Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH(AHG) comes from a background as a clinical herbalist, educator, and ethnobotanist. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild. She formerly served as the Director of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University where she taught undergraduate ethnobotany courses. In her Appalachian region Mimi is probably best known for providing cultural heritage outreach to local mountain residents through the Maryland Mountain Herbalist Series and through the West Virginia Mountain Roots Series which put her in contact with thousands of landowners, herbalists, growers, and entrepreneurs in the area. Mimi was also the Coordinator of the Frostburg Grows project, an EPA funded local greenhouse complex serving to produce food for local use and native trees for mine-land restoration. With ample experience in event organization, Mimi was an organizer of the Society for Economic Botany Meeting 2012 at Frostburg State University. A former president of the North Carolina Herb Association and with roots in Asheville, NC, Mimi is a founder of the One World Healing Arts Institute an herb school and student run clinic with an apothecary and a products line. She continues to mentor community herbalists through One World Community Healing and her formulas are now featured through Mortar and Pestle Apothecary line of herbal formulas and salves. Mimi draws upon her rich ethnic background & the Granny healers in her life. Aside from her Latin American Grandmothers her important mentors have included James Duke, Rocio Alarcon, and Simon Mills. Mimi believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential and it is her life’s work to advocate for traditional and professional herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding. This embodies the inspiration that brought Mimi to this work. In her spare time Mimi enjoys rapping for fun (as some of you may have heard),amateur astrology, and nature time, especially around waterfalls, creeks, and oceans. Mimi’s a mom of two cool and unique kids, Anais and Evan.