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Our staff trains our teams in the field and sets our strategy for growing healthy schools.

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  • Adrienne Allen

    Senior Director of Philanthropy

    Adrienne comes to FoodCorps after almost a decade in various development roles for a number of environmental organizations, including The Nature Conservancy and Environmental Defense Fund. Environmental justice is both a personal and professional passion of Adrienne’s, and she is inspired by FoodCorps’ ability to narrow the achievement gap through sustainable practices. Outside of work, Adrienne enjoys trying new recipes weekly, traveling and rooting for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

  • Ryan Ames

    Data Scientist

    Ryan comes from a blue-collar automotive belt in Michigan that served as inspiration to discover why there were such stark socio-economic divides in our communities. His work has included measuring the impact of increasing food security, providing access to healthy food in schools, food banks, farmers markets, and in conducting community evaluations of organizations improving child health. When he is not diving into data, you can likely find Ryan playing music or exploring the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

  • Addell Anderson

    Michigan Program Director

    Addell spent her formative years on a vegetable and fruit farm in Romulus, Michigan (a Detroit suburb). Through that experience, she learned to appreciate fresh food and the economic viability of family agribusiness. In addition to many years of service as an academic and nonprofit organization administrator and teacher, she has been an ardent supporter of the arts and culture community.

  • Alexa Arnold

    Deputy Director of Strategy & Partnerships

    Originally hailing from the midwest and south, Alexa is driven by her passion for food, the people who produce it, and the places where it’s grown. Prior to joining FoodCorps, Alexa managed Kentucky’s largest farmers market and built networks throughout the Central Appalachian region that connected schools, institutions, communities, and farmers. After three years working in development at FoodCorps, she started tackling the supply side of school food through FoodCorps’ partnership with the Urban School Food Alliance, a coalition of some of our nation’s largest school districts who are using their combined purchasing power to improve the health, quality, sustainability and financial health of school meals. Now as the Deputy Director of Strategy & Partnerships, Alexa is building on those partnerships to guide FoodCorps in improving school meals.

  • Andrew Barrett

    New York Program Director

    Andrew began his career serving schools with AmeriCorps in his home state of Tennessee, supporting environmental education, lunchroom composting, and school gardens. Since then, he has focused his work around issues of food access and education, agriculture, and community development both at home and abroad. He has spent the last decade in New York City, supporting emergency food programs in central Brooklyn, providing technical and material assistance to school gardens across all five boroughs, and most recently developing and managing school programs as the Program Director with Edible Schoolyard NYC. In his spare time, you’ll typically find him singing songs from Frozen or having impromptu dance parties with his two daughters.

  • Ashton Barrett

    Development Research & Operations Manager

    The passion and dedication of our corps members and community partners inspire Ashton in her work each day. She is a proud AmeriCorps alum herself, having served with Washington Reading Corps and with the Seattle arts and youth empowerment nonprofit, The Power of Hope. When not at her desk, Ashton can be found browsing cookbooks at the public library, baking bread, or hiking one of the Northeast’s beautiful trails.

  • Leiloni Begaye

    NM Program Coordinator

    Leiloni is a Diné women from the Coyote Pass Jemez Clan, born for the Water Flow Together Clan, her maternal grandfather is from the Red Running Into the Water Clan and her paternal grandfather is from the Red Bottom Clan. She is from Dinétah the homeland of the Navajo people. She has a degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Range Science from New Mexico State University, and will be pursuing her Master’s of Arts degree in Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico this fall 2018. Leiloni currently serves on the Native Communities Advisory Board with the National Farm to School Network, helped create Uplift which seeks to empower and unite young leaders to address climate change on the Colorado Plateau, and she strongly supports Native/Indigenous communities.

  • Camille Beredjick

    Digital Marketing/Communications Manager

    Camille joins FoodCorps passionate about digital marketing, social justice, and good food. She has worked with nonprofit organizations on an array of digital campaigns and causes, including safer schools for LGBTQ youth, PrEP for HIV prevention, and ending the rape kit backlog. Camille holds a master’s degree in digital communication from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She loves reading, writing, and exploring Brooklyn’s food scene with her wife.

  • Kelso Brasunas

    Grant Finance Coordinator

    Kelso grew up in a small, tight-knit “town within a forest” in Maryland (yes, the town has a motto). She spent two years as a FoodCorps service member in Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to Portland, Oregon to work as a member of FoodCorps’ national staff. Kelso is driven by the communities and relationships that surround local, real food. In her free time, you can find her exploring Portland, reading, and hanging out with cats.
  • Julia Bromka

    VP of Finance & Operations

    Julia comes to FoodCorps with 10 years of nonprofit finance and growth strategy experience. Having worked as a Growth Capital Consultant at Nonprofit Finance Fund and as Finance Director at Citizen Schools during their period of rapid expansion, she brings a unique perspective to FoodCorps’ leadership team. While getting her MBA at UC Berkeley, she also worked at Revolution Foods, igniting her passion for bringing healthy food to kids who need it most. When not at work she can be found playing with her wildly active son William or reading menus online to plan date nights with her husband, Peter.

  • Laura Budde

    Associate Director of Field Programs

    Laura’s passion for supporting sustainable, equitable, and inclusive food systems stem from her past studies at the University of Michigan, experience farming across the country, international travel, and service with FoodCorps in rural Maine. She aspires to someday directly support healthy school food environments in her own community by growing heirloom veggies and raising heritage livestock, while canning all the things and saving seeds for generations to come. Outside of work, Laura is an avid backpacker, body-positive yogi, mental health advocate, and comedy fan.

  • Edgar Carrillo

    Growth and Development Coordinator

    A California native, Edgar studied politics and environment in college and has worked and volunteered with organizations promoting responsible use of natural resources, wildlife conservation, and first-generation college education. Currently residing in Brooklyn, Edgar has a personal goal of visiting every national park in the United States by the time he is 35.
  • Kumar Chandran

    Policy Director

    Kumar’s career has focused on improving health through better food and nutrition policies. Prior to FoodCorps, he worked as an Obama appointee at USDA and for state and national non-profits. When not working, Kumar spends his time running around after his two boys, cooking, reading, or wishing the Oakland A’s to a winning season.
  • Alicia Chavez

    New Mexico Program Manager

    My Querencia is New Mexico. My family has been in this area longer than our combined memory recalls. Our connection to land and water ensures our survival, but it also is the foundation of our community development, morals, and values and from which my responsibility to community stems. Community organizing is my background and is the strategy I use in my work. Cookies, adventures, mountains, rivers, and being a tia is what feeds my heart. Gracias!

  • Kelly Cleaver

    MI Director of Philanthropy

    I have a B.A. in English Writing & Philosophy and have been working at Detroit based nonprofit organizations for the past 10 years. I’m working to help find partners and support in Michigan who share FoodCorps’ passion regarding investing in healthy futures for kids. I live in Ferndale, Michigan with my two dogs, Shelby and Oliver and love spending time with my two adorable nieces.

  • Kenya Collins

    Mississippi Program Manager

    A fiercely proud native of Jackson, Mississippi, Kenya identifies her faith as pivotal to her being a servant leader. For over 15 years, she has served as a field director, senior adviser, campaign manager, and communication strategist for numerous campaigns and nonprofits. Kenya’s greatest joy and legacy are her babies: six smart and incredibly kind boys, three smart and fierce girls, and one smart and adorable German Shepherd/Red Heeler rescue. Of course, they all get being smart from her!

  • Dawn Crayco

    Connecticut Program Director

    Dawn spent the beginning of her professional career working on anti-hunger and nutrition program and policy. She joined FoodCorps to lead the Connecticut Field Office after being involved with the start of FoodCorps CT in 2012. Dawn is always on the hunt for a new personal challenge, outdoor experience, and anything chocolate.

  • Ana Cristina Cujar

    MI Program Coordinator

    Ana Cristina grew up in southeast Michigan but was first inspired by agriculture at a young age while visiting the campos Colombianos, where her family has a small farm. Memories of her time in South America influenced her passion for communities built around agriculture and drove her to study Community Leadership with a focus on Social and Food Justice at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has served through Michigan, including supervising the youth service-learning program at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, leading garden and cooking programs at Growing Hope in Ypsilanti, serving as a staff member at Detroit’s historic Eastern Market and with a variety of agencies in Grand Rapids’ food community. Ana Cristina is excited to be a part of the FoodCorps family coordinating programs throughout Michigan.

  • Erica Curry

    Director of Education

    Erica’s background includes nearly two decades in program development, food and agriculture education and leading trainings with farmers, teachers, and farm to school practitioners. Her previous work with Shelburne Farms, The National Farm to School Network, and The Farm-Based Education Network took her around the country and internationally building networks to connect schools, communities and farms. She loves exploring the western mountains with her family and is an avid gardener. She has a Master’s Degree focused on sustainable food and farm education.

  • Madelyn Damewood-Rose

    Human Resources Coordinator

    Madelyn is originally from Houston and has spent half of her life between there and Oregon. This is her first time being in Portland and loves exploring her new city. In her current role, she is excited to put her Human Resources studies into practical use by primarily supporting service members. When not working, Madelyn likes to stay up past her bedtime completing jigsaw puzzles, finding new adventures in Portland, and spending time with her family and dogs. Luckily, she gets to enjoy the company of her dog Leo while at work.

  • Kate Davis

    Director of Philanthropic Engagement

    After beginning her career in publishing, Kate switched tracks to fundraising and development and joins FoodCorps after stints at the American Civil Liberties Union and Prospect Park Alliance. She has always loved cooking and eating great food, which has only been encouraged by living in New York. Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Kate now lives with her husband and son (the next generation of foodie) in Brooklyn.

  • Karen Davison

    DC Program Coordinator

    Raised gardening in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Karen served in the inaugural cohort of FoodCorps Washington, D.C service members. After her service, she remained active in the D.C. food scene teaching garden-based STEM lessons, writing environmental curriculum, becoming a certified beekeeper, and volunteering at various farmers markets. As FoodCorps Washington, D.C. fellow, Karen supports the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and 13 service members as they continue to connect children with real food in our nation’s capital.

  • Phillip Daye

    North Carolina Program Director

    Phil joins FoodCorp after more than a decade implementing child nutrition programs, most recently as the Assistant Director of School Nutrition in Durham, North Carolina As the son of a NC farmer, he has deep roots within the community as well as an even deeper passion for working to make nutritious and affordable food accessible for all. Outside of work, Phil enjoys finding a new trail to run, looking for new breweries in the area, and having adventures with his wife and daughter.

  • Stella Doughty

    Government Partnerships Coordinator

    In her beloved hometown of Minneapolis, Stella unknowingly began her path toward a passion for food justice as an 8 year old when she joined a youth urban agriculture program in her neighborhood where she first plucked a carrot from the ground and took a bite. Many years later, Stella joins FoodCorps national staff after that long ago planted seed brought her to an elementary school in Washington, DC as a FoodCorps service member where she turned countless picky eaters into proud salad eaters. Off the clock, Stella is probably dreaming up her next canoeing adventure, experimenting with new ways of eating sweet potato, zooming around on her bike, or tending her little backyard vegetable garden.

  • Jillian Dy

    Network Director of the Healthy School Meals Initiative

    Jillian is a former vegetable farmer and good food advocate working to rebuild connections across community food systems, from growers to eaters and everything in between. In her previous role as Deputy Director for The Common Market Mid-Atlantic, Jillian led the outreach team to increase market access for locally grown foods to institutions in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City, and Washington, D.C. She also directed the marketing strategy for the national nonprofit to educate and inspire food service directors and their clientele to advocate for local food. Jillian has expertise in sustainable agriculture, CSA management, brand strategy, and institutional procurement with contract management companies and self-operated cafeterias in K-12, healthcare, government, B&I, and higher education.

  • Emily Earle

    Senior Director of Institutional Support

    Emily joins FoodCorps with more than a decade of resource development experience, most recently leading these efforts nationally for Per Scholas. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed building partnerships that enable great work to happen on the ground. Emily grew up in New Hampshire, where her family belonged to the Temple-Wilton Community Farm, one of the first community supported agriculture efforts in the U.S. She carries on this CSA tradition in Brooklyn with her daughter, who especially likes tomatoes.

  • Curt Ellis

    Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Curt Ellis is recognized as a leading voice in America’s food movement. After growing up in Oregon and finding his passion for food and agriculture at The Mountain School and Yale, Curt moved to Iowa to investigate the role of subsidized commodities in the American obesity epidemic. The film he co-created there, King Corn, received a national theatrical release and PBS broadcast, shaped policy debate about the Farm Bill, and earned a George Foster Peabody Award. Curt has been recognized as a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, a Claneil Foundation Emerging Leader, a Kellogg Food and Community Fellow, a New Profit Social Entrepreneur, a recipient of the Heinz Award and Pearl Award. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, and NPR, and serves on the steering committee of Voices for National Service and the advisory board of the Blue Sky Funders Forum. Curt has led FoodCorps through rapid growth, from a $200,000 founding year in 2010 to its current budget of over $15 million.

    Food is a prism. Peer into it and you see America’s greatest challenges refracted: health, sustainability, equity. Solving these challenges in food is a momentous task. But do it there, and we can do it everywhere.

  • Lucy Flores

    Director of Program Innovation

    Prior to joining the team as one of FoodCorps’ first employees, Lucy developed social issue and public health initiatives through her work in non-profit communications and documentary film. She has studied at the Centre for Film and Media at the University of Cape Town and received degrees in Political Communication and Journalism at the George Washington University. She is also a big fan of hiking in the Pacific Northwest, classic cinema, vegetarian cooking, and Jeff Goldblum.

  • Arely Garcia

    Program Development Coordinator

    A plant-based vegan, born in Mexico and raised in California, Arely comes to FoodCorps after having spent several years leading social justice work in Los Angeles. Arely's passion for food equity stems from working in Los Angeles' inner cities and realizing that healthy food was inaccessible to her loved community. Her love for healthy living led her to launch several inaugural health & wellness initiatives in East L.A.'s Latinx community. When not eating delicious plants, you can catch Arely hiking, riding her bike, or dancing in her favorite onesie.

  • Carina Gervacio

    D.C. Metro Area Program Director

    Carina Gervacio has over a decade of experience designing, teaching, and managing youth-centered food and entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. In her previous role as Deputy Director of Brainfood, she was proud to knead pizza dough and emulsify mayonnaise alongside some of the best and brightest teens in D.C. She's also a strong advocate for making pie crust from scratch.

  • Catherine Hallisey

    Connecticut Program Coordinator

    Catherine grew up in central Connecticut and—after graduating from Connecticut College—served with FoodCorps at UConn Extension Tolland County in Vernon from 2013-2015. Since ending service, she has been working with Put Local on Your Tray, a harvest of the month program managed by UConn Extension. She is excited to return to FoodCorps as the Connecticut Program Coordinator, and support Connecticut’s Program Director and service members in strengthening farm to school partnerships throughout the state.

  • Leah Harrison

    Associate Director of Field Programs

    Leah has spent the last decade connecting communities to healthy food through service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, as an AmeriCorps member in Oregon, and as a service member in the first FoodCorps cohort in North Carolina. As FoodCorps’ Associate Director of Field Programs, she supports field staff in Arizona, Arkansas, Hawai’i, Montana, New Mexico, and Oregon.

  • Laura Hatch

    Senior Director of the Healthy School Meals Initiative

    Laura’s experience in school nutrition spans over 10 years. Prior to FoodCorps, Laura led partnerships to increase access to child nutrition programs with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Laura’s early experience with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation involved working with industry and schools to improve beverage options in vending machines available to students. When not working to create a better school food system, Laura can be found running, reading, or racing around with her two boys and husband in Arlington, VA.

  • Sarah Hausman

    Senior Director of Programs

    Sarah’s career began in New Orleans, where she served as a special education teacher and administrator. Her school was home to the first Edible Schoolyard in Louisiana, where she saw the power of good food to grow strong and healthy communities. Sarah is an avid traveler who enjoys exploring new cultures through regional cuisine, and bringing new flavors back to her own home kitchen.
  • Jackie Hemann

    California Program Director

    Jackie Hemann grew up in rural Southern Illinois and now calls Oakland home. She has spent the last 16 years leading programs to transform school climate in low-income East Bay schools through the nonprofit organization Playworks. In her free time Jackie loves DIY construction projects and hiking in the Bay Area hills with her dog.

  • Hayley Klein

    NJ Program Coordinator

    Hayley loves everything about food and is fascinated by the many hands, hearts and brains it takes to get food on our plates. She believes food has the power to nourish, inspire and change lives. She also really likes eating food. Hayley served for two years in Newark and New Brunswick in her home state of New Jersey, is a home gardener and preserver, and takes advantage of every opportunity to laugh with others.

  • Ashley Kruse

    Corporate Partnerships Manager

    Ashley hails from the Midwest, where she learned to love gardening while studying at the University of Illinois. She served for two years with FoodCorps Iowa before moving across the country to Portland, OR. In her free time, you can find her reading, eating, or thinking about food.

  • Sumer Ladd

    GA Program Manager

    Sumer joined FoodCorps because she believes we all deserve to live on a healthy planet where all living things are respected and cared for. She felt that the best way she could improve our food system was by sharing her passion for food through education. Sumer spent the past two years serving in Georgia, during which she enjoyed showing kids the wonders of the honeybee and hearing the first crunch from a fresh, school garden carrot.

  • Rochelle Li

    Social Media Senior Coordinator

    Rochelle has always had a love for food, culture, and visual storytelling. At Boston University, she explored the science and community building power of food and learned the foundations of journalism and visual design. After serving in Massachusetts, Rochelle moved to the Big Apple to join FoodCorps' Marketing and Communications team. Outside of work, Rochelle is an avid home cook and a passionate urban gardener. She is currently learning how to brew her own kombucha and is looking for new fish to fill her aquaponic growing system.

  • Isabella Marenco

    Training and Programs Assistant

    Originally from California, I came to Portland for school. I later found myself searching for a job where I could help children either through education or access to resources. Luckily, I found a place for both. I am currently in my final year at Portland State University and my 3rd summer with FoodCorps. My favorite part about my job is meeting the service members in the summer and helping organize National Orientation. In my free time I love to watch movies, travel and eat ice cream.

  • Kane Martin

    Recruitment Coordinator

    Kane has always been drawn to the power food has in building relationships and community. After serving in his home state of Iowa, Kane set out west for Portland, Oregon. He continues to support the mission by helping to grow the FoodCorps family. When not at work, he can be found hiking, camping, and eating his way through the Pacific Northwest.

  • Michele Matyasovsky

    Director of Corporate Partnerships

    Michele returns to FoodCorps with more than 12 years of experience in corporate sales and partnership building. While serving as FoodCorps’ first Director of Corporate Partnerships from 2012-2016, she had an opportunity to be an early contributor to FoodCorps’ impact and growth and is excited to build on that work as FoodCorps continues to pursue its ambitious mission and goals. She is a graduate of Duke University where she majored in Political Science and was a four-year member and captain of the nationally-ranked women’s basketball team. When not building partnerships, Michele is visiting her local farmers’ market in Easton, Pa. (established in 1752, it is the oldest continuously-operating farmers’ market in the nation), exploring historic towns and spending time outdoors with her wife, Sara, a healthcare attorney, and their curious two-year old son, Jay, who lights up her life in every way.

  • Tiffany McClain

    Director of Organizational Equity and Inclusion

    Tiffany came to FoodCorps after five years working to advance LGBTQ equality through community organizing and social justice philanthropy. After four years working to increase the diversity of our service corps, Tiffany is now facilitating FoodCorps’ efforts to ensure that our commitment to equity and inclusion is integrated into the way that we define our goals, how we operate day-to-day, and how relate to the communities we serve. When she is not working, you can find Tiffany enjoying nature or traveling to some historically interesting destination.

  • Eva Meszaros

    Senior Development and Communications Writer

    Eva embraced the world of good food when she started writing about the specialty food industry and simultaneously discovered her local farmers markets in Brooklyn, NY. A journalist by trade, she is now happily applying her writing and editing prowess to support child nutrition and an equitable food system. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Eva grew up in the Bay Area, started her career in New York City, and now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and dog-like cat.

  • Anna Metnick

    Director of Human Resources

    As a dedicated HR professional, Anna enjoys supporting service members and staff. Anna has spent time abroad in Asia and South America, and has an MA in Psychology. In her spare time, Anna loves hanging out with her little boys and husband, and waits impatiently for the summer when she can enjoy her local farmer’s market every weekend.

  • Katrina Moore

    Director of Content & Communications

    Originally from the Southeast, Katrina moved to New York City by way of Seattle. She sees food as a vital avenue for social and environmental change and has worked for nonprofits and companies that agree, most recently running communications at Edible Schoolyard NYC. Katrina has also directed a documentary, and she can tell you more than you wanted to know about bean-to-bar chocolate.

  • Patrick Murphy

    Finance Coordinator

    Originally from Ohio and a proud Buckeye, Patrick joins FoodCorps after spending the last year teaching English in South Korea. Prior to his time abroad, he worked in the finance department of an affordable housing nonprofit organization. In his free time, he is either traveling, eating, or thinking about the nearest mealtime.
  • Tobia Neufeld

    Director of Foundation Partnerships

    Before conducting research for the National Farm to School Network and then joining FoodCorps in 2013, Tobia was engaged in a variety of human rights and social justice issues in her hometown of Winnipeg, Canada, and in Canada’s Northwest Territories; as a researcher and writer for former Canadian foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy; and in Nepal, where she studied rights violations of migrant domestic workers. Her passion for just and sustainable food systems first sprouted in her family’s rural Manitoba vegetable garden, where she discovered that tomatoes don’t grow on supermarket shelves. Tobia earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the The New School in New York City.

  • Seri Niimi-Burch

    HI Program Coordinator

    Inspired by the growing movement to produce and eat local foods as a way to revitalize health, community and culture, I returned to my home state of Hawaiʻi after college to serve with FoodCorps. I love working for FoodCorps because it allows me to bring together my passion for food, ʻāina (land), and justice and I am excited to continue supporting service members, schools, and the farm to school movement in Hawaiʻi as a Program Coordinator.

  • Kayo Okada

    National Program Coordinator

    Kayo is thrilled to bring her passion for public service and sharing good food to FoodCorps. She grew up in Japan where she learned about healthy eating habits and the joy of sharing nutritious food. Before joining FoodCorps, she was a digital producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting and created multimedia features about chefs, artists and other inspiring people.

  • Ryan Parker

    Maine Program Manager

    After graduating from the University of Maine with a Bachelors of Music in Performance, Ryan landed a job with the United States House of Representatives. He left the House to start his own commercial, micro-scale, diversified farm, which grew to become the largest year-round CSA in Maine. While building his farm business, Ryan became interested and involved in food and agriculture policy, and has lobbied and written extensively about both. Ryan joins FoodCorps after working with the Natural Resources Council of Maine to establish Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and writing the book, literally, on school food waste reduction.

  • Kathleen Paylor

    Director of Philanthropic Investments

    Kathleen love kids, loves healthy food, and is fiercely determined to bring them together.  She has been fundraising for nonprofits, social enterprises and social impact for-profits for more than 20 years, helping raise more than $100 million dollars. Her focus has been on creating strategies to foster growth, running capital campaigns and building major donor programs to take organizations to scale.

  • Felicia Pinto

    Boston School Meals Specialist

    Felicia comes from a background in Nutrition and Dietetics, but developed her love for community and food access through her work with non-profits and service year with FoodCorps. She is excited to be back with the FoodCorps family and partner with Boston Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services to provide students more access to quality meals. When she isn’t navigating school food,  you can find her cooking, eating, or eating while cooking.

  • Aaron Poplack

    Oregon Program Manager

    Building community and justice through food (and a tasty meal or two along the way) drives Aaron in both his personal and professional life. After five years with FoodCorps as both a service member and Fellow, Aaron is proud to continue serving communities across his home state in his role as the Oregon Program Manager. Outside of the office, you’ll find him canning and fermenting whatever comes across his kitchen counter, exploring a new trail, or working his way through a good book on the porch.

  • Katie Rainwater

    North Carolina Program Coordinator

    A long ago transplant to North Carolina, Katie couldn’t imagine calling any other place home. Coming from a varied background of service in many areas of community, including two years as a FoodCorps service member, Katie found a common thread of food’s ability to empower people to take charge of their health and to be a centrifuge of creating a more just future for all. Katie has a deep love for the many varied communities of her state; and while she has a lot of opinions on hot sauce, she does her best to respect the complicated politics of “Eastern-Style BBQ” vs “Lexington Style BBQ”.

  • Kelly Ramirez

    VP of Marketing & Communications

    Throughout her career, Kelly has developed and implemented cross-platform general market and multicultural marketing and communications campaigns for global brands and led marketing efforts for non-profit organizations including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she launched the hospital’s first celebrity-led Spanish-language campaign. A New York City native of Colombian descent, one of Kelly’s first memories is picking blackberries and climbing guava (guayaba) trees on her grandparents’ farm in Colombia. Despite her adventure-seeking love of travel, Kelly still gets butterflies every time she catches a glimpse of the NYC skyline.

  • Eva Ringstrom

    Director of Impact

    Eva has been working in and around food for over a decade, as a pastry chef, an urban planning consultant, a food educator, and an evaluator. She loves helping FoodCorps use research, learning, and feedback to improve its program and its impact on kids, schools, and communities. When she’s not doing that, you can find her hiking Pacific Northwest mountains and cooking for friends and family.

  • Derryck Rosalez

    Finance & Operations Manager

    Derryck grew up in the eastern Oregon town of Ontario, which happens to be the birthplace of the tater tot. While he’s not directly responsible for that deep-fried contribution to American cuisine, he would like to provide some balance by supporting FoodCorps’ nutrition education initiatives. As the Finance and Operations Manager he supports the staff, fellows, and service members by keeping the offices open, the bills paid, and the computers working (“have you tried turning it off and on again?”)

  • MJ Santiago

    Service Member Recruitment Manager

    Originally from a small town in central Florida, MJ has worked to increase access to critical resources for underserved communities across the nation. Prior to joining FoodCorps in 2016, MJ served a year in AmeriCorps with Reading Partners. When not at work, they can be found visiting museums and parks across New York and beyond.
  • Destiny Schlinker

    AR Program Coordinator & FoodCorps Alum

    Destiny’s passion for food justice began at Heifer International, lead her to the Andean rainforest and eventually back to her home state, Arkansas. After two years of FoodCorps service, she had the honor of working with Apple Seeds Inc where she continued to engage students through farmers markets, farm field trips and teacher workshops.To recharge Destiny enjoys hiking with her dogs, getting dirty on her 34 acre farm, and the occasional kitchen dance/karaoke sessions (don’t try this at home). Destiny says her love for food justice is as thick as her southern accent, and she looks forward to continuing to advocate in the place she knows best.

  • Josie Seid

    Sr. Manager of Recruitment Strategy

    There are few things more satisfying than being able to tell someone, “You got the job!” In this role I get to combine many of my favorite things; building relationships, supporting meaningful work and adding to and supporting a diverse workforce. The spirit of collaboration is thriving here and its such and exciting place to be!

  • Lesley Shelton

    Data and Evaluation Coordinator

    Lesley’s background spans from the educational to the analytical. As a former high school math teacher in Arizona, she understands first-hand the impact of healthy food and community upon kids’ ability to succeed. After teaching, she worked in accounting and data and analytics at both small and large organizations, including sustainability-centered startups. Her love of data visualization is matched only by her love of traveling and seeking out fun and new food to try with her wife and family.

  • Sofie Sherman-Burton

    Leadership & Special Projects Coordinator

    Sofie arrives at FoodCorps after a number of years working at a food co-op planning events, editing publications, and managing to keep everything organized. She’s eager to bring that skill to FoodCorps! When Sofie’s not behind the laptop, you’ll find her in her kitchen, garden, or hanging out with her perfect cat.

  • Zeke Smith

    Vice President of Programs

    Prior to joining FoodCorps, Zeke served as Chief Impact Officer of the United Way of the Columbia Willamette from 2012 – 2018, leading their efforts to break the cycle of childhood poverty across the Portland Metro Region. Zeke led the organization in bringing diverse community partners together through increased funding, volunteers and shared expertise in order to better the lives of children and families and to improve the systems designed to support them. Prior to this, Zeke served as Chief of Staff at Portland Public Schools from 2007-2012 where he was responsible for managing the executive leadership team, strategic planning for the district and led District external affairs including communications, government and community relations. In Zeke’s prior work experience, he worked in a variety of positions and community-based nonprofits to improve the lives of kids, particularly those of color and living in poverty. Zeke has extensive professional experience as a facilitator and strategic consultant with numerous local, state and national organizations, with a particular focus in communities of color. Zeke is currently the Chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board.

    Zeke is proud of his Dutch, Indonesian, Oneida & Osage heritage and works in our Portland, Oregon office. He is also an American Leadership Forum of Oregon Senior Fellow and a German Marshall Memorial American Fellow.

  • Jess Sobocinski

    Hawai'i Program Manager

    Jess views food justice as the cord that connects people back to land, culture, and one another. After serving two years with FoodCorps' first cohort in Hawaiʻi, Jess remained on Hawaiʻi Island and continued developing ʻāina-based education programs at local public, charter, and private schools. In Jess' free time, you can find her dancing hula, propagating perennials on her partner's farm, and running the hills of Hāmākua.

  • Nathan Spalding

    IA Program Coordinator & FoodCorps Alum

    Nathan was a FoodCorps service member for a year in Connecticut and two years in Iowa. At the heart of his service was an investment in supporting teachers to implement innovative, culturally responsive farm to school programs. Now he’s thrilled to continue that passion by supporting Iowa’s amazing service members and sites. Outside of work you can catch Nathan making pottery, collecting plant clippings from public spaces, or climbing trees.

  • Cassie Spindler

    California Program Coordinator

    Constantly awed by the bounty and diversity of California’s people, places, and foods, Cassie’s hobbies encompass appreciating all that her native state has to offer. Her experience as a Service Member at Oakland Unified School District reinforced the desire to support communities and schools as we grow equitable food systems together. As the Program Coordinator, Cassie now happily supports the cohort of Service Members who are teaching, empowering, mentoring, and feeding California’s youth.

  • Mallory Stefan

    MT Program Coordinator

    With a love for food and farming in her heart, Mallory moved from her home state of Washington to Mississippi for a year of service with FoodCorps before stepping into the program coordinator role. Happiest with dirt under her fingernails, Mallory spends her free time jumping in glacial lakes, backpacking through remote forests, and bundling bouquets of flowers.

  • Ashley Taylor

    Government Partnerships Senior Manager

    Ashley joined the FoodCorps team with past work experience in both the nonprofit and government sectors, both at home and abroad, as well as a strong commitment to public service. An avid gardner and mushroom forager, Ashley loves cooking with fresh local ingredients and spending time around a table with family and friends.

  • Anne Ulizio

    Development and Communications Writer

    Growing up in a very food-focused family in Pittsburgh, PA—the land of pierogis and Primanti sandwiches—has inspired Anne to strive for creating equal and healthy food opportunities for all. Her love of travel, community- and relationship-building, and writing have instilled in her a heightened awareness of the interactions between people and their environments. Outside the office, you can find her hiking, practicing yoga, riding her bike, or obsessing over the flavor of her home-baked sourdough bread.

  • Cecily Upton

    Co-Founder & VP of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships

    Cecily cut her teeth in school food work as the co-creator of a marginally successful garden experiment at her high school in Maine. A decade later, after stints in arts management and farming in Italy and India, she returned to school food, first managing Youth Programs with Slow Food USA and then by co-founding FoodCorps. Cecily received her B.A. from Bowdoin College, her M.A. from NYU and currently lives in Maine with her daughter, who is probably getting sick of her annual exclamation, “I think our vegetable garden should be bigger next year!”

  • Sarah Valor

    California Manager of Philanthropic Investments

    Sarah sees nourishment and food education as a nexus for social, environmental, and economic justice. When she’s not working, you may find her hosting dinner parties, experimenting with home fermentation, or hiking with her husband and son.

  • Annalise VanVranken

    Massachusetts Program Coordinator

    Annalise envisions a food system where everyone, regardless of their background, has access to healthy food that is good for people and the planet. A recent transplant from New Jersey, Annalise is excited for her to support service members and foster relationships with partners throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In her spare time, you can find Annalise at the beach, making pottery, or dabbling in the sport of equestrian vaulting.

  • Allison Villa

    NY Program Coordinator

    Allison served two years with FoodCorps on the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina, where she learned about the importance of community and the preservation of tradition. Now the Fellow in NY, she is thrilled to be doing food justice work in communities more similar to her own, as she was born and raised in the metro area of Stamford, CT. She is a nature-fanatic who spends her spare time looking at plants, drawing plants, and growing plants.

  • Mamiko Vuillemin

    Advocacy Manager

    Mamiko is thrilled to bring her dedication to social change and food justice to FoodCorps’ policy efforts. Since graduating from The Ohio State University, Mamiko has worked in the nonprofit sector, first managing a cultural education program connecting the Japanese expat and Central Ohio communities, and most recently in Kansas City advocating for policies that promote healthy, equitable, and sustainable food systems. When not in the office, Mamiko loves cooking Japanese food, exploring D.C. neighborhoods, and daydreaming about her next trips into nature.

  • Robyn Wardell

    Alumni Manager

    Summers spent farming, mentoring kids and finding community around food led Robyn to serve with the first class of FoodCorps in Flint, MI. She is motivated by the potential of our alumni network to continue making positive, healthy changes in the lives of children after they move on from service. When she’s not supporting alumni in their careers and development, she’s outside hiking and foraging for mushrooms or in the kitchen cooking something up from the garden.

  • Deborah Watrous

    Massachusetts Director of Philanthropy

    Debbie most recently served as Executive Director of New Hampshire Humanities, a statewide organization connecting people with ideas. She’s excited to discover Boston’s fabulous farmer’s markets and restaurants and to take some cooking classes with her daughter, Miranda, a service member alum now living in Boston.

  • Olivia Webster

    Associate Director of Training

    Olivia joined FoodCorps after many years of working in community based non-profits and schools focused on food education and youth development. In her current role, Olivia loves dreaming up training opportunities that will be beneficial and interesting for service members. When she isn’t busy planning a FoodCorps training event, she can be found outside running or hiking trails, biking, gardening or painting in her art studio.

  • Jessi White

    NY Director of Philanthropy

    Jessicah (“Jessi”) brings a record of building development departments and communications strategies that have led organizations to dramatically increase their revenue and reach. Prior to FoodCorps, she had the privilege to work for Per Scholas and Generation Citizen during periods of rapid growth. Her career began in corporate advertising, the skills from which she has transferred to amplify the work and brands of her cherished mission-driven organizations. A native of a rural town in Kansas called Winfield, ranchers and farmers are baked in her genes. A favorite day of hers as a child was spent on a family friend’s farm feeding pigs (her absolute favorite farm animal).

  • Shannon Whitewater

    Arizona Program Manager

    Prior to and while earning her masters in public health, Shannon coordinated grant projects to improve community health with Native and non-Native communities by focusing on resilience, assets, and systems change. As a Diné woman, she understands the important role of culture in maintaining balance for wellbeing. Shannon is proud to be a U of A Wildcat and loves to hang out with her husband and two fur-children.

  • Elizabeth Wolf

    Controller

    Elizabeth joined the FoodCorps team with a legal and accounting background and came from six years of experience managing a hunger relief program for the residents of Portland Oregon. When not at the office Elizabeth loves to spend time with her daughters.

  • Ellen Moncure Wong

    VP of Growth & Development

    For more than two decades, Ellen Moncure Wong has helped connect philanthropic dollars with organizations driving major social and environmental change. Prior to joining FoodCorps, Ellen worked in resource development for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Coro New York Leadership Center, the Environmental Defense Fund, and So Others Might Eat. Ellen’s commitment to sustainable food systems stretches back to her roots as a farm girl in rural Virginia, but her passion for connecting all kids to real food is inspired by raising two sons in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Ellen believes in healthy communities and schools, is an active volunteer and community activist, and is the Founder of the Flatbush Family Network.

  • Beth Zschau

    Massachusetts Program Director

    Beth’s commitment to educate and inspire people toward healthy and sustainable living began while studying the impacts of logging in British Columbia. After spending almost a decade building public programs across the Greater Boston region for The Trustees of Reservations, she spent two years developing one of the country’s largest farm-based education programs at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA. When she isn’t in the office, you’ll find her exploring tide pools, marshes, and beaches with her family or working on her “small but mighty” garden.
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