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 Project Team Members


Mary Beth Marks, MBA, BA

Interim Project Manager

Milen Embaye, MPH

Data Manager

Tim Ciesielski, ScD, MD, MPH

Senior Research Associate

Eun Kyung Lee

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Gwendolyn Donley, BA, BS, MSc

Pre-Doctoral Scholar

Owusua Yamoah, PhD, MA

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Abigail Roche, MS, RDN

Pre-Doctoral Scholar

India Gill, MPH

Pre-Doctoral Scholar

Jennifer King, PhD

Research Associate

Paola Saroufim, PharmD, MPH

Research Staff

Alannah Glickman, MS, PhD Candidate

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

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

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

Jarrod Dalton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Outcomes Research, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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, Community Advisor

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)