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HSFM's Board of Directors meets monthly to set policy and discuss strategy for the organization.

2018-2019 Board Members

Yaye Diop, BA (Management), Catholic University of America

Lilian de Jonge, MS (Nutrition), Wageningen Agricultural University, (The Netherlands), PhD, (Nutrition) University of Montreal; Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Food Studies, George Mason University

Edward Guss, BS (Business Administration), Seton Hall University, MPA, University of Maryland, post graduate Fellowship at Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Retired from 20 years in Senior Executive Service with the federal government, including posts as Director of Management Sciences at the US Department of Energy and Deputy Executive Director of the US Savings Bonds for the Department of the Treasury and retired from teaching as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College. President of the Board, Chesapeake Institute for Local Sustainable Food and Agriculture.

Joseph Hawkins, BA (Anthropology), Boston University, MA (Education), Howard University; Retired last year as Senior Study Director at Westat (an employee-owned social science research firm) but continues there as a part-time consultant.

Marla Hollander, MPH (Master of Public Health), Emory University; National Partnership Manager, American Heart Association

Meghna Krishnan, Student Advisory Board Member, Freshman, Thomas S. Wootton High School; Volunteer, Manna Food Center; Member, Maryland All State Junior Chorus; Practitioner, Indian Classical Dance.

Susan Loftus, BS (Physical Education/Athletic Training), Springfield College, MA (Curriculum and Instruction), University of Maryland, College Park; Physical Education Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools

Farzad Mustafa, Student Advisory Board Member, Junior, Thomas S. Wootton High School; Member, Track Team and Marching Band; Volunteer, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital; Alumnus of the Army Educational Outreach Program

Perry Plumart, BS (Political Science), South Dakota State University; Principal, Plumart Strategies

Carolyn Shelton, BA (International Studies & Spanish), University of the Pacific (UOP); Master of Public Health (MPH), George Washington University. Senior Operations Officer in Health, Nutrition & Population, The World Bank Group.

Mia Sidhu, MD, St. George's University School of Medicine;  General Pediatrician, THH Pediatrics

Philip Thompson, NVQ (Catering & Hospitality), Fareham College, Hampshire, England; Oregon Coast Culinary Certification. Executive Chef, Capital Hilton

Jane Welna, Board Chair, BA (Art History), Carleton College; Director of Development, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Fania Yangarber, MS (Food Policy and Applied Nutrition), Tufts University, JD, Illinois Institute of Technology; Executive Director, Healthy School Food Maryland 

Advisory Board Members

Elizabeth M. Adams, MA (International Affairs), George Washington University; Technical Specialist for Agriculture, Food Security & Gender, Global Communities

Valerie Ervin, MPA (Master of Public Administration); former MCPS Board of Education and Montgomery County Council Member

Seth Grimes, MA (Mathematics), University of Washington; Board Vice Chair, Shepherd's Table, Member, Montgomery County Board of Social Services, former City of Takoma Park Councilmember (2011-2015).

Jill Grospierre, MA (International Relations), Webster University Geneva; currently studying Health & Wellness Coaching with Nutrition concentration at the Maryland University of Integrative Health

George Leventhal, MPA (Master of Public Administration), Johns Hopkins University; Councilmember at large, Montgomery County Council

Carol Shelton, MEd, EdD (Doctor of Education), Howard University; Middle School Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Prince George's County Public Schools

Jeffrey Slavin, Tufts University, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard University; Mayor, Town of Somerset

Nicholas VanderKamp, BS (Hospitality Management), Ferris State University, AAAS (Culinary Management), Secchia Institute for Culinary Education; Director, Global Accounts, HelmsBriscoe


Emeritus Karen Devitt
, BA (English), The College of William and Mary; Co-Founder and former director, Healthy School Food Maryland and musical instruction and entertainment professional

Lindsey Parsons, EdD (Doctor of Education), Griffith University; MA (Romance Linguistics), University of Texas at Austin; Certified Health Coach, High Desert Health


"I am a junior atElena de Toledo BCC High School. The cafeteria is a place of racial divide at my school and eating in it carries a negative stigma on students. We are working at BCC to improve the school food so that students of all backgrounds will come together to share meals. It is saddening to see students eating vending machine snacks because they prefer them over the unhealthy cafeteria options. Whether it be cafeteria or vending machine food, it is all the wrong brain fuel. I work with HSFM so that we can close the racial divide and health problems that our MCPS cafeterias are promoting."
- Elena de Toledo, Former HSFM Student Board Member

"Considering the increase in disease in this country and the uncertainty of what we're putting in our bodies, the food served in schools should be the most healthy that we can offer to children. We need to make a commitment to adhere to all of the recommended changes and be sure that we're contributing to setting the standard for how people should eat.".
- an HSFM Supporter


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