Communications Team

Juliet GlassDirector of Communications
Juliet leads communications and marketing efforts for FRESHFARM. Although trained as a historian, her passion for food and cooking led her to work as a freelance food writer for over a decade. Then, driven by a desire for more real-world experience in food system work, in 2009, Juliet joined FRESHFARM, where she managed markets, programs, and led communications efforts. After seven years with the organization, Juliet shifted her focus to the Maryland nonprofit food space, where she spearheaded communication efforts for a statewide farmers market food access program. She is delighted to be back at FRESHFARM and is excited to connect shoppers, farmers, and funders with the mission of supporting sustainable and equitable foodways that work for everyone.

Molly Scalise, Deputy Director of Communications
Molly helps lead communications for FRESHFARM. She promotes the organization’s mission and programs, as well as manages some external partnerships. Molly has always been fascinated by food and the many-faceted issues it touches, from climate change to culture to public health. She has over a decade of nonprofit experience, and in 2015, she earned a Certificate in Sustainable Farming as a student in the Farmer Training Program at the University of Vermont. Molly joined the FRESHFARM team in 2016, where she has developed her passion for working with farmers and community members to build a strong and equitable regional food system. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Tess Kerkhof, Communications Coordinator
Tess has been passionate about food justice and food access for her whole life. She previously worked at Manna Food Center (MD) and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture (DC). Her parents are organic farm operators and farmers market vendors, so FRESHFARM’s mission hits very close to home. Tess is excited to contribute to an equitable food system that serves all.

Development Team

Renee Catacalos, Director of Strategic Investments
Renee brings extensive management, communications, and fundraising experience to her role as FRESHFARM Director of Strategic Investments. Most recently, she spent five years working in national food systems philanthropy with Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, where she was Vice President for Strategy and Impact. She has previously worked for or served on the boards of several local food/agriculture organizations, including twice serving on the FRESHFARM board. Renee has been a champion of Chesapeake regional farms and food since her days as publisher and editor of Edible Chesapeake magazine and is the author of the book The Chesapeake Table: Your Guide to Eating Local. She is committed to developing strategic partnerships with philanthropy to build FRESHFARM’s capacity to address the most pressing regional food system challenges.

Joni Celiz, Director of Institutional Giving
Joni develops and implements a comprehensive fundraising strategy that includes: special events, appeals and individual giving, corporate giving, and grant-writing. She is focused on enhancing fundraising capacity and diversifying fundraising streams to sustain and expand FRESHFARM’s mission and programs. With over six years of development experience, Joni has worked for various nonprofits in the foreign policy, cancer research, and historic site conservation fields. As a daughter of Filipino immigrants who struggled to make ends meet, increased access to healthy, local food for low-income families is important to her. Joni is passionate about utilizing her diverse fundraising experience to support FRESHFARM and our efforts to build healthy and thriving communities around local food.

Lina Salazar, Senior Manager, Donor Engagement
Lina is responsible for developing and implementing the major gifts strategy across the organization, including cultivating relationships with current and prospective major donors, leading flagship fundraising events, and creating support communication products. Learning more about the food system, where food comes from, and who’s involved in each bite played a critical role in Lina’s recovery from a torturous relationship with food. This experience and the conviction that food can help build equitable communities led her to join the Community Foodworks board in 2018, and stay on the FRESHFARM board until 2023. Before joining the FRESHFARM team, she worked for over a decade in international development and as a health coach, running her own health coaching practice.

Finance & Admin Team

Natisha DawsonDirector of Finance & Operations
Natisha is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years experience in finance leadership positions. She has rotated through multiple roles within the finance function, including controlling, planning and analysis, operations, budgeting, and P&L management.Natisha has worked in various industries with company revenues ranging from $3 million to $100 million. She is well-versed in increasing productivity and setting internal controls and has been a contributing member of a positive, results-oriented culture. Prior to joining FRESHFARM, Natisha worked as an outsourced CFO partnering closely with CEOs. She appreciates FRESHFARM’s mission of connecting people to their food through education, farmers markets, and food distribution programs.

Carrie Hildebrandt, Grants & Finance Senior Manager
Carrie works with the Development and Finance teams and program directors to ensure that we have timely and accurate systems organization-wide to track and report grant spending.



Julie Margolies, HR & Admin Senior Manager
Julie manages various administrative and financial processes for all FRESHFARM programs as well as human resources. She loves that food brings people together and allows us to learn about each other and create memories. Julie enjoys working on the admin and finance team because it allows her to lean into her detail-oriented nature and support the entire array of programs that FRESHFARM runs.


Maya Mackey, Grants & Accounts Receivable Manager
Maya manages all aspects of Grants & Accounts Receivable, from invoicing and monitoring payments on FRESHFARM invoices, reporting on receivable income for all programs in the organization, and managing monthly grant cycles. With a background in International Studies, Maya believes that food insecurity is one of the biggest challenges our world and country face, and she envisions a world where every individual has access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. She is inspired by the multiple programs that FRESHFARM offers to the community. She also loves to cook and find new recipes on FRESHFARM’s website!

Aji Njie, Payroll & Benefits Manager
Aji is FRESHFARM’s Payroll & Benefits Manager. She’s not just a food lover but a true enthusiast, dedicated to ensuring everyone can access what they need. During her time in school, she delved into challenges faced by individuals. Now, she’s excited to be part of the FRESHFARM team, ensuring our crew receives the support they need with their payroll and benefits to keep things running smoothly.

Aminat Adebule, Administrative Specialist
Aminat works on both the administrative team and as the farm stand supervisor for the farmers market team. She loves to be part of making an impact in the community!