of experience in communications and digital strategy for both private sector and non-profit companies. He has worked as a technology blogger, communications specialist and digital strategist for retail brands, conservation organizations, and ministries. He studied policy and science at Oregon State University. John’s Natural High is his faith, family, traveling and fly-fishing. He also volunteers in youth outreach to teens and is a men’s ministry leader and speaker.


Program Manager – [email protected]

Emily has over 11 years of experience in coordinating, managing and facilitating programs/events for youth especially in Native American Tribal communities. She earned B.A degree in Psychology and attended UCSD for Play Therapy. Ms. Garcia leads Natural High’s educator engagement support and is managing educator/program initiatives nationally with special emphasis in California, Arizona, and New Jersey. Emily’s Natural High is her faith, family and volunteering. She volunteers for a wide variety of non-profit organizations revolving around at-risk youth, recovery, health/wellness and animal rescue.


Fund Development – [email protected]

Anna was born into a missional minded family. Her parents have been living among and serving Central Asian people groups beginning in 1992. She spent her first 16 years growing up in Uzbekistan before moving to southern Germany to finish high school. She studied at Baylor University in Waco, TX, graduating with an International Business degree. Her natural highs include travel, painting, and photography. Her life’s mission is to be a voice for the voiceless, to advocate for those who have no one else advocating for them.


Creative Developer – [email protected]

Louie is a computer science graduate from San Diego State University. Within college, he discovered his love for storytelling through art and creativity. Since 2014, he’s been able to use photography to help small businesses in San Diego develop their branding and document significant events for individuals. His passion is to create a space where people can share their story through images, videos and graphics. His natural high is photography.


Media Relations Coordinator – [email protected]

Naz is an artist and creative individual. She started touring and performing at just 16 years old, and went on to manage her own band. Having an artistic eye and a knack for making connections with people, Naz took up photography and artist relations, and as a result, has built lasting relationships within the industry. She hopes to continue making an impact and helping youth discover their natural high the way she did.

Board of Directors


Board Chair – [email protected]

Lani is the former Senior Vice President of Operations for Jack in the Box, overseeing the operation of all company and franchised Jack in the Box restaurants in the United States. Since 1977, Lani has impressively worked her way up from a restaurant team member to a VP at corporate. Lani graduated from California State University, East Bay in Hayward with an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in finance. In her free time, you can find her traveling the world with her husband, Glenn.


Founder & Chief Visionary Officer – [email protected]

Jon has over 25 years of experience in managed futures and alternative investment strategies, but his true passion lies in changing the lives of youth. In 1994, he founded Natural High as a response to the loss of his two younger brothers to drug addiction. He and his family experienced firsthand the inadequacy of the drug prevention programs that were available for young people, and, realizing that they weren’t having real impact, sought out to bring forth positive, lasting change.


Board Member – [email protected]

Josh is Senior Vice President – Investments and Senior PIM Portfolio Manager with Wells Fargo Advisor. In addition to his involvement with Natural High, he serves as a Board Member for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and helped found the Life Rolls On Foundation. Josh and his wife, Ricki, have two daughters, Lexi and Sadie, along with three fur babies, Beek, Monkey, and Mochi. His personal interests include going to SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo with his daughters, movies, surfing, travel, and golf.



Education Consultant

Bud Jacobs works with Natural High as a pro bono education consultant. He brings over 25* years of eduction experience in Los Angeles, beginning as an educator in 1993*. He served for 7 years as Director of High School Programs for LAUSD, before teaching as a adjunct professor of education at UCLA. Bud is now is the Executive Director of “Communities in Schools Los Angeles West”.