Thianda Manzara, Ph.D., is the Founder and President/CEO of Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids. Motivated by a desire to improve children’s health, Dr. Manzara combined her love of science and her passions for food, cooking and gardening to create HFHK. Prior to starting HFHK, her career was devoted to plant biology teaching and research. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in agronomy, and a Ph.D. in genetics.
C Anthony McDonald CLU®, ChFC®, MSFS is HFHK’s Board Chair. He is a Financial Professional for Creative Financial Group. Tony graduated from the University of Delaware with a business degree and from The American College with a Master’s degree in financial services. He is a current member and Past President of both the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA-DE) and Society of Financial Services Professionals (SFSP-DE), and a lifetime member of Million Dollar Round Table.
Fran is a PhD, RDN/LDN with a passion for prevention and health. She believes that nutrition is the foundation of health and everyone has a right to healthy food and healthcare. She has a lifetime career in nutrition services, community health, education and development at home and abroad. As a practicing health professional and community development professional, she understands the challenges and progress needed to not only screen, test and treat diabetes, obesity, cancer and other diseases but prevent them by improving access to healthy foods and promoting their consumption and a healthy lifestyle. What better way to make this happen than starting with our kids? That’s why when Thianda Manzara asked her to assist with growing HFHK she could not say, no! Fran soon became one of the founding Board Members and is now Vice Chair of Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids, Inc.
Nancy J Littleton LUTCF CLU®, ChFC® RICP® is HFHK’s Secretary and Chair of the Development Committee. She is a Financial Professional for Creative Financial Group. Nancy graduated from University of Delaware and has earned four financial service designations from The American College. She is currently the President of the Delaware chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors DE (NAIFA-DE) and a member of the Society of Financial Services Professionals (SFSP-DE). She currently serves on the Advisory Council to Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro.
Malina Robbins is the Treasurer for Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids. She brings her passion for healthy living and eating, along with her banking expertise as Vice President within WSFS Bank’s Commercial Lending Group. Malina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of British Columbia and will complete her Master’s degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Spring 2019.
Natalie McKenney, Chair of the Governance Committee, is a Registered Dietitian/ Nutritionist with a passion for good food. In her work and personal life she has seen the impact that growing fresh vegetables can have on children’s interest in eating healthy food. She believes that this experience can have a lasting effect on their relationship with food throughout their lives.
Lisa Hoffman, Ph.D., is a Technical Manager at FMC Agricultural Solutions. She has worked in the agricultural field for over 20 years finding innovative solutions to help farmers manage their crop pests. As a lover of food, gardening and science outreach, she fell in love with the HFHK mission. She is active in both education and community outreach. She serves on the Events and PR committees and manages our HFHK website. She has a B.S. in Agriculture and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology.
Nancy Mercante spent her career in corporate communications, most recently as a communications director with JP Morgan Chase and AstraZeneca. She joined the Board in 2020 to help spread the good news about HFHK’s mission to others. Nancy also serves on HFHK’s PR Committee. She has a bachelor’s in mass communication from the University of South Florida and master’s from the University of Wisconsin.
Thalia Pappas, PhD, is a board member for Healthy Food for Healthy Kids. She spent 21 years of her career in DuPont Agricultural Products as a researcher and regulatory manager. Subsequently she was a consultant for the DE Dept. of Agriculture in an advocacy role focused on pollinator protection to benefit agricultural production and environmental health. She feels school vegetable gardens teach students how to make healthy eating an enduring part of a healthy lifestyle.