top of page

OUR TEAM

logo.png

Our Mission

Our mission is to utilize fresh local food as a tool to empower, educate, and cultivate health in communities across our region. We promote the cultivation, purchase and consumption of fresh, local foods while simultaneously providing linkage to the other vital services and resources. Food is the tool we use to convene community members, bring in vital resources and foster overall community wellness. 

 

In all of our work, we make sure to engage the community. We work with, not for, communities, with the mindset that sustainability is ensured when the community has a sense of ownership over our work. We also form strategic partnerships with groups and individuals from the public, business and nonprofit sectors. It takes a village, and by working together, we are able to conserve resources while bringing in the services and expertise of a variety of like-minded stakeholders. 

Food Strong is dedicated to using fresh foods as a tool to educate, empower, and cultivate health throughout Northeast Ohio. We offer a variety of programs including the School Gardens, Care-A-Van, our Vacant Lot Restoration Initiative, Mobile Farm Stand, and the Care Strong Project, all designed to engage local neighborhoods through collaborative food and health-conscious education initiatives.
 

Click here to learn more about Food Strong’s programming.

"Being able to work with Food Strong mural project has been one of the best things I’ve been able to be involved in. I loved being a part of a positive force in the community."

                                              - Carson Bassett, Muralist

mission

Sara Continenza
Founder and Executive Director

Our staff

IMG_1889 2.JPG

Stephanie Budd

Lead Educator

IMG_1371.JPG
  • White LinkedIn Icon

Ruth Gray

VLRI Project Manager

IMG_0579.JPG
  • White LinkedIn Icon
IMG_1624.JPG
heather.jpeg
  • White LinkedIn Icon

Katie Signorelli

Executive Assistant

Jason Harbert

Property Manager

Heather McCormick

Community Outreach Manager

IMG_1405.JPG
taylor.jpeg
  • White LinkedIn Icon

Ali Rosswurm

Americorp VISTA Member

Taylor Sniatecki
Americorp VISTA Member

IMG_1887 2.JPG

Kyle Ratka 

board of directors

  • White LinkedIn Icon

Nicole Salerno

President

Joseph Jerdonek

Vice President 

Sam Weir

Secretary

Marissa Gerdes

Treasurer

Mary K. Thomas

Board Member

Benjamin Simmons

Board Member

Susan Carroll

Board Member

Ryan Krisby

Board Member

IMG_1609.JPG
  • White LinkedIn Icon

David Miller

Board Member

IMG_0397.JPG
  • White LinkedIn Icon

Caleb Curry

Board Member

IMG_1583.JPG
  • White LinkedIn Icon

Kevin Ament

Board Member

bottom of page