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Denise Blake

denise@wholesomewavegeorgia.org

A Northern California native and a Spelman College alumna, Denise Blake is excited to serve Wholesome Wave Georgia as its Executive Director. Denise has held key positions in nonprofit, corporate and governmental organizations. Her areas of specialty include program administration and evaluation, curriculum design and training, and resource development. At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, she served as Education and Training Coordinator, where she was responsible for designing training curricula for adult learners. She also led important research on the philosophy of nonviolent social change. At the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Denise managed the Foundation’s educational scholarship, internship and fellowship programs. Denise then served as Associate Director for the FaithFactor program at the Interdenominational Theological Center and later was Senior Project Director for The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Making Connections Media Outreach Initiative. She’s managed the charitable foundation for former Atlanta Falcons’ defensive tackle Rod Coleman, providing support to youth in foster care, and served as Project Director for the Twenty-First Century Foundation’s Black Men and Boys Media Outreach Campaign. In 2013 Denise became the Executive Director of WINGS for kids – Atlanta, where she oversaw delivery of WINGS’ award-winning social-emotional learning afterschool program. Most recently, Denise served the United Negro College Fund’s Atlanta office as Senior Development Director.

Food pun that best describes you? All in good thyme.

 
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rachael Ward

rachael@wholesomewavegeorgia.org

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!

 
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ashley smith

ashley@wholesomewavegeorgia.org

Ashley Smith earned her Bachelor’s Degree in dance and accounting from The College at Brockport, State University of New York. She joined the Wholesome Wave Georgia team in 2016 as its first Director of Finance and Operations. Ashley is responsible for oversight of all the financial, accounting, and administrative tasks of the organization. She is an active partner with the Executive Director and Finance Committee in driving strategic and operational plans to ensure the organization's financial success. Outside of work, you can find Ashley around East Atlanta swinging with her boys at their neighborhood playground, dancing the night away in Atlanta's Five Rhythms Studios, and rummaging through hidden treasures at local thrift shops.

Food pun that best describes you? Keep calm and curry on

 
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Lissette Badillo

lissette@wholesomewavegeorgia.org

Lissette Badillo 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.

 
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Alysa Moore

alysa@wholesomewavegeorgia.org

Alysa Moore joins Wholesome Wave Georgia's team as Programs Coordinator. 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’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!

 
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Emme Raus

emme@wholesomewavegeorgia.org

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.

 
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Simone Adams

simone@wholesomewavegeorgia.org

Simone Adams is honored to join Wholesome Wave Georgia as the Grants Consultant. 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...."

 
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elizabeth nichols

Programs Intern programsintern@wholesomewavegeorgia.org

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

 
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Kayilan Baker

Pilot Programs Intern evaluation@wholesomewavegeorgia.org

Kayilan Baker is Wholesome Wave Georgia's Pilot Programs Intern. Kayilan earned her B.S. in Health Promotion and Behavior and completed a certificate in Global Health at the University of Georgia's College of Public Health. Kayilan is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. Kayilan has previously completed internships with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In her free time, Kayilan likes reading and baking desserts.

Food pun that best describes you? Time fries when you're having fun!

 
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Ramsey miller

Nonprofit Management Intern

Ramsey Miller is the first Nonprofit Management Intern at Wholesome Wave Georgia. She is a rising Junior at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC and is a Business and Enterprise Management major with a concentration in Management Consulting. Over the summer of 2017, Ramsey was an Accounting and Finance intern at the Atlanta Ballet. From this experience, she decided to further explore her interest in non-profit work and chose to join Wholesome Wave Georgia because of their unique programs, passionate staff, and welcoming culture.

Food pun that best describes you? You look radish-ing!