Board of Directors, 2014
Luis Padilla, Board Member & President
Luis is a local family physician and the senior health policy advisor for Unity Health Care, Inc., a DC based federally qualified health center network. He has lived in Columbia Heights since 2004 where he and his wife are raising their two young children. A committed advocate for the underserved he is passionate about addressing the health needs of the community and its social determinants, including access to quality food, that impact our community’s well-being. He received his B.A. in philosophy and B.S. in biology from the University of California at Irvine in 1994. He earned his medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2001 and completed his family medicine residency at Brown University in 2004.
Jessica Luna, Board Member, Secretary
Jessica’s passion is increasing access and affordability for good food to everyone, and she is thrilled to be a part of CHCM’s effort to make this a reality in the community. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. Previously, she worked for D.C. Hunger Solutions as their SNAP/food stamp outreach and policy associate. In the sustainable agriculture realm, Jessica has worked for both the National Family Farm Coalition and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. After graduating college, she was a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow. Jessica loves all manner of fruits and vegetables, especially greens.
Jason Farr, Board Member, Treasurer
Jason began his work with the market in 2013 as a volunteer helping to administer the matching funds for WIC/SNAP benefits. Relishing this experience, Jason was eager to increase his involvement, joining the board of directors in 2014. He believes that CHCM presents a unique opportunity to strengthen the community in many ways, including increasing the community’s ability to access healthy food, supporting local farmers, and by bringing a variety of people together on a Saturday morning to enjoy a vibrant, thriving, community marketplace. Jason came to Washington, DC after receiving his B.A. in International Studies in 2010 from Michigan State University. He is currently a Program Associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership, a nonprofit that works to improve outcomes for all of our nation’s youth.
Jeffrey Stottlemyer, Board Member & Interim Executive Director
Jeff started volunteering with the market soon after moving to Columbia Heights in 2012 and believes that one of the best ways to build community is by integrating sustainable agriculture with the local economy. With a background in environmental consulting and green business, he also spent a season living and working on a production organic farm in Marin County, California. He loves plants, trees, being outside, baking bread, and reading books. A DC native, Jeff is a graduate of James Madison University and the London School of Economics.
Christina Chauvenet, Board Member
Christina’s desire to help promote healthy, affordable food brought her to Columbia Heights Community Marketplace as a volunteer in 2012, helping to administer the matching funds programs for clients on WIC, SNAP, and other federal nutrition programs. She became the volunteer coordinator in 2012 and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. Christina is Field Associate at Share Our Strength, providing programmatic and operational support to state No Kid Hungry campaigns. She is also an active member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown DC. Originally from North Carolina, Christina holds a BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University and an MSc from the University of London in Latin American Politics. When she’s not stocking up on produce at the market, you can find Christina doing yoga, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, or spending time with her two cats.
Josh Levine, Market Manager
Josh moved to DC from Tallahassee, Florida in 2008 and has lived in Columbia Heights since 2010. His passion for local food, belief in the importance of sustainable and regional food economies, and interest in becoming directly involved with the health and vibrancy of his neighborhood and its residents led him to join the Community Marketplace in 2011 first as volunteer manager. In May 2012, he joined the staff as Market Manager.
Prior to joining the market, he worked in education and community health as an HIV educator and ran a literacy intervention program at a local charter elementary school. An ardent traveler, Josh has made his way through Europe three times and recently returned from a four-month trip through South America, where he learned rock climbing, sampled many wines, and developed a strong fear of bedbugs.
Josh holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Florida State University. He’s a huge Seminole fan, loves peaches, arugula, and collards, and loves hiking in the mountains, playing soccer and golf, and cooking.
Mary Rose Conroy, Volunteer Coordinator
Mary Rose spends her weekdays working as a Team Leader in SNAP certification policy at the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and her desire to promote access to healthy, local, and affordable food in her own community led her to begin volunteering at the market in 2013. Prior to starting her work at USDA, Mary Rose spent a year volunteering with Manna Project International in Nicaragua, where she led women’s and children’s health and nutrition programs and ate a serious amount of avocados. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from American University and graduated from Providence College with a double major in Political Science and Public & Community Service Studies. When Mary Rose isn’t busy trying to pet all the dogs at the market, she spends her free time making pottery, keeping bees, planning trips, growing excessive quantities of basil, and trying to assess the possibility of keeping a miniature goat in her apartment.