Updated: Oct 22, 2019
What is your role at SNACC?
President of Faces in Between, Executive Director of SNACC, Co-Founder
What is your background?
I was raised just outside of Philadelphia, PA and moved to New York City in 2016 after graduating from Muhlenberg College with a bachelors degree in sociology and public health. I worked for two years in the healthcare industry doing strategy / marketing work for Pharmaceutical companies. In Fall 2018, I enrolled at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health to pursue my masters degree in Sociomedical Sciences with a certificate in Health Policy and Practice. Upon graduating from Columbia, I will be joining the Healthcare Advisory team at KPMG and look forward to growing my career in the non-profit sector along-side SNACC / Faces in Between!
What makes you passionate about the work that SNACC does?
I am passionate about the work that we do at SNACC because I truly believe in the power and necessity of investing in our youth to ensure healthy development. It is common that grade school students in Title 1 School Districts and poverty-stricken areas are underfed and malnourished. Though students are given free breakfast and lunch in NYC schools, it is often the only meals they consume in a day. Students who are hungry or malnourished often struggle to succeed in school. Food insecurity also impacts a child’s ability to maintain productive and meaningful relationships with others.
Todays kids are the future politicians, doctors, teachers, chefs, lawyers, parents and role models but too often we see that kids' most basic needs are not being met. Many kids are being held back from reaching their full potential and are being deprived the opportunity to enjoy all the wonderful things about being a kid. Todays kids will be the future leaders and change-makers of this country and so by investing in our youth, we are investing our future.
What is your favorite healthy ingredient and what is your favorite dish to cook with it?
My favorite healthy ingredient is Butternut Squash and my favorite thing to make that incorporates butternut squash is a warm grain salad!
What is your favorite Quote?
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
- Nelson Mandela