Elyse's earliest food memories involve family and connection with community. It is these memories that propelled her to work in public health, ensuring all communities have opportunities to thrive, to connect with each other, and to access to healthy food. Her work experience includes health policy planning and development as well as local food system advocacy. As Executive Director, she works with local and regional partners to create thriving food systems across Arizona.
Lilly May Sales Associate, she/her
Lilly May started serving in restaurants at age 14, which led to her becoming the talented cook and bartender she is today. Having to put a hold on both jobs as a result of the pandemic, she leaned into what was once a hobby, canning and distributing preserves and pickles. She works hard to accommodate any allergies, sensitivities, aversions, and price points, which translates well to her work with Farm Express, ensuring everyone has access to high-quality produce.
Casey Hopkins Program Manager, she/her
Casey began working in food and food justice as a farm worker on several small-scale organic farms in California and Arizona. Agriculture led to a passion for cooking, which began an almost decade-long career as a pastry chef and program manager for a variety of restaurants and cafés. As Program Manager of Farm Express, she blends her experience from many different facets of the modern food system to benefit Farm Express communities.
Jacob Pettinato Sales Associate, he/him
Jacob Pettinato is an Arizona native from Mesa and has worked in the Valley for the past 10 years. As a working musician, Jacob spent years working retail and restaurant jobs until he decided he wanted to do more for his community. In Fall 2020, he joined forces with Farm Express to give back and provide all community members access to healthy, affordable food. Whether driving a bus or serving customers, Jacob is committed to doing his part for the Farm Express community.
Katherine Hall Sales Associate, she/her
Kathy's been with the Farm Express program since Day 1, combining her passion for healthy food with her keen ability to connect with people. Community members come to see her as much as they come to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. Ask her for recipe ideas and storage tips: she's got them all. When she's not providing exceptional customer service, Kathy's at home, spending time with family or experimenting with a new recipe.
Alisa Lyons Consultant, she/her
Alisa's industry expertise includes workforce and economic development, higher education, including university and community college policy, and commercial real estate development advocacy. On behalf of Activate Food Arizona and the Farm Express mobile market program, Alisa provides leadership support and administrative consulting to organization management and staff.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lloyd Ramsey, Board Chair Global Engineering Leader, DLR Group
Sara Dial, Board Treasurer Principal, Sara Dial & Associates
Jennifer Holsman-Tetreault Assistant General Counsel, Field Operations, West and Northwest, US Foods
Dr. Christine Bracamonte Wiggs Director, Community Development & Health Advancement, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Dr. Charlton Wilson Chief Medical Officer, MercyCare