Our Staff

Meet the staff of Eat Smart NY LI

Zahrine Bajwa Ph.D.

Regional Project Director

Zahrine Bajwa Ph.D.

Regional Project Director
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. "
-  Khalil Gibran

Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.

Jennifer Colletti

Lead Nutritionist

Jennifer Colletti

Lead Nutritionist
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude, and your mood."

Kimberly Schultz

Social Media/Marketing Administrator

Kimberly Schultz

Social Media/Marketing Administrator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
- Nelson Mandela

Linda Altenburger

Senior Nutritionist

Linda Altenburger

Senior Nutritionist
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"Faith does not make things easy, it makes them possible."

Amy Bly

Senior Nutritionist

Amy Bly

Senior Nutritionist
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"The purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference in this world."

This is why I work with Eat Smart New York. I want to make a positive contribution to this world.

Karen Ball

Senior Nutritionist

Karen Ball

Senior Nutritionist
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"Life's too short to be anything but happy"

Emily Aldorasi

Nutrition Educator

Emily Aldorasi

Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"Wherever you go, go with all your heart."
- Confucius

This is why I work with Eat Smart New York. Nutrition is my passion and I want to share it with the world.

Melek Baba

Bilingual Nutrition Educator

Melek Baba

Bilingual Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"You can't control everything in your life, but you can control what you put in your body."

Breanna Bachmann

Nutrition Educator

Breanna Bachmann

Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person."

Marta Blanco

Bilingual Nutrition Educator

Marta Blanco

Bilingual Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"To empower participants with evidence-base nutrition education programs that deliver practical & simple skills to achieve a healthier lifestyle for them and their families. "

Halie Bloom

Nutrition Educator

Halie Bloom

Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"Healthy can be fun and easy... If you want it to be"

Claudia Ravines Clarke

Bilingual Nutrition Educator

Claudia Ravines Clarke

Bilingual Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"Every time I am in touch with the community, I feel that I empower them; whether it is an adult or a child, he/she will make better choices for a lifetime."

Scenquetta Dixon

Nutrition Educator

Scenquetta Dixon

Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"Live life as if today was your last!"

Anthony Garcia

Bilingual Nutrition Educator

Anthony Garcia

Bilingual Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"A winner is not the one who wins, but the one who loses and still has the courage to get up and win. I love to help the community with their nutrition and physical activity. By helping them, I feel that I am giving back to my community."

Juana Huertas

Bilingual Nutrition Educator

Juana Huertas

Bilingual Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"Let the food be the medicine and the medicine be thy food"
-  Hippocrates

Donna Ingram

Nutrition Educator

Donna Ingram

Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

If I can encourage healthy changes it means a lot long term.

Susan Kennedy

Nutrition Educator

Susan Kennedy

Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people brings happiness."
- Harold Kushner

ESNY allows me to empower groups with valuable nutrition information that can improve quality of life and longevity.

Gerry Lake

Nutrition Educator

Gerry Lake

Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"I choose to live by choice not by chance, to make changes not excuses, to be motivated not manipulated, to be useful not be used, to excel not compete. I choose self-esteem not self-pity, I choose to listen to my inner voice not the random opinion of others."
- Unknown

Melanie Levy

Nutrition Educator

Melanie Levy

Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I work for ESNY to help and motivate people to try their best towards living a healthy lifestyle.

Karen Novoa

Bilingual Nutrition Educator

Karen Novoa

Bilingual Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"The greatest medicine of all is to teach how not to need it."
- Hippocrates

Wanda Peskett

Administrative Assistant

Wanda Peskett

Administrative Assistant
 

 

Laura Simmons

Nutrition Educator

Laura Simmons

Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

"'Success isn’t just what you accomplish in your life it’s about what you inspire others to do'. Nutrition and education are two of my greatest passions in life, I want to share them both with the communities and people I work with."

Lynne Stepnoski

Senior Administrative Assistant

Lynne Stepnoski

Senior Administrative Assistant
 

 

Seema Uppal

Nutrition Educator

Seema Uppal

Nutrition Educator
 

Personal Statement/Quote: 

I love being a part of an organization that helps people. Eat Smart is all about helping people.