Senior Market Team

Rebecca ChávezDirector of Agricultural Programs
Rebecca is a food systems expert with over ten years of experience leveraging community-based and systems change within local and global agricultural supply chains. She is passionate about food sovereignty and about leveraging the joy of mealtimes to influence community engagement, local economies, public health, and our natural environment. A Mexican-American native of Washington, DC, Rebecca is motivated to collaborate with our region’s diverse and intersectional communities in co-creating a more equitable food system. She holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the UNC-Chapel Hill.

Katie Wolffe, Senior Markets Manager
Prior to joining FRESHFARM, Katie worked for seven years as the executive chef of a Maryland catering company. Through state and local government contracts she was able to see issues of food equity and access, and her desire to work in that area increased. A culinary school degree and a political science degree have led to an interest and passion for food policy, equity, and local supply chains. Eight years spent working in the grocery industry also informed her knowledge about why local food can be so difficult to get in front of consumers. Katie cultivates a vibrant front yard vegetable garden in her suburban Virginia neighborhood so that her three kids can refuse to eat locally grown vegetables right from the source. Katie’s goal is to help create and strengthen a local food system that is accessible to all and truly connects farmers and all the people who have a right to access healthy nutrition for their families. Favorite market product: Don’t get in between Katie and fresh peaches in the summer.

Aminat Adebule, Farm Stand Supervisor
Aminat works on both the farm stand team and as the administrative specialist for the admin team. She loves to be part of making an impact in the community!

Rose Cranna, Farm Stand Program Manager
Prior to FRESHFARM, Rose worked at Trader Joe’s and recently received her MPH with an emphasis on Community Health Promotion. Favorite market product: tomatoes

 

 

Mazat Guarcax, Farmer & Producer Engagement Coordinator
Before joining FRESHFARM, Mazat was a market vendor for a year at the Downtown Silver Spring and Dupont markets. He loves to be outside, especially during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. He enjoys working at market and offering great customer service. He’s so glad to be part of the FRESHFARM team! Favorite market product: hot peppers

 

Marcella Ortiz, Market Training & Development Coordinator
Marcella joined FRESHARM in 2017 as an intern for the Market Share program. From there, she became a substitute manager and eventually a full-time market manager. She has been in the food scene for over eight years and has a passion for local food and food access. Marcella is currently studying graphic design and aims to help small farms build their brands and websites. Favorite market product: Italian Veenies from Just AJ’s

Hannah Owens, Markets Personnel Manager
Hannah worked in retail management for over 12 years and enjoys leading people and watching them accomplish their personal and professional goals. She graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Hannah is excited to be a part of FRESHFARM and be able to provide access to local foods and support local farmers and businesses. Favorite market product: apples – all varieties!

 

Evan Paramore, Market Operations Manager
Evan thinks food is the most powerful conduit for conversation and connection. The opportunity to support food-centric spaces within their community drove Evan to FRESHFARM, where they joined the team in March 2021. Over the past few years, Evan has loved building relationships with neighbors, farmers, and producers as they facilitate a variety of market programs. When they aren’t at a market, Evan is a Segway Tour Guide, proud leopard gecko father to Atlas, and amateur cake baker. Favorite market product: sweet cherries

Samantha Rabinek, Market Program Coordinator

Molly Cullen, Senior Market Operator

Halie Ebert, Senior Market Operator
Halie previously worked at farmers markets before joining FRESHFARM. She started as a market sub and eventually became a market operator and is now a senior market operator. She is excited to work with FRESHFARM on their mission to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to those who need them and also work with small farms and businesses to help them grow. Favorite market product: peaches

Sarah Weisbecker, Senior Market Operator


Mid-Atlantic Grain Stand Team

Eizel Luna, Grains Program Manager
Eizel loves food and the way food can be the bridge through all barriers. Her career started in pastry kitchens and transitioned into farming, food rescue, and now with FRESHFARM. As an avid traveler, food was often the only way to connect with the many people she met. This love and passion drive her exploration of food access and food justice today. When not working on the Grains Program, you can find her tending to her balcony garden, foraging, or slacklining. Eizel is excited to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere to all joining the local grain movement. Favorite market products: canteloupe, corn, and chocolate milk

KT Alexander, Grain Stand Specialist & Market Staff: Columbia Heights (Wed)
KT was raised on a small, family-operated dairy farm and grew up with a deep connection to agriculture and food access. After moving to DC in 2023, KT’s career has focused on combining their roots in agriculture with their long-standing mission to address systemic inequities through localized direct action and community service. KT holds a Master of Science in Intercultural Business Communication and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and German Studies. Their past career has included directing college admissions, advising and student success programs, to international hospitality and small business management. With nearly a decade’s experience in educational program design, research methods, assessment, and reporting, KT enjoys applying these skills to optimizing operations at markets. Favorite market products: mushrooms, raw apple cider, peaches, and cabbage for homemade sauerkraut

Victoria Cornetta, Grain Stand Specialist
With a diverse background spanning food service, horticulture, nonprofit work, and providing direct client services to underserved communities, Victoria’s journey to FRESHFARM reflects her unwavering fascination with food origins and accessibility. From planting her first vegetable in Vanuatu during her Peace Corps service to assisting refugees in accessing nourishing foods, her path has been defined by a commitment to equity. Victoria’s current role in a local public garden deepens her connection to horticulture and community. FRESHFARM’s focus on the nexus of agriculture and food equity resonates with her passions, as she aims to contribute her multifaceted expertise to promote inclusive local food systems. Favorite market product: kombucha

Dylan Howes, Grain Stand Specialist
Dylan is excited to learn more about both local ingredients and farming. Favorite market product: kimchi

Annie McDonnell, Grain Stand Specialist

Cecelia Michalowski, Grain Stand Specialist
Cecelia has always been drawn to food. They use food to connect with others by sharing a meal, bringing people treats, or trying a recipe connected to their family. In recent years, they’ve shifted their studies to focus on food history and the communities, systems, and cultures created within that realm. Cecelia is excited by FRESHFARM’s mission to create more equitable food systems within the DMV. When they’re not at the Grain Stand, you can find Cecelia hosting trivia, spinning yarn, or watching ’80s movies. Favorite market product: pickles, apples, and grains of course!

Substitute Grain Stand Specialists: Grace Harmon, Amira Iwuala, Millie Knowlton


Market & Farm Stand Staff

Lova Andersson, Market Operator: Cleveland Park, Columbia Heights (Wed), Dupont Circle

Kali Boehle-Silva, Farm Stand Manager & School Farm Stand Manager; Substitute Market Staff  
Kali has worked in food systems and education for a long time. Markets are a place where so many members of a community come together, and Kali loves supporting farmers as they get local food to people, and ensuring that everyone feels comfortable and at home at markets. Favorite market product: peaches

Kennedy Brooks, Market Operator: Monroe Street, Rosslyn, Union Market District 

Nick Carr, School Farm Stand Operator & Market Staff: Columbia Heights (Sat)
Nick is passionate about food security and bridging the gap between growers and consumers. Favorite market product: mushrooms

Sophie Chambers, Market Staff: Union Market District
Sophie is passionate about food accessibility and agriculture and loves the community element of farmers markets. Favorite market product: peaches

Beth Cover, Market Staff: H Street NE
Beth comes to FRESHFARM from the wine business and public radio. Her grandparents were farmers in Ohio, and she has loved the connection between land and food for most of her life. She is excited to spend more time working for a purpose. Favorite market product: heirloom tomatoes

Yolanda Gayden, Farm Stand Manager

Sam Greenhouse, Market Operator: Uptown

Karey Harrigan, Market Staff: Mosaic
Karey studied Nutrition at GMU for several semesters where she learned about the impact and importance of our food system, culinary and nutrition sciences, and food policy. She also volunteered with DC Central Kitchen and Fairfax County farmers markets, which continued to spark her passion for nutrition and food access and systems. Upon moving to the Oakton area, she began to visit the local FRESHFARM market and knew she wanted to get more involved in this work. Karey is very excited about giving back and supporting her community through our local farmers markets. Favorite market product: pickles or any tomato variety

Anne Haynes, Market Operator: Arlington

Price Holman, Farm Stand Manager
Price joined FRESHFARM to meet new people and spend time outside. He is deeply aware of the food access issues in Washington, DC, specifically east of the Anacostia River, and wants to do his part in remedying the issue. Favorite market product: tomatoes

 

 

Jennifer Jones, Market Operator: Oakton
Jennifer worked in international health development for most of her career. She enjoyed discovering many different foods during work trips. She is excited to be supporting FRESHFARM’s mission at farmers markets. Jennifer grew up in rural Upstate New York, where her family had a huge veggie patch and small apple orchard. Favorite market product: peaches

Jenny Jourdain, Farm Stand Manager
Jenny joined FRESHFARM driven by a passion for creating equitable access to sustainable food and community engagement. Prior to FRESHFARM, she volunteered throughout the city. What inspires and resonates with Jenny about FRESHFARM is the mission and vision to create a positive impact on both individuals and the environment through the promotion and access to fresh, locally sourced food. Jenny is excited to be a part of the FRESHFARM team and contribute to the organization’s mission of fostering resilience, equity, and sustainability in our regional food system and its commitment to Washington, DC. Favorite market product: beets

Miles Lane, Market Staff: Mount Vernon Triangle
Miles came to FRESHFARM because he wanted to learn more about how food is distributed. As a grocery consumer, he began to notice how many products were in season all year round and came from countries far away. Miles loves food and is passionate about sustainability, and he is excited to cultivate a local food system and learn about sustainable food distribution. Favorite market product: vegan pastries

 

JaNeya Lee, Farm Stand Manager
JaNeya has always loved food, and while growing up she and her family always visited the farmers market on the weekend. As she learned more about food, JaNeya was drawn to professional roles in food education, eventually leading her FRESHFARM. In addition to being the Cesar Chavez Farm Stand Manager, JaNeya is a FoodPrints Assistant Teacher. Favorite market product: white peaches

 

Tiffany Letona, Market Operator: Reston
Tiffany first started working with FRESHFARM as a volunteer at a couple Mosaic market events. After learning more about how the organization provides fresh food to the community and educates youth on healthy eating, she was inspired to find out how she could get more involved. She joined FRESHFARM as a Market Operator where she can regularly support her local markets. One of the best parts about this job is that she can be a positive role model for her two young kids showing them how you can make a difference in your community. Favorite market product: peaches

Yuval Lev, Market Operator: Dupont Circle, Mount Vernon Triangle, Reston
Yuval has been managing the Mount Vernon Triangle Farmers Market since 2021 and also worked for the Pop Up Food Hub and FoodPrints teams. When he isn’t at the market, Yuval works as a Resident Teacher with Urban Teachers, an organization committed to dismantling racial and socioeconomic barriers in urban education. He believes care and support for our community are crucially important and is proud to contribute to food access initiatives, along with making the market an enjoyable community event for all. You can find him dancing along to market tunes and petting every dog at MVT on Saturdays! Favorite market product: tomatoes of all kinds

Allie Mannheimer, Market Operator: Downtown Silver Spring

 

 

 

Bianca Mitchell, Farm Stand Manager
Bianca is excited to be involved in community outreach, creating more sustainable practices, and learning in an environment that is all about healthy food! Favorite market products: olives, strawberries, honey

Sarah Mohammed, Market Operator: Columbia Heights (Sat)
Sarah is passionate about her DC community and the importance of community-driven change. Prior to joining the FRESHFARM team, she worked as the Farm Coordinator for Building Bridges at THEARC for three years. Learning from, teaching with, and connecting to the community in Congress Heights strengthened her passions and opened her eyes to the disparity in access to resources for residents East of the Anacostia River. Sarah is elated to join an organization that values community health and is dedicated to increasing access to fresh organic produce while promoting equitability, expanding social capital, and championing transparency. She understands first-hand how much food access programming, hands-on teaching in the field, and accessibility to farmers markets in our communities can do for the health and wellness of many thousands of people. Favorite market product: strawberries, watermelons, sugar snap peas

Cristina Nolasco, Market Operator: By the White House, CityCenterDC, H Street NE
Before joining FRESHFARM, Cristina volunteered and worked with organizations that focus on education access and promoted sustainable projects. She has learned with time that she loves working with people and connecting them to opportunities that promote growth and improvement. What she enjoys most about FRESHFARM’s work is its mission to implement programs of inclusion for nutrition and wellness. Her work at FRESHFARM has also taught her about a plethora of fruits and vegetables that she otherwise wouldn’t have known about, and she is extremely excited to share this with her community! Favorite market product: eggs

Dominique Ortiz, Market Operator: Rosslyn
Dominique was born and raised in France where she always had a vegetable garden, and her parents raised chicken, rabbits, goats, and lambs. That’s how she developed a passion for fresh and healthy food, with her mom preparing flavorful meals with homegrown vegetable and foraged items such as mushrooms and all kind of greens growing wild nearby. When she came to the US in 1986, the food culture was very different and she missed the weekly markets, fresh baked goods, and fresh produce. She is thrilled to see that we’ve come a long way since then and is proud to be able to play a little part in it with FRESHFARM. Making fresh and healthy food accessible to more people, and knowing where it comes from and how it is grown, are very important pieces in the puzzle of food sustainability. Favorite market product: anything grown or made with love

Kim Rodriguez, Market Staff: Arlington

Camila Rosales, Market Staff: Oakton
Camila studies Business at GMU and is involved in numerous sustainability organizations including Impact Fellows at the Costello School of Business and the Food Recovery Network. She came to FRESHFARM to gain experience with interacting with farmers and producers across the DMV food system. Also, she loves to work outdoors. Outside of being a market staff, Camila likes to write, attend Zumba, play volleyball, skateboard, and watch the Food Network. Favorite market product: hot food and apples

Christian Samaniego, Market Operator: Columbia Heights (Sat)
Christian loves the farmers market environment because it reminds him of easier times when he would go with his grandma to the local farmers market with a wicker basket. Favorite market product: olives and olive oil

Jude Schroder, Market Staff: Dupont Circle
As a child, Jude was involved in setting up a local community garden near their house, where they observed an amazing culture of mutual aid, sharing knowledge, growing food, and cooking meals for each other. Members of the community would tend to food bank plots and donate their harvests, and Jude realized that even a small group of people can create a significant impact on the local community. As a market staff member, Jude enjoys getting to know the local vendors and being immersed in community every week! Favorite market product: empanadas

Willa Shiel, Market Operator: Columbia Heights (Wed)
Willa has worked on different kinds of farms in the past, and her favorite part is creating community around growing and sharing sustainable food. She loves being at market and getting to know vendors and community members! Favorite market product: seedy bread and flowers

Pam Simon, Market Operator: CityCenterDC, Downtown Silver Spring
Pam traces her love of markets to childhood visits to Baltimore’s famed Lexington Market with her grandmother. She was introduced to FRESHFARM on the opening day of the Penn Quarter market. After retiring from a career in Early Childhood Administration, she became a FRESHFARM volunteer in 2015, working with the Market Share program learning about issues relating to the growing of food and the food system. She enrolled in the University of Vermont’s Breakthrough Leaders for Sustainable Agriculture Program to both broaden and deepen her understanding of food systems. After nearly three years as a Downtown Silver Spring market volunteer, Pam became a Market Operator in 2020. She has worked with many dedicated individuals doing the hard work to support farmers and increase food access for low-income communities. Favorite market product: strawberries and peaches (for taste and fragrance!)

Letasha Smith, Farm Stand Manager

Melissa Stewart, Farm Stand Manager

Brae Sullivan, Market Staff: Uptown
Brae loves supporting local farmers and businesses and enjoying the freshest food! Before joining FRESHFARM, Brae worked as a market vendor. Favorite market product: ramps and heirloom tomatoes

Kiamsha Tate, Market Staff: Downtown Silver Spring
Kiamsha came to FRESHFARM through FoodPrints. She was inspired by seeing how important it is for kids and their families to have access to fresh produce. Favorite market product: pears

Kaela Thurber, Market Staff: Uptown

Chi Wang, Market Staff: Downtown Silver Spring

 

 

 

 

Substitute Market Staff: Katie Aguila, Maria Betancourt Reid, Junior Bonilla, Tory Coffin, Hannah Daly, Erin Deal, Hala ElBarmil, Jillian Fan, Pasha Fesenko, Lauren Fung, Crystal Gong, Charlotte Greenburg, Melissa Gurevitch, Annika Higgins, Mary Ellen Koontz, Brynn MacDougall, Annie McDonnell, Kamari McElroy, Daniela Mrabti, Andra Naing, Lily Oberst, Stacey Pirtle, Caila Prendergast, Ann Williams, Katie Wiseman, Jeslyn Zakes