Team Member Resources

Welcome, Community First Class of 2018!

Are you ready for the year ahead? We sure are.

We can't wait to see your relationship grow with your community partner!

If you have any questions about next steps, don't hesitate to contact our Program Manager, Dianna.

Thank you for your dedication to expanding healthy food options in your city! 

50 Team Members Selected to Grow Healthy Food Access

Everybody deserves access to healthy food choices - that’s exactly why Whole Foods Market created Whole Cities Foundation!

This year, 50 Whole Foods Team Members were selected to participate in the foundation’s Community First Grant Program to broaden access to healthy food in their cities. Through the program, Team Members nominated nonprofits for a $5,000 grant from Whole Cities Foundation.

This year’s Community First class represents Team Members from all 11 Whole Foods Market regions in the U.S.
Here’s a small taste of the kinds of partners they recommended:

  • urban farms
  • community gardens
  • healthy cooking classes
  • farmers’ markets

We even got a pay-what-you-can restaurant in the mix!

The nominated nonprofits have been invited to apply for the grant this fall. Those selected will be announced as our newest community partners this November.

Throughout the year, our Community First Team Members across stores, support offices and facilities will build relationships with their partners to grow community access to healthy food and nutrition information. Here’s a peak at how some of those partnerships unfolded in years past.  

At the heart of each partnership is a deep respect for the good that already exists in the community’s food system, and a desire to work with local leaders to build it up for the better.

Please join us in welcoming the Class of 2018!

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Meet the Class of 2018



Alexandra Carson | West Lane | Columbus, OH

Brea Davis | Springhouse | Spring House, PA

Jaime Guerrero | Pentagon City | Arlington, VA

Donna Mays | Mid-Atlantic Regional Support | Rockville, MD

North Atlantic

Carolina Espinosa-Gil | Westford | Westford, MA

Cathy Joly | Nashua | Nashua, NH

Jane Pearson | Hadley | Hadley, MA

Amy Mercier | Somerville | Somerville, MA

Jaimee Rondeau | Area East Marketing | Marlborough, MA

Tom Neal | Glastonbury | Glastonbury, CT

Carol Styczko | Pigeon Cove Seafood Facility | Gloucester, MA


Selom Adzamli | Brooklyn | Brooklyn, NY

Amy Epstein | Northeast Regional Support | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Agnes Kerley | Albany | Albany, NY

Maryann Young | Brooklyn | Brooklyn, NY


Nakita Click-Putala | McEwen | Franklin, TN

Deric Sallas | Montgomery | Montgomery, AL

Lexi Adams | Germantown and Poplar Avenue | Memphis, TN

Chelsea Thornhill | Wilmington | Wilmington, NC

Mark Zielke | Chattanooga | Chattanooga, TN

Erwin Davenport | Cary | Cary, NC

Global Support

Selina Serna | Global Support | Austin, TX


Mike Cooley | Westchase | Houston, TX

Paul Weinbach | Ambassador Caffery | Lafayette, LA

Lindsey Litchfield | South Louisiana and Houston Metros | Baton Rouge, LA

Steffany Villalobos | Southwest Regional Support | Fort Worth, TX


Danielle Abboud | Green Bay Road | Evanston, IL

Jessica Seratti | St. Louis Metro | St. Louis, MO

Rachel Vanhoose | Sauganash | Chicago, IL

Julie Wainwright | Midtown Detroit | Detroit, MI

Edward Whittington | Galleria | St. Louis, MO


Chloe Dunnell | Gainesville | Gainesville, FL

Jimmy Jaime | South Beach | Miami Beach, FL

Hannah Reynolds | Tallahassee | Tallahassee, FL

James Thomas | Winter Park North | Winter Park, FL

Northern California

Roland Freiberg | San Ramon | San Ramon, CA

Alexander Estrada | Alameda | San Jose, CA

Beth Plevy Wyland | Northern California Regional Support | Santa Cruz, CA

Kelli Takikawa | Monterey | Monterey, CA

Juliette Tiger | Oakland | Oakland, CA

Pacific Northwest

Leah Abell | Pacific Northwest Regional Support | Bellevue, WA

Rocky Mountain

Lisa McCranie | Pikes Peak | Colorado Springs, CO

Kristin Scheer | Kansas City | Kansas City, MO

Southern Pacific

Cristina Cruz | Downtown Los Angeles | Los Angeles, CA

Paul Kemp | San Luis Obispo | San Luis Obispo, CA

Michelle Woodruff | Redondo Beach | Redondo Beach, CA

Gabrielle Thomas | Las Vegas Metro | Las Vegas, NV

Victoria DeLaTorre-Kennedy | Henderson | Henderson, NV

Sarah Lewis | Camelback | Phoenix, AZ