Sara is the first full-time Executive Director of Wholesome Wave Georgia, a nonprofit organization working to increase access to and affordability of nutritious, local foods for Georgians living at or below 130% of the poverty line. Prior to this role, Sara worked as a Public Health Consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP, supporting clients at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health non-profits including the Flour Fortification Initiative. Prior to joining Deloitte, Sara served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru where she worked side by side community health promoters and youth health educators to implement Healthy Homes and Schools programs, impacting over 40 families and students in five primary schools. Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in African Studies and Sociology from Emory University, and is a graduate of Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute. When she isn’t working, Sara can be found ravenously reading, riding her bike around town, and in deep conversations with friends and family.
Food pun that best describes you? It takes two to mango.
Rachael has served as Wholesome Wave Georgia’s Director of Programs since December of 2014. Rachael has a passion for connecting low-income families to fresh, healthy, local foods. She was drawn to WWG for the unique way that their programs bridge both the food assistance and sustainable, local food worlds. In her position, Rachael is responsible for the oversight and management of all WWG programs, including Georgia Fresh For Less, the Fruit & Vegetable Prescription program, and other small projects. She holds a Master’s in Public Health in Global Health from Emory University and has been involved in food systems work from the ground up since 2011. Outside of work, Rachael can be found with her hands in the soil, nose in a book, or caring for her furry and feathery friends.
Food pun that best describes you? I know it sounds cheesy but I feel grate!
Caitlin is thrilled to join the Wholesome Wave Georgia team as the Development and Communications Coordinator. After graduating from Emory University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Caitlin went to work for Camp Twin Lakes as a Special Events Coordinator. At CTL, she managed their major fundraising events and developed a passion for Georgia's non-profit community. Caitlin is excited to combine her non-profit experience with her passion for Georgia's food community to help grow and strengthen communities throughout the state.
Food pun that best describes you? I'm so eggcited!
Ashley is Wholesome Wave Georgia’s Director of Finance and Operations. Ashley joins us after 5 years with Atlanta Ballet as its Accounting Manager. During her time at the ballet, Ashley developed a desire to help lead the change for Atlanta not-for-profit organizations to become sustainable and to positively impact the communities that support them. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to help strengthen Wholesome Wave Georgia’s organizational capacity and increase overall program efficiency while developing relationships with its network of farmers and all of the individuals they serve. A native of Rochester, NY, Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in dance and accounting from The College at Brockport, a State University of New York, in 2008. She and her husband, Mark Smith, live in East Atlanta with their two sons, Brady and Remy. In her free time, Ashley loves to cook, dance, practice yoga and spend quality time with her family.
Food pun that best describes you? Keep calm and curry on
Lakeisha Sesay joins Wholesome Wave Georgia as the Programs Coordinator in 2017 with a four year background in community outreach, advocacy, program development and fundraising in the areas of economic empowerment, education, and sustainable agriculture. Keisha became passionate about supporting Georgia’s small farmers, local economies and sustainable agriculture through undergraduate research at Georgia Southern University where she began to investigate the challenges faced by local food producers in Southeast, Georgia.
Since, she has went on to serve as an Americorps member with Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, a Marketing and Outreach Intern for the Global Growers Network, and a SNAP Eligibility Specialist with the State of Georgia. Keisha holds a B.A in International Studies from Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration Degree from Kennesaw State University with a focus in Nonprofit Management. In addition to her role with Wholesome Wave and as a student, Keisha works part-time as a freelance Development Consultant for private companies and nonprofits working in sectors such as environmental sustainability and agribusiness both domestically and internationally.
In her spare time she enjoys traveling, trying new recipes, and all outdoor activities.
Food pun that best describes you? “Can’t we all just get oolong?”
Simone is honored to join Wholesome Wave Georgia as the Grants Manager. She brings fifteen years of experience to the table—the last five years specifically in nonprofits. In addition to freelancing as a grant writer, she has worked in Development for Back on My Feet and Covenant House Georgia, both serving Atlanta's homeless population. This work endeared her to serving others. Simone is eager to bring her knowledge of Atlanta's philanthropic community, her passion for service, and her love of good fresh foods to Wholesome Wave Georgia. Simone holds her B.S. in Communication from Kennesaw State University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Writing at Savannah College of Art and Design. Simone spends her downtime cooking, hiking, and reading.
Food pun that best describes you? "Salami tell you about this time I went to the deli...."
Rachel is honored to join Wholesome Wave Georgia as the Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program Intern. Rachel earned her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition at Georgia State University and completed her dietetic internship at Southern Regional Medical Center to become a registered and licensed dietitian. She is currently working on her Masters in Public Health at Georgia State University with a concentration in policy and management. Her interests involve increasing access to local, nutritious food and preventative health services for all members of the community. When she isn't studying or working, she is hiking, traveling, practicing yoga, cooking, and singing.
Food pun that best describes you? "Lettuce turnip the beet!"
Mackenzie is thrilled to join Wholesome Wave Georgia as a Programs Intern for the Georgia Fresh for Less Program. She currently is finishing her last year as an undergraduate at Emory University. There she studies Human Health and Food Justice through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. She is passionate about creating an equitable food system, sustainability, community engagement and food policy. When not studying Mackenzie loves to hike, camp, venture in Atlanta, run, cook, and read!
Food pun that describes you? "Words cannot espresso how much that beans to me!"
Cyanna is excited to join Wholesome Wave Georgia as the Program Evaluation Intern. Cyanna earned her Bachelors of Arts in Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University with a concentration in racial inequality and health. She is currently working on her Masters of Public Health at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health in the department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Her interests involve diet based diseases, such as diabetes, and finding ways to increase access to fresh, healthy foods in order to help alleviate such diseases, especially in vulnerable populations. In her free time, Cyanna enjoys reading, working out, and watching Netflix.
Food Pun that best describes you? "I'm kind of a big dill!"