WWCP Staff & Board

WWCP Staff

  • Jill Fink
    Executive Director
    After 8 years of running her own triple-bottom line cafe – committed to people, profit and planet - Jill returned to the non-profit community in 2011 and joined WWCP in January 2013. She hopes to educate, empower and inspire individuals of all ages to embrace healthy living and connect with their food & the land that produces it. Jill believes we create stronger communities and healthier neighborhoods through gardening, eating well, and working cooperatively. She hopes you'll join us in our efforts.
  • Alison Hirsch
    Director of Operations
    With a strong background in school administration, non-profit management and retail operations, Alison brings a multitude of critical skills to the position of Director of Operations for Weavers Way Community Programs. Alison started her career managing staff, and creating school policies and enrichment programs at several alternative education schools. Following that, she managed staff and the day-to-day operations as the Assistant Director of a large non-profit that trained and placed formerly homeless individuals into long-term employment. Most recently, Alison joined the private sector as a manager of used retail at a local, environmentally focused children's clothing store. She is excited to return to the non-profit sector in her role at WWCP, where she combines her skills in education, management and retail with her passion for healthy and local food, environmental issues, youth development and cooperative initiatives.
  • Shelley Hedlund
    Farm Education Coordinator
    Shelley is inspired to increase access to nutritious food for everyone. Starting with youth, she hopes to achieve greater awareness of healthy eating through educational and hands on experiences at WWCP’s urban farms. Investing in community is invaluable to one’s health, and Shelley’s love for food, health, and nutrition led her to pursue certification as a Holistic Health Counselor, allowing her to share her passion with more people. Through her years as an educator, a lifetime of experience as a gardener and farmer, and now her work with WWCP, Shelley is pleased to work directly with the NW communities to help them get closer to their food.
  • Tara Campbell
    Farm Education Coordinator
    Tara has lived in Philadelphia since graduating from Drexel in 2006. She believes people of all ages can learn leadership, cooperation, communication, a love and appreciation for the environment, and gain a more complete understanding about the food we eat through farm education. She hopes to inspire youth to become civic minded and environmentally conscious adults who take on key roles in the quest to achieve a sustainable future.
  • Angela Faranda
    Office Manager
    Angela Faranda is a lifelong Mt. Airy resident. As Office Manager, she takes great pride and enthusiasm in providing support and organizational services to all of the programs at WWCP. Prior to this position, Angela worked in an administrative capacity with the School District of Philadelphia and as an Office Manager for a small chemistry company. With a degree in Studio Art and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, Angela is passionate about issues concerning equitable food access and environmental education. Angela is really pleased to have the opportunity to support work in these areas.

WWCP Board of Governors

  • Mira Rabin
    President
    Mira Rabin is a Mt. Airy native and former employment discrimination lawyer with many years of local non-profit board experience. She has served on the boards of West Mt. Airy Neighbors and Weavers Way Cooperative Association, and was involved in the development of governance policies for both boards. She also brings experience with food and nutrition, having worked as a Head Start school cook, a restaurant cook, and a caterer.
  • Maisha Jackson
    Treasurer
    Maisha has over 30 years of experience providing housing and human service support for low-income, homeless and disabled families. She is the founding director of two Philadelphia, not-for-profit housing organizations, The Tenant Action Group and 1260 Housing Development Corporation. She has been employed in senior management positions at the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development, Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation and Philadelphia Housing Authority; and has served as a Director of Mount Airy USA, the Philadelphia Development Partnership and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Working as a consultant, Maisha managed commercial real estate development and environmental remediation in the West Oak Lane. She has provided management, strategic planning and organizational development services for several not-for-profit community development corporations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. She completed a community-wide sustainability plan for northwest Philadelphia, and is involved in green collar job training and development.
  • Sarah Bunch
    Throughout the past 7 years, Sarah has organized grassroots campaigns and demonstrations to spread awareness about issues such as environmental decline, and social & economic injustice. When she was a child, her family frequently moved state to state; she found stability and perspective watching, eating from, and working in the growing gardens that she, her mother, and her brother would tend to anywhere they went. Sarah serves WWCP to support and share the invaluable, empowering lessons that arise from food and nutrition education. Sarah has an Environmental Studies degree with an emphasis on values, planning, and policy, and moved to Philadelphia in the summer of 2012. She now works in the Produce Department at Weavers Way Mount Airy.
  • Harriet Dichter
    Harriet Dichter has an impressive record of innovation in local, state and federal early childhood education. She has led national policy teams on the issue, and also served as Pennsylvania’s founding Deputy Secretary for the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. In addition to her policy work, Harriet’s leadership has included supporting foundations through work at the Pew Trusts and as a consultant to the Gates and Ford Foundations. Harriet currently serves as Executive Director of the Delaware Office of Early Learning.
  • Jarma Frisby
    Jarma is a program supervisor for the Get Healthy Philly Initiative of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Her area of focus is tobacco policy, education and access to quit smoking resources. Jarma has been actively involved in community service her home neighborhood of Germantown and in Mount Airy since 1992 and was recognized in 2010 as a WMAN Good Neighbor. She is President of the Board of Directors of Mount Airy Community Services Corp (but is leaving that role very soon) Past President of BOD of WMAN, member of the American Public Health Assn. and the Pennsylvania Public Health Association.
  • Jeffrey Fuller
    Jeffrey has been a member of Weavers Way since 1979 when he relocated to Philadelphia from the Midwest. Having raised his children on the tofu, tempeh and other great coop products, Weavers Way has been an important part of his family’s life. Since 1981, Jeffrey has continuously served on boards of non-profit arts organizations in Philadelphia. In recent years, he’s become very interested in urban community agriculture, has joined a CSA, and believes in the importance of education in this area, as well as healthy sustainable food for all. As a WWCP Board member, Jeffrey is able to further the WWCP mission and also give back to the larger Weavers Way community that has been so important to him and his family.
  • Margaret Guthrie
    Margaret is a freelance journalist and public relations professional. She has written, edited and published in many journals and newspapers focusing on such topics as food, gardening and fashion. She has written and published a number of cookbooks. Her semi-retired work schedule allows Margaret to devote more time to volunteerism and political activism. She is a Weavers Way member and was formerly an active member in a Madison, WI co-op. Margaret is also active in Weavers Way Dining for Women. She believes social progress should begin with good nutrition for all. She is a resident of East Mt. Airy.
  • Jiana Murdic
    Jiana Murdic is committed to making schools and communities healthier, making her the perfect fit for WWCP! With more than 10 years as a school leader and educator, Jiana understands the dynamics and challenges facing school administrators, educators, families and communities. She dedicates her energies to improve wellness in schools and communities, and will bring this same energy to WWCP as we evaluate our current programs and determine our strategic growth.
  • Annabella Roig
    I serve on the Community Programs Board to support the great work of the educational and farm programs we do. As a public health professional, I appreciate and support the best of agriculture, bringing farms to kids like the work with Stenton Family Manor, teaching kids the full spectrum of growing and bringing food to market, like our Marketplace Program. I’m excited about the potential growth and love being in a group of committed and creative individuals that is our board, and that care about the community and food and out future. Annabella is the Director of Health Promotion & Program Development at AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership. Annabella, a Germantown resident, is on the Weavers Way Education Committee and has served on the boards of the Urban Tree Connection and the Women’s Health and Environment Network and other non-profits. She is a member of professional organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Project Management Institute, American Public Health Association and the Environmental Leadership Network.
  • Patricia Stranahan
    As a senior executive, Patricia Stranahan has led both academic and non-profit organizations. She has served as President of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia; Provost/Dean of Faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Director of the Asian Studies Program and Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh; and Executive Director of the Committee for Scholarly Communications with China. She also served on the faculty of Texas A&M University. Currently, she is consulting on organizational alignment, capacity building, and transformative change. In that capacity, she has worked with the American Council of Learned Societies, AsiaNetwork, and SIT/World Learning. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to the board of the Weavers Way Community Programs, she has served on the boards of the Harvard-Yenching Institute (Cambridge, MA), the InterChurch Center (New York), and the League of Women Voters (Geneva, NY), Global Research Consortia (Hong Kong), and AsiaNetwork’s Council of Advisors. Among her current and past volunteer activities are: Dress for Success, Building Hope-New Yonkers Animal Shelter, Meals on Wheels 10708, Inc., and League of Women Voters.
  • Sue Wasserkrug
    Sue Wasserkrug wrapped up her service to the Weavers Way Co-op Board in May 2013, leaving just enough time for WWCP to snatch her up so that she can continue her commitment to the community with WWCP. Sue has a professional background as an attorney, but also with nonprofits, cooperatives and most recently in the food industry as owner of Zea May’s, a food truck whose mission is to introduce people to Native American cultures through food.