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.


Sophie BokelmanSophie Bokelman
Serve Louisiana Social Media and Outreach Coordinator

sophie@marketumbrella.org

Sophie grew up in the Appalachian mountains outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From a young age she loved being outside and grew interested in the environment and conservation. Sophie took this with her to Burlington, Vermont where she earned a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Vermont. While in school, she found a special interest in how humans interact with the environment and chose to focus her studies in ecological design. As well as studying, Sophie soaked in Vermont culture in her time there, embracing the state's love of local food and sustainable living. In addition to her love for the outdoors, Sophie is passionate about issues of social justice and equality, thus working in food systems has been the perfect opportunity to merge her variety of interests and expertise. In addition to environmental science, Sophie studied music in school and spends as much time as possible outside of work playing and consuming all types of music. She's new to New Orleans, and excited to immerse herself in all the city has to offer.


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.


Emma Kibort-CrockerEmma Kibort-Crocker
Program Coordinator

emma@marketumbrella.org

Emma is a Seattle native. She was influenced from a young age by her city’s affinity with environmental friendliness, growing up with a compost bin and her mom’s Three Sisters garden. She also spent time soaking up lessons from her grandfather, an avid permaculture gardener and tree farmer in Minnesota. After high school she served as a City Year corps member in Providence, Rhode Island, where she worked full-time in a middle school and developed a taste for education and equity work. She then returned to the Pacific Northwest for college, where she graduated from University of Washington. From there, she took off to Vietnam for a year of teaching English on a Fulbright fellowship. She lived in a coastal town in the central part of the country, immersed in the language and culture of a rural fishing province. Her first job when she arrived in New Orleans was working with youth and their families as a counselor in a college access program, and she is excited to expand her experience with access work into the food world. She loves to cook, read a good novel, and attempt to grow veggies of her own in her backyard.


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 CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.

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