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 Community Outreach Coordinator since December 2014. Rachael has a passion for connecting low-income families with local and sustainable food by increasing access to and affordability of fresh, local foods. In her current position, Rachael works with partner farmers markets and farms around the state to administer and promote the Double Value Coupon Program. She also oversees pilot programs like the Fresh Food Bus that address barriers to DVCP. Through her work in the Atlanta food system over the past five years, Rachael has gained experience in farming, farmers market management, program development, and relationship building. Rachael received her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and holds a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Outside of work, Rachael can be found with her hands in the soil, nose in a book or legs pumping.
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 Events 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 Finance and Operations Manager. 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 son Brady. 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
Jon is thrilled to be a part of the Wholesome Wave Georgia team as its Design and Communications Associate. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA and MA in Comparative Literature. He then taught high school English and journalism for nearly 10 years in South Carolina California and Georgia. He is currently finishing up his second MA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is excited about the opportunity to help strengthen Wholesome Wave Georgia's marketing materials and overall design strategy in order to increase awareness and participation in its many programs and initiatives.
Food pun that best describes you? Lettuce, Turnip, the Beets!
Miranda joined the Wholesome Wave Georgia team as an Outreach & Evaluation Intern in May 2016. She graduated from Appalachian State University where she received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. She is interested in improving the nutrition and health of low-income individuals and families and is excited to pursue this passion through her work with Wholesome Wave Georgia where she is assisting with an evaluation of the doubling program, outreach efforts, and the coordination of special projects. Outside of work and class, Miranda enjoys seeing live music, painting, and running with her dog.
Food pun that best describes you? Insane in the plantain.
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Dahanah is excited to join Wholesome Wave Georgia as one of two Outreach and Evaluation Interns. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BS in Psychology and Kinesiology & Health Sciences. As a research assistant in the Social Cognition Lab at William and Mary, Dahanah's research focused on the effects of race and stereotypes in food and beverage advertisements. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters of Public Health degree with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences & Health Education at Emory Rollins School of Public Health. She is passionate about understanding social determinants of health and addressing health disparities and inequalities among minority populations. Dahanah assists in the evaluation of the Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP), partner market development, provide resources and support to current partner markets and conduct SNAP enrollments.
Food Pun that best describes you? I’m kind of a big dill!
Sajani has been Wholesome Wave Georgia’s Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) Program Coordinator since May 2016. She has a strong interest in working to increase access to health-related services and resources. In her current position she is coordinating the FVRx Program at Grady hospital, assisting with the Good Samaritan and Augusta FVRx program, and collecting program evaluation data from all of the FVRx sites. She is also helping with the sustainable expansion of the program throughout Georgia. A native of Houston, TX, Sajani received her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Policy Studies from Rice University. She is currently getting her Master of Public Health degree at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. There she is concentrating in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. When she’s not working or studying, Sajani can be found checking out the newest restaurants, binge watching TV shows on Netflix, or busting a move on the dance floor.
Food pun that best describes you? Wanna taco-bout it?