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A proven innovator at the intersection of public health and food security, Adrienne Markworth has led her organization to impact thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations through the development, implementation, and evaluation of cutting-edge programs and products. Through a focus on accountability to program participants, translation of trauma and resilience research into practice, and a deep appreciation of collaboration and ongoing learning, Adrienne enjoys working across systems and settings to support sustainable community and individual nourishment.
Monica Bhagwan joined Leah’s Pantry as Program Manager in 2013. She initiated and drives Leah’s Pantry’s trauma-informed approach to food and nutrition programs. With a passion for social and institutional change, she provides program and curriculum development, facilitation, training, and technical assistance to long-term partner agencies. She also leads our Feeding Potrero Catering Team. Monica enjoys supporting and growing our public health nutrition networks as well as building relationships with her San Francisco community through her work. Monica brings a wide variety of skills and experiences from almost 25 years of work in food service, social service settings, child and youth development, and community nutrition programs. She has a Masters Degree in Food Studies from New York University with special focus on food justice and sustainability.
Danielle Boulé joined Leah’s Pantry in June 2015 and now serves as the organization’s Training and Development Manager. Danielle leads our train-the-trainer programming, building the capacity of partner organizations so that they are better equipped to address the nutrition educational needs of their low-income clients. She also manages our volunteer and donor programs. Through social media, annual fundraising campaigns, and in-person events, she gets people excited about our mission! Danielle enjoys working directly with clients as one of our nutrition educators, teaching workshops in both English and Spanish. She earned a Masters in Community Development from UC Davis and a B.S. in Mass Communications from UCLA.
Bethany Hendrickson joined Leah’s Pantry in November 2017 when SuperFood Drive merged with Leah’s Pantry. As the Program Manager for the Nutrition Pantry Program, she is passionate about taking a holistic, dignified, client-centered approach to healthy hunger relief in all types of food settings. Previously, Bethany has worked on evaluating state and national programs designed to promote nutrition and physical activity in schools, in research on neighborhood food access and its relationship to chronic disease, and as an educator teaching classes in nutrition to a wide variety of audiences. She earned her B.S. in Nutrition Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison and MPH from UC Berkeley. Bethany loves hiking, cooking, traveling and exploring the small towns of California and cultivating a love of fruits & vegetables in her young son.
Anna Ng is the Registered Dietitian at Leah’s Pantry and joined the team in December 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis and completed her supervised practice with Sodexo Dietetic Internships in New York City while earning her Master of Science in Dietetics with the University of Rhode Island. She was born and raised in San Francisco and has been working with unique individuals and diverse groups in community. She finds great joy from working with youth and older adults and supporting them to eat the best they can and to build a healthy relationship with food. Her philosophy on food encourages making mindful choices that not only nourish the body and the environment but also taste good!
Wendy Willard joined in 2018 as the Product and Marketing Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University. Wendy’s background includes creative design, strategy, and development for digital and print products in the for-profit, government, non-profit, and educational spaces across the country. She brings a particular passion for serving at-risk youth and those affected by trauma to her work at Leah’s Pantry. Wendy enjoys books, music, travel, and time with her husband and two daughters.
Carrie Richerson joined Leah’s Pantry in 2019 as a Program Specialist. She works primarily with the Nutrition Pantry Program, helping to develop client-centered, health-focused food distributions. Carrie also supports other nutrition education programs in Southern California, such as Microwave Workshops and Leah’s Pantry’s new trauma-informed nutrition and culinary program, Around the Table. Prior to joining Leah’s Pantry, Carrie was a manager with KPMG, working in internal audit and risk management. Carrie is pleased to have shifted her career to now focus on helping others lead healthier lives, and she is so excited to be able to realize this dream with Leah’s Pantry. Carrie has a Masters degree in Nutrition Education from American University, a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Penn State, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
Lauren Small began working with Leah’s Pantry in 2019 as the Program Coordinator. Prior to joining Leah’s Pantry, Lauren worked in a myriad of roles, ranging from business analytics at a corporate finance company to community engagement at a local nonprofit organization. At one point in her life, Lauren struggled with some of the challenges that come with obesity, and found nutrition to be a key factor in changing her life for the better. She is excited to bring this passion for nutrition and wellness into the lives of others. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys hiking, yoga, travel, and challenging others to a game of Scrabble.