After 8 years of running her own triple-bottom line cafe – committed to people, profit and planet - Jill returned to the non-profit community in 2011 and joined Food Moxie in January 2013. She hopes to educate, empower and inspire individuals of all ages to embrace healthy living and connect with their food & the land that produces it. Jill believes we create stronger communities and healthier neighborhoods through gardening, eating well, and working cooperatively. She hopes you'll join us in our efforts.
Food Moxie Staff & Board
Food Moxie Staff
Jill FinkExecutive Director
Tara CampbellYouth Education Coordinator
Tara has lived in Philadelphia since graduating from Drexel in 2006. She believes people of all ages can learn leadership, cooperation, communication, a love and appreciation for the environment, and gain a more complete understanding about the food we eat through farm education. She hopes to inspire youth to become civically minded and environmentally conscious adults who take on key roles in the quest to achieve a sustainable future.
Julia LemyreCommunications and Operations Associate
Julia graduated in 2014 with a degree in fine arts from the University of the Arts. Starting her own organic garden and becoming a novice beekeeper completely changed the way she thought about and prepared food, so when she came across the office manager opening at Food Moxie, she knew she had to be a part of the organization. It was the perfect opportunity to combine her passions for sustainability, health and community along with her experience in bookkeeping and office management. Julia believes that growing food provides a direct, sacred connection to the earth, and that sharing that food with one another creates a strong community.
Brandon RitterFarm and Garden Manager
Brandon is an urban farmer, educator and community leader. He began gardening with his grandmother at age six, and started farming at age 12. A graduate of Saul High School, Brandon has turned his early years spent learning about food and food systems into a promising career. After working with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program and Isles Inc. in Trenton, Brandon is excited to step into the Farm and Garden Manager role, overseeing garden planning, logistics and implementation on Food Moxie’s farm sites, and also taking the lead with the pre-teen Garden Club program.
Mercelyne LatortueNutrition Education Associate
Mercelyne was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Haiti. She has lived in Philadelphia since 2006 after receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Health from Temple University. During her time at Temple University she worked with Sunday Suppers for 3+ years educating families on the benefits of having family dinners and home cooked meals. She believes everyone has the right to quality foods no matter their economic status. Besides a love for cooking and educating families, Mercelyne is an avid yogi and yoga instructor. Practicing yoga for over 9 years, she tries to incorporate the philosophies of yoga into her work style.
Melissa PowellFarm Educator
In 2006, Melissa moved to Philadelphia and has since dedicated her professional life to work with children in settings ranging from group homes to camps to schools. Melissa spent time living in Nigeria where she worked for an NGO that encouraged and inspired youth through clubs in schools, an experience that was influential and inspiring to her as well. In 2008, Melissa developed a strong interest in food systems, which led to community gardening in the Kensington, farming on a Biodynamic CSA in Phoenixville, and in 2015, to her current role with Food Moxie where she is able to combine her passion for educating children with her passion for healthy food and farming.
WWCP Board of Governors
Laura Morris SienaChair
I am a long-time Mt. Airy resident, Weavers Way member, nonprofit executive and community activist. After a twenty-year career in fund-raising, I served as Executive Director of Fund for an OPEN Society, a national organization promoting racially integrated communities, and of West Mt. Airy Neighbors, a community-based volunteer organization committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in its richly diverse urban neighborhood. I have a particular interest in Mt. Airy’s history of leadership in promoting integrated communities. Since 2010, I have served as founding president of Lundale Farm, Inc., a new nonprofit formed under a directive in my mother’s Will. Lundale Farm, Inc. owns 420 acres of conserved farmland in northern Chester County, PA and is a sustainable farming community that is a place of inspiration, innovation and opportunity for new farmers, landowners, and others committed to locally grown food. I joined the Board of Food Moxie in 2012 and I was elected to the Board of Weavers Way Co-op in 2013.
Tim ClairVice Chair
Tim Clair is a nonprofit executive with over 20 years experience in growing and developing organizations. He has been in leadership with a variety of Philadelphia nonprofits managing change, building capacity, overseeing operations and finance, developing programs and fostering partnerships. He is currently the Senior Director of Operations and Planning for the Fairmount Park Conservancy and has served as Executive Director at the Fairmount CDC and as the first Director of Operations for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Tim has lived, studied and worked in Philadelphia for over 20 years after growing up in northwest New Jersey. He has an MBA with a concentration in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University. Tim, Heather, and their two children, Ivy and Sage, enjoy hiking, gardening and spending time with family in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. His interest in youth development, local economies, food justice and urban farming led him to the Food Moxie Board.
Jeffrey has been a member of Weavers Way since 1979 when he relocated to Philadelphia from the Midwest. Having raised his children on the tofu, tempeh and other great coop products, Weavers Way has been an important part of his family’s life. Since 1981, Jeffrey has continuously served on boards of non-profit arts organizations in Philadelphia. In recent years, he’s become very interested in urban community agriculture, has joined a CSA, and believes in the importance of education in this area, as well as healthy sustainable food for all. As a Food Moxie Board member, Jeffrey is able to further the Food Moxie mission and also give back to the larger Weavers Way community that has been so important to him and his family.
Having served urban youth in Philadelphia for over a decade, I feel passionate about how food and health intersect with education. As a former special educator and Assistant Principal in low-income schools, I have direct experience with the challenges that face our children, especially those with special needs. Inadequate access to healthy food options continues to impact the health and education of our nation, and I believe Food Moxie and it’s approach has the potential to turn the tide in Philadelphia by starting with our most precious resource-our children. I hope to bring my passion for urban gardening, my background in special education, and non-profit experience to help accelerate Food Moxie’s mission.
Glenn Bergman is the founder of Food Moxie: his vision of Weavers Way sponsoring its own non-profit focused on increasing access to healthy food has blossomed into a multi-site organization that engages in a variety of partnerships to empower children, youth, and families with the values and knowledge to be healthy, strong, and informed. Glenn now serves as the Executive Director of Philabundance. Glenn is a long-time resident of East Mt. Airy.
Natalie Catin-St. Louis
Natalie is in charge of curriculum for K-12 in the Mastery Charter network. Most recently she was the founding principal for the K-5 Cleveland Elementary Lower School at Mastery Charter. Under her leadership, Cleveland students are making remarkable gains in both reading and math every year. Cleveland was recently cited as one of ten most improved schools in the city according to SPP scores. Here in Philadelphia, she has also been an Instructional Reform Facilitator (IRF) in charge of interpreting data, coaching struggling teachers, professional development and informal observations. She’s dedicated to urban education and plans to always serve children as well as their families with having access to a sound education.
Harriet Dichter has an impressive record of innovation in local, state and federal early childhood education. She has led national policy teams on the issue, and also served as Pennsylvania’s founding Deputy Secretary for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. In addition to her policy work, Harriet’s leadership has included supporting foundations through work at the Pew Trusts and as a consultant to the Gates and Ford Foundations. Harriet currently serves as Executive Director of the Delaware Office of Early Learning.
Anne Munch Jensen
As a language and culture teacher at a local independent school, my objective is to empower students by helping them make connections between their life and behavior, and the world around them. In my school life, I show students that valuing and contributing to the environment starts with themselves. This includes taking responsibility for their own immediate environment, and learning to grow and prepare foods, in order to live a healthier life, rooted in a relationship to nature. Because of my passion for a better environment and belief that a healthier planet starts with the education of the individual, I am a stout supporter of Weavers Way and Food Moxie.
Jiana Murdic is committed to making schools and communities healthier, making her the perfect fit for Food Moxie! With more than 10 years as a school leader and educator, Jiana understands the dynamics and challenges facing school administrators, educators, families and communities. She dedicates her energies to improve wellness in schools and communities, and will bring this same energy to Food Moxie as we evaluate our current programs and determine our strategic growth.
Sharat SomashekaraSharat is a sustainable agriculture professional with fifteen years of experience in production, program management and international post-harvest crop protection. He is committed to empowering families and communities through better access, knowledge, and resources around the food system.