Lissette Badillo is Wholesome Wave Georgia's Programs Manager. 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.
Alysa Moore joins Wholesome Wave Georgia's team as Programs Manager. She brings a passion for sustainable agriculture, food, and program efficiency to the team. Previously, she served as the Operations Manager for Captain Planet Foundation's Project Learning Garden, coordinating day-to-day activities and optimizing the program’s scalability through the power of Salesforce. While pursuing her Masters of Public Health at Emory University, Alysa focused on the intersection of spatial environment and food systems, seeking to understand the myriad ways that removing barriers to fresh, local foods can improve people’s health and quality of life. Before shifting her focus to eukaryotes, she studied at Auburn University, performing microbiology research investigating biological alternatives to chemical pesticides, all the while focusing her studies on sustainability. She also served as a Certified Application Counselor with Bama Covered during the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, assisting Alabamians in signing up for health insurance. She lives in Southwest Atlanta with her wife Sarah and their pups. In her free time, Alysa enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and enjoying Atlanta's food and sports scenes.
Food pun that best describes you? I won't settle for medi-OKRA-ty!
Felisha Bowie is excited to join Wholesome Wave Georgia as its Finance Manager. She has spent her entire career working in the nonprofit arena, getting her start with the American Lung Association of Georgia. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from North Carolina A&T State University in 1997. She comes to us from CARE, an international nonprofit focused on fighting poverty and gender equality around the world. During her 15 years there, she served in a variety of leadership roles in finance, grants management and operations departments. Her last position with CARE was Senior Manager, Gift Processing and Data Integrity. Felisha is a native Atlantan and mother of two. In her free time, she can be found supporting the Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Bulldogs and NCA&T Aggies football teams.
Food pun that best describes you? Albeit corn-y, I named my cell phone “Nacho iPhone” long before joining the WWG team. Seriously.
Susan Desmond is thrilled to join Wholesome Wave Georgia as its Development Manager. She is committed to improving access to local, healthy food to everyone. She comes to WWG from Second Helpings Atlanta, an organization dedicated to eliminating hunger and reducing food waste in metro Atlanta. Susan has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in volunteer, program and development positions. She holds a Master in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and Bachelor Degrees in both Political Science and Urban Studies. Susan lives in Southeast Atlanta with her partner Deji and their two young children. In her free time you can find her hiking at Sweetwater Creek, chasing squirrels out of her garden, and relaxing with a good book.
Food pun that best describes you? I'm kind of a big dill.
An Atlanta writer and marketer, Emme Raus is proud to join Wholesome Wave Georgia as Communications and Development Coordinator. 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 and entertainment. She is responsible for all communications operations at Wholesome Wave Georgia and supports development functions. Emme holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree 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 nonfiction, writing satire, jamming out to musicals, and finding life's answers in Brat Pack movies.
Food pun that best describes you? I love impressionism and cereal art.
Mariah Lopez joins Wholesome Wave Georgia as Programs Intern. She will graduate from Agnes Scott College in May of 2019 with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Health and a focus on environmental sustainability. She discovered Wholesome Wave Georgia while working at a local farmers market that uses the Georgia Fresh For Less program and seeing the community impact of doubling SNAP dollars inspired her to join the team! During her time in undergrad, Mariah has worked closely with the Center for Sustainability at Agnes Scott College to develop outreach programs for students with the ultimate goal of reducing the carbon footprint of the campus. She believes that healthy food access is critical to living a full and happy life and plans to continue her work in the local food movement post-graduation. In her free time, Mariah enjoys hiking and snuggling with her friend’s pets!
Food pun that best describes you? I carrot about the world.
Marisa Kanemitsu is excited to join the Wholesome Wave Georgia team as Programs Intern. She graduated from UC Berkeley as a Public Health major and served two years as an AmeriCorps service member. She worked as a garden and nutrition educator in Butte, Montana connecting elementary students to healthy foods. She also worked as a patient navigator at a federally-qualified health center in Southern California, helping patients enroll in health insurance and public benefits programs. Her experience in community health and nutrition led her to pursue a Masters of Public Health at Emory University. In her free time, Marisa can be found outdoors, hiking or playing soccer, or in the kitchen testing out Great British Bake Off recipes.
Food pun that best describes you? Lettuce turnip the beet!