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Joe Henderson Elementary (SOLD OUT)

12 September to 03 October 2017 - Session 1: $70 to register for program

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Benicia Middle School

13 September to 04 October 2017 - Session 1: $70 to register for program

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Meet Our Staff

 

Norma Lisenko, MPH

Founder, Executive Director

 

Mrs. Norma Lisenko, MPH, has been a public health advocate for over 10 years with an emphasis in nutrition education. Most of her expertise has been focused on working in the areas of children's health, nutrition, physical activity, special needs and minority populations. In recent years, Mrs. Lisenko has developed and implemented several nutrition education programs for children and their families. She currently plans and implements a comprehensive nutrition education program at 5 elementary schools and one preschool in the Benicia Unified School District (BUSD). The “Healthy Cooking with Kids” Nutrition Education Program seeks to: (1) build children and their families’ nutrition knowledge and skills to help them make healthy eating choices both at school and at home; (2) motivate and empower children and their families to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables; and (3) guide students toward healthier lifestyles by creating a healthy school nutrition environment. Mrs. Lisenko is currently seeking funding to implement a nutrition education program to serve students at Liberty High and low income families in Benicia. Mrs. Lisenko resides in Benicia with her husband and three beautiful children: Alyssa (12), Natalie (8) and Erik (4). She enjoys working with pottery, exercising and spending time with her family and friends. 

Email: normalisenko@comcast.net Phone: (707) 205-5572

 

Erica Lee, MPH, RD

California SNAP-Ed Project Coordinator

 

Erica Lee is a passionate public health nutrition professional with an unwavering enthusiasm to create positive change in communities through food and nutrition. Erica grew up in both California and Georgia and attended high school in Pennsylvania. Her diverse upbringing allowed her to experience differing food and cultural landscapes; which in turn ignited her keen interest in food and nutrition and their role in varying American and International cultures. Motivated by this interest, Erica obtained her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from Howard University, where she also received her Registered Dietitian License,  worked on farms as a gardener and chef, and worked in sustainable agriculture as Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. As a student, farmer, and volunteer, she continually strove to integrate nutrition education projects into local programming. Most recently, she further nurtured her interest in nutrition promotion while a Masters Student at the Rollins School of Public Health, where her emphasis was in Public Health Nutrition. Erica is a knowledge seeker and is a true believer in practicing what you preach. She loves to read, try new healthy recipes, and immerse herself in new cultures. She also enjoys running and is looking forward to participating in her first half-marathon!

Email: lee.erica.d@gmail.com

 

Miranda Desmarais

California SNAP-Ed Health Educator/Project Assistant

 

Miranda was born and raised in Dublin, Ohio where she grew up dedicating herself to competitive gymnastics. While attending Ohio University, she continued her sports career as a collegiate pole-vaulter on the women’s track and field team. After graduation, Miranda became a Teach for America corps member in New Orleans, Louisiana. While teaching middle school English, she quickly realized how intrigued her students were by her healthy eating and decided to teach literacy by educating her students on nutrition. After fulfilling her two-year contract with Teach For America, Miranda decided to go back to school to study nutrition. While in school, Miranda worked as a CrossFit Level 1 personal trainer in which she began educating her adult members about their nutrition paired with exercise. After spending three years in New Orleans, Miranda made the move to Petaluma, California with her husband and one-year-old boxer, Rue. Miranda loves to spend her free time sweating at the CrossFit gym and playing with her puppy. She loves all things outdoors and getting engulfed in fantasy novels. She survives by weekly meal prepping and her favorite meal to make is breakfast hash with sweet potatoes, turkey sausage and any veggies she can find!

Email: desmarais.miranda@gmail.com

 

Debbie King

California SNAP-Ed Health Educator

 

Born and raised in Napa, Debbie worked as an educator and teacher for 40 years. As a health educator, Debbie loves teaching children the joy of healthy eating and food. She is passionate about changing the habits of a busy family from habitually eating fast food to eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Debbie has been married for 42 years with 2 grandchildren on the way! Debbie's favorite healthy food is fresh crab, when it is in season, and veggies and dip!

Email: gardentostudentchef@gmail.com

 

 

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