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Meet The Team

Headshot of Jennifer QuinlanJennifer J. Quinlan, PhD

Jennifer Quinlan, PhD, is the Principal Investigator for Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/Eat Right Philly program.

Quinlan is a professor in the Deptartment of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University. She earned her BS and MS in Food Science from Rutgers University and her PhD in Food Science from North Carolina State University. She has been on faculty at Drexel University since 2003 and her U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded research program has conducted interdisciplinary “community to bench” research that identified food safety risks for low income and minority populations at both the consumer and retail levels. Her group's research has resulted in consumer food safety education materials, which have had national and international impact. In addition to her role as PI for Drexel Eat Right Philly Nutrition Education Program (DRX ERP) funded by the USDA, she also serves as a Co-Lead for the Faculty Development Core on Drexel’s NIH FIRST grant.

Quinlan currently serves on the editorial boards of Food Protection Trends and the Journal of Food Protection and serves on the board of directors for the Partnership for Food Safety Education. She served two terms on USDA’s National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Criteria for Foods and is a former Fulbright Scholar to Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary. She has been a member of the International Association for Food Protection for over 25 years where she has served on and chaired multiple committees.

Headshot of Judy EnnslinJudy Ensslin, MS, RDN, LDN

Judy Enslinn is the director for Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/Eat Right Philly program.

She has been with Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/Eat Right Philly program since 2008 as the program manager and, since 2016, the program director. Judy obtained her BS degree in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, an MS Degree in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s University and a certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Drexel University. Prior to joining Drexel, she dedicated over twenty years to health care nutrition management, taught at various colleges and universities and owned a nutrition consulting business. She currently serves on the executive committee of the PA SNAP-Ed Director’s Group. Judy enjoys cooking, gardening, exercising, golf, traveling and spending time with her family. Her favorite fruits and vegetables include pineapple, berries, squash and spinach.

Melissa Matsumura, MS, RD, LDNMelissa Matsumura MS RD LDN

Melissa Matsumura is the assistant director for Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/Eat Right Philly program.

She is a licensed registered dietitian in Pennsylvania. Melissa obtained her BS degree in Biology from Eastern New Mexico University (Portales, NM) and an MS Degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science from Marywood University (Scranton, PA). She has worked for Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed program for nine years previously serving as program assistant/nutrition educator, project coordinator II and program manager. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys powerlifting, exploring new restaurants and spending time developing her private practice focused on sports performance. Some of Melissa’s favorite fruits and vegetables are green chiles, blueberries, mangoes and mushrooms.

Headshot of Kusuma SchofieldKusuma Schofield, MSEd, MPH

Kusuma Schofield is the administrative coordinator for Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/Eat Right Philly program.

She holds an MS in Higher Education, an MS in Public Health and is a PhD candidate in Nutrition Sciences with Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She has worked for the Eat Right Philly program for 16.5 years and serves to provide administrative support as well as evaluation and assessment projects for the program. Schofield assists in submitting reports, conference presentations and publication opportunities for the grant. In her spare time, Kusuma enjoys working out, cooking and doing things she has never done before. Some of her favorite fruits and veggies are spinach, fennel, pineapple and grapes.

Headshot of Alina MarhefkaAlina Marhefka

Alina Marhefka is an administrative assistant with Drexel University’s PA SNAP Ed/Eat Right Philly program.

Alina graduated from Ithaca College with a BS in Cinema and Photography and a concentration in Cinema Production. Before working for Drexel, Alina was an assistant language teacher at a private junior and senior high school. Alina also spent time as a residential program assistant for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

Alina enjoys doing yoga and crocheting. Alina’s favorite fruits and vegetables are lemons, Brussels sprouts, raspberries and zucchini.

Jim DiDomenico, MSJim DiDomenico MS

Jim DiDomenico is a program manager with Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/ Eat Right Philly program.

He graduated from the University of Delaware with an MS in Human Nutrition and the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Chemistry.

In his free time, Jim enjoys cycling, lifting weights, Philadelphia sports and urbanist advocacy. His favorite fruits are mangoes and watermelon, and his favorite vegetables are squash and broccoli rabe.

  • Joseph H. Brown Academics Plus
  • Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences
  • Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
  • The U School: Innovation Lab

Kristin Prendergast, MSKristin Prendergast MS

Kristin Prendergast is a program manager with Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/ Eat Right Philly program.

She graduated from Logan University with an MS in Nutrition and Human Performance and Rowan University with a BS in Health and Exercise Science.

In her free time, she enjoys blogging about nutrition, finding new trails to run, spending time with family, reading and traveling.

Kristin loves teaching about nutrition and wellness! She says that being able to empower others to make healthy changes in their lives is the most rewarding part of her career.

  • Building 21
  • George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science
  • Science Leadership Academy
  • Laura W. Waring School

Becky IppolitoBecky Ippolito

Becky is a project coordinator with Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/ Eat Right Philly program.

She graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Nutrition and Food Science.

She is excited to work in nutrition education, creating healthier food environments for all. She previously worked for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a dietetic technician and nutrition research assistant. Before that she worked for The Food Trust as a nutrition educator providing nutrition lessons to public schools across Philadelphia.

During her free time, Becky likes to visit Philly’s local parks, bike around the city, yoga and spending time with her dog, husband, family and friends. Some of her favorite fruits and vegetables include blueberries, avocados, eggplant and sweet potatoes.

  • Alain Locke School
  • Mantua Haverford Community Center
  • Morton McMichael School
  • The Northeast Community Propel Academy
  • Science Leadership Academy Middle School

Allysandra (Ally) Kubikalysandra-aponte-headshot

Ally Kubik is a nutrition coordinator with Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/ Eat Right Philly program.

She graduated from Kaplan University with a BS in Health and Wellness. After college, Ally went on to work as a community outreach coordinator. She set up community events to teach the importance of a healthy diet, proper chiropractic care and physical activity. Ally is excited about getting involved with her schools and is looking forward to what the school year will bring!

In her spare time, Ally loves cooking for her family and friends as much as possible. She also enjoys being outdoors, going to as many country concerts as possible, trying out new, local restaurants and watching reality TV shows. Her favorite fruits are raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, mangoes and bananas. Her favorite vegetables are asparagus, Brussels sprouts and green beans.

  • Castor Gardens Middle School
  • Thomas A. Edison High School
  • Samuel S. Fels High School
  • Edwin Forrest School
  • Grover Washington Middle School
  • Northeast High School
  • Samuel Powel School
  • Vaux High School: A Big Picture School

Headshot of Avery SchaefferAvery Schaeffer

Avery Schaeffer is a nutrition coordinator with Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/ Eat Right Philly program.

She graduated from West Chester University with a BS in Lifestyle Nutrition, which combines nutrition with business, management and exercise science.

While in college, Avery worked at a rehabilitation hospital in the dietary office. She worked with people from all backgrounds, and this experience strengthened her passion for empowering others to live a sustainable, healthy lifestyle.

Avery enjoys trying new things, whether that’s creating a new recipe in the kitchen, trying a new restaurant or exploring a new place, she is always ready for an adventure. Some of her favorite fruits and vegetables are raspberries, mushrooms, avocadoes and blueberries. She can’t choose one but a few of her favorite cuisines are Thai, Italian, Mexican and Japanese.

  • Roberto Clemente Middle School
  • George Washington High School
  • Kearny, General Philip School
  • Kensington Health Sciences Academy
  • Lankenau High School
  • Stetson, John B Middle School
  • Swenson Technical High School
  • The LINC

Danielle JuritschDanielle-Juritsch

Danielle is a nutrition coordinator with Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/ Eat Right Philly program.

She graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Human Nutrition and Foods and a minor in Food Science and Technology. In college, Danielle served as a student wellness ambassador, where she promoted and facilitated wellness programs throughout campus. After graduating, she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA nutrition educator at a food pantry in Omaha, Nebraska. She has also coached competitive gymnastics at a local YMCA.

Danielle enjoys weightlifting, sports, hiking, fall weather and babysitting her niece and nephew. Some of her favorite fruits and vegetables are blueberries, red peppers, raspberries and Brussels sprouts.

  • Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Services
  • Bodine High School for International Affairs
  • Constitution High School
  • Dornsife Center
  • Lincoln High School
  • Walter B. Saul High School
  • Spring Garden School
  • Martha Washington Academics Plus

Headshot of Joshua McIntyreJoshua McIntyre

Joshua McIntyre is a nutrition coordinator with Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/ Eat Right Philly program.

Originally from Arkansas, he graduated from Henderson State University with a BS in Dietetics and has previously worked as a teacher and educator in Baltimore and Philadelphia schools.

During his free time, Joshua enjoys reading, playing chess in Clark Park, and trying out new dishes and recipes. His favorite fruits and vegetables are broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, apples, bananas and berries.

Joshua is excited to promote healthy eating, hydration and physical activity in Philadelphia schools, as well as supporting food access at food pantries and distributions at his sites.

  • Franklin Learning Center
  • Ben Franklin High School
  • Parkway Northwest High School
  • Samuel Gompers Elementary School
  • South Philadelphia High School
  • General Louis Wagner Middle School
  • Roosevelt Elementary School
  • The Lenfest Center

Miranda Rowe Miranda-Rowe

Miranda Rowe is a nutrition coordinator with Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/ Eat Right Philly program.

She graduated from New York University with a BA in Gender and Religion with an emphasis on intersectionality in health and education.

She previously worked as a program coordinator for HealthCorps. In that role, Miranda provided health education lessons and nutrition workshops to six high schools in the Bronx, New York. She is excited to be in Philadelphia and connect with students, staff and community members in her new home city.

During her free time, Miranda likes to bike, bake, travel and have picnics with friends and family. Some of her favorite fruits are mangoes and blueberries, and some of her favorite vegetables are eggplant and kabocha squash. However, she is always interested in trying new foods!

  • AMY 5 @ James Martin
  • Belmont Elementary Charter School
  • Murrell Dobbins CTE High School
  • Horace Furness High School
  • Julia R. Masterman High School
  • General George A. McCall School
  • A. Phillip Randolph Skill Center High School
  • Roxborough High School

Tori SuttonTorri Sutton

Tori Sutton is a nutrition coordinator with Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/ Eat Right Philly program.

She graduated from LaSalle University with a BS in Nutrition Science. Before working for Drexel, Tori worked in community nutrition programs with organizations such as Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. She has also worked with the Philadelphia School District as a nutrition educator and discovered her passion for working with children and their families to achieve healthier lifestyles!

During her free time, Tori likes to spend time with her family, cook for/with her children and visit the beach as often as possible. Her favorite fruits are pineapples and strawberries, and her favorite vegetables are asparagus and sweet potatoes.

  • Philadelphia Charter School for the Arts & Sciences @ HR Edmunds
  • Frankford High School
  • Hancock Demonstration School
  • Warren G. Harding Middle School
  • General Harry Labrum Middle School
  • Parkway Center City Middle College
  • Tacony Academy Charter School

Vanessa R. Altidor

Vanessa Altidor is a nutrition coordinator with Drexel University’s PA SNAP-Ed/ Eat Right Philly program.

She graduated from Temple University with a BS in Public Health and completed her MBA at Drexel University.

She previously held a similar position at Health Promotion Council, which fortified her experience in educating children, adults, seniors, persons in transitional housing, persons experiencing homelessness and other at-risk populations about nutrition and healthy lifestyles. She enjoys making nutrition and health information simple, relatable and relevant to her participants. She is excited about getting involved with gardening programs at her schools.

In her free time, Vanessa loves spending time with her family and friends, cooking and anything dealing with creative arts. She is also passionate about learning. Her favorite fruits are watermelon, red grapes and mangos. She also loves mushrooms, tomatoes, soft shell crabs and maiis moulin, a traditional Haitian dish.

  • Kensington High School
  • William C. Longstreth Elementary School
  • Motivation High School
  • Overbrook Education Center
  • Overbook High School
  • Penn Treaty School
  • Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber
  • Tilden Middle School