Staff

Kathryn ParkerKathryn Parker, MPH, PHD
Executive Director

kate@marketumbrella.org

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 husband and three sons. She loves knitting and sewing, old round barns, strong coffee from a French press, camping in the Vanagon, local foods, triathlons and going to the market. If you see her, say hi!


Cristina BerthelotCristina Berthelot
Market Manager

cristina@marketumbrella.org

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 of Wetland Watching evolved into a college career founded on earth and environmental science. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a BGS 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, NOLA festivities, and the occasional evening nap.


Caryn BlairCaryn Blair
Program Manager

caryn@marketumbrella.org

Caryn was born and raised in New Orleans. As a child, she could often be found spending her weekends at one of her family’s grocery stores in the Lower 9th Ward or behind her mom’s stand at the French Market. She took a brief hiatus from NOLA living to attend graduate school in the arctic of Buffalo, NY, but quickly returned to her hometown after obtaining a Master’s in Urban Planning. Caryn’s values are in building equity for underserved populations through community development and an understanding of how public policy and the built environment affect the quality of life. It seems only natural that she would find herself at the Crescent City Farmers Market working to improve people’s access to healthy foods and community resources. When she’s not working, Caryn enjoys cooking, playing word games and strolling Mid-City with her dog, Pumpkin.


Jamal BrownJamal Brown
Finance and Administration Manager

jamal@marketumbrella.org

Jamal Brown is a born and raised New Orleanian. He earned a B.S. in Marketing from Loyola University, New Orleans and a graduate degree in business administration from Tulane University. Jamal Brown previously worked for Liberty Bank and Trust Company in its Community Development Division and the New Orleans City Director for the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Jamal is an active member of the New Orleans community, having sat on several boards in New Orleans including Teaching Responsible Earth Education, 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, and The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network. Jamal is married with three children.


Ashley ChristensenAshley Christensen
Business Coordinator

ashley@marketumbrella.org

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.


Angelina HarrisonAngelina Harrison
Director of Markets

angelina@marketumbrella.org

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 to actually grow a tomato during a New Orleans summer.


Victoria WilliamsVictoria Williams
WIC Program Coordinator

victoria@marketumbrella.org

A native of Birmingham, Alabama Victoria Williams fell in love with New Orleans while attending Tulane University to receive her Masters in Social Work. Victoria Williams spent several years as a Licensed medical Social Worker and Head Start family service coordinator, helping New Orleans parents and families stay healthy, navigate the medical systems, and access schools and community resources. Today, she relies on many of these same skills as she designs and coordinates incentive programs for WIC and breastfeeding moms at the Crescent City Farmers Market. Victoria is a breastfeeding mom and understands the importance of having access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. She embraces this same holistic approach to her own life, as she enjoys visiting farmers market in any states, party planning and Bikram yoga.


Temitope Celestina AkintimehinTemitope Celestina Akintimehin
Intern

Temi was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland. She earned a B. S. in Healthcare Management from Towson University in Baltimore Maryland in 2014. Immediately after graduating, she began her service as a Peace Corps Community Health Advisor in Madagascar. From 2015-2017 her work focused on implementing behavior change and trying to improve basic healthy lifestyle for people in the community. She helped establish community gardens at the local clinic and public schools in the village to promote proper nutrition for children and expecting mothers. After completing her service, she moved to New Orleans to pursue a masters degree in public health with a focus in maternal child health at Tulane's University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She hopes to eventually become a Program Manager Health Coordinator that focuses on the encouragement of healthy living for pregnant women and their children. In her spare time, she enjoys watching foreign films, going to the beach, listening to live music and dancing. She hopes to explore the city and see all that NOLA has to offer.


Market Umbrella

 

Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.

Crescent City Farmers Market

 

The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The market hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.

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