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 17,000 children and adults at 90+ 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.
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 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.
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.
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 Director of Operations 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.
Tom is a Temple grad with a passion for non-profit work and Vetri Community Partnership’s mission of service.
Tom grew up volunteering for service projects through his church, Boy Scouts, and a few local non-profits. He became invested in serving the community around him, and become involved with the Maddie N. Dixon Community Cupboard and Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, as well as continuing to serve through his church.
While at Temple, Tom studied music and business, and fell in love with the city of Philadelphia. VCP allows him to continue serving the community around him, and connect with the place he loves.
While not working, you might run into Tom playing music in and around Philadelphia.
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 originally joined Vetri Community Partnership as an Administrative Assistant in 2016, moving into her current role as Development Coordinator soon after given her organizational skills and love of numbers. Also having a degree in Art from Rowan University and previous experience in event planning, she has put her skills to work with development in helping to plan and implement VCP’s major fundraising events, such as Eat to Empower.
A true creative at heart, Stacey loves food, but finds that it often gets cold by the time she’s finished taking pictures of it. Regardless, this doesn’t stop her from exploring all of the different bars and restaurants around Philadelphia, or trying new recipes at home. Other than this, she spends her free time brewing her own beer and exploring the city as an avid runner.
Dalton joined Vetri Community Partnership in January of 2018 as a Vetri Cooking Lab instructor while he was still a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Penn with a degree in Public Health and minors in Spanish and Nutrition, he joined VCP full-time as the Marketing and Communications Specialist in September 2019.
Prior to coming to Philadelphia for college, Dalton grew up on a farm in a small town in rural Southeastern Kansas. There he gained a great appreciation for food in all stages of its life-cycle – from helping his father with crops and livestock to preparing everything for dinner with his grandmother. Now working at VCP, he is excited to use his creative talents to spread the word about the great work of the organization!
In his spare time, Dalton likes to experiment with new recipes, explore the outdoors with his friends, read cheesy LGBT YA novels, and spend time with his corgi, Charlie, and his cat, Samson!
Emily 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. She now serves as the Program Manager.
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 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.
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, becoming Program Manager in January 2019.
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!
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.
Tamyah Brice joined Vetri Community Partnership in May 2018. Originally from Newark, NJ, Tamyah came to love nutrition and working with different varieties of food as she was diagnosed with diabetes at the young age of nine. She has since gotten rid of the ailment and continues to educate herself on how important it is to remain healthy. Tamyah then went on to receive her Bachelors of Science in Public Health at Temple University in 2018.
Prior to VCP, Tamyah worked at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom as assistant manager for the foods department. She then went on to intern at the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as Vetri Community Partnership until she was offered a full time position with Vetri in April 2018! Since the start of her career, Tamyah has had a deep passion for empowering children and families to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. She enthusiastically joined the VCP team knowing they shared similar values centered around community health and nutrition.
During her spare time Tamyah likes to explore the different thrift shops and sneaker shops around Philadelphia, as well as spend quality time with her mom.
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 locations 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.
Michelle Guerrier joined Vetri Community Partnership in November 2018. Originally from Queens, NY, Michelle came to love working and playing with food after spending most of her childhood watching her mother in the kitchen. She then received her Master of Science in Community Health at Hofstra University in 2013.
Prior to VCP, Michelle worked with Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services- Women Infant and Children Program for eight years in several different capacities. Since the start of her career, Michelle has had a deep passion for empowering children and families to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. Upon relocating to Philadelphia, she enthusiastically joined the VCP team knowing they shared similar values centered around community health and nutrition.
During her spare time Michelle likes to explore the latest beauty trends, as well as spend quality time with her family and close friends back in NY.
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.
Nafissatou came to the U.S. six years ago from Mali to pursue higher education in the environmental field. She graduated with a bachelor’s in environmental science at SUNY Plattsburgh and earned a masters in environmental sustainability at the University of Pennsylvania.
Her love and passion for a healthy and balance diet started when she first moved to the United States. She discovered how convenient delivery services were and how fast food was accessible everywhere and also economical. Just a few years in, she was personally affected by this environment — experiencing weight gain, loss of productivity, and deteriorating mental health. She began her own research and fell in love with health & fitness as well as mindful eating. Just by incorporating more fruits and veggies, and by cooking at home, she was able to find an equilibrium.
Working at Vetri is quite personal for Nafissatou. She is a firm believer that food can have an impact on your mental health and wants to be part of the solution where kids can have access to healthy meals and can thrive in their community.
Other than work, she loves to workout, hike, discover new cuisines, and hang out with friends.
Lindsay joined Vetri Community Partnership in August 2018. She is excited to work in a position that combines her love of teaching with her love of cooking.
After graduating from the University of Colorado, Lindsay enrolled at the New York Restaurant School and began a career in cooking and restaurant management. Eventually, she went back to school to get her elementary education teaching certificate. She taught at The Galloway School, a progressive school in Atlanta, Georgia before becoming a full-time parent to her three children. For the past ten years she has been a teacher and a preschool director in Bucks County and Philadelphia.
When she is not working, Lindsay enjoys discovering new restaurants, cooking, crafts and spending time with her family. She lives in Fishtown with her husband.
Angelina joined the Vetri Community Partnership team in the Summer of 2018. She looks forward to being a part of a team devoted to fresh whole foods and community engagement.
Growing up in upstate NY, she was surrounded by nature and farm country. It inevitably spawned her love—bordering on obsession–for the farm to table movement and quality ingredients. Angelina studied Culinary Arts at SUNY Delhi and enjoyed a 10+ year career in the Hospitality industry cooking in fine dining Italian and French restaurants in both Philadelphia and New York City. Most recently, she worked for Penn State Extension in Montgomery County where she taught Nutrition Education to Adults and school-aged children.
When she is not working, Angelina enjoys reading, writing, photography, collecting unique records and vintage pieces, funky fermentations and of course cooking!