For over two decades, I have been an active member of the Slow Food Movement. When I originally assumed the role of chapter leader several years ago, it gave me an opportunity to promote local farmers, work with food justice and hunger organizations, and support sustainable causes. After a couple of years hiatus, I have resumed that role. My professional career started in the restaurant business, mostly working in the front of the house, and eventually progressed to sales & marketing in wine and spirits. My culinary travels have taken me around the world, particularly participating in Slow Food events in Italy, Australia, and in California. In our leisure time, my wife and I manage a three-season culinary garden, keep bees, bike and hike at our primitive mountain retreat, and raise our four rescue dogs. I also serve on the Board at Impact Services, Inc. in the Kensington neighborhood, a community support organization.
Sally K. Eisenberg is a Health Coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University. In 2007, she founded Nourish Ur Life, a nutrition and healthy lifestyle practice located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a mixed media artist, Sally has always been passionate about food, healthy living and integrating both in to her artistic vision. She has been offering healthy cooking classes – empowering others to cook healthfully in their own kitchens. Sally also exhibits her art in and around Philadelphia.
Jennifer Dolan Treasurer
Jennifer Dolan, MS, RDN, CNSC is an Advanced Dietitian Specialist on the Nutrition Support Service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is a faculty member in the PENN School of Nursing where she teaches Principles of Human Nutrition and Case Studies in Clinical Nutrition. She has more than twenty five years of experience in clinical nutrition and nutrition support and has conducted research in pulmonary and lung transplantation nutrition. She has presented locally and nationally on a variety of clinical nutrition topics and has provided professional leadership on a local and national level. She has a podcast entitled “Jennifer’s Twist” connecting farmers, food makers, and chefs that promote healthy food and/or slow food.
Karen, a self proclaimed locavore who grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, moved to Philadelphia in August 2010 from Illinois, where she co-founded and was the President of the Geneva Green Market for 5 years. The group supported small, local, sustainable farmers within 200 miles of Geneva Illinois. She hosted and organized an educational kid’s corner and coordinated the Chef demo events every market day. Karen also promoted the benefits of local food to various organizations within the Fox River Valley in Kane County. She served as a member of the Fit for Kane Coalition, a group that was formed to study and apply for a grant to fight childhood obesity.
Melissa joined our organization in 2016. She was first introduced to the Slow Food movement while traveling in Piedmont, Italy in 2008. After learning the story behind it and dining in restaurants that supported it, she was on board.
She is an avid gardener and cook. She grows over 50 different varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits, all propagated from seed. The seeds are selectively sourced to be open pollinating and preserve bio diversity. All produce is maintained organically.
Professionally, Melissa has spent her time divided between the microbrewery industry, restaurants and a long career in the wine industry.
Growing up in a home that focused on family and real food, Olivia Neely, RDN, LD started sharing her natural passion for nutrition long before she decided to make it her career. Serving as the Director of Nutrition Services at The Moday Center for Functional and Integrative Medicine, she teaches her clients that nutrition is not just about what is on the end of a fork, but about balancing all aspects of life to create a nourishing relationship with food. Olivia provides individualized dietary therapy focusing on biologically appropriate diet principles to aid her clients in weight management, increasing energy levels, and pursuing continued health, happiness and longevity. Out to prove that nutrition is more than just balancing calories in versus calories out, she can help reprogram your body back to how it is designed to digest, metabolize and utilize the foods you eat.
Olivia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She then went on to complete her dietetic internship at the University of Houston. She is currently a student at the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy.
Chef Michèle Haines, founder of Spring Mill Café, devotes her life to promoting peace through food. She has been a member of Slow Food Philadelphia for over 20 years. After giving her restaurant to her son Ezra, Michèle has travelled all over the world, cooking and sharing meals with all kinds of people. Being a chef is just one of many things that Michele identifies as – she is a raconteur, freelance journalist, photographer, interpreter, and teacher. All of which allow her to create programs that spread peace and initiate discussions about various topics such as religious freedom, literature, and music as they relate to a number of cultures.