FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
FoodFaith was founded in March 2015 as a response to Judy’s passion in cultivating greater appreciation of the environment we live in as well as fostering greater understanding and connections among communities through two important forces in our lives – Food and Faith. With a background in newspaper, television and web media and journalism, Judy currently works as a postgraduate researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the sustainability space.
Kate has spent the last 15 years in PR, Marketing, Retail and Social Media Consultancy. Her diverse experience spans from Australian Fashion Week production, large-scale public event creation and managing a broad range of clients across fashion, retail and not-for-profit. Her long-held passion for food and sustainability became a work-priority with the birth of her first child. Kate manages FoodFaith’s numerous projects, keeping the team on track and the media up-to-date about our latest events while managing our wonderful team of volunteers, alongside our social media platforms.
SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALIST
Lyra Villafana holds a Bachelor degree in Communications. In a 20-year career encompassing corporate communications, journalism and publishing, she has developed content for websites, books, magazines, newsletters and social media. Lyra's predilection with big meals to celebrate various religious occasions --- including festivities observed by her friends from other faiths ---- and her interest in multiculturalism has spurred her involvement with FoodFaith.
Smita is an environmental journalist, editor, and wildlife biologist with a passion for all things green. Her work with various newspapers, magazines, ecological consultancies, and NGO's across the globe has focused on communicating science and sustainability-related messages to a diverse, mostly non-scientific, audience over the past ten years. Coming from India, a land of vast cultural and culinary diversity, she has grown up with a deep appreciation for different faiths and their food practices. This is the reason why FoodFaith’s idea of bringing together various cultures to work towards a sustainable future through their food practices sits in perfect alignment with her own belief system.
As a horticulturalist, garden consultant and past ambassador for the Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia, Meredith brings her expertise and wealth of experience in the horticultural industry to FoodFaith. Meredith’s passion to raise awareness of environmental issues through the use of gardens has seen her involved in numerous garden projects and she is also the author of a number of gardening books and resources.
Franscois has held senior executive roles in publishing, direct marketing, education and the not-for-profit sector. He was a foundation team member of Good360 in Australia and established GeekAbility for Woodville Alliance Ltd, an innovative new vocational skills training program for young people with disabilities in south western Sydney. He has served as the Managing Director of the CBS-owned Simon & Schuster Australia Pty Ltd and is a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
Christian is working with FoodFaith as part of an international university internship program operated by the CAPA organization. He is a student with the US University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing a degree in marketing, supply chain management and computer science. Christian enjoys participating in the not-for-profit field and has also worked with food charity operations in the United States. Growing up in a family who loves to cook and eat, Christian has found FoodFaith’s mission resonates within him. He is excited to share his passion with others and contribute to the team.
Stephen is a business development professional with expertise in customer outreach, communications and CRM. Since relocating to Australia from the UK in late 2015, Stephen has consulted in his field and also volunteered with multiple organisations. His volunteering at FoodFaith reflects his belief that faiths and cultures of all types would benefit from a joined up, mutual approach to propagating harmonious relationships within their communities and that this would also benefit society at large.
Anthony has worked in the finance industry for over 30 years, including six years as a CEO of an ASX top 30 company. Over the past 12 years, Anthony has also been active in the not-for-profit sector, in particular, with food-based organisations Anthony was integral in the establishment of OzHarvest and was Chairman of the board for the first six years.
Having spent her childhood on a produce farm in Africa, Leanne is passionate about sustainable farming and food cultivation practices. Leanne is also a keen advocate of interfaith and intercultural initiatives. Leanne brings her considerable expertise as a corporate lawyer working with both blue chip and not for profit clients to her role as Company Secretary. Leanne manages FoodFaith's legal, risk and compliance obligations.
Eric is currently working with FoodFaith as part of CAPA’s international university internship program. He is based at the US University of Minnesota with agriculture and food business management his majors and minors in both marketing and finance. Food and fitness are his passions and he aspires to eventually create his own company with a focus on these areas. With an interest in using food as a way to bring cultures and communities together, FoodFaith fits in perfectly with his passions. Eric believes in the boundless opportunities that are presenting themselves in the food area and wants to be a catalyst in innovations in this field.
Having studied Journalism at UTS and worked for many years for PBL Media (now Bauer Media), Marian has found her niche in freelancing and writing about issues she's passionate about. Coming from a multicultural background she's a firm believer that food and faith bring people closer together, making her an ideal contributor for FoodFaith.
Thanks to all who have given their time:
Brendan McCool, Marjaneh Ghafari, Lilli Barto, Kristine Abalos, Jane Hemmelgarn, Rebecca Blascak , Emma Penzenstadler, Jason Schadow, Stephen Blaxhall
Ky Haus, Casey Miller, Skylee Lawton, Haley Olexa, Mark Anthony Peña and Olga Ivanishena.