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!
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
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!
Keisha Sesay is honored to join WWG as the Programs Coordinator in 2017. Keisha joins the team with a four year background in community outreach, program coordination, and public advocacy for various nonprofit and government agencies. Keisha earned her Bachelor of Arts Arts degree with distinction in International Studies and Spanish from Georgia Southern University in 2014, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Administration from Kennesaw State.
Keisha became passionate about supporting Georgia’s local economy and sustainable agriculture through her undergraduate research where she investigated the challenges experienced by small farmers in southeast Georgia. Her passion for the work fuels her excitement to assist with coordinating the GF4L Program, managing the SNAP Outreach Program and working with all of WWG’s community partners.
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...."