Staff

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.

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.

Allen Reese, Director of Development, is a native of Philadelphia and currently resides in Milton, DE. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and Masters’ Degrees in Public Policy from Rutgers University and Counseling from Neumann University. He has served in various leadership roles in the non-profit sector since 1994. These include AIDS Delaware; Somerset County, NJ United Way; Our Lady of Lourdes Health Foundation of Camden, NJ; PathWays PA of Holmes, PA; Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, CA and Boys & Girls Clubs in both California and Pennsylvania. Allen served two years as a Presidential Management Fellow after earning his Master’s Degree from Rutgers. He is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the honor society for Public Policy and Administration. 

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