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's brings unique insight to the team with a background in urban policy and management. Having worked in local government offices in both Chicago and NYC, she is well versed on community needs and how cities can maximize quality of life for their residents. Most recently Reana worked with NYC Council Member Gale Brewer's office to develop legislation and policies to improve school food and increase local/regional food sourcing in the City. In 2011 her work culminated with the passage of a local food sourcing bill, which was part of the FoodWorks legislative package. Reana brings her passion for socially conscious public policy to WITS along with a deep love of sustainable agriculture, creative cooking, and good eating.

         

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    Nick Lamm, Operations Coordinator
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    Nick comes to WITS after two years of teaching in Detroit through Teach For America, where he witnessed firsthand the effects of his students’ unhealthy eating and fitness habits. Inspired by this experience, he moved to New York City and joined WITS to work towards a healthier generation of children. Nick is a lover of all things food and all things music, and he is proud to be a member of the WITS team.

     
         

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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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    Marjorie brings an extensive culinary background to the WITS Team, having worked in and with restaurants such as Union Square Café, Le Madri, Alison on Dominick, and Gotham Bar and Grill.  Marjorie ran her own catering company for 12 years, and now owns and operates an event production company. Marjorie lives in Riverdale with her husband and two daughters.

     
     
     
     
     
     

    Our WITS NYC Cooks:
     

    Kristin Atkinson, French Culinary Institute, 2007
    Victoria Baluk, American Fitness Professionals & Associates, 2011
    Laurielle Clark, Institute of Culinary Education, 2002
    Kisha Figueroa Cromartie, Institute of Culinary Education, 2007
    Ellen Emerson, NGI for Health and Culinary Arts, 2008
    Sara Kartzmer Fry, NGI for Health and Culinary Arts, 2011
    Carly Gould, Institute of Culinary Education, 2011
    Laura Hoffman, NGI for Health and Culinary Arts, 2011
    Lauren Patey, Institute of Culinary Education, 2011
    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

    Our WITS Florida Cook:

    Michelle Ross, Culinary Arts, Keiser University, 2008

     

    Our WITS and WITS/SPORTIME Coaches:

    Antonio De Azza
    Jamel Brundige, Communications, Nassau Community College
    Santo Castillo
    Giovanna Collazo, LaGuardia College, Physical Therapy
    Triscelle Couch, Morgan State University, Business Administration
    Dayon L.Floyd, Physical Education, San Diego University
    Jamie Moore 
    Ricardo Pena
    John Sanjurjo, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Recreation and Leisure Studies
    Ena Shed, South West Institute of Healing Arts, ACE, AFAA 2014
    George Stork, Physical Education, Brooklyn College, 2013
    Dante Suarez, Georgia State University, Music Management

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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