On Wednesday, February 4th, FPAC held its first general meeting of 2015. Thanks so much to everyone who attended and helped fill up the room! Just prior to the general meeting, FPAC held a New Member Orientation for our newest FPAC members. FPAC Appointed Members serve three-year terms, with the option to serve two terms consecutively.
We are delighted to introduce FPAC’s newest members! Below you will find a bit of information about each of our new members. Full bio statements can be found here.
Class of 2017
Katrice is a Community Advocate who joined FPAC to stay informed about food justice issues in the city, and to work with FPAC to get more community members involved in food justice at the policy level.
A recent graduate of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission Citizens Planning Institute, Katrice is combining the knowledge she gained from the Institute with her B.A. in Advertising from Temple University and her Certificate in Fundraising & Nonprofit Management from The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University to help increase community engagement around food justice and community development in Philadelphia.
Jon joined Drexel from Kingsborough Community College-CUNY, where he serves as Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Hospitality and Sports Management. He previously worked at CUNY Graduate Center as professor of public health and founding director of the food studies concentration. Deutsch’s research interests include social and cultural aspects of food, recipe and product development, and culinary education. He received his doctorate in food studies and food management from New York University.
Tommy is the Horticulture Educator for Penn State Extension. Tommy has a background in landscape construction and landscape architecture and is always seeking ways to bring design to the various farms and communities. Tommy also serves as an advisor to the Penn State Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, which houses a studio space in the Extension’s new offices in Philadelphia. Tommy often facilitates student projects that can benefit different communities and neighborhoods within Philadelphia.
Donkey Dover, Jr. is a farmer and program manager for the Agaston Urban Nutrition Initiative, and has been working with youth and food justice in West Philadelphia since 2010. Donkey is active in the food movement both nationally and regionally. Donkey is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kathy joined the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger in August 2014. As Policy Manager, she performs research and policy analysis, presents information to elected officials, service providers and community members, and works with anti-hunger and nutrition partners to promote policies and programs that will best serve those who struggle with hunger. She has her J.D. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
A graduate of the Community College of Philadelphia, Andres Marin has had the opportunity to hone his skills among some of the top restaurants and hotels in the Delaware Valley area. Through his educational experiences and dedication to culinary arts, Andres has learned about both complex cuisines and the simplicity of cooking. For the past six years, Andres has been an instructor of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and is currently serving as Curriculum Coordinator for the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program at the Community College of Philadelphia.
Herman Nyamunga is the Director of Global Enterprise Hub, The Welcoming Center’s Small Business Development and Incubation program. He provides consulting services to entrepreneurs and business owners to successfully establish stabilize and expand their microenterprises.
Herman is a member of Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, board member of Philly Healthy Food Association, and a Licensed Consultant for the Standards for Excellence Program – advancing ethics and accountability standards in nonprofit management nationwide. He is also a business coach, advising and mentoring early stage entrepreneurs.
As Director of Gardening Programs for Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), Julianne forges partnerships, develops resources and implements initiatives that train, support, and empower urban growers to increase production and donate surplus produce to food cupboards. Julianne also oversees programming that provides technical assistance to community and school gardeners, as well as works with Philadelphia Prison Systems.
Julianne comes to PHS after working nationally and internationally to transform land use and empower communities to work towards sustainable and just food systems. Julianne received her B.S. in Biology from Trinity College and researched sustainable tourism and fisheries with the School for International Training in Venezuela and the School for Field Studies in Mexico.
Dwayne Wharton serves as the Director of External Affairs for The Food Trust, a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. In this role he supports the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts, local and national partnerships, and more.
Dwayne is a former Peace Corps volunteer, coaches youth soccer, and serves on the boards of The Seybert and Kynett Foundations, Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program, and Bryn Mawr College’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute.
We are looking forward to a wonderful and productive year ahead with all of our members and supporters!