The Sylvia Center Staff

Meet our team of amazing chefs, educators and coordinators who are passionate about teaching young people how to live healthier lives.

Jennifer John 

Executive Director

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Joyce Huang

Finance and Human Resources Director

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Erika Lesser

Development Director

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Samantha Pagan

Director of Programs, The Sylvia Center in New York City

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Jenn So

Director of Programs, The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm

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Raquel Jacquez Sharp

Communications and Partnerships Manager

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Madeleine Fischer

Program Coordinator, The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm

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Pat Marrett

Program Coordinator, The Sylvia Center in New York City 

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Aly Trombitas

Garden Manager and Educator, The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm

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Olivia Meyer-Jennette

Events Assistant

Theresa Morelli

Senior Chef Instructor

Justina Petway

Chef Instructor

Rolanda Beckett

Chef Instructor


Kristen McCormick

Chef Instructor

Sarah Kabalkin

Chef Instructor

Kat Hernandez

Chef Instructor

Danielle Haigler

Chef Assistant

Samantha Kwok

Chef Assistant

Manuel Lopez

Chef Assistant

Anaya Martin

Chef Assistant

Eli Mattern

Chef Assistant

Allison Orellana

Chef Assistant

Fatoumata Soumare

Chef Assistant