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

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  • Javonne Alonzo

    New Jersey AmeriCorps Team Leader

    Pronouns: she/her

    Javonne is Jersey-grown, calling the Garden State home. She is passionate about being able to serve communities throughout her home state as a Team Leader. Javonne is a graduate student in the Food Studies program at NYU focusing on Food History and Culture. She has been using her experience with FoodCorps to inform her research, hoping to one day teach Food Studies curricula at HBCUs. Javonne loves gardening, spending too much time in bookstores, and enjoys experimenting with cooking.

  • 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

    Pronouns: she/her

    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

    Associate Director of Development Research and Operations

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Camille Beredjick

    Digital Marketing/Communications Manager

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.  She loves reading, writing, and exploring Brooklyn’s food scene with her wife.

  • Kirsten Blackburn

    North Carolina AmeriCorps Team Leader

    Pronouns: she/her

    Kirsten has considered North Carolina her home since she was 9 years old. Although her family did not grow much food when they moved, she often reflected on the times she spent on her grandparents’ home farm. These fond memories inevitably led Kirsten to FoodCorps, where she can be surrounded by others who are passionate about food justice and other social justice issues. On her off time, she can be found watching hours of reality TV or exploring nature with her pup!

  • Quan Blunt

    Michigan Program Coordinator

    Pronouns: he/him

    Quan once ate 12 wings in under two minutes, defeating seven other people in a hot wing eating contest and absolutely destroying the competition. He has been a babysitter, lifeguard, tour guide, RA, ambassador, butcher, brewer, Peace Corps volunteer, organic chemist, urban farmer, and soon to be a rockstar here at FoodCorps. One of his life goals is to visit all 7 continents before he turns 30; five down, 2 more to go.This Detroit native is sure to help you understand why they say “Detroit hustles harder.”

  • Kelso Brasunas

    Financial Planning and Analysis Manager & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    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

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Edgar Carrillo

    Development Operations Manager

    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.
  • Laura Cellier

    HR Coordinator & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    Laura joins the HR team after two years of service with FoodCorps, as a service member in her home state of Hawaiʻi, and as a Team Leader in her heart’s home of Oregon. Growing up between the worlds of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Northwest, Laura developed a strong interest in place, community, and social justice — something she deepened through her studies in Communication and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Southern Oregon University. She’s excited to grow her understanding of how best to support people through the work of human resources, and continue advocating for FoodCorps’ service member needs. In her free time, Laura likes to go on meandering walks and bike rides in nature and her neighborhood, spend time with animals and friends, and have kitchen dance parties.

  • 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.
  • Valentina Chau

    National Program Coordinator

    Pronouns: she/her

    Valentina’s passion for food began at the dining room table watching her grandparents make dumplings. In college, Valentina pursued classes in environmental justice and urban farming and interned at Food for Lane County, cementing her desire to pursue work in food justice. In her free time, Valentina can be found baking, gardening, or spending time with her dog.

  • Alicia Chavez

    New Mexico Program Associate Director

    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

    Michigan Director of Philanthropy

    Kelly has a B.A. in English Writing & Philosophy and has been working at Detroit-based nonprofit organizations for the past 10 years. She’s working to help find partners and support in Michigan who share FoodCorps’ passion regarding investing in healthy futures for kids. She lives in Ferndale, Michigan, with her two dogs, Shelby and Oliver, and loves spending time with her two adorable nieces.

  • Kenya Collins

    Mississippi Program Associate Director

    Pronouns: she/her

    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

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Kate Davis

    Director of Philanthropic Engagement

    Pronouns: she/her

    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

    Program Operations Manager & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Malia Demers

    Maine AmeriCorps Team Leader

    Pronouns: she/her

    Malia calls the woods, waters, and soil of Maine home, and when she is not working you can find her exploring around home by foot, snowshoe, or canoe, growing food, or making food creations! Before becoming Team Leader Malia completed a degree in Human Ecology — she is grateful for the experience because it taught her how to be a critical and engaged lifelong learner. After college she served for two years within an elementary school helping to build a lasting garden program. She believes FoodCorps service members can effect great change by uplifting the lesser heard voices in their communities and is thrilled she gets to support an amazing group of people in this work!

  • Stella Doughty

    Grant Partnerships Manager & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    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, D.C. 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.

  • Marissa Dull

    Oregon AmeriCorps Team Leader

    Pronouns: she/her

    Marissa has been passionate about food and food systems since way back when she was an eight-year-old in Missouri, when she became a vegetarian and started cooking her own meals. The passion carried through to her undergrad studies in agricultural science while researching hydroponics and working on the school farm. Her work in teaching English language and culture to students abroad, horse riding lessons, and being a camp counselor matched up with her love for sharing healthy food and took her to her FoodCorps service term in rural Arkansas. The love for our mission here at FoodCorps led Marissa to another year with AmeriCorps supporting the Oregon cohort.

  • Jillian Dy

    Director of Supply Chain Engagement

    Pronouns: she/her

    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

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Michelle Emeh

    Senior Director of Finance

    Michelle is a native New Yorker and is extremely excited to join the FoodCorps family. She spent a significant portion of her professional career in corporate finance and has a diversified background in financial operations and reporting and audit and cash management. She’s passionate about helping others — she has conducted clothing drives, compiled hygiene/school kits, distributed blankets, and fed the homeless. In her leisure time, she loves hanging out with her daughter, family, and friends.

  • Alice Finley-Pyle

    Program Operation Specialist & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    Originally from southwest Kansas, Alice joined FoodCorps Arizona as a service member after graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies: Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems. Alice’s love of vegetables and her passion for food justice keeps her coming back to FoodCorps as she now serves on the National Programs team. When’s she’s not behind the laptop, you can find Alice reading, long-distance running, spending time with her family and rascal-y dog, or making and eating peanut butter.

  • Lucy Flores

    Director of Program Innovation

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Lacey Flynn

    Georgia AmeriCorps Team Leader

    Pronouns: she/her

    Lacey has been a Georgia peach since the age of two and is enthusiastic about Georgia’s people and communities. She loves using food to explore how we relate to ourselves and each other and supporting service members as they do the same for their students. Lacey is also very passionate about dismantling food as an oppressive force and intentional language surrounding disordered eating and fatphobia within and outside of service. In her free time, Lacey can be found walking or biking around Atlanta, eating soft serve ice cream, and video chatting with her sister and niece in Germany.

  • Arely Garcia

    Equity and Racial Justice Senior Manager

    Pronouns: she/her

    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

    Pronouns: she/her

    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 & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Jenetta Hargrove

    Alumni Community Manager & FoodCorps Alum

    Midwestern through and through, Jenetta puts the heart in heartland. She packed her bags and chef’s knives and moved to Iowa from Wisconsin because she believes that all kids can grow up being nourished by food and community. As a service member, Jenetta spent her time growing loads of brassicas and supporting students in their quest to become veggie enthusiasts. What’s next on the menu? Jenetta will be cooking up community with FoodCorps alumni and chasing chickens in her yard.

  • Laura Hatch

    Senior Director of reWorking Lunch

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Cassidy Hobler

    Arkansas AmeriCorps Team Leader

    Pronouns: she/her

    Cassidy has a laundry list of work experiences through the service industry, arts, youth camps and after-school programs, farming, gardening, and even the financial sector. She was inspired to serve her first term with FoodCorps because she wanted to gain more outdoor education experience after working with Truck Farm Omaha in school gardens throughout her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. To Cassidy, the best things about being Team Leader are that she gets to help people uncover their strengths and celebrate successes, engage with local community organizations, plan events with peers, and work alongside the Arkansas team doing direct service work in school gardens. When she’s not working she loves to play frisbee with her dog Banjo, hike and splash around in the Ozarks, practice yoga, see live music, try new kinds of pickles, indulge in a variety of podcasts, and pick flowers.

  • Alice Kang

    VP of Marketing & Communications

    Pronouns: she/her

    Alice joins FoodCorps from Amnesty International, where she led its global growth strategy and strategic communications for advocacy, campaigning, fundraising, and brand. In a previous life, Alice worked in the tech sector, leading product engineering teams for global e-commerce brands, and consulting. Based in her hometown of New York, she spent 10 years abroad in Singapore, Sydney, and London and will never miss the opportunity to introduce her three kids to the joys of local street food or farmers markets. Alice graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with dual bachelors of science degrees and a master’s degree.

  • Tabitha King

    New Mexico AmeriCorps Team Leader

    Pronouns: she/her

    Tabitha’s connection and excitement for all things food began as a child peeling potatoes for her father’s sweet potato pie and cleaning green chile for her mother’s enchiladas. Tabitha comes to FoodCorps from a combined degree in Psychology and Anthropology (B.S.), focusing on cultural ways of being with future goals of incorporating food anthropology and public health in her graduate studies. Tabitha’s free time is most spent laughing from her soul, admiring the arts, and riding her bike, “Ant Viv – The First.”

  • Hayley Klein

    New Jersey Program Associate Director & FoodCorps Alum

    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.

  • Katrina Kong

    Director of Content & Communications

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Ashley Kruse

    Corporate Partnerships Manager & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    Ashley encountered the world of school food when she served for two years with FoodCorps in Iowa. Enchanted by her students and the local school support, she set out to make child health a career priority. Many years on staff later, she happily works with the FoodCorps team to manage dynamic corporate partnerships. Originally from the Midwest, she is lucky to live in Minnesota with her husband and their dog. In her free time, you can find her reading, writing, eating, or thinking about food. 

  • Rochelle Li

    Content Manager & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Kane Martin

    Staff Recruitment Manager & FoodCorps Alum

    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 son, Jay, who lights up her life in every way.

  • Tiffany McClain

    VP of Organizational Equity and Inclusion

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Morgan McGhee

    Director of School Nutrition Leadership

    Pronouns: she/her

    As a public health dietitian, Morgan has spent her career serving America’s youth in Texas, California, and Virginia as a menu planner, nutrition educator, and food services operations specialist. Morgan is a strong advocate for a nation where all children have access to sustainable healthy food that links the cafeteria to the classroom. She passionately believes that a school nutrition department can be a change agent in the community when innovative partnerships are coupled with dynamic leadership. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys exploring the great outdoors and finding self-expression through dance.

  • Eva Meszaros

    Associate Director of Philanthropic Communications

    Pronouns: she/her

    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 inspire passion for child nourishment 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, their daughter, and their dog-like cat.

  • Anna Metnick

    Director of Human Resources

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Tobia Neufeld

    Director of Foundation Partnerships

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Courtney Nucito

    Montana AmeriCorps Team Leader

    Pronouns: she/her

    A native New Yorker, Courtney moved to Montana to serve over three years ago. Inspired by the resilient communities that FoodCorps serves, she is passionate about community development, educating youth and being an advocate for food justice. In her free time, Courtney can be found making Sunday Sauce, playing with her two Scottie pups Zelda and Lincoln, and watering plants all around Butte.

  • Kayo Okada

    Finance Coordinator

    Pronouns: she/her

    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 Associate Director

    Pronouns: he/him

    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.

  • Shivang Patel

    Manager of CEO & Board Initiatives

    Having developed a passion for food, justice, and community through various experiences throughout his life, Shivang found FoodCorps to be a perfect fit. At FoodCorps, Shivang works with our development team, CEO, and Board of Directors to get people excited about and invested in our mission. When not exploring the latest and greatest food NYC has to offer, Shivang can be found cooking for friends, photographing on his travels around the world, or gardening on his Brooklyn rooftop.

  • Kathleen Paylor

    Senior Philanthropic Advisor

    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.

  • Heather Polonsky

    Evaluation Manager

    Pronouns: she/her

    Originally from the Philly area, Heather joins FoodCorps after spending several years evaluating a variety of programs focused on childhood obesity, housing, healthcare transformation, and racial/ethnic disparities in health (including a multi-school study of school breakfast programs and policies). She is passionate about evidence-based practices and programs aimed at improving children’s health and nutrition, and is excited to join the FoodCorps evaluation team! In her free time, Heather enjoys running, hiking, making ice cream, and snuggling her doggo.

  • Aaron Poplack

    Oregon Program Associate Director & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: he/him

    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.

  • Robyn Pratt

    Training and Events Manager & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    Robyn joins FoodCorps after completing two years of AmeriCorps service. Robyn is passionate about equipping community members with the tools they need to be successful in all areas of life. Robyn believes that in her role as Training and Events Coordinator she will be able to positively impact the work FoodCorps service members will be doing in their communities by creating inclusive trainings and brave spaces for learning.

  • Katie Rainwater

    North Carolina Program Associate Director & FoodCorps Alum

    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.

  • Felica Ratliff

    Mississippi AmeriCorps Team Leader

    Pronouns: she/her

    A Mississippi collard green, cornbread-fed native of Jackson, Felica attributes her family upbringing as the soil that would root her in love. Felica has worn many hats as she has served as a JPS substitute teacher, volunteer with the homeless, chef/teacher at an all girls annual summer camp, competitor in a national cooking competition, a minister, and her most prized role as the mother of two amazing daughters. On her off time, she can be found indulging in foodie fantasies, thrift shopping, or just hanging out with herself!

  • Eva Ringstrom

    Senior Director of Impact

    Pronouns: she/her

    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

    Senior Manager of Operations and IT

    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?”)

  • Destiny Schlinker

    Arkansas Program Associate Director & FoodCorps Alum

    Destiny’s passion for food justice began at Heifer International, led 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

    Director of Organizational Talent

    Of her role at FoodCorps, Josie says: “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 it’s such an exciting place to be!”

  • Lesley Shelton

    Data and Evaluation Manager

    Pronouns: she/her

    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

    Culture and Experience Manager

    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.

  • Wenona Kei Shmull

    California Program Coordinator & FoodCorps Alum

    Wenona Kei Shmull (she/her) is a FoodCorps California alumnus with experience centered in culinary arts, wellness education, and youth advocacy. She is from the island of Guam and attributes her interest in food systems to her upbringing rooted in the values of community, equity, and the power of shared meals. She holds a degree in culinary entrepreneurship and is currently studying integrative nutrition at UC San Diego.

  • Malaika Simmons

    D.C. Metro Area Program Coordinator & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    Malaika is a D.C. native and a FoodCorps D.C. alumnus who served with the Washington Youth Garden at Hendley Elementary from 2018-2019. She has a background in environmental and food justice and experience working with local food and urban agriculture non-profits. She is excited to support, mentor, and appreciate service members within the cohort. In her free time she loves to dance, watch Netflix, and chill in parks.

  • Jess Sobocinski

    Hawai'i Program Associate Director & FoodCorps Alum

    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, and running the hills of Hāmākua.

  • Nathan Spalding

    Iowa Program Associate Director & 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 Senior Coordinator & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    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 Senior Coordinator, Cassie now happily supports the cohort of service members who are teaching, empowering, mentoring, and feeding California’s youth.

  • Mallory Stefan

    Montana Program Associate Director & FoodCorps Alum

    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

    Director of Government Partnerships

    Pronouns: she/her

    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 gardener and mushroom forager, Ashley loves cooking with fresh local ingredients and spending time around a table with family and friends.

  • Ina Tubilleja

    Service Member Recruitment Manager

    Pronouns: she/her

    Joining the FoodCorps team in January 2020, Ina is excited about finding others who are passionate about creating a healthier world, changing the food and agriculture system, and removing barriers to equity and inclusion. In previous positions, Ina has worked to build innovation strategies in the healthcare industry and implement diversity and inclusion programs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. When not working, Ina loves to dance ballet, travel, read, and garden.

  • Anne Ulizio

    Manager of Philanthropic Communications

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Sarah Valor

    Western Regional Director of Philanthropy

    Pronouns: she/her

    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

    Strategy & Partnerships Project Manager & FoodCorps Alum

    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

    New York Program Coordinator & FoodCorps Alum

    Pronouns: she/her

    Allison came to FoodCorps as a service member wanting to gain experience in outdoor education, and discovered along the way that she’s passionate about building community and supporting others. She strives to do just that for her New York service members! In her spare time, Allison plays the violin and finds every opportunity to get out in nature.

  • Mamiko Vuillemin

    Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Olivia Webster

    Director of National 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.

  • BW White

    Director of Business Platforms

    BW (aka Bdub) comes to FoodCorps with almost 20 years of experience in nonprofit development work at Bikes Not Bombs, Write Around Portland, and Social Justice Fund NW. Outside of work, BW can be found doing racial justice organizing, at the dog park with Brioche, or at home with their partner and chosen family/housemates.

  • Jessi White

    New York 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).

  • Elizabeth Wolf

    Compliance Officer

    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

    Pronouns: she/her

    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.

  • Ren Workman

    Massachusetts Program Coordinator

    Pronouns: they/them

    Ren (they/them) has a passion for helping people be the best versions of themselves that they can be, and as a past AmeriCorps member is excited to work with such dedicated and hardworking people. With a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Studies, Ren has spent the past few years trying to understand ways that people can make direct change in their food systems. When Ren is not working, they can be found reading a book, on a mountain, or baking bread.

  • Beth Zschau

    Massachusetts Program Director

    Pronouns: she/her

    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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