Staff

 

Stephanie Cordova, Youth Employment Program Manager
(stephanie@groundworksomerville.org)

Stephanie is the manager of the Green Team youth program and has been working with Groundwork Somerville for the last two summers. She joined us as the mobile market leader in the summer of 2018 and the farm site leader/co-facilitator in summer 2019. She graduated from Somerville High in 2012 and from UMASS Amherst in 2020 with a BS in Sustainable Food and Farming and a focus on social justice reform, food equity, and feminist studies. Stephanie has been involved with farm work for the past 5 years and continues to advocate for healthy food access in her hometown of Somerville. Stephanie is thrilled to continue working with her own community and looks forward to growing food, empowering youth, and pursuing environmental and health equity with the Green Team. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys painting murals with Cambridge artist, David Fichter, as well as reading books and snuggling her cat, Haku.

                                                                           

Darya Mattes, Mystic River Urban Waters Federal Partnership Ambassador
(darya@groundworksomerville.org)

Darya supports the Mystic River Watershed Steering Committee as the Ambassador for the Mystic River Urban Waters Federal Partnership. In that role, she will be supporting municipalities, nonprofits (including Groundwork Somerville), and state and federal agencies as they collaborate to improve water quality in and community access to the Mystic River. Prior to this role, Darya worked as an environmental planner and conservation agent for the City of Salem, MA, and she previously worked on climate change resiliency initiatives in the City of Medford’s Office of Energy and Environment. She has a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a BA in Anthropology and History from Cornell University. Darya lives in Watertown (at the very edge of the Mystic River watershed), and spends her spare time gardening in her community garden plot, singing in a local women’s chorus, and serving on the boards of both of those organizations. She bikes as her primary form of transportation and appreciates your suggestions for good bike routes and new trails to try.

 

Emily Reckard-Mota, Food and Farms Manager
(emily@groundworksomerville.org)
Emily comes to Groundwork Somerville with a diverse background in education and sustainable agriculture. She discovered the world of sustainable agriculture during her gap year, while volunteering on a WWOOF farm in Peru. Originally from North Carolina, she graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. During college, Emily worked at Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, where she supported refugee farmers in growing and selling vegetables from Myanmar. Emily has taught cooking and gardening education to young people at the NC Botanical Gardens, Mundo Verde PCS in Washington, D.C., and most recently at various Boston Public Schools with Green City Growers. Emily loves being barefoot outside and values the ways that growing food deepens her faith and connection to God. She is passionate about fighting against racism in our food system and has learned a lot from Soul Fire Farm and The Food Project. Out of a desire to connect her faith to her work, Emily strives to keep justice and mercy at the center of her farming practices. In her free time, Emily enjoys making nature mandalas, reading, and hiking with friends.

 

 

Interns

We are lucky to work with interns and committed volunteers who make our programming possible! Read on to learn about the amazing group we have working and learning with us this year.

Coming Soon

Green Team Leaders

Groundwork also brings on a phenomenal team of Green Team Leaders each summer in order to lead crews, work sites, projects, and more. Green Team Leaders are often college students or other folks who have been out of high school for a year or more and are interested in building their skills as youth leaders, urban farmers, and agents for social change. We especially love when we can hire Green Team Alumni as Green Team Leaders! Thank you to our team of Green Team Leaders in 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

Marisa Kelath, Crew Leader (former Green Team member!)

I study linguistics with a minor in Catalan at the University of Chicago. Outside of studying linguistics and languages, I love growing plants and learning about gardening and urban foraging. I also like cats and sheep and ducks. I’m very excited to be back in Somerville and to get to be a part of the amazing Green Team community again this summer!

 

Nia Dorsey, Crew Leader (former Green Team member!)

Hi, I’m Nia and I am so excited to be a part of the Green Team again. I was a Green Team member my senior year of high school and now back as a Leader heading into my senior year of college. In addition to working at Groundwork Somerville, I’m also doing research for my senior thesis in Art History and Black Studies. My hobbies include hiking, singing and writing poetry. I can’t wait to embark on this virtual journey and explore Groundwork Somerville in a new way!

 

Tatijana Ollivierre, Mobile Market Leader

Hey, my name is Tati. I’m a rising senior at Tufts University studying Interdisciplinary Studies which is my own personalized major; it’s a combination of Africana Studies, Child Studies & Human Development, and Psychology and it is officially titled: The Construction of Blackness and its Effects on the Cognitive Development of Black Youth. This past year I’ve been abroad to three different countries; I went to France for seven weeks during the summer, Ghana for first semester and London for second, though I had to return early because of COVID-19. While I was on campus at Tufts I was part of an all girls comedy club and heavily involved with the black and first-gen communities. Outside of school I really enjoy cooking and baking and listening to music. As of lately I’ve been really into Afro-beats, old school Reggae, and femme rap artists such as Rico Nasty and Megan Thee Stallion. This summer I’m super excited to be back at Groundwork, especially to be able to bring my love of cooking to the table. I would love to show fellow Green Team staff and crew accessible and tasty recipes that utilize the fresh produce from the farm!

 

Will Capriola, Crew Leader

I’m studying Environmental Studies and German and Tufts University where I also play Quidditch and work as a STEM educator in Boston Public Schools. I love plant science, gardening, and cooking, all of which I’m so excited to learn more about this Summer!

 

 

Green Team

The Green Team are Groundwork Somerville employees and the main workforce behind our food production at South Street Farm and the school gardens. This year our team will be focused on operating through virtual engagement, due to the current restrictions of COVID-19. We will continue to carry out Groundwork’s mission by supporting environmental restoration projects in the City, and contributing a youth voice on issues of environmental justice, food access, and health equity to civic processes in the city. Read more about the Green Team here.

 

(From left to right, Green Team Member unless otherwise noted)

Top row: Amilcar Ramirez, Silas Nahan, Wardley Lervandal, Will Capriola (Offsite Projects Leader), Jashaura Victor, Nataina Saint-Cyr, Sabiha Miahjee (Assistant Farm Leader), Gabby Pimentel, Berkti Gebrehiwet, Mathurin Joseph

 

Middle row: Saladin Islam (Crew Leader), Katherine Hill (Crew Leader), Kaelan Diaz, Jenifer Fuentes (Assistant Crew Leader), Aaron Pen, Marlis Occilant (Assistant Bike Leader), Elida Aviles, Stephanie Cordova (Farm Leader & Assistant GT Coordinator), Erik Salazar (Assistant Leader), Elias Arevalo

 

Bottom row: Darron Fernandes-Smith (Bike Leader), Tirhas Gebru, Isaias Hernandez Rivera (Assistant Crew Leader), Jaeleigh McLean, Silvia Arriaza (Market Leader), Rae Axner (Program Manager)

 

If you are interested in being part of this team, check our Jobs & Internships page for openings, our Green Team page for information about applying. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, reach out directly to info@groundworksomerville.org for general inquiries or any of the team members in the “Staff” section above for questions about specific programs.

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