Anna Hammond, Executive Director
Anna has been the architect of many successful educational programs for children and young adults, in both academic and community environments. She came to The Sylvia Center in 2009 with a mission to transform the way children eat by creating and implementing farm-to-table programs with a focus on the table – what happens to vegetables after we grow and harvest them. She is particularly interested in issues of access regarding food – who gets to eat what; good food as a choice, not a privilege; putting basic cooking skills back into children’s lives so that they can choose to eat well.
Most recently, Anna worked as a political speechwriter and community organizer in New York City and Rockland County. Prior positions include deputy director for education, programs, and public affairs at the Yale University Art Gallery (2003-2008), and director of writing services for the Museum of Modern Art (1997-2002). She has published numerous articles and essays, directed over a dozen public art projects, and co-written a non-fiction children’s book about a community project intended to integrate children with diverse backgrounds in a neighborhood in the South Bronx.
Ms. Hammond graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a degree in classics and archaeology. She is A.B.D from University of Chicago, in South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and in 1995 earned an M.F.A. in painting from Hunter College, New York. She is currently studying for a certificate in biodynamic agriculture from the Pfeiffer Center.
Julie Cerny, Farm Education Director and Garden Manager
While working to create a more simple and sustainable lifestyle for herself, Julie finally discovered real food in 2007. She never felt better, and never looked back. Since then, she has been spending each year growing her own food, cooking whole foods with the seasons, living simply and healthfully, and working to create welcoming spaces where others can learn to do the same. With a B.S. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and after several years of experience in the fields of outdoor education and farming, Julie joined The Sylvia Center in February 2011 as the Education Director and Garden Manager at Katchkie Farm.
“This is my dream job.” Julie loves teaching, learning, growing (and eating!) with The Sylvia Center.
Joyce Huang, Financial Manager
Erika Lesser, Development Officer
Whitney Reuling, Program Manager
Jenn So, Administrative Assistant
Nina Simmons, Chef Instructor
Natasha Decena, Chef Instructor
Frances Hodges, Chef Instructor
Theresa Morelli, Chef Instructor
Annie Morgan, Chef Instructor