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6601 Baltimore National Pike

Catonsville, MD 21228

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© 2019 by Friends of Great Kids Farm

Our TEAM

Nancy Wiley
Executive Director
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 Friends of Great Kids Farm Staff 

 Friends of Great Kids Farm Board 

Amanda Knab
President
Peggy Sullivan
Vice President
Mary Jane Namian
Treasurer
Whitney Burton
Secretary
Angela Davis Pallozzi
At Large Executive Committee Member
Courtney Bindl
Member
Cyrus Green
Member
Len King
Member
Matt Milani
Member
Chichi Nyagah-Nash
Member
Keith Shapiro
Member
Deborah Harrison
Honorary Member
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Laura Genello
Farm to School Specialist
James Koval
Farm Manager
Laura "L" Menyuk
Farm to School Specialist
Anne Rosenthal
Farm to School Specialist
Ben Sommers
Farm to School Specialist
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 Great Kids Farm Staff (Baltimore City Public Schools -- Food & Nutrition Services) 

 

Meet us

Nancy Wiley

Executive Director

Friends of Great Kids Farm

Nancy joined Friends of Great Kids Farm in 2019. She has many years of experience in the non-profit industry -- most recently serving as a Development Manager and Community Director with the March of Dimes.

When not working to fund the programs of Great Kids Farm, Nancy can be found bicycling in the woods of Western Maryland. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her father grew up on a farm in New Hampshire, so she has a little bit of farming in her blood!

 

Amanda Knab

President

Board, Friends of Great Kids Farm

Although she may have little farming experience, Mandy is always willing to jump in and get her hands dirty. She was born and raised in Maryland, graduating from the University of Maryland and the Francis King Carey School of Law, and works as commercial counsel at Merkle Inc. Mandy enjoys spending her free time being outside as much as possible, especially while playing soccer in her backyard with her husband and English bulldogs (who are both stellar defenders).  

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Peggy Sullivan

Vice President

Board, Friends of Great Kids Farm

Peggy is a human resources professional whose primary responsibilities on a day-to-day involve helping people. Peggy attended Lafayette College and earned a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. As a result, Peggy has a profound passion for people and making a positive impact no matter how great or small.

 

Since as far back as Peggy can recollect, she has had a passion for vegetables, even at times choosing vegetables over dessert as a child. While growing up, Peggy watched her family create beautiful landscapes and gardens in her family yard. In turn, Peggy and her husband continue to have a passion for gardening and have carried this tradition into their own yard.

When not helping people in her professional life, Peggy enjoys working out and spending time with her husband and daughter. 

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Mary Beth Namian

Treasurer

Board, Friends of Great Kids Farm

Mary Jane, a long-time Baltimore city resident, was surprised that there was a 33-acre farm just off route 40 owned by Baltimore City Schools. After one visit she knew she wanted to get involved and help raise awareness of the farm and its efforts to engage students in eating well, enjoying nutritious foods and learning sustainable practices.

Mary Jane has spent over 15 years at T. Rowe Price in various Institutional Marketing and Investment Analysis roles. She is a graduate of Cornell University and earned an MBA from Georgetown University. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and cooking with her family and yoga and reading by herself. 

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Whitney Burton

Treasurer

Board, Friends of Great Kids Farm

Whitney is a native of Baltimore City. She graduated from William Smith College and University of Maryland, Baltimore.  She currently works at STAR TRACK-University of Maryland School of Medicine coordinating care systems for youth and young adults living with chronic conditions.  She loves cooking, reading, and swimming. Her passion is youth and young adult development with a focus on advocacy. 

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Courtney Bindl

Member

Board, Friends of Great Kids Farm

Courtney was born and bred in Baltimore, currently residing in Timonium with her family.  Courtney left her job to spend more time with her kids, but found she wanted to spend some of that time giving back to the community and found the farm.  Since April, Courtney has gotten to experience many facets of what the farm does, including welcoming and instructing field trips, gardening, and helping get the word out on how local businesses can support Great Kids Farm. 

Courtney is a project and sales manager and has supported projects for Verizon, HelloFresh, NRG, and others.  She's a graduate of Towson University and when she's not spending time supporting the farm, she's usually chasing around her kids, Fox (1 year) and Hazel (3 years).  

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Angela Davis Pallozzi

At Large Executive Committee Member

Board, Friends of Great Kids Farm

While not a farmer, Angie grew up farmland-adjacent and loves to play in the dirt.  She has a passion for education and wellness, which is integral to the goals of Friends of Great Kids Farm. She is a graduate of Stevenson University and Widener School of Law.  Angie is a business litigation attorney at Offit Kurman, P.A., located in the Baltimore office.  Angie spends her free time with her foodie husband and playful puppy Piper.

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Cyrus Green

Member

Board, Friends of Great Kids Farm

The son of an Air Force veteran, Cyrus has moved around a lot...but home is Baltimore, where his son goes to a local charter school. He enjoys taking his son hiking and boating. His fondest memory with farming is picking blueberries from his grandmother's garden.

Cyrus has spent over 5 years at T. Rowe Price in various operational and risk groups. He is a graduate of Morgan State University and earned an MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

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Len King

Member

Board, Friends of Great Kids Farm

Chef Len loves to share his passion for cooking and fresh foods with the students of Baltimore City. Len has mentored the culinary programs for the “Learning to Work” curriculum for Baltimore City Public Schools and is a member of the advisory council. He is also active as “Chef & Child" chair for the American Culinary Association, Baltimore Chapter where he has adopted William Paca Elementary and engineered a six-trough, raised bed garden there.

 

Currently Len is a Senior Research Chef at McCormick & Co. in Hunt Valley Maryland.  A graduate of the University of Maryland, Len furthered his culinary training at the California Culinary Academy. Len is a Certified Executive Chef by The American Culinary Federation and a Certified Research Chef by the Research Chef’s Association.  

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Matt Milani

Member

Board, Friends of Great Kids Farm

Chef Matthew Milani is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu culinary program.  He holds degrees in culinary arts, pastry arts, and hotel and restaurant management, in addition to a sommelier certificate, and he has worked in the food service industry since he was 15.

Prior to graduation from culinary school, chef Milani completed externships under Louisiana superchef Paul Prudhomme and at the Clinton White House.

His professional experience includes time in the front and back of the house at four Foreman/Wolf  restaurants, as well opening over fifty units across the country for multiple national and independent  restaurant groups. Chef Milani was the owner and Executive Chef at his own restaurant, The Rumor Mill Fusion Bar & Restaurant, in Historic Ellicott City -- focusing on global small plates & fusion beverages for ten years before a flood removed the building. In addition to being the lead culinary judge of Maryland Prostart, he is active in the ACF and likes to nurture and mentor younger chefs.   

Chef Milani was named Maryland’s restauranteur of the year by the restaurant association of Maryland in 2012. 

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Chichi Nyagah-Nash

Member

Board, Friends of Great Kids Farm

While the extent of her farming is limited to a backyard veggie patch, Chichi lived near many farms and farmers while growing up in Kenya. During long school vacations, she was carted off along with a multitude of cousins to live on the farm with her grandparents.

She attended Alliant International University in San Diego and Johns Hopkins University, and now works as the Division Chief for Baltimore City’s Department of General Services – Fleet Management Division. Chichi loves her backyard where she spends time with her husband, two dogs, and a fat cat. 

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Keith Shapiro

Member

Board, Friends of Great Kids Farm

Keith has had a long career in the food industry, starting with his first job at the age of 14, slicing meats and assembling catering trays at the local neighborhood deli of his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from the George Washington University, Keith managed large-scale food service operations in the Baltimore Washington region until his employment with what was then a local food service distributor, Smelkinson Brothers Corporation. This led to a long and successful career with the Sysco Corporation, culminating in his position as CEO of Sysco Baltimore Washington and Northern Virginia, from which he is now retired. He has not forgotten his roots in foodservice operations, as he continues to cook for local family and fundraising events to this day! 

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Laura Genello

Farm to School Specialist

Baltimore City Public Schools - Food & Nutrition Services

Laura Genello is a food and farm enthusiast hailing from the Northeast. She brings to Great Kids Farm experience working in food systems as a farmer, advocate, researcher and educator. After apprenticing on a vegetable farm in Rhode Island, Laura joined FRESHFARM Markets in DC, working to create a thriving local food economy. Subsequently, Laura managed the Food System Lab @ Cylburn, a Baltimore-based, educational farm run by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Laura is excited to be back in the Baltimore area after having spent the last two years in the Netherlands completing her masters studies in Sustainable Food Systems. In her spare time, Laura enjoys walking in the woods, growing unique veggie varieties, or sharing a home-cooked meal. 

James Koval

Farm Manager

Baltimore City Public Schools - Food & Nutrition Services

James Koval is the Farm Manager at Great Kids Farm. He was born and raised near Allentown, PA. He went to Penn State and got a degree in Secondary Education. After that, he lived in Lafayette, IN, while his wife was in veterinary school at Purdue. During those years in Indiana, he was a high school social studies teacher. In June of 2017, he and his wife moved to Westminster, MD, so that she could begin her career as a large animal veterinarian. James loves being outside and working with plants and animals. He is excited to be here at Great Kids Farm since it is such an awesome mix of agriculture and education.

Laura Menyuk

Farm to School Specialist

Baltimore City Public Schools - Food & Nutrition Services

After 3 years teaching literacy in D.C., Laura Menyuk moved outdoors and into the experiential education “classroom” at the Echo Hill Outdoor School on the Chesapeake Bay. Since leaving D.C. in 2009, she has trained in leadership development, team-building, facilitation, food justice, and environmental education around the US and the world so that she could bring that knowledge home. During that time, Laura experienced the magic of the farm as classroom: a place for STEAM education, social science, history, place-based knowledge, personal growth, teamwork, personal connection to our most basic resources, and hands-on learning. She landed in Baltimore via Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program, and remained at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown as program coordinator and farm educator for 4 years. Raised bilingual in one of the most diverse regions of our nation, Laura has always sought to uplift the rich diversity which makes up the fabric of a resilient and just global society. She looks forward to building that society with the students of Baltimore City, literally from the ground up.

Anne Rosenthal

Farm to School Specialist

Baltimore City Public Schools - Food & Nutrition Services

Anne Rosenthal is a native Baltimorean who is excited about using food as a tool for social change. Before joining the Farm to Schools team, Anne conducted research on global health and sustainability in New York and Belgium; supported community health workers in Mexico; and taught English to elementary schoolers in Spain…though her students there were not lucky enough to visit farms on field trips! In her free time, Anne loves dancing and exploring new places. Anne focused on food systems while pursuing her Masters of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and on environmental studies and French at Wesleyan University.

Ben Sommers

Farm to School Specialist

Baltimore City Public Schools - Food & Nutrition Services

Ben Sommers is a proud Wisconsin native who also lived and worked in Oregon, Montana, Nicaragua, and Michigan before coming to Maryland in 2017. He earned a BS studying agriculture, geography, and biology at Eastern Oregon University. Ben's professional experiences have been diverse -- working for various anti-poverty and anti-hunger nonprofit organizations and small agriculture-related businesses. Food security, community education, and sustainability have been a part of everything he has done, and he is excited to continue that work with Baltimore City Public Schools. He is also a percussionist, homebrewer, and gardener. His best place is on a river with fishing rod in hand, or walking through a forest observing all the flora and fauna around him.

 
 
 
 
 
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