Board of Directors
JoAnne Hammermaster is Co-founder and Executive Director, and past Chairman of the Board of Real Food For Kids. JoAnne is the past Health and Wellness Chairperson for the Georgia PTA and is a Certified Nutrition Coach. She has held numerous leadership positions in the PTA throughout all stages of her children’s education, where she started several health initiatives. She is a former member of the Fairfax Education Coalition and the FCFT Sustainability Committee. JoAnne has a BA in Finance and an MBA. She started a ministry at her church that works with domestic abuse victims, and held other church leadership positions. JoAnne has been recognized for her advocacy and non-profit work by the White House, Congressional Hill, PEW Foundation, and the Fairfax County School Board. She currently resides in Marietta, Georgia with her husband and two children.
Rick Barnard is Co-founder and Director of Development of Real Food for Kids. Rick has 15 years of business development experience at a number of commercial organizations. Rick has a B.S. from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Maryland. Rick has also held a number of leadership positions at his school PTA, including chair of Chesterbrook Elementary School's wellness committee where he has launched a number of health related initiatives. Rick was selected to chair the Fairfax County Superintendent's Nutrition Task Force.
Jocelyn Hsu is a Co-founder and Chairman of the board of Real Food for Kids. She is the Vice President of Corporate Initiatives at NCI, Inc., and has 20 years of business experience in development, IT program management, business operations management, training, pricing, financial analysis, and community service management. She has also worked as an operations director for a research group studying Type I Diabetes. She is a Certified Nutrition Educator and completed her thesis on The Five Elements of Type II Diabetes. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA from George Mason University.
Mary Pope has played a number of key roles within the Real Food for Kids organization as one of its co-founders in 2010 and is currently serving as Treasurer and Director of Operations. She received an M.B.A. in Executive Management from the University of California, Irvine and a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology. After her 13-year career in credit and marketing with a fortune 100 company, she has had an even longer and more personally rewarding career as a volunteer within her school communities. She enjoys leveraging her education and experience in support of children, schools and the local community and has held numerous positions within the PTA, chairing many committees and planning numerous community events. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children.
Chef Ann Cooper is an internationally recognized author, chef, educator, public speaker, and advocate of healthy food for all children. In 2009, Chef Ann founded the Food Family Farming Foundation (now the Chef Ann Foundation), a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping schools take action so that every child has daily access to fresh, healthy food. CAF programs include Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, Mission Nutrition, Parent Advocacy Initiative, Healthy Breakfast for Kids, as well as The Lunch Box, an online resource that provides free step-by-step guides, tools, and recipes to help schools improve their food programs. Chef Ann serves as Director of Food Services for Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colorado, and is Partner of Lunch Lessons, LLC, a consultancy for school districts going through large-scale food change. She also writes a monthly blog for U.S. News & World Report and performs regular Speaking Engagements throughout the country. Visit our Multimedia Content page to view some of Ann’s notable lectures, including her four TED Talks.
Mike Curtin is the Chief Executive Officer of the DC Central Kitchen, an organization dedicated to reducing hunger through recycling food, creating wholesome urban food systems, serving quality school meals, and training unemployed adults for culinary careers. Mike has had a 20-year career in the hospitality and food-service industry, including owning and operating his own restaurant, The Broad Street Grill, in Falls Church, Virginia. Mike is also a Chair Emeritus of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, as well as a Board Member for The Common Market in Philadelphia. He serves on the Advisory Board of DC Greens and Catalyst Kitchens, the Leadership Council of DC Hunger Solutions, and is an Advisory Board member for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.
Susan Roberts is a fellow at the Partnership for a Healthier America. She is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and writes, speaks, and consults on nutrition, food systems, and agricultural policy. She also provides expertise for the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign. As a published research dietician, Roberts acted as director of public health nutrition policy for the Iowa Department of Public Health, and also helped co-found the Iowa Food Systems Council. She is also a partner at Health Discovered, LLC, a nonprofit dedicated to improving human health and wellbeing. She formerly directed the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Food & Society Policy Fellows program, as well as serving on the staff of the Drake University Agricultural Law Center.
Kristy Sampson Rodriguez is the Lead Trustee of the Myles D. and J. Faye Sampson Family Foundation. Kristy graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2000 with a BA in Business Management and Dance, and received a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education from George Mason University in 2005. Along with her education degree, she also studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City where she obtained a certification as a Holistic Health Coach. Her goal is to combine her knowledge base of dance, yoga, nutrition, education, philanthropy and wellness to promote and support programs that create healthy and active communities.
Suzie Bae, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is currently serving as the Student Representative to the Board of Directors of Real Food for Kids. Suzie is a fervent believer in the positive influence of healthy food options in students’ lifestyles, and sees the role that RFFK plays in strengthening this impact. In addition to serving on our Board, Suzie serves as the school representative to the Fairfax County Government Youth Leadership Program and the Youth Leadership of Greater Washington Program. She aligns her passion for public health with policy by remaining active in her school’s MUN club as its senator, and serves as the Vice President of the National Honor Society. Outside of her involvement within her school and outer organizations, she is a teacher at a local Korean school and volunteers at the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter.
Bonnie Moore is the Policy and Strategy Director for Real Food for Kids. She has over 25 years of experience as a strategic planner, chef, and educator focused on the culinary arts, healthy eating and connecting farms with families to her clients. She is the Founder and President of Moore Impact, where she works with leaders in the hospitality industry to develop clear strategies and pathways for growth. Formerly the Executive Sous Chef at the renowned Inn at Little Washington, she continues to consult with the Inn on special projects and business development. As executive chef of Global Food & Nutrition, she developed sustainable strategies for integrating US commodities into the diets of developing countries. She graduated Boston University with a BS in Math and Statistics, and has degrees in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University and pastry arts from L’Academie de Cuisine. Bonnie is a board member of the national non-profit Food Family Farming Foundation and is a mentor to women in the restaurant industry and continues to promote women as role models to inspire future generations of culinarians. Her work developing a community with a strong food and farm connection at Willowsford in Loudoun County, Virginia resulted in winning the 2013 Community of the Year Award.
Kristy Sampson Rodriguez
Real Food For Kids is committed to working in collaboration with our partners to increase the quantities of healthful foods in our school systems, developing and delivering programs that educate our students and their families on making healthier lifestyle choices, and ensuring access to real whole foods for all school children.
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