Advisory Board Members

Los Angeles Advisory Board Members

Ana Guzman (Groceryships Graduate, Community Manager, Groceryships) 

Ana Guzman is a graduate of Groceryships' second ever group, in 2015. Since her graduation, Ana has single-handedly forged new partnerships, recruited group members, launched and led several Groceryships Groups. In addition to her work with Groceryships, Ana has been an active leader in her children’s school community working for ten years as a volunteer at Normandie Elementary. Leadership roles included chairperson of the English Learners Advisory Committee, and chairperson of the School Site Council. Additionally, she has served as a translator, LAUSD district meetings representative, and parent board member for the Alliance Board of Directors.

Trevor Kale (VP, Chrysalis Enterprises) 

Trevor leads Chrysalis’ social enterprises, which collectively generate over 600 transitional jobs per year and more than $7 million in annual revenue. Trevor has over 15 years experience spanning both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Early in his career he delivered in-home interventions for at-risk youth and their families in his native state of Montana

He then moved to Sydney, Australia in 2000 where he gained international business experience with mobile phone giants Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.  Trevor moved back to the USA in 2005 and worked in operations for a high tech startup in Los Angeles before returning to nonprofit work with Chrysalis in 2008.

Trevor was awarded a Marano Fellowship from the Aspen Institute and Public/Private Ventures in 2009, a Coro Executive Fellowship in 2011 and was named to American Express’ “50 under 40” Social Enterprise leaders in 2014. He serves on the Advisory Board of Groceryships and is a member of their Board Governance Committee.

Dina Rose (Sociologist, Founder, It's Not About Nutrition)

Dina Rose has a PhD in sociology from Duke University and more than twenty years’ experience in teaching and research. For parents who want to feed their kids right, Dina leverages a unique combination of expertise as a sociologist and a mother to help parents solve their kids’ eating problems by focusing on the root of the problem—eating habits, not nutrition. A member of Groceryships' programming committee, Dina's innovative Food Explorer toolkits are being piloted as a resource for families in Groceryships' programs. Read more about her work here:

Kirsten Thompson (Co-Founder, Groceryships, Doctor of Psychiatry, UCLA) Programming Committee Chair

Kirsten Thompson is a Doctor of Psychiatry from UCLA. Prior to UCLA, Kirsten spent two years as a resident in General Surgery at USC. She is a graduate of Cornell University and SUNY Downstate, where she earned her M.D. She co-founded Groceryships alongside her husband, Sam Polk after learning firsthand about the healing power of whole foods, and she is interested in the psycho-social and emotional issues surrounding obesity.

Jeff Taraday (Certified Health Coach) 

Jeff Taraday is a reformed junk food addict and barbecue junkie who discovered the power of a whole foods, plant-based diet in in 2010. Prior to his dietary change, he was thirty pounds overweight and a heavy drinker. Switching to a plant-based diet has helped him lose the extra weight and transform him into a fitness and exercise junkie and a plant-based nutrition advocate.

Jeff is a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a Nutritional Education Trainer through the Nutritional Education Institute. He has also completed a certification in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. He is the author of the blog The Plant Eater, and coaches individuals and families around the country in nutrition how to incorporate nutrient-dense, plant-centric meals into their daily lives.


New York Advisory Board Members 

Cricket Azima – Founder and CEO, The Creative Kitchen

Liv Boova – Finance, presently on maternity leave

Angela Deering – Managing Director, Seaport Global

Charlotte Denoyer – Lead Teacher, AmericaCorps

Taylor Durland – Director Next Generation Initiatives, Wilmington Trust

Nancy Easton – Co-Founder/Executive Director, Wellness in the Schools (WITS)

Robert Mallin – General Manager/Partner, Seamore’s

Aria Ash-Rafzadeh –MBA Candidate, New York University

Friso van Reesema – VP Business Development, CipherHealth

Dana Rizer – Executive Director, Groceryships