Kathryn Parker, MPH, PHD
Kate was born and raised in the Boston area, but as they say, she got here as soon as she could. She moved to New Orleans straight out of Suffolk University in 1997 to teach in the public schools of St. John the Baptist Parish. In 1999, she began teaching eighth-grade math at New Orleans Charter Middle School, the first charter school in New Orleans, and one of the few bright spots in what was at the time a deeply troubled school system. Realizing that lack of nutrition was one of the obstacles her students faced in realizing their potential, she began pursuing a master's degree in public health at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, receiving her degree in 2006. She also began working at Tulane's Prevention Research Center, where she focused on issues such as improving access to fresh foods and cultivating places to walk and bike within the city. Her work researching the city's bike lanes became the basis of several articles she published in medical journals and her dissertation; she received her doctorate from Tulane in the spring of 2013. She joined marketumbrella.org in December. Kate lives in Mid-City with her three sons and “SPCA Special” pup, Margie. She loves baseball, strong coffee from a French press, riding her BMW 650 gs, and going to the market. If you see her, say hi!
Raised in the heart of the Sportsman's Paradise, Cristina Berthelot spent her childhood romping in the swamps of South Louisiana. Growing up between the Bonnet Carre Spillway and the string of refineries impacted her at a young age, thus developing a great passion for nature, wildlife, and environmental advocacy. Cristina's elementary days as a Wetland Watcher evolved into a college career founded on earth and environmental sciences. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a B.G.S. concentrating in environmental science and biology. While at Southeastern, her studies reached to areas of food inequality, urban farming, and the bitter truth of the food industry. She even studied sustainable agriculture abroad in Cuba! After this, Cristina diverted her focus to food justice through farmers markets where she promoted the importance of food, sustainable farming practices, and the ecological and economic impacts of eating locally. Cristina spends her free time cooking for family and friends, attending NOLA festivities, and taking the occasional evening nap.
Program Outreach and Community Awareness Coordinator
Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Sierra came to appreciate the beauty of nature from an early age. She tended to the chickens in her backyard, enjoyed going fishing with her dad, and looked forward to making strawberry jam every summer with her mom. Of course, there's only so much a teenager can do in the heart of Amish country. In search of something completely new, Sierra moved to New Orleans in 2015 to pursue her education at Loyola University. There she obtained a B.A. in Sociology and Languages & Cultures with a concentration in Latin American Studies. Though she loves to travel, Sierra decided that she wanted to stay in New Orleans and get involved in her local community. Realizing that food injustice is deeply intertwined with other forms of social inequality, she turned her focus to serving the community through an opportunity with Serve Louisiana. She now serves as the Program Outreach and Community Awareness Coordinator with Market Umbrella. Sierra is the mother of 7 house plants and one well-seasoned cast iron pan. On the weekends you can find her at Kajun's Karaoke singing her heart out to Loretta Lynn.
Ashley moved to New Orleans in 2008, by way of Cedar Falls, Iowa, to help rebuild Hurricane Katrina-damaged homes of elderly and disabled residents through Catholic Charities' Operation Helping Hands program. Being from Iowa naturally means that there are farmers in her family. Ashley's great uncle was a hog farmer. Her great-grandparents grew and sold produce out of their home, and even made their own wines. Every year her family picks enough strawberries to make at least a hundred jars of Great Grandma Millie’s famous strawberry jam, lovingly renamed "Jimmy Jam" after her grandfather, who now spearheads the endeavor and always ensures that a few jars make it to Ashley in New Orleans. While living in Iowa, Ashley helped run a local garden center for four years and obtained a degree in graphic design. She currently lives in the Bayou St. John area with her husband and dog. She enjoys spending time with her stepson and daughter, reading, cleaning the house while listening to very loud punk rock, plants, collecting antique door knobs, art supplies that she never uses and anything lemon. She also works at a café on the weekends to support her troubling coffee habit.
Director of Markets
Angelina Harrison is originally from a small family dairy farm in Wisconsin. She grew up helping her mom can and preserve from the bounty of a kitchen garden and none of her food came out of a box. After graduating with honors from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in environmental science and policy, she went on to work in local government on various climate action plan implementation items including alternative transportation infrastructure, municipal curbside recycling and composting enhancement, and regional solar permitting standardization. She moved to New Orleans in 2011 and immediately got her hands dirty working for Hollygrove Market & Farm where she quickly became the market manager and then, the general manager. She is excited to make the transition from retail to public markets and continue her work building the local food system. Angelina is thrilled to be able to live in this beautiful city and still work with farmers. She enjoys festivals, second lines, and parades with her husband and daughters, and aspires to one day actually grow a tomato during a New Orleans summer.
Traveler, educator and transplant. Allegro moved to New Orleans in 2014. Immediately feeling at home, she was filled with a desire to do more to support her neighbors, mostly food insecure, living in food deserts with limited access to healthy food options. She has made it her mission to empower New Orleanians to shop at and support local farmers and markets, to cook their own healthful food using macrobiotic ingredients, and to do so sustainably as possible. Allegro graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Psychology and has been a certified classroom educator for over 13 years. Allegro is an experienced chef and avid gardener and all-around lover of global and local cultures.
Director of Development
Born and raised in South Louisiana, Bridget grew up spending weekends fishing with her father and snapping peas with her grandmother, developing a love for all this region has to offer. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a B.A. in Economics, she began her career in fundraising with the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge where she worked on a variety of initiatives including addressing the area’s play deserts and the fight against childhood obesity. Once in New Orleans, Bridget worked for New Orleans City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art where she has successfully raised funding for a variety of disciplines spanning art and recreational programming, conservation efforts, historic preservation, and capital projects. Bridget holds a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. She is driven by a belief that fundraising is a crucial tool for wealth redistribution to connect donors with causes that provide vital resources and create a better community for all. In her free time, she enjoys supporting local thrift stores in her quest for new additions to her collection of stoic cat figurines as well as items that can be incorporated into elaborate carnival costumes.
Jesse was born in a small town in South Louisiana named Abbeville. Growing up around sugarcane and rice fields he took an interest in making things grow. Attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he received a BA in Economics. He played in bands and survived off cheeseburgers and pizza the entirety of college and vowed to become vegan once he graduated. This opened up a whole new passion of herbs and healthy eating. Upon graduating Jesse moved to New Orleans to focus and music, touring and making really good pizzas. Now he seeks comfort in crunching numbers, playing soccer, and releasing music from his bedroom.