Meet Our 2018 FoodWIse Team

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We are excited to introduce you to our 2017 FoodWIse team.  If you are interested in classes or have any further questions please feel free to contact our Program Administrator via email.  She can be reached at frances.dekker@ces.uwex.edu.

Sandra Contreras, Nutrition Educator

Sandra Contreras joined the FoodWIse team in December 2017.  She is an energetic individual, passionate about educating members on nutrition.  Sandra previously worked at the Women Infant and Children Program (WIC) at Sixteenth Street Community Centers and Core/El Centro shortly after graduating from Marquette with a BA in Social Welfare.  Outside of work, she is passionate about healthy living, fitness and dance and is involved with two local Latin dance companies that specialize in performing Salsa or Bachata.

 

Denise Clark, Nutrition Educator

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Hello, my name is Denise Clark and I have recently been hired as a Nutrition Educator in Milwaukee County. I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I have been working as a Nutrition Educator for UW Extension in Racine and Kenosha counties for the past 5 years. My experience has been working with children, parents, and older adults in a variety of settings including, community centers, homeless shelters, food pantries, and elementary schools. In my exploration of continuing education, I am still searching to find M&Ms in one of the food groups on My Plate!

Doris Jones, Teaching Coordinator

FoodWIse Educator Doris JonesI’m Doris Jones, the newly hired Nutrition Educator! I have worked in the field of education for the past twelve years, working with pre-schoolers to middle-schoolers. During this time, I was fortunate to meet hundreds of families, and build lasting relationships. I’m passionate about families and always looking to help them achieve their greatest potential in all areas of their lives. A couple of years ago, I started a backyard garden through the Victory Garden Initiative Program. Along with a mentor in the first year, I grew herbs, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and new this year; I’m growing watermelon (so far it’s the size of a D battery!) I’m very excited to start on this journey with UW-Extension.

Juanita Jara, Nutrition Educator

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My name is Juanita Jara, I am a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Educator for FoodWIse.  I have been with Extension for 15 years. I work with both the SNAP-ED and EFNEP Programs, teaching at Schools, Senior Centers and also Adult Groups Sites.

 

 

Shannon Klein, Office Operations Assistant

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Hello, my name is Shannon Nettesheim and I am the new Office Operations Assistant. I have previously worked with Milwaukee Center for Independence for the last five years with the IRIS (iLife) program.  I am thrilled to start my journey with FoodWIse and learn more about nutrition while helping others in our community.

 

 

Jill VanAirsdale, Teaching Coordinator

FoodWIse Education Coordinator Jill VanAirsdaleJill VanAirsdale is our Teaching Coordinator and has been with Extension since August 2015. She has worked with Milwaukee parents and youth for the last 7 years as a teacher and family advocate at Next Door, a Head Start Program in Milwaukee County. Prior to that, she was a home visitor and teacher for CAP Services, Head Start in Waupaca County for 8 years. She feels it is not only important to teach nutrition, it is even more important to “live” what she teaches.

 

 

Francie Dekker, FoodWIse Program Administrator

Francie Dekker is the FoodWIse Program Administrator for Milwaukee County. In her role, Francie leads Milwaukee’s team of community nutrition educators in teaching limited resource families how to choose healthful diets, purchase and prepare nutritious food, and become more food secure by spending their food dollars wisely while simultaneously working to address lack of access to nutritious food in communities by partnering with local food pantries, schools, farmers markets and community gardens. Before joining UW-Extension in February 2016, Francie spent four years as the Education Coordinator at Wellspring and NuGenesis Organic Farms. She is also a contributing writer for Edible Milwaukee and Madison Magazines where she writes about the intersection of local food, gardening and healthy communities.

Jenny Kumosz, Healthy Communities Coordinator

Jenny Kumosz joined the Milwaukee County FoodWIse team in December 2017. Prior to joining UW-Extension, Jenny Kumosz worked for the American Heart Association passing and implementing federal, state, and local policy to improve health. Some of her favorite past projects include working with school districts to open playgrounds to the public, creating more smoke-free workplaces, and designing policy to reduce sugary drink consumption. She loves theatre, cooking traditional Chinese food, and learning to keep bees.

 

Kathy Staats, Outreach Specialist

Kathryn Staats, MPH, is currently serving as an Outreach Specialist for the UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension FoodWIse program. For half of her time, she provides support to local county FoodWIse staff on their coalition work, utilizing the Community Coaching framework. The other half is dedicated to implementing the FNV (fruits and veggies) campaign and healthy food retail strategies in Milwaukee County. She received her MPH from the UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health, graduating in the first cohort of the Public Health Policy and Administration track, and her BA in Public Communication from UW-Eau Claire. She is also an active member of the Milwaukee theatre community and feels at home in spaces where food, art, and community intersect.

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