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Public Health and Sustainability: Eliminating Food Insecurity in PA

December 8, 2020

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Caryn Long Earl, Director of the Bureau for Food Assistance, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Caryn Long Earl is the Director of the Bureau of Food Assistance at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Prior to this appointment, she served for two years as Executive Assistant to Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. Long Earl spent more than a decade working on policy issues related to food safety and food security, including previous public service with the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and as a Congressional Agriculture Fellow in the U.S. Senate. Upon leaving federal service, she served for four years as a Senior Policy Advisor at Feeding America, where she focused on appropriations and federal commodity issues, and for three years as Executive Director of Feeding Pennsylvania.


Jane Clements-Smith, Executive Director, Feeding Pennsylvania

Jane Clements-Smith is the Executive Director of Feeding Pennsylvania, the state association of Feeding America food banks. Serving as a statewide voice on hunger issues, Jane spends her time advocating for policies that support hungry families on both the state and federal levels. Under her leadership, Feeding Pennsylvania has launched several new initiatives including Fill a Glass with Hope ®, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative (MARC), the Healthy Pantry Initiative and successfully contracted with the PA Department of Agriculture to administer the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System. Jane serves on the state’s Mass Care Feeding Task Force through the PA Department of Human Resources and oversees a Disaster Response Committee, responding to both in and out of state disasters. In 2017, Jane was appointed by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the Emergency Food Assistance Advisory Council and has been serving as chair since 2018. 


Maureen Krouse, Program Specialist in Community Health and Equity, Lankenau Medical Center

Maureen Krouse, MCHES, is a Program Specialist in Community Health and Equity at Lankenau Medical Center in Philadelphia. She has worked for more than 35 years as health and community health educator in the Main Line Health System and before that with the Health Systems Agency of SEPA. Her work includes overseeing the Deaver Health Education Center and the Deaver Wellness Farm and developing programs of client and youth food system education and food distribution programs.

Christina Kostelecky, Operations Director, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture

Christina Kostelecky is the Operations Director for the non-profit Pasa Sustainable Agriculture. She manages operations of all systems at Pasa including database, member profiles, and accounting. She was a member of class XVII of the RULE (Rural and Urban Leadership) training program. Christina has worked as a farm systems employee in South Korea and database manager in Atlanta, GA.


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