Sam Greenlee, Executive Director, He/Him/His
Sam joined the Alchemist team in May 2020, after six years in the professional food safety industry and several years in community organizing as a co-founder of the Oak Park Fix-it Cafe. He serves as a member of the California Jobs First (formerly CERF) – Capital Region Leadership Council and as a Steering Committee member for the California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets and the Sacramento Food Policy Council.  Sam is passionate about building strong equitable communities where our most vulnerable neighbors can flourish. He is a resident of the Oak Park neighborhood and can be found spending his free time gardening, taking evening walks with his spouse, and enjoying time with his children.

Davida Douglas, Operations Director, She/Her/Hers
Davida was Alchemist’s first employee. She manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, including HR, bookkeeping, contracts and compliance, and budgets/financials, as well as providing assistance to Program Managers for improving program efficiencies and excellence. She has over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, including implementing healthy food access projects in the Sacramento region for 11 years. Additional experience includes three years with a private community outreach firm, and seven years of business management experience. She is originally from rural Missouri, and has been a Sacramento resident for over two decades, currently residing in the Oak Park neighborhood where many of Alchemist CDC’s Neighborhood Empowerment projects are focused. When not working, Davida enjoys teaching English as a foreign language, gardening, bird watching and baking.

Ginger Brammer, Bookkeeper
In joining the Alchemist team,  Ginger brings over 25 years of accounting experience with a passion to help others with an entrepreneurial spirit successfully start their own business.  Growing up in rural Placer County, gardening and raising livestock was a way of life.  Today happiness is found by searching for adventure, fishing, and enjoying time with family and friends. 

Shannin Stein, Special Projects Manager, She/Her/Hers
Shannin’s work with Alchemist includes serving as the Construction Project Manager for the Oak Park Art Garden and as Alchemist’s lead manager and coordinator on the construction of the Alchemist Public Market. She is a proud, fourth-generation Sacramentan. Her love for this region and passion for food led to a successful, 20-year career in restaurant and agricultural management and activism. After opening Empress Tavern in 2015, Shannin decided to turn her attention to giving back to Sacramento in a more tangible way and joined the team at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, where she was instrumental in the creation of the organization’s Home Preservation program and neighborhood investment event, Rock the Block. These days, when not working on projects with the team at Alchemist, Shannin can usually be found spending time with her husband, Shannon (yep, you read that right) and her rescue Boxers, Maz and Elsbeth, or slowly turning her once finely-landscaped suburban yard into an edible paradise.


Brooke Douma, Administrative Assistant, She/Her/Hers
As a graduate from UC Davis with a BA in Political Science, Brooke brings her
passion for public service and building equitable communities to Alchemist. In her role, Brooke
provides administrative and organizational support to Alchemist’s various programs and has jumped in to assist creatively in all of our programs. Outside of work, Brooke enjoys hiking, attending concerts, thrifting, and making Spotify playlists.

Alchemist Kitchen

Jacob Sacks, Alchemist Kitchen Program Manager, He/Him/His
Since beginning at Alchemist CDC in 2016, Jacob has played a pivotal role bringing the Alchemist Kitchen project from concept to reality. As program manager, he co-facilitates the Alchemist Microenterprise Academy program and works with businesses in the Incubator Program. Jacob loves to work with entrepreneurs, see their creative business concepts and eat their delicious creations. Outside of work, Jacob is passionate about Red Sox baseball, cooking and travel.

Damorio Rayford, Commercial Kitchen Coordinator
Damorio joins Alchemist with over 20 years of experience in production kitchens. Damorio is a Chef, Certified Dietary Manager, and has a degree in Hospitality Management/Culinary Arts from American River College. A foodie at heart, Damorio enjoys travel, music, art and meeting new people. When he’s not in the Alchemist Kitchen, Damorio can be found tending to his front yard garden, spending time with his family/friends or cheering on his favorite football team, the Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.

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Julie Liebenbaum, Alchemist Kitchen Program Coordinator

Julie joins Alchemist with more than 30 years of diverse food industry experience. Most recently she spent over 18 years running her own restaurant in rural Mendocino County, which she grew from a stand at a local farmers market selling pastry into a successful, seven-day-a-week, brick-and-mortar enterprise. She is thrilled to have found a place at Alchemist where she can work with entrepreneurs in the incubator program and help them navigate the challenges of the food world. Julie is an advocate of food access equality, a passionate DIYer, and self-proclaimed “food nerd” who loves diving deep into all things culinary.

Julie Anne Silva Oliver, Alchemist Kitchen Program Coordinator
Julie Anne comes to Alchemist with 25 years of food industry and nonprofit experience. After several years working in front of house positions, she decided to follow her love of cooking and enrolled in the Hospitality Management/Culinary Arts program at American River College. As a Yuba City farmer’s daughter, she grew up with knowledge and appreciation for local farm fresh produce. This love was reflected in her first business endeavor in Sacramento, a catering business specializing in vegetarian cuisine. Her passion for food access led her to managing the Nutritious Meal Program at Wellspring Women’s Center for 9 years. Her role with Alchemist Kitchen finds her once again in Oak Park with the idea that food is not just sustenance, but also celebration, love, and community.

Neighborhood Empowerment

Joe Robustelli, Neighborhood Empowerment Program Manager, He/Him/His
Joe joined Alchemist with over 25 years of nonprofit experience with the YMCA and several animal welfare organizations where he was responsible for bringing programs to underserved communities. He is also the owner/founder of a small urban nursery in downtown. Joe manages our land-based Community Empowerment projects, which include Oak Park Sol Community Garden, Oak Park Art Garden, and Pansy Community Garden Park. Outside of work he enjoys gardening, volunteering for Front Street Animal Shelter, and watching sports.

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Jade Rosario, Garden Coordinator, She/Her
Jade has over 20 years experience in all things farm-to-table. She began her food career after studying in Italy and falling in love with home-cooked meals made from home-grown veggies. In her early career she worked on CSA farms by day and was a line cook by night. Hailing from the Midwest, she moved to California in 2012 where she has spent many years living off-grid in rural Mendocino county and Big Sur until landing in Sacramento last year.  She has her own edible landscaping business where she helps folks grow their own food in their backyards. She loves bringing people together around the kitchen table or in the garden and is excited to serve as Garden Coordinator!

Alejandro Gomez, Community Food Connections Specialist, He/Him/His
Alejandro joins Alchemist to offer wider and nutritional food access to vulnerable families in Sacramento through the Community Food Connections (CFC) program. He is passionate about community development towards food sovereignty, environmental conservation and supporting small and mid size farmers.
After several years of experience in business in the private sector, Alejandro decided to follow his passion by completing an Urban Agroecology academic program in the Bay Area, leading projects that invited students and faculty to enjoy and respect nature, enhancing the compost system at the student farm to strengthen the offer of nutritional food for the community and to green the waste management practices on campus.
He is an urban biker. He loves discovering culturally relevant foods, languages, green spaces in urban areas and landscapes while hiking.


CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets

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Alma Wilcox, CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets Program Manager, She/Her/Hers
In joining the Alchemist team, Alma brings over 4 years of diverse experience in local food systems and agricultural policy and advocacy as well as 2 years of experience working as a produce vendor in Sacramento, Davis and Bay Area farmers’ markets. Following her completion of a M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from UC Davis, she is thrilled to continue advocating for community food accessibility and the success of local farmers’ markets. Alma oversees the CDSS Fruit and Vegetable Pilot project, the People to Produce accessibility project, College Corps Fellowships, Market Match partnerships with farmers’ markets and farmstands in the region, and 8 CalFresh Access booths at Sacramento County farmers’ markets. Outside of work Alma enjoys music, hiking, gardening and spending time with her friends, family and Leo, her cat.


Sadiyah M., CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets Program Coordinator, She/Her/Hers

Sadiyah joins Alchemist with four years of dedicated experience working with local social service and social justice organizations. A passionate social activist born and raised in Sacramento, her focus has been on strengthening and providing resources to underserved communities, addressing racial injustice, empowering women, and crisis intervention. Sadiyah coordinates Alchemist CDC’s partnership with College Corps and oversees operations for CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets booths across our various locations.Beyond her professional endeavors, Sadiyah finds joy in nature, cherishes moments with family and friends, explores underground hip-hop, and collaborates with fellow creatives.


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Vicente L., CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets Program Coordinator, He/Him

Vicente first joined Alchemist as a CalFresh Program Associate at the Midtown Farmers’ Market and now serves as a Program Coordinator. He recently graduated from UC Davis with a double major in Economic Policy and Chicano Studies. He is excited to apply his passion for equity and sustainability to serve under-served communities around Sacramento. Outside of work, Vicente enjoys spending time with his cats and loves coloring, binge watching new shows, and spending quality time with his friends.


Nathan D., CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets Program Assistant  I, He/Him/His

Nathan staffs the Florin and Laguna Farmers’ Markets’ CalFresh Booths. He has a great passion for serving his community, from being President of the UC Santa Cruz Vietnamese Student Association, a volunteer for the Davis Craft and Vintage Fair, and a previous CalFresh booth volunteer with Alchemist. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis, video games, watching anime, and traveling to visit family and friends.  
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Monserrat “Monse” M., CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets Program Associate

Monserrat staffs the Country Club Plaza Farmers’ Market where she ensures equitable access to fresh produce for the Arden Arcade community. She began as a volunteer at Alchemist and eventually took on their current position. Monse focuses on facilitating EBT and Market Match vouchers, building deep relationships with market vendors and the local community, which contributes to the success of Alchemist’s initiatives. They serve as a valuable bridge by providing translation services for both market vendors and families, fostering stronger connections within our diverse community.
Motivated by the positive impact of community programs, Monse aspires to further contribute to community well-being by pursuing a degree in Public Health. Beyond their professional responsibilities, she is a well-rounded individual who finds joy in reading, streaming thriller shows, making art with her kids, and playing video games with her spouse.

Kenya F., CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets Program Associate

Kenya helps to cover the CalFresh booth at different farmers’ markets, as needed. Kenya originally connected to Alchemist through the Alchemist Kitchen program and now runs her own business, Juiced By Kenya! She loves swimming and traveling with her son, serving her community, gardening and doing yoga! 


Farmers’ Market Operations


Danielle Best, Florin Certified Farmers’ Market Manager

Danielle has been a part of the local Certified Farmers’ Markets for most of her life. She is committed to the cause of supporting hardworking farmers as they provide affordable California-grown food to the community. In her role with Alchemist, Danielle is the lead market manager for the Florin Certified Farmers’ Market in south Sacramento. Her other interests include photography and hiking. If you see Danielle at the Florin Certified Farmers’ Market be sure to stop by and have a chat. She loves talking about food and helping to inform customers about what’s in season and how the market is going.


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Hope Rodriguez, Sunrise Light Rail Certified Farmers’ Market Manager, She/Her/Hers

Hope has worked in the world of farmer’s markets for nearly a decade, with experience ranging from market management to selling produce as a vendor.  Now with Alchemist, Hope is the market manager for the Sunrise Light Rail Certified Farmers’ Market in Rancho Cordova and the assistant manager for the forthcoming Meadowview Certified Farmers’ Market. She is actively pursuing a degree in Agricultural Business at Colorado State University Online. Hope loves food and small-scale farms and is passionate about bringing the community together. Her hobbies include watching live sports and traveling to other states and cities and visiting their local farmer’s markets.


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Christine Pagtalunan, Meadowview Certified Farmers’ Market Manager, She/Her/Hers

Christine manages the new Meadowview Certified Farmers’ Market. She is a Southern California native and has lived in the Midwest and East Coast. Her first job was at Disneyland and she carries the commitment to customer service and event planning excellence with her from that experience. She has over 20 years of event planning and management experience in nonprofit and corporate industries. She has worked with the City of Santa Monica for the last five years in their farmers’ market department, most recently as a farmers’ market attendant and previously as the farmers’ market coordinator for their Saturday downtown Third St. promenade and Sunday Main St. farmers’ markets. In her free time, she enjoys taking strolls and watching the seasonal changes at botanical gardens, going to live shows/concerts, and spending the day at The Happiest Place on Earth.


Board of Directors

Sarah Dillon, President, She/Her/Hers
Sarah is a non-profit consultant and former Interim Executive Director for Alchemist CDC. She has previously worked in development, nonprofit marketing, and field organizing for political campaigns. Holding a B.A. in Urban Studies & Planning from UC San Diego and a Masters in Food Systems & Society from Marylhurst University, her passion for health, food justice, and livable urban spaces brought her to Alchemist. She can also be found hiking, doing yoga, painting, at trivia nights, and camping with her second cousins.

Roxana Garcia-Ochoa, Vice President
Roxana is Director of Health Access Programs with the Health Education Council, a public health non-profit organization serving the Greater Sacramento region. She earned both a B.A. in Sociology and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Davis. Roxana always puts others first both personally and professionally in her line of work that aims to identify the root causes of inequities faced by our most vulnerable communities. She loves to meet new people, is an avid thrift shopper, enjoys listening to upbeat music and spending time with her two four-legged children. 

Matthew Joy, Treasurer
Matthew is the Fair Lending Officer at Tri Counties Bank. Prior to working in banking, Matthew worked with nonprofits, including The International Rescue Committee, focusing on refugee placement and employment in the Sacramento area. In addition to serving Alchemist’s board, he serves on the Board of Trustees with NeighborWorks Sacramento. When not working, Matthew is riding his road bike, camping, playing board games, and visiting the many local playgrounds with his son.

Anna Tolle, Secretary
Anna is an Assistant Planner for the City of Lafayette, CA. Originally from Wisconsin, she holds a B.S. in Community & Nonprofit Leadership, Environmental Studies, and Spanish from UW-Madison. She previously worked at the Center for Land-Based Learning, in food service, and served on the board of Three Gaits, a therapeutic horsemanship organization in Stoughton, WI. In her free time, Anna enjoys hiking, gardening, bicycling, and spending time with her two dogs.

Ravenn Moon, She/Her/Hers
Ravenn is a Program Analyst with the State of California and is pursuing a M.A. in Diverse Community Development Leadership through the Tseng College, California State Universty Northridge. Ravenn earned a B.A. in Psychology from Earlham College in 2013 and soon after began her career with the State; working with the Department of Rehabilitation developing vocational rehabilitation programs designed to serve Californians with disabilities. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their miniature pinscher, reading, gardening, and listening to music.

Shawn Mainville, He/Him/His
Shawn is a Staff Services Manager I – CalWORKs Engagement with the California Department of Social Services. He has worked in his time at CDSS with county partners, Community Based Organizations, and advocates to implement policies that increase employment. A Sacramento native, Shawn received a Bachelor of General Studies from Arkansas State University in 1999, and was a member of the 2013 cohort of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, facilitated by the Sacramento Housing Alliance. Shawn lives in Tahoe Park with his daughter, a rabid teen fiction fan, Violette. In his free time he enjoys fishing and riding with the 2nd California Cavalry, a civil war living history group.

Jeff Jelsma
Jeff is a Sacramento native and lives in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento. Jeff works as a Transportation Planner with the City of Sacramento, helping to promote active transportation and create a more sustainable city. Prior to working for the City, Jeff helped manage the largest open-street program in the country, created and managed farmers’ markets, and somehow was able to pay off his student loans. In his free time, Jeff likes to play piano, read on his couch, and ride his bike.

Sneha Chand, She/Her/Hers

Sneha works as a Food Access Program Coordinator for Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, facilitating logistics for various SFBFS programs and maintaining community/partner agency relationships. Sneha earned her Bachelors of Science in Public Health, concentrating in Community Health Education, from California State University, Sacramento. She was previously an Alchemist intern and Calfresh Farmers’ Market Associate at the Midtown Market! In her free time, she loves to indulge in life’s simple pleasures: diversifying her palate, reading a good book, and best of all, retail therapy.