Team

We're creative, results-oriented individuals who are passionate about food education.

Jasmin Alim

Program Manager
P.S./M.S. 7 and P.S. 216

About

Jasmin joins Edible Schoolyard NYC with a background in biology and environmental education. In her spare time, you can find her weeding in the garden and collecting bugs. She hopes to continue learning the recipes that her parents grew up with, and to share them with students and friends.

Veggie Alter Ego

Elephant garlic

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Selwyn Andrews

FoodCorps Service Member
P.S. 109

About

Selwyn is a native New Yorker who was raised and currently resides in Harlem. In August, he began his first year at ESYNYC through FoodCorps. In the past, he has had careers in Information Technology, Construction, & Warehouse Logistics, and is excited to start exploring Health and Wellness. Selwyn’s goal is to encourage wellness in youth through healthy eating, which is how he crossed paths with ESYNYC. In his spare time he enjoys playing/watching sports, listening to music, experiencing nature, and letting his imagination run wild.

Veggie Alter Ego

Potato

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Liza Engelberg

Director of Education & Quality

About

Liza comes to Edible Schoolyard NYC after many years as a classroom teacher of both children and adults, and trains our educators to become better teachers themselves. She is currently trying to perfect the kale pesto recipe she learned in a kitchen class at PS 216.

Favorite Cookbook

Marcella Hazan: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.

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Dan Feder

Director of School Programs

About

Dan comes to Edible Schoolyard NYC from the culinary world. Prior to 2012, Dan had a brief stint in the nonprofit development world before leaving to attend culinary school and cook professionally in New York City restaurants. Fortunately he found his way to Edible Schoolyard NYC at P.S. 216, where he happily remains to this very day.

Favorite Cookbook

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook

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Cecilia Galarraga

Garden and Kitchen Educator,
P.S. 216

About

Cecilia has been teaching in parks and gardens for several years in NYC. She can most likely be found looking for ladybugs in the asparagus bed or taking a nap next to the basil.

Favorite Cookbook

The Joy of Cooking

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Hannah Golub

Garden and Kitchen Educator,
P.S. 216

About

Originally from Houston, TX, Hannah is new to New York City and is very excited to join the ESYNYC team. Hannah loves cooking, gardening, being outdoors, and eating dark chocolate chips by the handful. Prior to joining the P.S.216 team, Hannah attended college in Maine and taught workshops on urban farms in Brooklyn.

Veggie Alter Ego

Sweet Potato

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Carolyn Hosannah

FoodCorps Service Member
P.S. 311

About

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, Carolyn is an avid hiker and steward of environmental justice with an emphasis in supporting accessible foodways. She is a graduate of Culinary Institute of America where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Food Studies. When not serving with FoodCorps, Carolyn enjoys cooking for family and friends!

Favorite Cookbook

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

Get in Touch

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Leonisa Johnson

Educator/Program Manager,
Evergreen School for Urban Exploration and Brooklyn Gardens Elementary

About

Leonisa has almost a decade of experience designing, teaching and managing youth centered food education programs in New York City. Leonisa is passionate about  providing students with opportunities to expand their knowledge of the interconnectedness between food, culture and history. She spent 4 years as a Kitchen teacher and is currently a Program Manager with Edible Schoolyard NYC. A native New Yorker, Leonisa has always enjoyed cooking, discovering new restaurants and spending time around the table with friends and family.

Happy Place

The beach

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Paloma Jones

Garden and Kitchen Educator
Evergreen School for Urban Exploration

About

Paloma is a proud native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. After earning two Bachelor’s degrees, a BA in psychology from NYU and a BS in nutrition and dietetics from Queens College, Paloma is looking forward to bringing her knowledge to her role as Garden and Kitchen Educator in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her enthusiasm for food and nutrition, are a big part of what have brought her to Edible Schoolyard NYC, where she’s excited to share her passion for food and nutrition to NYC students. In her free time she can be found enjoying all the amazing food the city has to offer.

Favorite Cookbook

Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman

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Eliza Kamerman

Garden and Kitchen Educator
P.S./M.S. 7

About

Prior to Edible Schoolyard NYC, they received their degree in Environmental Studies and taught environmental learning in nature preserves. In their spare time they love to cook new dishes, take their dog on hikes (letting her get as muddy as she wants), and work on their amateur woodworking skills.

Veggie Alter Ego

Sweet Potato

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Silaka Lugo

Finance and Operations Manager

About

Silaka is a native Brooklynite who has been working with nonprofits for nearly a decade. During this time, she helped build a half acre community garden and has provided fiscal support to nearly two dozen organizations. Silaka is passionate about access to food, especially for New Yorkers  living in isolated and underserved communities, which drew her to ESYNYC’s mission.

Veggie Alter Ego

Red Onion

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Shanon Morris

Executive Director

About

Shanon is a registered dietitian who has dedicated her career to working with communities to make to make nutrition relatable, accessible, and enjoyable for all, and was named by Hunter College as one of 40 under 40 rising stars in New York City food policy in 2020 . She is also the author of MC Veggie Rocks the Mic, a children’s book that mixes nutrition and hip-hop to make learning about food, healthy habits, and cooking fun. She is a proud alumna of Howard University and Columbia University, where she studied both Nutrition and Exercise Science.

Happy Place

On a beach, eating a fresh mango

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Ellen Okamoto

Senior Manager, Donor Engagement

About

Ellen’s roots are in the mangrove forests and citrus groves of Southwest Florida. She was drawn to New York in 2008, and her hospitality experience at Union Square Hospitality Group and Eleven Madison Park instilled in her a deep love for the NYC community, food justice and a need to get involved.

Veggie Alter Ego

Bird chili

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Ryan Renaud

Educator/Program Manager,
Bronx Network Sites

About

Ryan comes to NYC from Texas, where he grew up around a family of educators and good food. After attending Columbia University for nutrition and becoming a Registered Dietitian, Ryan spent time at GrowNYC and Children’s Aid Society working with seed-to-plate and food justice programs. With a background in research, Ryan is as likely to be found reading a journal article as searching for the best new restaurant in town.

Favorite Cookbook

The Flavor Bible

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Neida Rodriguez

FoodCorps Service Member
Brooklyn Gardens Elementary School

About

Neida was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. She attended the University of Arizona where she got her BA in Anthropology and gained inspirational research experience around food and culture. She is now working on her Masters in Applied Anthropology through an online program with the University of North Texas. Neida recently moved to NYC and loves it thus far. On her free time she loves to be outside whether that is hiking, running, or just walking around the city. She also enjoys taking dance classes, drawing, taking pictures with her film camera, and watching movies at the Nitehawk movie theater.

Veggie Alter Ego

Cherry Tomato

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Raili Sharp

FoodCorps Service Member
Brighter Choice Community School

About

Raili, originally from western Massachusetts, graduated from Macalester College in May 2021 where she studied Environmental Studies, Educational Studies, and Community and Global Health. She has extensive experience with children and interned with multiple environmental nonprofits during her four years in Minnesota. In her free time Raili loves spending time outdoors, spending time with family and friends, making art, snacking, and exploring new places.

Happy Place

Hiking in the woods!

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Mirem Villamil

Head Garden Manager

About

Decades after leaving the beaches of Puerto Rico to become a set designer in Barcelona, Mirem switched to garden design (specifically for school gardens) in New York City. She is a mother of two young and experimental cooks.

Favorite Cookbook

Cocina Criolla, the classic by Carmen Aboy Valldejuli – my grandmother cooked from this book.

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Neysa Yoon-Cho

Vice President of Development & External Affairs

About

Over the last seventeen years, Neysa has worked with a number of nonprofit organizations whose missions serve to support and expand equity, access, and opportunities for young people in New York City and beyond. Most recently, she led the external affairs team at Teach For America New York and the development team at NAF, formerly the National Academy Foundation. Neysa lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Happy Place

Reading “nooks” with my kids

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