After 8 years of running her own triple-bottom line cafe – committed to people, profit and planet - Jill returned to the non-profit community in 2011 and joined WWCP in January 2013. She hopes to educate, empower and inspire individuals of all ages to embrace healthy living and connect with their food & the land that produces it. Jill believes we create stronger communities and healthier neighborhoods through gardening, eating well, and working cooperatively. She hopes you'll join us in our efforts.
WWCP Staff & Board
Jill FinkExecutive Director
Jackie SchraugerProgram Director
Jackie has lived in Philadelphia since 2011, working as a classroom teacher and at a child-serving non-profit before landing at WWCP in 2015. Jackie believes that WWCP's work will enable Philadelphia's children and families - through connecting them to their food - and give them the agency to make healthy and empowered decisions. She believes that by educating youth about nutrition and farming we can build community, protect the environment, and pursue an agenda of fair food access for families.
Tara CampbellYouth Education Coordinator
Tara has lived in Philadelphia since graduating from Drexel in 2006. She believes people of all ages can learn leadership, cooperation, communication, a love and appreciation for the environment, and gain a more complete understanding about the food we eat through farm education.
She hopes to inspire youth to become civically minded and environmentally conscious adults who take on key roles in the quest to achieve a sustainable future.
Angela FarandaDevelopment & Operations Associate
Angela Faranda is a lifelong Mt. Airy resident. As Office Manager, she takes great pride and enthusiasm in providing support and organizational services to all of the programs at WWCP. Prior to this position, Angela worked in an administrative capacity with the School District of Philadelphia and as an Office Manager for a small chemistry company. With a degree in Studio Art and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, Angela is passionate about issues concerning equitable food access and environmental education. Angela is pleased to have the opportunity to support work in these areas.
Mercelyne LatortueNutrition Education Associate
Mercelyne was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Haiti. She has lived in Philadelphia since 2006 after receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Health from Temple University. During her time at Temple University she worked with Sunday Suppers for 3+ years educating families on the benefits of having family dinners and home cooked meals. She believes everyone has the right to quality foods no matter their economic status. Besides a love for cooking and educating families, Mercelyne is an avid yogi and yoga instructor. Practicing yoga for over 9 years, she tries to incorporate the philosophies of yoga into her work style.
Melissa PowellFarm Educator
In 2006, Melissa moved to Philadelphia and has since dedicated her professional life to work with children in settings ranging from group homes to camps to schools. Melissa spent time living in Nigeria where she worked for an NGO that encouraged and inspired youth through clubs in schools, an experience that was influential and inspiring to her as well. In 2008, Melissa developed a strong interest in food systems, which led to community gardening in the Kensington, farming on a Biodynamic CSA in Phoenixville, and in 2015, to her current role with WWCP where she is able to combine her passion for educating children with her passion for healthy food and farming.
Rachel ReynoldsDevelopment and Communications Manager
Since spending her high school summers working on a therapeutic farm, Rachel has believed deeply that food and farming play significant roles in realizing a healthier and more just society. A long-time social justice activist, Rachel is thrilled to use her degree in rhetoric from UC Berkeley to support WWCP's efforts to provide high quality nutrition, farm, and garden education to some of Philadelphia's most vulnerable residents. Prior to working at WWCP, Rachel was a news writer and editor and ran a state-wide community-based writing workshop program in California.
Andrew TurnerFarm and Garden Manager
Andrew has a Masters in Community Planning and has been an organic vegetable farmer since 2011. He believes that educating youth about farming and nutrition is the cornerstone of encouraging healthy eating, and promoting social and environmental justice. For Andrew, transitioning from working at a 300 member CSA in Chester County to Farm Manager at WWCP, has been a "natural" one. Andrew has grown English cucumbers in Pennsylvania, harvested sukuma wiki in Kenya, drank fermented sugar-cane in Brasil, and eaten a lot of deep-fried potatoes in Scotland. Consuming food is something we all have in common and growing it in Philadelphia helps develop our communities, beautifies our neighborhoods, and boosts our immune systems.
WWCP Board of Governors
Mira Rabin is a Mt. Airy native and former employment discrimination lawyer with many years of local non-profit board experience. She has served on the boards of West Mt. Airy Neighbors and Weavers Way Cooperative Association, and was involved in the development of governance policies for both boards. She also brings experience with food and nutrition, having worked as a Head Start school cook, a restaurant cook, and a caterer.
Patricia StranahanVice President
As a senior executive, Patricia Stranahan has led both academic and non-profit organizations. She has served as President of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia; Provost/Dean of Faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Director of the Asian Studies Program and Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh; and Executive Director of the Committee for Scholarly Communications with China. She also served on the faculty of Texas A&M University. Currently, she is consulting on organizational alignment, capacity building, and transformative change. In that capacity, she has worked with the American Council of Learned Societies, AsiaNetwork, and SIT/World Learning. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
In addition to the board of the Weavers Way Community Programs, she has served on the boards of the Harvard-Yenching Institute (Cambridge, MA), the InterChurch Center (New York), and the League of Women Voters (Geneva, NY), Global Research Consortia (Hong Kong), and AsiaNetwork’s Council of Advisors.
Among her current and past volunteer activities are: Dress for Success, Building Hope-New Yonkers Animal Shelter, Meals on Wheels 10708, Inc., and League of Women Voters.
Sue Wasserkrug wrapped up her service to the Weavers Way Co-op Board in May 2013, leaving just enough time for WWCP to snatch her up so that she can continue her commitment to the community with WWCP. Sue has a professional background as an attorney, but also with nonprofits, cooperatives and most recently in the food industry as owner of Zea May’s, a food truck whose mission is to introduce people to Native American cultures through food.
Jeffrey has been a member of Weavers Way since 1979 when he relocated to Philadelphia from the Midwest. Having raised his children on the tofu, tempeh and other great coop products, Weavers Way has been an important part of his family’s life.
Since 1981, Jeffrey has continuously served on boards of non-profit arts organizations in Philadelphia. In recent years, he’s become very interested in urban community agriculture, has joined a CSA, and believes in the importance of education in this area, as well as healthy sustainable food for all. As a WWCP Board member, Jeffrey is able to further the WWCP mission and also give back to the larger Weavers Way community that has been so important to him and his family.
Jocelyn J. Arnold brings to WWCP more than twenty years of experience in philanthropy as a foundation staff member, trustee, philanthropic advisor and fundraising professional. As Deputy Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Grants, Jocelyn has helped to secure more than $70 million in grants and awards to our city including one of President Obama's first Promise Zone designations and a $22.9 million grant from FEMA for the Philadelphia Fire Department. Additionally, she has served on both sides of the grantor/grantseeker equation through her work at The Philadelphia Foundation, her service as Trustee and Board Chair of The Valentine Foundation and as the first Development Director for the Mural Arts Program. Jocelyn has a strong connection to the Weaver's Way community as her family were among the Co-Op's founding members and her stepson, Jaxson, currently works at the Chestnut Hill store. She and her family are proud residents of Mt. Airy.
Glenn Bergman is the founder of WWCP: his vision of Weavers Way sponsoring its own non-profit focused on increasing access to healthy food has blossomed into a multi-site organization that engages in a variety of partnerships to empower children, youth, and families with the values and knowledge to be healthy, strong, and informed. Glenn now serves as the Executive Director of Philabundance. Glenn is a long-time resident of East Mt. Airy.
Tim Clair is a nonprofit executive with over 20 years experience in growing and developing organizations. He has been in leadership with a variety of Philadelphia nonprofits managing change, building capacity, overseeing operations and finance, developing programs and fostering partnerships. He is currently the Senior Director of Operations and Planning for the Fairmount Park Conservancy and has served as Executive Director at the Fairmount CDC and as the first Director of Operations for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Tim has lived, studied and worked in Philadelphia for over 20 years after growing up in northwest New Jersey. He has an MBA with a concentration in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University. Tim, Heather, and their two children, Ivy and Sage, enjoy hiking, gardening and spending time with family in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. His interest in youth development, local economies, food justice and urban farming led him to the WWCP Board.
Harriet Dichter has an impressive record of innovation in local, state and federal early childhood education. She has led national policy teams on the issue, and also served as Pennsylvania’s founding Deputy Secretary for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. In addition to her policy work, Harriet’s leadership has included supporting foundations through work at the Pew Trusts and as a consultant to the Gates and Ford Foundations. Harriet currently serves as Executive Director of the Delaware Office of Early Learning.
Vania Freire, MP
Vania has extensive experience in the public health and non-profit industries. Since 2015, she is a co-chair of the Food Funders and helps to organize educational sessions to more than 50 philanthropic agencies in Philadelphia and region. When working at the Health Promotion Council (HPC), an affiliate of the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), she lead a team of professionals that provided nutrition education and food access programs for vulnerable populations at community-based locations throughout Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties. Programs under her review included: Pennsylvania TRACKS, CACFP, Food Access, Get Healthy Philly Food Standards, among others. Originally from Brazil, Vania has a B.A. in Economics, a certificate in Business/International Trade and Commerce from UCLA, and a Masters in Public Health. She has lived in Philadelphia since 2008 where she volunteers with multiple organizations focused on hunger and social justice.
Margaret is a freelance journalist and public relations professional. She has written, edited and published in many journals and newspapers focusing on such topics as food, gardening and fashion. She has written and published a number of cookbooks. Her semi-retired work schedule allows Margaret to devote more time to volunteerism and political activism. She is a Weavers Way member and was formerly an active member in a Madison, WI co-op. Margaret is also active in Weavers Way Dining for Women. She believes social progress should begin with good nutrition for all. She is a resident of East Mt. Airy.
Jiana Murdic is committed to making schools and communities healthier, making her the perfect fit for WWCP! With more than 10 years as a school leader and educator, Jiana understands the dynamics and challenges facing school administrators, educators, families and communities. She dedicates her energies to improve wellness in schools and communities, and will bring this same energy to WWCP as we evaluate our current programs and determine our strategic growth.
Laura Morris Siena
I am a long-time Mt. Airy resident, Weavers Way member, nonprofit executive and community activist.
After a twenty-year career in fund-raising, I served as Executive Director of Fund for an OPEN Society, a national organization promoting racially integrated communities, and of West Mt. Airy Neighbors, a community-based volunteer organization committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in its richly diverse urban neighborhood. I have a particular interest in Mt. Airy’s history of leadership in promoting integrated communities.
Since 2010, I have served as founding president of Lundale Farm, Inc., a new nonprofit formed under a directive in my mother’s Will. Lundale Farm, Inc. owns 420 acres of conserved farmland in northern Chester County, PA and is a sustainable farming community that is a place of inspiration, innovation and opportunity for new farmers, landowners, and others committed to locally grown food.
I joined the Board of Weavers Way Community Programs in 2012 and I was elected to the Board of Weavers Way Co-op in 2013.