Staff at Moonrise

The Moonrise Herbs family is comprised of very knowledgeable and fun people!  Here's a little tidbit about each of our staff members:




                                             Irene Lewis, Herbalist & Proprietor

Irene was sparked into herbalism when she was taking classes on natural resources at Columbia J.R. College, located in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in 1987. When her teacher would casually mention some of the uses of plants by the local Native Americans while the class was out in the field studying, Irene was intrigued.

She began reading books, and taking classes on herbalism and aromatherapy. Irene has become a sponge that is never fully saturated. She has spent more than 20 years soaking up all the information she can about wild weeds, natural healing and aromatherapy.

In 1990 she founded a business known as Irene’s Dream Simply Herbal. She created herbal soaps, lotions, salves and creams under her own label and also as private labels, for other companies. Her products have sold nationwide. They have also traveled the globe, and Irene has vicariously traveled along with them.

Moonrise Herbs was one of the first stores to carry Irene’s products. In 1997 Irene became a staff herbalist at Moonrise and worked two days a week sharing her knowledge and teaching classes on a variety of subjects.

In 2004 Irene became the proprietor of Moonrise Herbs. She still teaches classes and is available for private consultations. Irene also still finds the time to create and sell her well-loved comfrey balm.


Kat Frances Operations/Store Manager

Kat joined the Moonrise Family back in the fall of 1999.    With over 10 years experience in supplements and holistic health, she knew that working at Moonrise Herbs would be an opportunity of a life-time. Since that time she has held many positions such as Merchandise Buyer, Display Coordinator, Sales Associate and Team-leader.  During a time of Transition in 2009 many of you may have seen her in the Wellness Dept. at the Arcata Co-op.  But in May of 2016, when Irene offered her the Operations/Store Manager position, she knew it was time to come back home.

 Kat has been blessed, over the years, to work with many herbalists from our community and to gain inspiration from so many others who have been part of the “Moonrise Family”.   It is this inspiration, from her co-workers, the community and the herbal healing of plants that give her such joy to be part of Moonrise Herbs.




Raquel Nelson, Web Operations Manager/Customer Service Specialist/Assistant Bookkeeper

Raquel began her herbal journey relatively late in life. She has had a lifelong interest in the natural modalities of healing but it in 2008, she had the marvelous good fortune to attain the assistant bookkeeper position here at Moonrise Herbs and there began her herbal education in earnest.

Formally, she has taken Jane Bothwell’s Beginning with Herbs and graduated from Jane’s 10-Month Herbal Intensive in 2010 and has been blessed, as well, to be able to work with Jane at Dandelion Herbal Center since 2009. Since her initial herbal courses, she has had the great fortune to take classes and workshops with a myriad of noted herbalists, including Rosemary Gladstar, Mindy Green, Pam Montgomery, Karen Uphoff and Kevin Spelman...and more!

Informally, she views every single day as an opportunity to learn more and more about herbs, formulations, nutrition and energetic healing…just to name a few. She is so thankful for every Moonrise customer for asking all those wonderful and, occasionally challenging questions that continue to further this great journey of knowledge!

Raquel has lived in
Humboldt County almost her whole life and couldn’t ask for a better place to call home! She spends her tiny slice of free time with her partner, Mike, playing with her cat, Chai, and reading as much as she can.  Bellydance is her other passion and she can be found teaching and performing with her troupe the Ya Habibi Dance Company.




Maisie Moore, Budding Herbalist/Customer Service 

Maisie has been around herbalism and herbalists her whole life. Born at home in Humboldt County, Maisie was exposed to alternative medicine at an early age by her mom who has been practicing herbal medicine for 20 years and close family friends within the herbal community. Growing up around herbal medicine and in a household where fermenting food, gardening, cheese making, herb walks, salve and tea making were a regular occurrence, Maisie’s interest in alternative medicine grew. 


In the past four years, Maisie has used herbal medicine and food medicine to treat endocrine issues that traditional medicine couldn’t heal. Through this Maisie has become inspired to start her own pathway in herbal medicine, and is currently in Jane Bothwell`s Ten Month Herbal Studies. Maisie loves trying and finding new herbs, making herbal gifts for friends and family, hanging out with her two crazy dogs, and trying new recipes that incorporate healing herbs and spices. 


                                                                      Arika Schroeder, Herbalist/Customer Service Specialist

Arika began walking the path of plants around 2014 when she became aware of Jane Bothwell & Dandelion Herbal Center.  Since then, she has participated in the Beginning with Herbs program, the 10-Month Herbal Studies Program and the Herbal Clinic course, as well as the Shamanic Herbalism program.  From 2016 - present, she has assisted Jane in many of her herbal programs. 

When she is not studying, Arika enjoys spending her time with her magical wolf Tracker. Spending conscientious and intentional moments with friends and family, soaking up as much sun as possible, sharing space with the natural world, cooking delicious meals, and simply enjoying being alive. 

With a great deal of focus on the human being living an actualized and well life, she loves to serve her community, friends, and family and is honored to be part of the Moonrise team! 



                                                  Heather Jackson, Customer Service Specialist


After moving to the area to further her studies in Psychology & Botany at Humboldt State, Heather joined us here at Moonrise in the summer of 2021.  Her passion for healing was inspired by her grandparents who worked in midwifery, homeopathy and nursing and her own love of natural ways was reignited later on when she herself experienced seizures and other medical issues.  Heather brings a lot of knowledge and experience working with supplements and has previous study in Nutrition & Dietetics and Holistic Health from Ventura College.  She hopes to be able to help and inspire others in their own journeys of healing. 


                                                                      Maya Zambas, Herbalist/Customer Service Specialist

Born and raised in Humboldt County, Maya was immersed in the world of alternative healing from a young age. Her love of creating herbal body care products for her friends and family organically transformed into a fascination for medicinal herbs. During her time studying Agroecology at University of California, Santa Cruz, she discovered her deeper love for plants and tending to them.

 After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree, she decided to continue her education online with Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and the School of Evolutionary Herbalism. She is now joyfully learning more every day working with the Moonrise team and is honored to be sharing what she has learned with our customers.





                                                  Susan Marie, Herbalist/Customer Service Specialist

Susan Marie began her herbal journey in 2010 when she experienced severe health problems and healed herself with herbs and nourishing foods, along with the help of an acupuncturist. After this transformative experience, she was completely enamored with herbal medicine. 

 She began her studies at the California School of Herbal Studies and continued to learn and grow as an herbalist with various classes and her own self-study. In 2018, Susan Marie began an apprenticeship with Shamanic Herbalist Susun Weed, and after the intensive time with Susun, she continued to study with her, claiming her as a mentor and the Wise Woman Tradition as the roots of her Herbalism practice. Susan Marie was initiated as a Green Witch in the summer of 2021, and has begun offering her knowledge on Plant Medicine & Magick through Susan Marie Herbal in the form of blog articles, mentorship through Patreon, and private consultations.

 She recently moved to Arcata and walked into Moonrise Herbs seeking a job she could be passionate about. Moonrise Herbs is a wonderful place, and Susan Marie loves working for a woman-owned business as a community herbalist, connecting with the public and compassionately listening to their concerns while offering the medicines she deeply loves and believes in. 




IleaIlea Woods, Bookkeeper

Ilea came to Moonrise Herbs not only with a B.S. in Business Accounting with an Art History minor, but also as a life-long student of the arts, and with a wealth of knowledge of alternative healing.  She loves stones and crystals, reiki, sound healing, and more!  An ardent photographer, Ilea is rarely seen without her camera. 

Though not seen often on the sales floor, she is a central figure to the Moonrise Herbs family, and has the uncanny ability to stay calm in almost any situation; considering the frustrations most people have balancing their checkbooks, we here at Moonrise admire her ability to wade through all that never-ending paperwork and still stay sane!  Truth be told, we're not sure she's not a patient deity sent down to teach us by example.  ;-)