Will Sellers inspires a committed, dynamic team, supports an engaged, thoughtful Board of Directors, and leads fundraising, public relations, and program development efforts to deepen Wholesome Wave Georgia’s mission and expand the organization’s impact. Will joined Wholesome Wave Georgia from Food Well Alliance, a collaborative network of local leaders working to build thriving community gardens and farms across metro Atlanta, where he served as Deputy Director. Prior to Food Well Alliance, Will served as Director of Political & Governmental Affairs for the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association. Will serves on the Board of Directors for The Southface Institute and Clayton State University’s Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences. An active member of Georgia’s local food community, Will served on the Board of Directors for Global Growers Network and Wholesome Wave Georgia. A native of Moultrie, Georgia, Will graduated from Morehouse College, earned his law degree from Boston College Law School, and is a graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute. Will lives in Cobb County with his family and their beloved cat, Frisco. In his free time, Will loves reading biographies, running, and perfecting his lasagna.
Food pun that best describe you? No challenge is too grape.
Director of Operations Sarah Moore oversees the administrative matters that support our programs and team members. Sarah first joined the WWG team as an outreach intern while completing her Masters of Public Health at Emory University, sparking her passion for sustainable agriculture and food access equity. She began her public health career as a Peace Corps Health Educator in Kyrgyzstan. Sarah previously served as a housing case manager for Veterans Empowerment Organization, helping homeless veterans and their families secure permanent housing and increase their income. An Alabama native, Sarah graduated from Auburn University with degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology. She lives in Southwest Atlanta with her wife, pups, and chickens. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, Auburn football, and Atlanta fútbol.
Food pun that best describes you?Lettuce always romaine calm.
Director of Development Annamarie provides guidance and mission critical support to Wholesome Wave Georgia’s fundraising, communications, and events as the Director of Development. Annamarie believes in the importance of nutritional food for good health.
Annamarie comes to Wholesome Wave Georgia with extensive experience supporting leading independent schools such as Christ the King School and Queen of Angels Catholic School within metropolitan Atlanta and CURE Childhood Cancer. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Annamaire hired, trained and developed full-time and part-time sales leaders on behalf of Johnson & Johnson. Annamarie has a Bachelors of Science in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University and Masters of Theology from Villanova University.
Annamarie and her husband live in the Atlanta area with three grown daughters. She enjoys exercising, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Annamaire serves on the Board of Directors of Reach for Excellence.
Amanda Newsom assists with managing donor relations, fundraising and marketing initiatives, and the volunteer program. Amanda is a Georgia native who received her bachelor’s degrees in journalism and anthropology as well as her master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Georgia. Over the past 15 years, she’s worked primarily in a marketing and communications capacity at various nonprofits, most recently at Giving Kitchen, and is excited to grow in a development-focused role at WWG to help fight food insecurity. As co-owner of Atlanta food pop-up Vinetta, Amanda places high value on sourcing products from local farmers, not only to highlight delicious seasonal food choices but also to support people working directly in our own communities. Amanda is thrilled to be at WWG where she can combine her love of nonprofits with local food systems to positively impact the lives of people across Georgia.
Amanda lives in Atlanta with her husband, two dogs and two cats and is active in her neighborhood as an Adair Park Housing Fund committee member. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants (in addition to dining at her favorites), exploring museums and the outdoors, attending concerts, and cheering for Atlanta United and the Georgia Bulldogs!
Georgia Fresh For Less Manager
Alex Duncan excited to expand access to fresh, local produce and support farmers and markets statewide. Spending several years manning Little Tart Bakeshop’s vendor booth at farmers markets kindled her passion for local food and food justice and inspired her to join Second Helpings Atlanta’s team, where she managed the operations of an expansive food rescue network that reduces food waste and alleviates food insecurity across the metro Atlanta region. Born and raised in Columbus, Georgia and rounding out her first decade in Atlanta, Alex strives to be a compassionate neighbor to all Georgians. Alex holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Community Psychology from Georgia State University. When she’s not cooking, eating, or reading about food, you’ll probably find her at a local music venue, the Plaza Theatre, or Videodrome with her partner Josh.
Food pun that best describes you?My enthusiasm cannot be squashed!
An Atlanta-based writer and marketer, James Carr has worked for several local food organizations, serving as in a marketing and communications role. James is the founder of Farmers Jam, which makes jam and cocktail syrup using local fruit and helps farmers plant fruit trees. In the past, James worked as a journalist, radio host, and producer, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology. You can often find James at local farmers markets in Atlanta or harvesting fruit from a nearby fruit tree.
Food pun that best describes you?Strawberries are my jam!
SNAP Connections Benefit Specialist
Maria Perez was born in Evanston, IL but grew up in West Michigan. She has been in Georgia since 2017. Maria is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Case Management through Davenport University and came to Wholesome Wave Georgia with years of experience in the community health field.
As a certified community health worker in Michigan, she connected clients with resources to help bridge the gap associated with social determinants to lead clients on a pathway to better health. Maria is a licensed insurance navigator with the state of Georgia, which she used to assist community neighbors with Marketplace insurance as well as Medicaid.
During her time at another nonprofit organization, she saw the impact Covid played on an already significant problem: food insecurity. Maria hopes to continue her work to connecting communities with eligible assistance as well as ensuring they stay connected. Maria is fluent in Spanish and assists neighbors struggling with language barriers when applying for or seeking benefits.
When Maria is not working, she is busy with whatever new adventure her daughter is trying out, from piano to soccer and even karate!
Food pun that best describes you?She believed she could, Sushi did, make everyday Mangonificient!
Georgia SNAP Connection Program Coordinator
Robin Walker completed her Master of Public Health at Boston University School of Public Health, with a focus on Health Policy and Management. Following her graduate studies, Robin completed a fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which focused on improving the capacity of state and local health departments to respond to enteric (foodborne) disease outbreaks. Robin’s interest in agriculture stems from her childhood experience enjoying her grandfather’s garden of fresh fruits and vegetables. Having personally benefitted from SNAP assistance as a child, Robin is eager and committed to expanding WWG community partnerships and assisting our neighbors in need with SNAP screenings, enrollment and renewals. In her free time, Robin enjoys painting, visiting family and listening to podcasts and music.
Food pun that best describe you?I’m one in a melon!
Food for Health Program Manager
Mekenzie Gear works primarily with the Food for Health program but is also a part of the SNAP Connection team. Mekenzie began her journey with Wholesome Wave Georgia as an intern from Emory University where she completed her Masters of Public Health. In graduate school, Mekenzie focused on nutrition, food security, and sustainable food systems. Mekenzie loved her work with Wholesome Wave Georgia so much that she decided to stay post-graduation. Mekenzie originally comes from a small, rural town in Indiana. She completed her undergraduate studies at Purdue University, graduating with degrees in Biochemistry and in Animal Science. Her love for agriculture stems from growing up in a farming community and was furthered by her involvement in the College of Agriculture at Purdue. In her free time, Mekenzie enjoys spending time outside, playing games with friends, and enjoying and creating art.
Food pun that best describes you?Always hap-pea to help.
Community Food Ambassador
A coastal North Carolina native, Mike has called Atlanta home for the past 17 years. During this time he’s lived in Grant Park, East Atlanta Village, Reynolds Town, Oakhurst, Buckhead, and currently lives in the Hamilton E. Holmes area on the Westside of Atlanta. After attending Virginia Wesleyan University, Mike nourished his spirit by serving two terms in AmeriCorps. It was there that he learned what true grassroots work looks and feels like. Mike’s desire is to bring his authentic and compassionate energy to serve in all parts of Wholesome Wave Georgia. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, any outside activity with water, and is currently learning sound bath mantras for meditation.
Food pun that best describes you? “The Thyme will never be just right…. start where you stand.” – Napoleon Hill
Fresh for Less Program Coordinator
Moira O’Neill is a North Carolina native who spent several years in Tucson, Arizona before settling in Atlanta. During her time at Guilford College, where she worked at an on-campus farm and market, Moira became deeply committed to food justice initiatives. At Guilford, she led the development of a mobile market that distributed free produce to food insecure communities, while also helping to develop a new major in Sustainable Food Systems. In Tucson, as Community Foods Coordinator for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Moira led a cooperative for backyard gardeners and small farmers. After moving to Atlanta, she worked for Community Farmers Markets managing the Grant Park Farmers Market and Virginia Highland Farmers Market. This work made her familiar, and impressed, with the Fresh for Less program. In her free time Moira enjoys cooking, porch gardening, rollerblading, and spending time outside with friends.
Food pun that best describes you?Local food makes me berry happy!
(SHE/HER) Atlanta Local Food Systems Fellow Trinity is passionate about sustainable city development and regenerative agriculture. Born in Decatur and raised in Covington, GA, Trinity received the POSSE full-tuition leadership scholarship for Atlanta to attend Texas A & M University. During her undergrad, she worked with the university’s Office of Sustainability as an Education and Outreach Specialist and Intern Team Lead for three years. Outside of the university, she developed her passion in experiential education for children while working with Princeton-Blairstown Center and Breakthrough Atlanta.
Upon returning home to Georgia, Trinity got involved in the local agriculture scene as a Farmer and Education Coordinator for Truly Living Well. As compost Educator for Foodwell Alliance’s Compost Connector’s program at Booker T. Washington High School and M. Agnes Jones Elementary School, she taught students how to be active participants in closing the loop in our food system by making their own compost, using it to grow food, and then cooking that food using the scraps again to restart the cycle. Trinity is currently pursuing a bachelors in environmental science at Georgia State University with the goal of combining environmental, social and economic expertise to become a leading change-maker in sustainable urban development.
Food pun that best describes you?Don’t settle for mediokra!
SHE/HER Marketing Associate
Born and raised in Panama City, Florida, Casey graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Agricultural Communications. After graduating, Casey served as a Health Educator in Moldova as a Peace Corps Volunteer where she found her passions of health promotion and community engagement.
Before moving to Atlanta, Casey worked at a local nonprofit that helps bridge the food insecurity gap in Florida. She also worked with federal and state agencies to provide a more equitable COVID-19 recovery and response to communities in Oregon. She is pursuing a Master of Public Health at Emory University and is interested in exploring health inequities and health communications, especially in food insecurity. In her free time, Casey enjoys reading, crafting, attending community events, and trying new things!
Food pun that best describes you: squeezing everything out of life, all we’ve got is lime!
Programs Associate Eliza is excited to support food security and access to fresh foods at Wholesome Wave Georgia. Born and raised in Columbia, SC, Eliza graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Following graduation, Eliza wanted to explore her interests in public health, so during her gap year, she served as a National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps member. Eliza served as a Nutrition Educator and Teen Coordinator for YMCA Tiger Academy and the J.W. Johnson Family YMCA where she educated Pre-K through 2nd grade scholars on nutrition of the mind, body, and spirit and helped support the Teen Leaders Club. Eliza volunteered at White Harvest Farms where she not only learned farming skills and the importance of nutrient dense soil but the history of Northeast Jacksonville community’s experience with food insecurity and how important SNAP benefits, community gardens, and community workers are to the sustainability of these communities. As an AmeriCorps member, Eliza’s desire to serve and her interests in community engagement flourished as she was devoted to the overall life improvement of Northeast Jacksonville residents.
Eliza is currently earning her Masters of Public Health from Emory University where she hopes to explore how she can combine her varying public health interests with alternative medicine to improve community health. In her free time, Eliza enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, reading about alternative medicine, and watching Netflix shows.
Food pun that best describes you?Y’all bready for this?
Farmstand Associate Na’Zyia is a junior comparative women’s studies major and food studies minor at Spelman College. In her time at Spelman, she currently serves on the Afrekete Executive Board as the Vice President. Afrekete is the first and only LGBTQIA+ organization at Spelman College. She also serves on the Adodi E-Board as the AUC Liaison. Na’Zyia is an Inaugural Food Studies Scholar; she organized a successful petition to expand access by shuttle to a grocery store. She is also a Teach for America Ignite Fellow. Ultimately, Na’Zyia plans to continue community organizing to expand food access. As a WWG Farmstand Associate, Na’Zyia is filling the capacity gap that exists between small farmers and small grocers while working to increase nutrition access in an urban environment.
Madisyn is originally from Lithonia, Georgia, but was raised in Los Angeles, California. She is currently getting her undergraduate education at Spelman College, majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Food Studies. During her time at Spelman, she is a Food Scholar and involved with the on-campus Victory Garden as she is the Greenhouse Lead. Madisyn also volunteers at M. Agnes Jones Elementary where she helps students with their reading comprehension and cognitive speech.
Over time, learning about food injustices happening in her community, she has gained a passion for creating sustainable foodways to bridge the gap between low-income neighborhoods having a lack of fresh produce. Currently, her career goal is to complete this passion through being an environmental and food policy maker. In her free time, she enjoys trying new food places in Atlanta, reading good books as well as taking walks around campus while listening to music.
Food pun that best describes you: I’m in loaf with you!
Living and working near Athens, GA, Abigail cherishes her deep ties to the community. In 2017, Abigail began working part-time at the Athens Farmers Market, which was also the first year of AFM’s FARMRx produce prescription program. After witnessing the impact of food on the lives of FARMRx participants and falling in love with local agriculture, she also began working on a local farm to understand the cycle of seasonal eating from seed to plate. Graduating with a B.S. in Public Health in 2019 and an M.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences in 2021, her passion lies at the intersection of food and health.
As a recipient of the USDA National Needs Fellowship, Abigail’s research was inspired by her work with AFM’s FARMRx program. Through in-depth interviews with community leaders across the rural Southeast, she identified successful models for locally-based, community-derived food access initiatives. After working with the Athens Farmers Market for four seasons, she stepped into the full-time manager role in 2021. Abigail believes that farmers markets are transformative to addressing change within our communities by not only increasing food access but also providing space for neighbors to gather and connect.
Abigail and her husband, Brandon, are excited to have just moved into a hundred-year-old farmhouse in Comer, GA where she is now a fourth-generation resident. Their free time is spent with friends and family, making pasta in the kitchen, enjoying soup around the table, or sharing a drink by the fire. Abigail and Brandon also love to take their dog, Texas Pete, on walks and hikes across North Georgia.