AHG Announces Departure of Executive Director, Mimi Hernandez, and Exciting New Chapter Ahead




The AHGBoard of Directors would like to announce with mixed emotions that Mimi Hernandez will be stepping down from her role as Executive Director after 11 years. Anyone who has had the pleasure of working alongside Mimi will have witnessed the depth of her commitment to AHG both before and during her time as an employee. Her dedication has been instrumental in the exceptional growth and impact we have achieved during her tenure.


"I am deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as the Executive Director of AHG and witnessing the incredible growth and impact of this organization. Many thanks to the AHG community and Board of Directors for their unwavering support. I have every confidence that AHG will continue to thrive as it moves into this exciting new chapter.” - Mimi Hernandez


While we are sad to see Mimi leave, we are also excited for her as she embarks on new and challenging opportunities. We will greatly miss her leadership and presence in our daily operations. However, Mimi will continue to support us as a consultant and assist in facilitating a smooth transition of office responsibilities. She will also maintain her engagement with our generous donors and sponsors. Most importantly, she will remain an active member of our vibrant herbal community.


In light of this transition, the Board of Directors has appointed Christina Lynch as the Interim Executive Director. Christina will work closely with our dedicated staff to manage the daily operations of AHG. This transition coincides with our ongoing efforts to modernize and update our website, presenting an opportunity for us to revise our processes and offerings. Our aim is to better serve our membership and the broader community.


Toward the middle of 2024, the Board of Directors will initiate a search to find our next Executive Director, with the intention of bringing someone on board by the latter part of the year. We will keep you informed of our progress in the coming months as we work towards this goal.




AHG Board of Directors


Introducing AHG Interim Executive Director: Christina Lynch


Christina Lynch is a community herbalist and entrepreneur based in Tallahassee, Florida. Christina Lynch has spent more than 15 years of her career propelling small businesses and nonprofit organizations forward in their industries. She has a notable track record for utilizing a flexible and non-judgmental approach with her clients and partners that has promoted the success of positive and profitable business affairs for every party involved. 


She received her Master’s degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State University, and her Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Finance, and Human Resource Management from Florida State University. In addition, she is a community herbalist, graduating from the Florida School of Holistic Living and connecting with indigenous practices from her Barbadian lineage. 


Christina delights in reconnecting with the earth. She partakes in spiritual practices and physical interaction to carry on traditions her ancestors practiced. Christina created Black Herbalists Alliance and Gingerly Expressions, an organization focused on intentional creation of herbal products and services, to assist others in starting or continuing their own journeys in becoming one with themselves; and to finance fiscal sponsorship and opportunities to support BIPOC healers.  


Christina is also a business consultant with the Small Business Development Center at FAMU, winning Regional Consultant of the Year in 2021, the Business Empowerment Director for the Capital City Chamber of Commerce, founding co-coordinator of Herbalists Without Borders of the Big Bend, President of the Board of Red Hills Small Farm Alliance,and a board member of Florida State University’s Accounting Department, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend and Florida School of Holistic Living.


She was recognized as the 2022 Recent Achievement Alumni Award recipient by the Florida State University College of Business, a 2023 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient with the Florida State University Black Alumni Association, and a finalist for the 2023 Women Who Mean Business, Entrepreneur category, by Tallahassee Woman Magazine.


Pictured: Christina Lynch, Interim Executive Director