Our Board & Staff

Michael Forman, President, Franklin Square PartnersMichael Forman

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Mr. Forman is the Chairman and CEO of Franklin Square Capital Partners.

Mr. Forman serves as Chairman and CEO of each of Franklin Square’s Funds—FS Investment Corporation (FSIC), FS Investment Corporation II (FSIC II), FS Investment Corporation III (FSIC III), FS Energy & Power Fund (FSEP) and FS Global Credit Opportunities Fund. He also chairs each Fund’s Investment Committee.

Prior to co-founding Franklin Square, Mr. Forman founded FB Capital Partners, a private investment partnership, as well as FB Real Estate Fund, a real estate pooled equity fund whose lead investor is Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). Mr. Forman has built a number of other successful businesses in the private equity and debt, financial services and investment management industries.

Mr. Forman was previously a senior partner in the Corporate and Securities Department at the Philadelphia-based law firm of Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers LLP where he practiced for over 17 years. He served in a number of leadership positions at Klehr Harrison, including membership on its Executive Committee and as Hiring Partner.

Mr. Forman is also a director of Murex Investments and chairs its Investment Committee. Murex is an SBA-licensed New Markets Venture Capital Corporation and a U.S. Treasury-Certified Community Development Financial Institution. Murex invests in early stage businesses in the Mid-Atlantic with the goal of job creation and employee ownership.

Mr. Forman is also a member of a number of other civic and charitable boards including The Franklin Institute (Executive Committee member), The Vetri Community Partnership (Chairman), and The University of the Arts (Executive Committee member). Mr. Forman serves as the Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for The Philadelphia School.

In 2013, Mr. Forman was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® for the Greater Philadelphia region and Franklin Square ranked 13th on the Forbes list of America’s Most Promising Companies.

Mr. Forman received his BA from the University of Rhode Island where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He received his JD from Rutgers School of Law.

Mr. Forman is married and lives with his wife and three daughters in Center City, Philadelphia.

 

Peri HigginsPeri Higgins

BOARD MEMBER

Peri Higgins is the President of Evolve Advisors. She formed Evolve to bring together a group of highly skilled, senior consultants to provide clients with innovative business solutions in the areas of strategic planning, project management, and business process redesign.

Over the past twenty years, Peri has worked in the financial, private equity and real estate industries. She leverages her experience to assist Evolve’s consulting clients in a wide range of industries to increase revenues and profitability and to develop strategies to overcome challenges.

Before her work in consulting, Peri established two real estate funds.  The first fund was focused on net leased properties in the U.S. and Canada, while the second fund focused on multi-family housing.  Her responsibilities as a general partner included performing financial analysis to evaluate the merits of potential acquisitions and divestitures, securing financing, and managing investor relations.

Prior to her work in real estate, Peri managed the private equity portfolio of a privately held manufacturing company.  She had responsibility for reviewing investment opportunities, making investment recommendations, monitoring portfolio company performance, developing growth and exit strategies, and managing divestiture processes.

Prior to her private equity investment activities, Peri was an Associate in the public finance division of a New York based investment bank.  In this capacity, Peri administered a variable-rate hospital bond pool and provided technical support on municipal bond issuances.

Ms. Higgins received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to the Vetri Community Partnership, she serves on the Board of Trustees of The Episcopal Academy and Horizons at EA.

 

BRN_4868 (1)Robert Keddie

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Keddie currently serves as the Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer and General Counsel of Garces. Garces is the corporate parent of award winning Chef Jose Garces’ hospitality group. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, the group employs nearly 1000 employees across multiple business lines in seven different markets throughout the US. It was recently named one of the top twenty-five independent restaurant groups in the country. Mr. Keddie is responsible for the strategic vision, development, and overall leadership of the group’s almost twenty successful restaurants, its thriving catering division, a sustainable farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and its charitable foundation dedicated to the education of the Latino community.

Prior to joining Garces, Mr. Keddie represented renowned chefs, developers and hospitality professionals in a variety of both legal and business capacities, including the structuring of specialty consulting, partnership and joint venture agreements, restaurant lease negotiation and analysis, financing arrangements, and functioning as a “turn around” and strategic consultant on early stage hospitality projects.

Mr. Keddie has also served as a guest lecturer at Drexel University and the Wharton School of Business and as a guest speaker at the Wharton Latin American Conference, the Hospitality Law Conference, the Drexel Chef Conference and Lambda Alpha International, among others. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in numerous print and digital media, and appeared on television.

Mr. Keddie has also advised or served on the board of directors of various educational, civic and charitable organizations, including the Drexel University Center for Hospitality and Sports Management (Advisory Board), Holy Ghost Preparatory School (Co-Chair Alumni Advisory Board), Council Rock School District (Social Media Advisory Committee), Philadelphia School District (Perkins Advisory Board), the Garces Foundation (Executive Com.), the Vetri Foundation for Children, the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania Small Business Advisory Council, the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association (Executive Com.), Industree (Advisory Board) and the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia (Executive Com). He has also been recognized by the New York State Bar Association for his work with the New York State Client Protection Fund and is a member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York bars.

A graduate of Millersville University of Pennsylvania (BA English, Philosophy Minor) and New York Law School (JD), Keddie was most recently a principal, and chair of the hospitality law department of the law firm of Porzio, Bromberg and Newman, PA.

He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.

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Jeff Michaud

BOARD MEMBER

The Executive Chef and co-owner of Osteria Restaurant, Amis Restaurant and Alla Spina, Jeffrey Michaud began his cooking career at the age of 13 in a pizza shop in New Hampshire where he was raised. Inspired by his grandmother’s cooking and beautiful wedding cakes, Jeff attended the Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1998. His culinary path led him from the Caribou Club in Aspen Colorado to Vetri Ristorante in Philadelphia to Bergamo, Italy where he worked his way through the top restaurants in the region. Jeff returned to Philadelphia in 2006 to rejoin the Vetri team with the opening of Osteria.

In 2008, The James Beard Foundation nominated Osteria for “Best New Restaurant” and in 2010, Jeff won the James Beard Award for “Best Mid-Atlantic Chef.” In 2011, Food and Wine Magazine named Osteria one of the top 25 pizza spots in the US and Jeff was named “Best Chef” by Philadelphia Magazine. Jeff extends his culinary expertise to his involvement as a member of the Vetri Foundation for Children’s Board of Directors. Together with Marc Vetri, Jeff developed Eatiquette, the Vetri Community Partnership’s school lunch program. Eatiquette creates a family style dining experience in the lunch room that fosters social interaction, communication and nutritional education. Jeff continues to develop menus for the program and regularly invites school chefs to train with him in the kitchen at Osteria. Jeff lives in Philadelphia with his wife Claudia and their daughter.

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Michael Rouse

BOARD MEMBER

Michael is the President, CEO and co-founder of ESF, Inc. ESF (which stands for Education, Sports, and Fun) has been a pioneering force in summer day camps since its humble beginnings in 1982. Since then, ESF has had a profound impact on thousands of children by developing life skills through a dynamic staff, high-quality programs, premier locations, time-honored traditions, and a commitment to safety, learning and fun. ESF has received numerous awards for quality service, safety, and best places to work from several magazines and newspapers.

Michael and ESF are also deeply committed to helping underserved young people in local communities through its social action initiatives – the ESF Dream Camp Foundation and Acting Without Boundaries. The ESF Dream Camp Foundation serves over 550 at-risk children with year-round mentoring and summer camp scholarships in both Philadelphia and Hartford, Ct. Acting Without Boundaries is dedicated to providing children andyoung adults who have physical disabilities with a year-round acting program throughout the greater Philadelphia area.

Michael is a graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts and Communication and was also inducted into the Villanova’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Michael is also a graduate of the Disney Institute’s People Management, Customer Service, and Creative Leadership Programs. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), Board member of ESF Dream Camp Foundation, AWB, Solomon Fellows and the Vetri Community Partnership.

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Sylvia DiBona

BOARD MEMBER

Sylvia is a certified public accountant. She started her career as a member of the tax department at Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia. She later joined the tax department of Smith Kline, specializing in international tax issues. She co-founded The William Penn Insurance Agency, a commercial insurance brokerage firm, in 1987. After making a career shift to counseling psychology in the 1990s, she worked for several years as a volunteer at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, counseling patients undergoing cancer treatment. Since 2005, Sylvia has been chairman of the board of Fred’s Footsteps, a public charity founded in the memory of her late husband. The mission of Fred’s Footsteps is to support working families who are in a financial crisis due to the costs associated with caring for a critically ill or injured child. Sylvia has previously served on the Boards of ESF Dream Camp Foundation, the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur and The Wellness Community, and is currently a member of the Leadership Council of the Abramson Cancer Center.

Sylvia received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Temple University, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College.

Sandy Brown

Sandy Brown

BOARD MEMBER

Sandy has been a leader in the Jewish community of Southern New Jersey. While serving as board chair or committee chair she has developed skills in board governance, strategic planning, funds development and organizational structure. Currently, she serves on theBoard of  Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and is an Advisor to Kellman Brown Academy. In recent years she has served on the Board of Trustees of Moorestown Friends School,  Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Community Center, Congregation Beth El and Kellman Brown Academy.

Sandy is married to Sid Brown and has three children. They live in Philadelphia.

Marlene L. Olshan

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Marlene joined Vetri Community Partnership in October 2015 as CEO. Prior to VCP, Marlene worked as the Deputy Commissioner for Performance Management and Accountability for the City of Philadelphia, Department of Human Services. Marlene spent over 12 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the premier youth mentoring organization, serving as the CEO of the Southeastern PA affiliate (BBBS SEPA) for over ten years, and as the COO of the National Office, Big Brothers Big Sister of America.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA, Marlene led a team of 80 and built the organization into the 5th largest affiliate in the nation, providing a carefully screened adult mentor to over 4,000 youth in the region. Under her leadership she created an innovative program called “Beyond School Walls” which partners a local corporation with an inner city school, allowing mentoring to occur in the workplace. This program has subsequently been rolled out nationwide and partnering with such esteemed corporations as Urban Outfitters, Comcast Corporation, and Bentley Systems.

Marlene started her career in the private sector in the fashion retail business, serving as Vice President, Stores for national chains such as Children’s Place and Aeropostale. In 2011, Marlene was recognized as a “Leader of Distinction” by the Greater West Chester Rotary Club, and in 2009 was recognized with the Humanitarian Award by B’Nai Brith, Philadelphia. She currently serves on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Judicial Review Board.

Marlene is a graduate of Temple University and resides in Center City Philadelphia with her wife, Mindy. When she is not working, Marlene can usually be found dining at a Vetri Family restaurant.

Kelly Herrenkohl

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Kelly Herrenkohl is the Chief Operating Officer of the Vetri Community Partnership, which empowers children and families to lead healthy lives through fresh food, hands on-experiences and education. She joined the organization in 2011. Under her leadership, the Foundation has grown to serve more than 5,900 students in 45 schools in the Philadelphia region. Kelly brings 15 years of sales and marketing experience to her role, having served as a partner at Herrenkohl Consulting, an executive recruiting firm and as regional sales manager at Supplies Network, the country’s largest privately-owned IT supply wholesaler. Kelly is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Kelly lives with her husband and four children just outside of Philadelphia and laughs when people ask her what she does with her free time. Gardening, hiking and being outside with something good to read would be the answer if, indeed, free time ever became available.

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DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Jennifer Wheeler, originally from Delaware County,  joined Vetri Community Partnership in Fall of 2014.  A graduate of Millersville University, Jennifer taught for 10 years in the classroom working with court-appointed youth, English language learners, and children and families with refugee status.

Jennifer joined the nonprofit sector in 2006 and spent eight years as Manager of Educational Programs and Services at WHYY Public Media.  During her tenure at WHYY, she worked on many initiatives and had diverse experiences including program and grant management, fundraising, teacher professional development, radio and television production, and mission focused events facilitation. She is the recipient of  the Southeastern Regional Key Professional Development Champion of the Year Award for 2008, the International Reading Association 2010 Broadcast Media Award for Television for WHYY I LIKE THIS BOOK, and a Mid Atlantic Region Emmy Nominee.

In her free time Jennifer spends time with her four godchildren, friends, and family. She tries never to miss a chance to enjoy great music or a well-written television series.  She likes to read, manage her fantasy football teams, do crossword puzzles,  and explore the city of Philadelphia, Paris, or a beach.

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DIRECTOR OF CULINARY OPERATIONS

Carla Norelli spent 12 years in the hospitality industry, working nearly every possible position before deciding to follow her dream to attend the Le Cordon Bleu culinary program at the Orlando Culinary Academy. Her passion is cooking ‘real’ food, creating dishes that are not only good, but good for you, and developing recipes that are easy to navigate and execute.

After receiving her A.S. in Culinary Arts, Carla remained in Orlando for five years, working primarily for Loew’s Hotels, starting a small scale catering business of her own and obtaining her Bachelor’s in Culinary Management. When Carla returned to her hometown of Philadelphia, she spent a year as the assistant kitchen manager in a small café, executing fresh, from-scratch dishes and developing menu items and recipes. She moved on to a corporate kitchen setting after having her first child, and although the company was great to work for, she missed being more hands-on and working with foods that were made with freshness and healthfulness in mind.

Having a child only heightened her interest in the foods that are being produced and served to our youth and this coincided perfectly with finding a position at the Vetri Community Partnership. In addition to working at the Vetri Community Partnership, Carla is working toward a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources.

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DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Genevieve enthusiastically joined the Vetri Community Partnership in December 2013. Before taking the opportunity, she spent three years as a stay-at-home mom. When she was ready to return to full-time work, the Vetri Community Partnership was an easy decision because its mission incorporates so many of her own personal philosophies.

Prior to joining VCP, Genevieve spent 4.5 years working as an Advancement Consultant with the Catholic School Development Program (CSDP) in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and five years at the School District of Philadelphia as the Operations Manager at Samuel Fels High School. At CSDP, she worked with schools to implement best practices in development, enrollment management, constituent relations, board development and governance. As a development professional, it is her job to match a person’s passion with opportunities.

Fortunate to have grown up in a close-knit family that valued the time that they had around the table, Genevieve makes a point to continue the tradition by catching up with and enjoying a good meal with her family almost every night. Depending on the season, you can find her in and around the Philadelphia area with her family, hanging out on the water on their boat or heading to the beach!

Gregory J. Allen, Ph.D

DIRECTOR OF FOUNDATION & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Gregory J. Allen, Ph.D. is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia who has committed himself to helping people help change themselves, their families and their communities. For more than 30 years, he has worked primarily in urban communities with low-income families and young people, helping them to access education & training, jobs, and to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Greg’s professional experiences have been concentrated within educational, public and nonprofit environments. He first learned about the Vetri Community Partnership as a Founding Board Member and Director of Development for People for People Charter School (PFPCS) and was instrumental in bringing the Eatiquette program to the students there.

In addition to Eatiquette, Greg promoted the school’s healthy agenda to secure support from a USDA Farm to School Program Planning Grant, the PA Department of Education Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program, and finally, with the generous support from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s (IBC) Building Healthy Communities grant program, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Vetri Community Partnership, to provide the North Street Community Garden and a culinary classroom using the herbs and vegetables that were grown by the students in the local community garden.

In 1993, he received his Master of Education from Temple University College of Education in Psychoeducational Processes with a concentration in Training and Organizational Development. In 1999, he earned his Doctorate of Philosophy from Temple University in the same program. Other organizations that Greg has worked with include the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County, Camden Center for Youth Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the City of Philadelphia. He has provided consulting to numerous groups including Plus Ultre, LLC, Temple University, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Rutgers University, William Penn Foundation, Camden City and Cumberland County Empowerment Zones, Haverford College, and the Ford Foundation.

Danielle Zimmerman

ADMINISTRATIVE & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Danielle joined the Vetri Community Partnership in September 2014. As a lifelong Philadelphian who grew up in the public school system, Danielle is excited to work at an organization that does so much to educate and improve the lives of school-age children in her beloved city.

Before finding VCP, Danielle worked in publishing and as a freelance writer for a variety of Philadelphia publications. She is a Temple University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has always been at home around fresh, healthy food, whether in her home kitchen or in restaurants, where she’s occupied various front-of-house positions over the years.

When not at work, Danielle can typically be found on her bike en route to one of Philadelphia’s many farmers’ markets or outdoor festivals.

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PROGRAM MANAGER

Sarah Cullen began cooking professionally almost by accident. After graduating with a degree in fine arts, she took a kitchen job with the hopes of having a job which wouldn’t take up all her time and attention in order to devote herself to art in her spare time. She ended up falling in love with kitchen culture and fine dining, eventually working in many wonderful Philadelphia restaurants, such as Gayle and Xochitl.

Sarah is also passionate about social justice and strives to better her community. Working for the Vetri Community Partnership allows her to combine her love of food and her desire to do good. She believes that food is the key to good health, strong relationships and community stewardship, and is thrilled to be sharing this philosophy with children – one plate at a time.

In her spare time, she can be found at her local farmers market looking for inspiration for her next meal or menu plan, relaxing with her husband and son, or working on her latest needlepoint project.

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Amy Falkenstein

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Amy Falkenstein’s love of cooking started at a young age. Standing on her tiptoes on a wooden chair in the family’s South Jersey home, she watched and helped her mother in the kitchen and that love of cooking continued as she grew older.

Amy attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island a year earlier than her peers. She fell in love with the atmosphere and quickly settled into the New England scene. After two years, she’d earned her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and was accepted into the Nutrition Program. In 2011, Amy graduated with a Bachelor’s in the Science of Nutrition.

After honing her skills within the small community of Rhode Island restaurants, she decided to move back to her hometown of Voorhees, New Jersey. Almost immediately, Amy found herself staging at one of the most prestigious restaurants in Philadelphia. It was there that she trained in the true nature of fine dining cuisine, mastering skillsets to promote herself into a managerial position.

Amy joined the Vetri Community Partnership as a Program Coordinator in August 2014. She is excited to combine her passion for cooking and nutrition and use it toward helping children become more aware of what they are eating. Amy also works with Maureen Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer organizing the Foundation’s “My Daughter’s Kitchen” program. She consistently feels fulfilled by her job and says the best part of her day is hearing a cafeteria of students cheering as their lunch in announced.

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EDUCATION COORDINATOR

Maddy Booth joined the Vetri Community Partnership in November 2014. As a server on the opening team at Pizzeria Vetri and member of the Vetri Family since September of 2013, Maddy was inspired by the impact VCP has on the region, its children, and their food knowledge and curiosity.

Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Maddy was very fortunate to have a family who valued eating dinner together, at least when it could be arranged around soccer, basketball, or lacrosse practices. Her mother’s “leftover soups” inspired reactions ranging from awe to revulsion, but undoubtedly led to the creativity she now enjoys in her home kitchen.

Recruited to play Division 1 lacrosse, Maddy attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, graduating in 2008 with a degree in American Studies focusing on Social Justice. As a student-athlete, healthy eating was vital for maintaining performance both in the classroom and on the field. After graduating, Maddy moved abroad for four years to live, work, and study in the United Kingdom. While a lacrosse coach and PE teacher at a boarding school in Canterbury, England, she received her Master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Kent.

Now that she’s home in Philadelphia, she can be found exploring restaurants and markets, on the beach in Stone Harbor, NJ, or completing the Sunday crosswords in Sharpie.

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PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Growing up, Shalika Sprowal was always around food. Born in New York and raised in New Orleans, she learned to help her grandparents and mother in the kitchen at a young age. Healthy eating was always important in her family, so by age 5, she’d already developed a strong appreciation for what she was putting in her body.

Her first restaurant job was as a server/bartender at Devon Seafood Grill, but she often found herself hanging out in the kitchen asking about the food in order to better serve her customers. When an expeditor called out, she was asked to fill in. She never looked back and within three years, she was promoted to lead line cook. She left for opportunities where she could gain more diverse experience, including briefly relocating to New Orleans to work for a James Beard award-winning chef and taking a position at Honey’s Sit N’ Eat, where she developed a Southern menu that would go on to win a “Best of Philly” award, before returning to Devon Seafood Grill to become their first female sous chef.

As a mother whose child once became sick (salmonella poisoning) from a school lunch, Shalika understands that many school lunches served to children lack quality and freshness. Working as a program coordinator for the Vetri Community Partnership allows her to challenge that status quo and work toward a mission that is near and dear to her heart.

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PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Stacy Clarke is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in San Francisco and Rutgers University, where she studied sociology. Since graduating culinary school in 2002, Stacy has worked in several acclaimed restaurants on both coasts, worked as a personal chef/caterer, and as a culinary instructor.

Stacy’s interest in food started in high school when she and her boyfriend (now her husband) began cooking in his parent’s kitchen. Having grown up as a picky eater, their kitchen experiments helped her broaden her food choices.

While in San Francisco, Stacy began to understand the connection between the food, the farmers, and its connection to our health.

Once her kids were born she became increasingly interested in healthier eating and providing better food choices. She taught cooking classes and helped those with allergies/food restrictions navigate their food choices. Stacy is committed to good nutrition and being a part of the conversation and shift towards healthy eating.

Stacy joined the staff of the Vetri Community Partnership in June 2014. She looks forward to sharing her passion of cooking, nutrition and making wise food choices with her students.

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PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Nancy has spent a lifetime cooking. As a child, she made up recipes for her EZ Bake oven after running out of mixes. As a teenager, she enjoyed spending weekends making soup and bread for her family, and by the time she went to college, she was hosting international dinner parties from her NYC apartment.

Her career has taken Nancy on many paths. She owned a pottery studio in New York City, and a diner in upstate New York before deciding to attend culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America, which led her to the world of food service where she became the chef for the General Theological Seminary, before heading to Fifth Avenue to serve breakfast (and lunch) at Tiffany’s flagship store. In 1998, Nancy relocated from New York to Philadelphia and began a 15-year stint with Whole Foods Market.

Nancy and her daughter Rachel enjoy cooking together and exploring the world of food at home and in a city filled with great restaurants, specialty shops, and farmers’ markets. Nancy is excited to be part of the Vetri Community Partnership and is passionate about sharing her love of food with kids.

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PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Whitney’s taste buds were exposed to various cultures at a young age. Growing up with neighbors of various ethnic origins helped to expose her palate to Latin, Indian, Pan-Asian, Italian and traditional southern American foods.

While in high school, Whitney worked for The Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company under the guidance of Ted Kliesner. Whitney attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 2008. After two years, she’d earned her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and was accepted into Drexel University.

While attending Drexel, Whitney worked for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and help to write various recipes used for daily production. Shortly after graduating from Drexel with bachelor’s degree in Food and Beverage Management, Whitney gained valuable management skills from working for Aramark. Working a corporate environment was challenging but rewarding. After watching a few documentaries on childhood obesity and food insecurity, she decided that working within culinary arts and helping the community at large would be a great fit.

Whitney joined the Vetri Community Partnership as a Program Coordinator in October 2015. She is excited to combine her passion for cooking and nutrition to empower children and their families to make healthier choices.

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Together with our partners we have served 500,454 healthy, family style meals.