Meet the foodNEST 2.0 Team

Our Funders

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

National Dairy Council

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Stephen J. McHale Family Foundation Fund

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Saint Luke’s Foundation 

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NYC)

The Ohio State University, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Members of the Core Modeling Team


foodNEST 2.0 Research Team Members


Dominique Rose, PhD, MPH, CHES

Project Manager


Milen Embaye, MPH

Research Assistant III


Elizabeth Benninger, PhD

Post-Doctoral Scholar


Gwendolyn Donley, BA, BS, MSc

Pre-Doctoral Scholar


David Ngendahimana, PhD, MSc

Post-Doctoral Scholar


Megan Schmidt-Sane

Graduate Research Assistant-Qualitative Core


Sarang Park

Graduate Research Assistant- Survey Core


Paola Saroufim, PharmD, MPH

Research Staff


foodNEST 2.0 Investigators

William Bush, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Jill Clark, PhD, Associate Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

Jarrod Dalton, PhD , Assistant Professor, Outcomes Research, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Darcy Freedman, PhD , MPH Director, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

David Lounsbury, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Group Photo of Core Modeling Team of foodNEST2.0


foodNEST 2.0 Core Modeling Team

Lena Boswell, Community Leader, Nguzo Saba Gardens, University Hospitals

Marilyn Burns, Community Leader and Advisor Partner, Network of Community Advisors

Kirstin Craciun, MPP, MSW, Director of Community Outreach, The Center for Health Affairs

Courtney Green, Community Leader, All About Your Health

Austreeia Everson, Community Outreach Coordinator, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.

Piper Fernway, Community Programs & Sustainability Support Manager, Bon Appetit Management Company 

Michelle B. Jackson, Community Leader, Voter Registration Program Coordinator, Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates

Margaret Rivera, MS, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, The Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County

Kristen Mikelbank, MA, Planning Analyst, Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Jodi Mitchell, Perfectly Imperfect Produce

Amanda Osborne, MA, Community Development Educator, The Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County

Sabrina Roberts, MPA, Administrator of Health Policy and Programs, Health and Human Services, Cuyahoga County

Jennifer Scofield, MA, CHES, Chief Executive Officer, Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland

Morgan Taggart, MUPDD, Project Manager, The FARE Project & Food Trust

LaQueta Worley-Bell, Resident Leader, Neighborhood Ambassador and Community Outreach Coordinator

Robyn Van Hooks, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietitian, UH Rainbow Center for Women and Children

Ana Claudia Zubieta, PhD, Program Director, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)