sara berney

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 Ward

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 smith

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


Nate kongthum

Nate is Wholesome Wave Georgia's Development Manager. He is a nonprofit development professional with more than twelve years of experience in securing major gifts and special events. He received his M.B.A. from Western International University and previously served with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity International, The Salvation Army, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. Nate was named one of the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans by Georgia Asian Times. He is also an enthusiastic football fan and his favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and

Atlanta Falcons. Nate lives in Atlanta with his wife, Susan, and their dog, Ollie.

Food pun that best describes you? Donut worry, be happy!


Lissette Badillo

Lissette is Wholesome Wave Georgia's Programs Coordinator. She brings a background in business administration with a focus on international management along with a Master’s degree in Public Health. Lissette has always been in awe of our increasing “connectedness” and the creativity and innovation that can come from the collaboration between people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Lissette is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and has successfully worked with community partners to assist individuals in identifying their personal health practices that place them at risk for developing chronic diseases. She is excited to combine her experiences to advocate for access to locally grown food, as well as empower and introduce individuals to foods they may have never had on their kitchen plate. She believes both access and guidance play key roles in the embrace and adoption of new healthy habits. 

During her spare time, Lissette can be found cooking, hiking, relaxing in a hammock, and spending quality time with her family.

Food pun that best describes you? I yam who I yam.


Emme Raus

An Atlanta writer and marketer, Emme is proud to join Wholesome Wave Georgia as Communications Associate. She was drawn in by our mission to empower local farmers and provide healthy and affordable food choices for all. Before working with us, Emme served a variety of nonprofits and local businesses specializing in artisan food, alternative and holistic health, and art & entertainment. She is responsible for all digital marketing and content creation operations at Wholesome Wave Georgia.

Emme holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Writing with a Minor in Creative Writing from The Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. In her free time, she enjoys reading historical fiction and finding most of life's answers in Brat Pack movies.

Food pun that best describes you? I love impressionism and cereal art.


Simone Adams

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...."


Nathan Lindsey

Pilot Program & Evaluation Intern

Nathan is Wholesome Wave Georgia’s Pilot Program & Evaluation Intern. He earned his B.S. in Agricultural Science and Plant Science from Cornell University and is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Health, with a concentration in Environmental Health, from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. He previously worked at Epic Systems as an Application Coordinator before returning to graduate school. In addition to working and studying, Nathan likes to spend his free time gardening, running, hiking, camping and napping. He is excited to join the Wholesome Wave Georgia team and looks forward to working with everyone.

Food pun that best describes you? Everybody romaine calm


elizabeth nichols

Programs Intern

Elizabeth is Wholesome Wave Georgia’s Georgia Fresh for Less (GF4L) Intern. She earned her B.A. in Medicine, Health and Society, with a concentration in Race and Inequality in Health, from Vanderbilt University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health, with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Elizabeth has previously worked with the Tennessee Department of Health before finishing undergrad. Since moving to Atlanta, Elizabeth has found a great appreciation for the outdoors and fitness. She typically spends her free time at Stone Mountain, Piedmont Park, and CycleBar in Buckhead.

Food pun that best describes you? Lettuce Celebrate


tori Mister

As the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program Intern for Wholesome Wave Georgia, Tori coordinates among six sites across Georgia to effectively implement, monitor, and evaluate the program. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Emory University with a concentration in Environmental Health. Tori strongly believes that people are what they eat and wants to actively contribute to the food is medicine paradigm. Before attaining this position, Tori served as an Americorps member in Miami, Florida working in youth and community development in marginalized populations. In the future, Tori hopes to own a plant-based restaurant and herb boutique to promote holistic approaches for health. 

Food pun that best describes you? You’ve got a peach of my heart!