Our Board & Staff

Our Founders Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin serve on Vetri Community Partnership’s Board of Directors. Their bios can be found here.

Michael Forman, President, Franklin Square PartnersMichael Forman

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Michael Forman is Chairman & CEO of FS Investments, an alternative asset manager headquartered in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard. Mr. Forman has been leading the company since founding it in 2007, when it was known as Franklin Square Capital Partners. FS Investments’ mission is to bring investors access to alternative sources of income and growth historically available only to large institutions and the wealthiest individuals. Today, the company has grown to more than 330 employees and manages approximately $25 billion in assets.

Prior to founding FS Investments, Mr. Forman founded a private equity and real estate investment firm. He started his career as a corporate and securities lawyer.

Mr. Forman is a member of a number of civic and charitable boards, including The Franklin Institute, Drexel University and the Philadelphia Center City District Foundation. He is also Chairman of Vetri Community Partnership.

Mr. Forman has also received a number of awards for his leadership and philanthropic contributions, including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs in 2017, and Mural Arts Philadelphia’s 2017 honoree for his dedication to the city’s public art initiatives. FS Investments has also been acknowledged as one of Philadelphia’s Best Places to Work annually since 2013, and by Forbes in 2013 as one of America’s Most Promising Companies.

Mr. Forman received his BA from the University of Rhode Island where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He received his JD from Rutgers School of Law.

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Sylvia DiBona

BOARD MEMBER

Sylvia is a certified public accountant. She started her career as a member of the tax department at Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia. She later joined the tax department of Smith Kline, specializing in international tax issues. She co-founded The William Penn Insurance Agency, a commercial insurance brokerage firm, in 1987. After making a career shift to counseling psychology in the 1990s, she worked for several years as a volunteer at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, counseling patients undergoing cancer treatment. Since 2005, Sylvia has been chairman of the board of Fred’s Footsteps, a public charity founded in the memory of her late husband. The mission of Fred’s Footsteps is to support working families who are in a financial crisis due to the costs associated with caring for a critically ill or injured child. Sylvia has previously served on the Boards of ESF Dream Camp Foundation, the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur and The Wellness Community, and is currently a member of the Leadership Council of the Abramson Cancer Center.

Sylvia received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Temple University, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College.

Sandy Brown

Sandy Brown

BOARD MEMBER

Sandy has been a leader in the Jewish community of Southern New Jersey. While serving as board chair or committee chair she has developed skills in board governance, strategic planning, funds development and organizational structure. Currently, she serves on theBoard of  Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and is an Advisor to Kellman Brown Academy. In recent years she has served on the Board of Trustees of Moorestown Friends School,  Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Community Center, Congregation Beth El and Kellman Brown Academy.

Sandy is married to Sid Brown and has three children. They live in Philadelphia.

Lisa Dykstra

BOARD MEMBER

Lisa C. Dykstra is a partner in the firm’s White Collar Litigation and Government Investigations Practice Group. Lisa primarily represents healthcare and technology companies in connection with federal and state criminal and civil government investigations, False Claims Act litigation, antitrust litigation, and class actions. In addition to her focus on False Claims Act litigation, Lisa manages internal investigations and litigates cases involving government contracts, the federal Anti-Kickback Act, Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute, Medicaid Rebate Statute, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and federal and state civil and criminal fraud laws. Lisa also extensively advises on compliance issues, Corporate Integrity Agreements and supervises compliance audits.

Lisa represents major pharmaceutical companies and other organizations in federal and state government investigations involving product marketing and pricing, marketing and promotional activities, FDA regulatory matters, and class action litigation. She has also negotiated compliance agreements with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

She serves as National Discovery Counsel for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer, overseeing the company’s discovery across its ongoing litigations and investigations. Among her technology clients, she represents a Fortune 50 California-based computer manufacturer in FCA litigation, government investigations, and consumer class actions. Lisa also provides public sector contracting and compliance advice.

Lisa handles a variety of pro bono matters, has served on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and is a participant in the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

Lisa regularly lectures on FCA litigation, compliance issues, white collar crime, ethics, and internal investigations. She frequently participates in seminars and advises in-house counsel on managing internal investigations, creating and implementing compliance programs, and decisionmaking around indemnifying employees. Lisa is also a frequent panelist at educational events.

A former Assistant US Attorney, Lisa served as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.

Walter Buckley

BOARD MEMBER

Walter is co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Actua (formerly ICG and Internet Capital Group). Walter founded Internet Capital Group in 1996 and took it public in 1999. Prior to that he was Vice President of acquisitions for Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., where he led many of Safeguard’s investments through the mid-1990s, including Diamond Technology, ChromoVision and Video Server. He also was responsible for developing and executing Safeguard’s multimedia and Internet investment strategies.

Before Safeguard, Walter was President and co-founder of Centralized Management Systems, Inc., a medical supply company, which he sold in 1987. Previously, he spent three years at CoreStates in the commercial lending group.

In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board for Actua, he is also Chairman of the Starfinder Foundation, a non-profit organization, the Board of Advisors of the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative and on the Board of Visitors of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Walter was recipient of Business Week’s 2000 e.biz 25 award and the Ernst & Young 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year; Regional Entrepreneur of the year 2010; Impact Executive of the year 2013.

Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., political science | Board Seats: Actua (ACTA); Episcopal Academy

Dr. DaCarla M Albright, MD

BOARD MEMBER

Dr. DaCarla M. Albright is an Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Clinically, Dr. Albright has a thriving practice as an academic generalist Obstetrician/Gynecologist, emphasizing wellness and prevention. In this capacity, she has immense exposure to the impact of hypertension, diabetes and obesity in women of reproductive age, especially during pregnancy.

Dr. Albright is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO). Her academic interests are strongly focused in medical education, as the current Associate Clerkship Director for the Core Clinical Ob/Gyn Clerkship at the Perelman School of Medicine and Chair of the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee. As a result of her excellence in teaching and empathetic approach to medical care, Dr. Albright has been rewarded with the Penn Pearls Teaching Award and a Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction. In 2018, she was also identified as a Top Doc in Obstetrics and Gynecology by Philadelphia Magazine.

In addition to her clinical and academic responsibilities, Dr. Albright prides herself in the mentorship of medical students and resident trainees. She functions as a Faculty Wellness Champion, with the attempt to foster a healthier work environment and prevention of burnout amongst physicians.

Dr. Albright received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. In her early career, she practiced at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York, transitioning to private practice at Lenox Hill Hospital until her relocation to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2008.

DaCarla is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and takes pride in a strong culinary and catering tradition in her family. She and her daughter reside in the city of Philadelphia. She is an avid cyclist, with participation in charity rides for the American Cancer Society and Bike MS. On weekends, she enjoys training rides on the Schuylkill River Trail.

Kimberley Brown

BOARD MEMBER

Kimberley joined Janssen, The Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson in 2007 as a medical science liaison from the Rainbow Center for Women, Children and Families in Jacksonville, Florida where she served as HIV Clinical Specialist, and clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida School of Pharmacy. Kimberley holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from UNC- Chapel Hill and completed a Pharmacy Practice and an Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency.

Since joining Janssen, she has also served as Associate Director, Training with responsibilities for the virology MSL team. She also served as Associate Medical Director of US Medical Affairs, Infectious Diseases, where she was responsible for working as part of both the HCV and HIV clinical teams to lead efforts on research trials and launch team activities, as well as participate in business partner collaborations. She was also responsible for acting as the company’s pharmacovigilance officer. From 2015- early 2018, she served as the US Medical Director for the HIV franchise (PREZISTA, PREZCOBIX, EDURANT, INTELENCE, ODEFSEY, COMPLERA, SYMTUZA). Now she serves as Scientific Director for Janssen Research and Development.

In addition to her work with Vetri Community Partnership, Kimberley serves as Assistant to the COO with the Junior League of Philadelphia, as a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc, as a board member the UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association, UNC’s Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity(ACRED), and teaches yoga at Core Power Yoga.

Marlene L. Olshan

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Marlene L. Olshan is the Chief Executive Officer of Vetri Community Partnership, which empowers children and families to lead healthy lives through fresh food, hands-on experiences, and education. Under her leadership, VCP has grown to serve more than 7,000 students at 60+ schools and community centers in the Philadelphia region. Prior to VCP, she worked as the Deputy Commissioner for Performance Management and Accountability for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services. Prior to the City, Olshan spent over 12 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s premier youth mentoring organization, serving as the CEO of Southeastern PA affiliate and as the COO of the National Office.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA, Marlene led a team of 80 and built the organization into the 5th largest affiliate in the nation, providing a carefully screened adult mentor to over 4,000 youth in the region. Under her leadership she created an innovative program called “Beyond School Walls” which partners a local corporation with an inner city school, allowing mentoring to occur in the workplace. This program has subsequently been rolled out nationwide and partnering with such esteemed corporations as Urban Outfitters, Comcast Corporation, and Bentley Systems.

Marlene started her career in the private sector in the fashion retail business, serving as Vice President, Stores for national chains such as Children’s Place and Aeropostale. In 2011, Marlene was recognized as a “Leader of Distinction” by the Greater West Chester Rotary Club, and in 2009 was recognized with the Humanitarian Award by B’Nai Brith, Philadelphia. She currently serves on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Judicial Review Board.

Marlene is a graduate of Temple University and resides in Center City Philadelphia with her wife, Mindy. When she is not working, Marlene can usually be found dining at a Vetri Family restaurant.

Kelly Herrenkohl

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Kelly Herrenkohl is the Chief Operating Officer of the Vetri Community Partnership, responsible for program delivery and financial accountability. She joined the organization in 2011. Kelly brings 15 years of sales and marketing experience to her role, having served as a partner at Herrenkohl Consulting, an executive recruiting firm and as regional sales manager at Supplies Network, the country’s largest privately-owned IT supply wholesaler. Kelly is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Kelly lives with her husband and four children just outside of Philadelphia and laughs when people ask her what she does with her free time. Gardening, hiking and being outside with something good to read would be the answer if, indeed, free time ever became available.

Maddy Booth

EDUCATION PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Maddy Booth joined the Vetri Community Partnership in November 2014. As a server on the opening team at Pizzeria Vetri and member of the Vetri Family since September of 2013, Maddy was inspired by the impact VCP has on the region, its children, and their food knowledge and curiosity.

Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Maddy was very fortunate to have a family who valued eating dinner together, at least when it could be arranged around soccer, basketball, or lacrosse practices. Her mother’s “leftover soups” inspired reactions ranging from awe to revulsion, but undoubtedly led to the creativity she now enjoys in her home kitchen.

Recruited to play Division 1 lacrosse, Maddy attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, graduating in 2008 with a degree in American Studies focusing on Social Justice. As a student-athlete, healthy eating was vital for maintaining performance both in the classroom and on the field. After graduating, Maddy moved abroad for four years to live, work, and study in the United Kingdom. While a lacrosse coach and PE teacher at a boarding school in Canterbury, England, she received her Master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Kent.

Now that she’s home in Philadelphia, she enjoys exploring restaurants and markets, watching Jeopardy, spending time in Stone Harbor, NJ, and completing the Sunday crosswords.

Christin Kwasny

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Christin joined Vetri Community Partnership as the Director of Development in 2018, bringing 10+ years of non-profit fundraising experience to the team. Originally from South Jersey, Christin is a graduate of the University of Miami and currently resides in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood with her husband and son. One of Christin’s fondest memories as a child was making Apple Brown Betty with her mom which has inspired a love of cooking through her life. Christin’s personal passions of food, health, and family parallel the mission of VCP, which is why raising money for the organization is not a job, but a privilege.

On the weekends, she can be found tending to her small backyard urban garden, taking her corgi for a walk around the city or spending time down the shore with her family. Prior to VCP, Christin most recently worked for the National Kidney Foundation where she held the position of Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Division.

Chelsea Schmidt

BUSINESS MANAGER

Chelsea Schmidt joined the Vetri Community Partnership in August 2016 after moving to Philadelphia from New York. Previously working as a nonprofit program manager, Chelsea was excited to join VCP’s growing team to help with the launch of Vetri Cooking Lab in the fall of 2016. After four successful semesters of Vetri Cooking Lab programming, Chelsea has moved into the role of Business Manager to continue to help VCP grow on a strategic level.

Chelsea was raised in northern New Jersey by a family of teachers and she has always enjoyed working to support the educational paths of youth. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2012, and has previously worked in college admissions, early childhood education, and the nonprofit sector.

Genevieve Lynch

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Genevieve enthusiastically joined Vetri Community Partnership in December 2013. Before taking the opportunity, she spent three years as a stay-at-home mom. When she was ready to return to full-time work, Vetri Community Partnership was an easy decision because its mission incorporates so many of her own personal philosophies.

Prior to joining VCP, Genevieve spent 4.5 years working as an Advancement Consultant with the Catholic School Development Program (CSDP) in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and five years at the School District of Philadelphia as the Operations Manager at Samuel Fels High School. At CSDP, she worked with schools to implement best practices in development, enrollment management, constituent relations, board development and governance. As a development professional, it is her job to match a person’s passion with opportunities.

Fortunate to have grown up in a close-knit family that valued the time that they had around the table, Genevieve makes a point to continue the tradition by catching up with and enjoying a good meal with her family almost every night. Depending on the season, you can find her in and around the Philadelphia area with her family, hanging out on the water on their boat or heading to the beach!

Stacey Wallace

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Stacey joined Vetri Community Partnership as an Administrative Assistant in January 2016 and moved into the development department in Spring 2017. With a degree in Art, she previously used her organizational skills to support a catering and event planning company.

Growing up, she never was much a fan of school lunches, so she loves what Vetri Community Partnership is doing and wishes she had tasty, scratch-made Eatiquette lunches.

In her free time, she experiments with cooking at home, checks out new restaurants, brews her own beer and explores Philadelphia as an avid runner.

Danielle Zimmerman

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Danielle joined Vetri Community Partnership in September 2014. As a lifelong Philadelphian who grew up in the public school system, Danielle is excited to work at an organization that does so much to educate and improve the lives of school-age children in her beloved city.

Before finding VCP, Danielle worked in publishing and as a freelance writer for a variety of Philadelphia publications. She is a Temple University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has always been at home around fresh, healthy food, whether in her home kitchen or in restaurants, where she’s occupied various front-of-house positions over the years.

When not at work, Danielle can typically be found on her bike en route to one of Philadelphia’s many farmers markets or outdoor festivals.

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EATIQUETTE PROGRAM MANAGER

Mary Bullock joined Vetri Community Partnership in 2016. She is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School and L’Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Francaise- Ferrandi, in Paris, France.  Her past roles in the food service industry include baker for The Flying Monkey at the Reading Terminal Market, chief steward for the Ocean Classroom Foundation, school chef at the AIM Academy in Conshohocken, chef de partie at Fork Restaurant in Philadelphia and kitchen manager of the Henry Public, a gastro-pub in Brooklyn, New York.

Mary grew up in the western suburbs of Philadelphia and returned to the area in 2011. She participates in her community as a blogger for Philly Foodworks, as well as through her own personal website. She has volunteered for Bartram’s Gardens in southwest Philadelphia and enjoys attending meetings for the Food Policy and Advocacy Committee. Mary is an active supporter of the growing Philadelphia food scene, and the neighborhoods surrounding her current residence in Cobbs Creek.

In her spare time you will find her working in her garden, learning Muay Thai or hosting game night with her husband Matt.

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MOBILE TEACHING KITCHEN PROGRAM MANAGER

Amy’s love of cooking started at a young age. Standing on her tiptoes on a wooden chair in the family’s South Jersey home, she watched and helped her mother in the kitchen. Together, the entire family helped her foster that love of cooking throughout her childhood.

In 2007, Amy attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, a year earlier than her peers. She fell in love with the small city and quickly settled into the New England scene. After two years, she’d earned her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and was accepted into the Nutrition Program. In 2011, Amy graduated with a Bachelor’s in the Science of Nutrition.

Upon returning to her hometown, she found herself swept away by the restaurant community of Philadelphia. Amy immediately established her place at Fork Restaurant in Old City where she honed her skills as a young chef. Two years later and with the help of her mentors in Philly, Amy joined Vetri Community Partnership as a Program Coordinator in August 2014. This role has given her the opportunity to combine her love of cooking and knack for sharing this knowledge with others.

In summer 2016, Amy moved into the position of Community Outreach Manager, spearheading the Mobile Teaching Kitchen program by connecting the public’s need for quality food education to the city’s existing food access and distribution organizations.

Emily Fisher

MOBILE TEACHING KITCHEN COORDINATOR

Emily Fisher is a 2013 graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BS in Nutrition. While in school, Emily volunteered with the SNAP program where she gained a greater understanding of the struggles people face when trying to provide the very basic of needs; healthy, nutritious food for their families.

Upon graduating, Emily headed to Washington D.C. to work as an Assistant Manager of Nutrition and Compliance for the DC school system. From there she moved on to New York to continue her work within the New York City schools. The years spent in these various positions solidified her desire to work in an environment that not only encouraged community involvement but also promoted education for all in the hopes to bring about change.

Moving to Philly in 2018 she joined VCP as a Mobile Teaching Kitchen Coordinator where she will be able to incorporate her love of food, nutrition, and community.

Emily comes from a large New England family where good food and good conversation was commonplace. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time outdoors.

Amelia Kaselaan

MOBILE TEACHING KITCHEN PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Amelia joined Vetri Community Partnership in September 2017. She was born and raised in South Jersey, where she currently resides. She graduated with a degree in Marketing from the School of Business at Rutgers University in Camden. During her time at Rutgers, her interest and passion for philanthropy grew and she discovered that she can apply her marketing knowledge to make a difference and be socially responsible; so, she began her career by interning with nonprofit organizations and volunteering.  

After holding various business marketing positions in both nonprofit and corporate settings for nearly 6 years, she was ready to make a change and pursue a long-term passion of working with food and utilizing her creativity. She wanted to get back to making a difference through her work on a community level, which drew her to Vetri Community Partnership because of its mission and culture, and how it coincides with her personal values. 

Amelia’s culinary experience is all self-taught. Ever since she was young she was in the kitchen, and continues to experiment with fresh ingredients making scratch meals for her family and friends. She brings her eagerness to learn more about the culinary world and enthusiasm for bringing nutritional education to the children, families and community members who participate in VCP’s programs.  

When she’s not working, you will find her spending as much time outside with her dog and husband, on her yoga mat or browsing through antique stores.    

Ridhdhi Parmar

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Ridhdhi Parmar is the Community Engagement Coordinator with Vetri Community Partnership, and she is excited to strengthen VCP’s platform by creating new partnerships within the community, and stewarding our many amazing volunteers. Ridhdhi comes from a family of food lovers! As a child, Ridhdhi could always be found standing on a chair watching and mimicking every move her mom made in the kitchen, and thus she decided to pursue her love for food by studying Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont.

Since then Ridhdhi has gained experience in volunteer and program management working at various nonprofits in Vermont and Philadelphia, as well as completing her own volunteer experience with Americorps VISTA here in Philadelphia. Before joining the VCP team, Ridhdhi was assisting the Volunteer Department at The Franklin Institute.

When Ridhdhi is not working she enjoys catching up on her favorite reality tv shows, trying out new recipes and foods, and exploring the nooks and crannies of Philadelphia.

Celia Mason

EDUCATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Celia Mason joined Vetri Community Partnership in October of 2017 as a Vetri Cooking Lab instructor. She quickly fell in love with the VCP mission and joined as the Education Program Coordinator in March of 2018.

Celia received her degree in Environmental Studies from Temple University, with a minor in Spanish. She graduated in 2014 and moved to Austin, where she taught yoga, meditation and mindfulness to children of all ages. From there, Celia moved to Costa Rica to work as a program assistant for the Center for Sustainable Development Studies, where she helped coordinate between students, professors, local communities, farmers and organizations around environmental and social issues in the country.

After these adventures, Celia returned to Philadelphia in 2017. She was thrilled to stumble upon Vetri Community Partnership, which marries her interests in fair and sustainable food systems, community development, childhood education and wellness. She is excited to work in an organization that is providing hands-on education and empowering students to lead healthy lives through food!

In her spare time, Celia likes to travel, explore outdoors with her dog, cook, read and play on her yoga mat!

Ted Lozier

EDUCATION SITE COORDINATOR

Shortly after high school, Ted modestly began his culinary career as a cook at a local pizza shop in his hometown of State College, Pennsylvania. Throughout college, Ted had the opportunity to explore different areas of employment before ultimately making his way to Mad Mex Happy Valley as a breakfast cook. Soon, he transitioned to a Line Cook and a career in the food industry was officially born.

In 2008, he took the opportunity to relocate to Philadelphia to be an Assistant Kitchen Manager with the Big Burrito Corporation. He was quickly promoted to Kitchen Manager, a position he would hold in various location for the next 8 years. In 2016, the desire to spend more time with family became a priority, so Ted began looking for other avenues to continue his career.

In summer 2017, Ted began working with Vetri Community Partnership and is very happy to be part of an organization that is advancing such an important cause in the city he has come to call home.

When Ted isn’t at work, you can find him watching a Phillies game, playing guitar or figuring out how to fix something around the house.   

Cristal Williams

EATIQUETTE PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Cristal joined Vetri Community Partnership in February 2017.

Originally from Lambertville, NJ, Cristal studied early childhood development at Mercer County Community College and moved to Philadelphia where she’s been for the past 11 years. After working food prep at Whole Foods, she ended up at The Olde Bar where she was responsible for baking fresh parker house rolls. This spurred a baking/pastry career.

As a lifetime member of the Clean Plate Club, Cristal looks forward to working with the kids that Vetri Community Partnership serves to introduce them to healthy foods and the joys of cooking. She believes in giving children tools and information to control and understand what to eat and why for the benefit of their long-term health and wellness.

When she’s not working, Cristal can be found hanging out with her old smelly dog, reading afrofuturism, sci-fi dystopian teen lit and science cookbooks.

Carrie Suarez

EATIQUETTE PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Carrie joined Vetri Community Partnership in Fall 2017.

After college graduation, Carrie started her career in the printing and publishing industry in the Washington, DC area. In 1994, she relocated to New Jersey and in 1996, Carrie became a stay-at-home mom. During her years as a stay-at-home mom, Carrie volunteered at her children’s grade school, at her church and with the many sports teams and clubs her children participated in. In 2006, wanting to earn a little money and fuel her passion for cooking, Carrie took a part-time job with Wegmans in the prepared food department. While working for Wegmans, she received one of their annual employee scholarships and enrolled in The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College as a pastry arts student, graduating in 2010. Carrie continued to work for Wegmans until 2012 when she joined the Lifeworks division of Aramark (a healthy from-scratch corporate restaurant) at Morgan Lewis Bockius as a lead cook. At Lifeworks, Carrie honed her culinary and baking skills. Carrie joined Vetri Community Partnership in September 2017. She is excited to combine her love of cooking and baking with her love of children.

Carrie and her husband Mauricio live in Haddonfield, NJ. The couple have two children, Gerry, a third year cadet at West Point, and Grace, a junior at Haddonfield Memorial High School. When not at work Carrie enjoys baking, reading, vegetable gardening, volunteering in her church kitchen and working at the food tent for her daughter’s high school crew team.

Joshua Rood-Ojalvo

EATIQUETTE PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Joshua joined the Vetri Community Partnership in March 2018.  

Joshua grew up in South Jersey baking fresh bread with his mom and going fruit picking year-round with his family. After college, Joshua moved to Italy to teach English. While there, he worked in an award-winning pizzeria learning to make traditional, wood-fired pizza. Since moving back to the U.S., Joshua worked at Seventh Hill Pizzeria in Washington D.C., helped open Bien Cuit bakery in Brooklyn and Ghibellina Restaurant in Washington D.C. Most recently, he owned and operated his own wood-fired pizza truck, Irrational Pie, in Albuquerque, N.M. 

When he’s not working, Joshua enjoys spending time with his family, running, and reading.