Cecilia Polanco graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2016 as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She launched So Good Pupusas LLC, a social justice food truck promoting cultural appreciation and higher education through pupusas and scholarships for undocumented students. Cecilia is working with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems to collect success stories from the Farm to School Coalition working groups and the Rooted in Community Summer Summit event this July. In addition to her project, Cecilia is working to refine her business plan and social mission model for her food truck and non profit. Cecilia's favorite quote is by Cesar Chavez, who said "If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him... the people who give you their food give you their heart."
Meet Analisa Sorrells
Analisa Sorrells is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill studying Public Policy with a minor in Journalism. In addition to her part-time job at Campus Recreation, Analisa has previously held positions with the North Carolina Institute for Public Health and Feeding Children Everywhere. She currently volunteers with TABLE as a committee co-chair and board member. As part of the JKHF Fellowship, Analisa is working with EducationNC to support the Reach NC Voices project through research, grassroots organizing and storytelling, and content development with a focus on summer meals programs.
Meet Daijah Street
Daijah Street is a second year master's student in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill where she is also a graduate research assistant with MEASURE Evaluation at the Carolina Population Center. Daijah loves DIY projects, cooking/baking, and spending time with her husband. She also served for two years with Teach for America in Charlotte, NC as a middle school teacher. As part of the JKHF Fellowship Daijah is working with the Durham Partnership for Children to create a program manual and communication efforts for their Transition to Kindergarten Initiative.
Meet Gizem (Gezer) Templeton
Gizem Gezer Templeton holds a PhD in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and has experience investigating and teaching food and hunger as a research assistant, teaching assistant, high-school mentor, and engaged volunteer. Gizem will be working with the Wake County Smart Start Farm to Child Care (F2CC) initiative, a statewide project with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), to develop recommendations and templates for F2CC shared services and conduct an inventory of current resources from all F2CC project partners. Internally, she will be working to identify opportunities to tie together JKHF's work around food systems and early childhood learning and development and assist with the development of the 2017 Gathering for Good series.
Meet Misha Sims
Misha Sims is a medical student at UNC Chapel Hill who has been volunteering with Urban Ministries in Raleigh. Misha considers herself a good listener and an empathetic person, and has also coached and played soccer. Misha is supporting the Education Funders Collaborative at the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, one of their issue-based groups, by researching successful collaborative models. She is also working to collect case studies of successful Title I schools with low absenteeism for the NC Early Childhood Foundation.
Meet Alison Lee
Alison Lee is a senior at Duke University with an International Comparative Studies major. Alison previously interned with the Oregon Food Bank through DukeEngage and Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro. Alison is working to map food system assets in the Triangle for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, with a special focus on opportunities in Chatham County in partnership with Merritt's Chapel United Methodist Church. In her spare time, Alison loves jigsaw puzzles, yoga, pilates, and cooking.
Meet Tiffany Dixon
Tiffany Dixon is graduating with her bachelor's degree from North Carolina Central University this May in English, and hopes to go to law school in the future. She is mom to a two year old, and they like to be outside, especially gardening. Tiffany brings previous experience as an office administrator in a workforce placement agency and physical education instruction intern for elementary school students. Tiffany is developing a business plan for a 2018 summer camp at Camden Street Learning Garden through the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
Meet Alexandra Laffey
Alexandra Laffey is a language arts middle school teacher, softball coach, and National Junior Honor Society advisor at Ligon GT Middle School in Wake County Public Schools. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Alexandra is working with Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina to develop an advocacy plan for improving or developing policies at the state and local level.
Meet Kristin Caddick
Kristin Caddick is a rising senior at NC State University and a Caldwell Fellows recipient. A climbing and backpacking enthusiast, Kristin also serves as a lead Teaching Assistant for the course, Nonprofit Leadership and Development program. Kristin is working with Raleigh City Farm to engage the community in urban agriculture through film, fundraising for their new pavilion and strategic planning.
Meet Tiffany Turner
Tiffany Turner is a rising senior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a degree in Public Policy with minors in Social and Economic Justice and Marine Science. Tiffany is a Senior Intern for the Bonner Leaders Program in the Campus Y (Social and Economic Justice hub on campus) and has worked with TABLE for the last three years through the Bonner Leaders Program. Tiffany enjoys running, working on farms and in gardens, and spending time with her Colombian family. As a returning Senior Fellow this summer, Tiffany is assisting our Director of Programs by leading the Food Systems team, building out communications for JKHF, and working on a resource with National Farm to School Network on how Farm to Early Child Care and Education programs align with Head Start Program Performance Standards.