TasteWise Kids Staff

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Wendy Jeffries

Executive Director

Wendy Jeffries (she/her) MPP, serves as the Executive Director of TasteWise Kids and was part of a group committed to founding the nonprofit in 2015. She has been involved with the Days of Taste program since 2009. Wendy lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy being active, cooking with ingredients from the city’s great farmers markets, and visiting new restaurants. While she loves to buy whatever fruits and veggies are in season, her favorites are watermelon and butternut squash.

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Linda Richardson

Development Manager

Linda C. Richardson,(she/her) acts as the Development Manager where she designs and implements the TasteWise Kids fundraising efforts. Originally from the UK, Linda has called Baltimore City home for over 30 years. Before joining TasteWise Kids, Linda worked for 20 years as a fundraiser and event coordinator for area nonprofit organizations. Linda is excited to join theTasteWise Kids team, and embraces the mission of introducing children and their families to the wonderful world of mindful eating in fun and creative ways. Her secret weapon? Connecting the disconnected.

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Salina Duncan

Days of Taste Program Manager

Salina Duncan (she/her) serves as the Program Manager of our Days of Taste program. She is a community health educator with a focus on providing nutritious food options and nature-based experiences to youth. Salina lived in Guatemala for 10 years, where she worked with small nonprofits to provide basic health and educational resources to communities with limited access. There she was introduced to the healing properties of plants and the knowledge of a diverse community of healers. She is grateful that Taste Wise Kids brings together some of her favorite things- local farms, local food, environmental stewardship, and hands-on learning. Salina lives in Westminster, MD with her children, Lucy and Jimmy.

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Julie Eugenio

Community Programs Manager

Julie Eugenio (she/her), is the Community Programs Manager, bringing food content to the children and families of TasteWise Kids. She volunteered for Farm to Chef 2020 and fell in love with TWK's mission. As a teacher in Howard county she was always involved in after school programs, enriching the school community. Julie is a mother of three boys and understands the importance of teaching children how to make healthy choices and appreciate their food’s source. Her husband, Ray Eugenio, is Chef and Owner of Heritage Kitchen, giving Julie a unique glimpse into the food industry. Her and her boys often hang out at the Whitehall Mill market on weekends, chowing down on some delicious food.

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Leslie Lichtenberg

Operations & Communications Specialist

Leslie Lichtenberg (she/her) serves as the Operations and Communications Specialist for TasteWise Kids.  In this role, she maintains the donor database and helps to create best practices around CRM usage for the entire staff.  She also assists in the management and generation of content for TWK's communications channels. Before stepping into this role, Leslie worked for three decades in marketing, communications and development.  For 10 years, she ran her own freelance writing business.  A passionate home cook, Leslie has long been interested in food security and access. She feels fortunate to be working with TasteWise Kids.

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Izzy Siedman

Communications Specialist

Izzy Siedman (she/her) serves as the Communications Specialist where she manages outreach to Taste Wise Kids’ audiences. Izzy has a love of design work and you’ll find her creative touch on programming content, webpages, emails and social media. She came to TasteWise Kids as a volunteer in 2020, with a curiosity for the behind-the-scenes work that makes a non-profit tick. Living in Vermont imbued a deep love and appreciation for the ways that food connects people to each other and our earth. Cooking and baking are, to her, necessary ingredients to a happy life and a stake in the future health of our planet. Her favorite vegetable is an onion, for its versatility and humbleness.

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TasteWise Kids Board of Directors 2022

TasteWise Kids is committed to diversity and inclusion for its board, staff, volunteers, and community. The Board assesses member composition and promotes diversity and inclusion for board recruitment, programs, decision-making and operations by considering and respecting diversity of skills, experiences and demographics to ensure that all voices are valued and heard.  

Renee Evans

Board President

Renee Evans (she/her) serves as the TasteWise Kids Board President and has been a board member since 2017. She is the Vice President of Human Resources for Pompeian Inc., a manufacturer of olive oils and vinegars. Growing up on a small farm in Ohio, Renee liked picking fresh vegetables out of the garden and bringing in eggs from the chicken coop. Today, Renee and her husband enjoy traveling the globe with their daughter while seeking out new foods, sights, and cultures. Her favorite vegetables include red beets, peas, and tomatoes.

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Jeff Reinhardt

Treasurer

Jeff Reinhardt (he/him) CPA, CVA, serves as treasurer on the TasteWise Kids Board of Directors and has been involved since 2016. Jeff is a partner/stakeholder with KBST&M Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, football, and coaching youth sports. Jeff’s favorite vegetable is broccoli.

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Kimberly Barker

Secretary

Kimberly Barker (she/her) serves as the board secretary for TasteWise Kids. She is Director of Marketing Operations at M&T Bank. Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and is a graduate and now a faculty member of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing and Management. Tomato is her favorite vegetable—even though she knows it's a fruit!

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Michael Abboud

Board Member

Michael Abboud (he/him) MBA, PMP, joined the board of TasteWise Kids in 2018. He is the Program Manager of the Eastern Region for Mesa Associates, Inc. Michael has also been actively involved as a coach for the Bel Air Terps and the Baltimore Lutheran Saints youth sports programs. His passion for food developed early in his childhood at his family’s restaurant in Bel Air, MD. He now lives in Harford County, MD with his wife and two daughters. As a family, they enjoy being outdoors, cooking wonderful meals, and traveling to new destinations. Michael’s favorite vegetable is sweet potato.

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Neal Crowley

Board Member

Neal Crowley (he/him) joined the TasteWise Kids Board of Directors in 2020. He is Director of Global Insurance Management at Franklin Templeton. Neal is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He enjoys being active, traveling, cooking, discovering new foods, and listening to music. His favorite vegetable is a nod to his southern upbringing: collard greens!

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Amber Perry

Board Member

Amber Perry (she/her) joined the TasteWise Kids board in 2021. She is a Director in the Exelon Audit Services team at Exelon Corporation. She created the Exelon-sponsored STEM Gems after-school program at the Cardinal Shehan School in Baltimore, MD and is a mentor with the STEM Leadership Academy. Amber and her family live in Silver Spring, MD and love food festivals, traveling, and tennis. A true foodie, Amber is always looking for new, creative ways to elevate her favorite vegetable, brussels sprouts.

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Tela Boone-Hurte

Board Member

Tela Boone-Hurte (she/her) PMP, joined the board of TasteWise Kids in 2021. She is a Senior IT Project Manager in the CareFirst Mandates Implementation team. Tela lives in Harford County, MD, with her husband and three children. She and her family love to travel, volunteer in the community, and explore new recipes and restaurants. Tela’s favorite vegetable is spinach because of its versatility.

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David Thomas & Tonya Thomas

Board Members

Chefs David Thomas (he/him) and Tonya Thomas (she/her) have been partners in life and in work for nearly thirty years and both joined the board of TasteWise Kids in 2021. Together they have served at the James Beard House, flown to Ireland to work with Guinness X Meatopia, traveled with Michael Twitty's Roots to Glory tour, appeared on The Today Show, and more. Chef David Thomas has competed on Food Network’s Chopped and was crowned a Chopped Grand Champion in 2020. The chefs are currently part of a group working to establish the Muloma Heritage Center in St. Helena Island, SC.

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Wendy Jeffries

Executive Director

Wendy Jeffries (she/her) MPP, serves as the Executive Director of TasteWise Kids and was part of a group committed to founding the nonprofit in 2015. She has been involved with the Days of Taste program since 2009. Wendy lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy being active, cooking with ingredients from the city’s great farmers markets, and visiting new restaurants. While she loves to buy whatever fruits and veggies are in season, her favorites are watermelon and butternut squash.

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Lon Engel

Emeritus Board Member

Lon Engel (he/him) JD, is a past president of the TasteWise Kids board. He has been involved with TasteWise Kids since its inception and with Days of Taste since 2006. Lon is the managing attorney for the Engel Law Group, a firm dating back to 1949. He is also co-owner of Engel Family Vineyards in St. Helena, Napa Valley, CA. Lon’s favorite vegetable is corn.

Riva Kahn

Emeritus Board Member

Riva Eichner Kahn (she/her) PhD, was a founding board member of TasteWise Kids and chaired the Program and Education Committee. She is the Director of Days of Taste, having been involved with the program since it began in the Baltimore area in 1998. Riva was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School Medicine and is active in several Baltimore-area cultural organizations. Her favorite vegetables and fruits are radishes, zucchini, pomegranates, and watermelon—depending on the season.

Dana Slater

Emeritus Board Member

Dana Slater (she/her) is a retired fundraising professional who worked recently at Ladew Gardens and Baltimore Center Stage. Dana produced ORIGINS, a speaker series at Artifact Coffee. She and her husband, Matt, have three sons and two wonderful granddaughters. Dana loves tending her vegetable garden and, of course, eating the bounty!