Lydia Sarson comes to Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids as Executive Director after nearly a decade spent in international business development, in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Using her experience in corporate development and nonprofit management, combined with her personal love of cooking and gardening, Lydia is excited to continue HFHK’s mission to “veggie-cate the First State.”
Lydia holds a B.S. in International Relations, a B.A. in German Language Studies, and a B.A. in Russian Language Studies, from West Chester University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Lydia is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia and sits on the Pennsylvania Advisory Council of the United States Global Leadership Coalition. She is currently pursuing a post-graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Drexel University.
Lindsay Lancaster is passionate about connecting students in urban areas who have limited access to green spaces, plants, nature, and healthy food. Since 2012, she has been working with Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids as the Program Manager where she trains teachers in garden-based curriculum, coordinates the volunteer program, and assists with PR, fundraising, and strategic planning initiatives. Lindsay has an M.S. Ed in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. in psychology from Haverford College and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Delaware.
Jennifer Cipolla has been working for Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids since May 2019. As the Children’s Garden Educator and Program Coordinator for New Castle County, she enjoys working with children, teaching them new skills and watching their curiosity bloom as they plant gardens and try new vegetables. Jen was a certified swim instructor for the YMCA of Delaware for 9 years. She has incorporated her teaching experience into how she interacts with students and teachers at our Partner Schools. Jen has an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
Thianda Manzara, Ph.D., is the Founder 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.