WELLNESS IN THE SCHOOLS

creating healthier places in which to learn

Team


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    Ting Chang, Program Coordinator
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    Ting joins the WITS team with a solid background in nutrition. She was a clinical dietitian at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and provided dietary therapy to patients and their families. She developed an interest in sustainable agriculture and the local food movement during her graduate studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ting is our resident ramen-guru and is always on the lookout for good food, whether it be in the schools, in restaurants, or on the streets.

     
         
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    Reana Kovalcik, Development Coordinator
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    Reana brings a unique perspective to WITS, combining a love of all things food and farm with a strong interest in public policy and urban systems. Having worked for elected officials in both Chicago and NYC, Reana is particularly interested in how cities can maximize quality of life for their residents and stand out as thought leaders nationally. During her time working with NYC Council Member Gale Brewer Reana spearheaded research on improving the city's school food program and helped to develop NYC's first legislation to commit government agencies to prioritizing local food purchasing. Reana earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Policy from De Paul University, Chicago and holds a Master's degree in Urban Policy and Management from The New School, NYC. Reana lives in Brooklyn, where she feel fortunate to be surrounded by an active community and fed seasonally by the PLG CSA.

         
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    Greg Silverman, Managing Director
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    Chef Greg comes to Wellness in the Schools from Share Our Strength where he was charged with building the programmatic partnerships necessary to grow the No Kid Hungry campaign and its national nutrition education efforts via the flagship Cooking Matters at the Store program. Greg previously worked in London as a food consultant for public sector organizations and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames; was a multiple restaurant owner and chef in Ithaca, NY; and spent time as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. Greg holds a degree in Anthropology from Ithaca College, a certificate in Culinary Arts from the International Culinary Center and a Masters of Science in Food and Nutritional Policy from the Centre for Food Policy at the City University of London. He is a born and bred upstate New Yorker who is excited to learn all the best bike routes in NYC from his new home in Harlem.

       
     

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    Wendy Siskin, Coach for Kids Director
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    Wendy has been a competitive athlete her entire life. As a former champion swimmer for Louisiana State University, she understands first-hand the rewards and personal growth that sports can bring. Wendy received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, a Minor in Dietetics, an Exercise Physiology certification through the American College of Sports Medicine and a Youth Fitness Specialist certification with the International Youth Conditioning Association. In 2002, she started a company called Phys Kids USA; working with at-risk children and consulting with several organizations and task forces to revive physical education. Wendy brings a lifetime of passion towards wellness and the experience of equipping children with the tools they need to live their healthiest life.  

         
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    Marjorie Wolfson, Cook for Kids Director
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    For Marjorie, the belief that healthy food should also taste good has been a trademark of her long association with cooking. From her early days as a cook in some of New York's flagship restaurants, she was inspired by the notion that simple, fresh, well-prepared ingredients yield good meals and contribute toward a more healthy lifestyle. Marjorie brings an extensive culinary background to the WITS Team, having cooked in restaurants such as Union Square Café, Le Madri, Alison on Dominick, and Gotham Bar and Grill. Marjorie ran her own catering and event production company for 12 years, specializing in local, seasonal foods. Marjorie, who lives in Riverdale with her husband and two daughters was part of the founding team for the Riverdale Farmers Market.

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    Paige Ziplow, Administrative Assistant
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    Paige is a recent graduate from Connecticut College, with a degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish. She also has a certificate in Public Policy and Community Action, specializing in food policy. During her undergraduate career, Paige served as a Nutrition Education Fellow for the New London County Food Policy Council, devoting many hours to inspiring healthy, wholesome bodies. Just recently, Paige implemented her own preschool nutrition education program in partnership with UConn's Center for Public Health and Health Policy. Paige now lives in Manhattan, where she is inspired by all things related to cooking and food.

     

    Our WITS NYC Cooks:
     
    Ingrid Abdullah, Institute of Culinary Education, 2012
    Victoria Baluk, American Fitness Professionals & Associates, 2011
    Laurielle Clark, Institute of Culinary Education, 2002
    Catherine Cook, Institute of Culinary Education, 2014
    Kisha Figueroa Cromartie, Institute of Culinary Education, 2007
    Jennifer Ecclestone, Institute of Culinary Education, 2002
    Ellen Emerson, NGI for Health and Culinary Arts, 2008
    Sara Fry, NGI for Health and Culinary Arts, 2011
    Jennifer Furman, NGI for Health and Culinary Arts, 2012
    Carly Gould, Institute of Culinary Education, 2011
    Laura Hoffman, NGI for Health and Culinary Arts, 2011
    Lauren Nilsen, Institute of Culinary Education, 2011
    Luba Peys, NGI for Health and Culinary Arts, 2011
    Shani Porter, Institute of Culinary Education, 2007
    Raquel Rivera-Pablo, Institute of Culinary Education, 2008
    Deborah Soffel, NGI for Health and Culinary Arts, 2000
    Cynthia Tomasini, French Culinary Institute, 2011
    Anne Williams, French Culinary Institute, 1997
    Marion Williams, NGI for Health and Culinary Arts, 2009
    Anndrea Yetter, NGI for Health and Culinary Arts, 2011
     
    Our WITS Coaches:
     
    Paul Soloman, State University of New York of Oneonta
    Jamel Brundige, Nassau Community College
    Jeffrey Bryant, North Ampton Community College, NASM, ISFS
    Giovanna Collazo, LaGuardia College, PT 
    Triscelle Couch, Morgan State University 
    Dayon L.Floyd, San Diego University, PE 
    Kelvin Estrella, Bronx Community College 
    John Sanjurjo, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Recreation and Leisure Studies 
    Ena Shed, South West Institute of Healing Arts, ACE, AFAA    
    Dante Suarez, Georgia State University 
    Jameg Campbell, College of New Rochelle 
    Maurice Christovale, Medgar Evers, RKC, ACE, USAW, MMA 
    Tyari Wilson, SUNY Canton University
    Jordan Mustapher, John Jay College  
    Robert Sanders, SUNY Old Westbury 
    Stanley Stephens, Lehman College
    Jose Rosario, Forham University
    Errol Jones, Harlow College, England
     

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    "[Thanks to WITS] our students have developed a greater understanding of and respect for the food they eat and the importance of eating healthy."
    -Principal of a WITS school