Our Team

 

Stephanie Cataquet

170 Farm Stand & Food Pantry Coordinator

 

Anaya, Jonathan, Christopher, Cieara, and Alasia

170 Farm Stand Summer Youth Crew

 
 

Eva Wertimer

Cooking & Gardening Educator

 

Dyana Sanaycela

Cashin Fellow Intern

 

Maria Caicedo

Community Food Action Operations Lead

 

Gus Stavroulakis

Community Health Initiatives Director

Stephanie Cataquet

Stephanie was born and raised in the South Bronx and has dedicated many years to improving the lives of inner city youth. She has worked alongside several non-profits in the environmental and education sector, in the hopes of sparking a curiosity in conservation and improving the quality of life of her students, their families, and her beloved Bronx.

In her current role as the 170 Farm Stand and New Settlement Community Center’s Food Pantry coordinator, Stephanie wants to use her experience and education from the University of Massachusetts, to bridge the gap between at-risk communities and healthy, sustainable resources, specially after witnessing how her former students and their communities struggled, and continue to struggle. with a lack of resources during the COVID pandemic.

Anaya, Jonathan, Christopher, Cieara, and Alasia

Our youth crew is back through the summer youth employment program!

Eva Wertimer

Eva grew up in Washington Heights and is a proud graduate of the NYC public school system. She is grateful to the amazing teachers who nurtured her curiosity, and hopes to do the same for her students. She is a former FoodCorps Service Member, first joining Community Food Action to serve with FoodCorps at PS 42, the Claremont Community School, during the 2020-2021 school year. Currently, Eva acts as Community Food Action’s Cooking & Gardening Educator. 

Eva graduated from Scripps College with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Philosophy. In college she aided in organizing a local CSA with a subsidized program. Through the CSA program she learned about food apartheid in the United States.

Eva hopes to instill a love of food in children, and aid in giving them the tools to represent their communities to minimize food apartheid and inequity. 

Dyana Sanaycela

Through the Cashin Community Development Fellowship, generously funded by LISC, young people are introduced to the field of community development. Through a partnership with Prep for Prep, LISC places high school and college students in summer jobs with community development partners, as well as with LISC.

Maria Caicedo

Maria is a bilingual educator and community worker who joined us in 2018 to coordinate our cooking and gardening initiatives. On the one hand, she leads the Farmers Markets for Kids, and on the other, she coordinates Community Food Action’s work in schools and is the service site FoodCorps supervisor.

Her efforts in promoting and advocating culturally responsive educational environments have allowed Maria to practice in the classroom, at the Battery Urban Farm where she was tenured for two years prior to joining the CFA team, and at various other alternative community-based educational settings. She strives to contribute to the economic and sustainable development of migrant populations in NYC through fostering increased social/political awareness, and implementing educational initiatives around healthy food, urban agriculture, and heritage language preservation.

Maria believes that by rescuing the innate connections we have with nature, we can develop a love of place. And love for our shared home ground leads us to care for it and act against its destruction and exploitation, which is our own. Children in particular “allow themselves to be imprinted by place” and if they’re lovingly devoted to a place, that is the beginning of action.

Maria’s favorite foods to eat are watermelons, guabas, and chirimoyas.

Gus Stavroulakis

Gus has always understood the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When continuing his education after his military service, he learned that there is more to living a healthy life than the choices a person makes. The Social environment where a person lives in plays a significant role. Pursuing a career in public health, he has worked in advocating for his fellow veterans within the Veterans Administration and as a student at Bronx Community College and Hunter College.

Moving to the Bronx, Gus feels a strong connection to the Bronx. Believing that civil engagement is an important part of building a strong community, Gus has volunteered his time on the Jerome Avenue Public Health Task Force and is now a part of New Settlement’s Community Food Action. What has also helped in making the Bronx his home is great pizza like Giovanni’s pizza!