Linda Samost, Founder & Director

A native Philadelphian, Linda had a deep awareness of inequality from a very early age and has acted to address this in small and large ways throughout her life. One of her core beliefs is that regardless of income, neighborhood or culture, everyone is entitled to adequate, affordable, and healthy food.

Linda started cooking when she was eight years old and worked as a chef and caterer before spending 25 years in non-profit program development and evaluation. She often comments that these experiences set the stage for the creation of Sunday Suppers. For Linda, it is important that her program incorporates the voices and needs of that community in an environment of mutual respect, inclusiveness, understanding, and equality. Her vision is that program graduates from the community become leaders both within and outside of Sunday Suppers. Linda is passionate, committed, and rigorous in her thinking, yet flexible and responsive in her approach. Plus, she’s a great cook!

In terms of a favorite meal… “Many years ago we made the easiest pickles ever with our families, a first for them as well as myself. They were so simple and in days you had delicious pickles. And for me this was the beginning of what some might say is obsessive canning – pickles, preserves and a family & friend favorite – “cowboy candy”.

Jacquelyn Saez, Program Manager

Jackie’s passion for family, health and wellness lead her to join the Sunday Suppers’ team in September of 2017. As Program Manager, she is responsible for the coordination and management of all program activities.  “I feel very fortunate to serve the community I call my home. As an educator I have learned that it is not about what I can teach families in my community, but what they can teach me. The families and students that I have had the pleasure to work with taught me that what the world might see as their weaknesses are really their strengths. Their loyalty and commitment to one another and to those who support them taught me the true meaning of COMMUNITY.”

“With a busy schedule and a family at home I always look for quick, simple, and affordable recipes when it comes to preparing supper. One recipe my family LOVES is turkey and bean chili. This nutritious meal can be eaten in so many fun ways! You can pour it over greens for an easy “taco” salad, have it with brown rice or even pour it over chips, add cheese and make it “Nacho Night!” What I love about this recipe the most is that you can make extra, freeze it and enjoy a Sunday supper any day of the week.”

Jackie holds a BA of science in Public Health from Temple University, and is enrolled in the Executive Masters in Public Health program at Drexel University.

Steven Seibel, Chef/Educator

Even as a young child Steven Seibel was always fascinated and inspired by food and its relationship to people and community. His curiosity and dedication are what led Steven to join Sunday Suppers. In the role of Chef/Educator, he is excited to be able to provide teaching and tasting of nutritious, enjoyable and affordable meals to families in vulnerable Philadelphia communities.

“Food is an extension of who we are culturally, generationally and geographically. Families connect through the dinner table. I am so happy to be a part of an organization like Sunday Suppers which is helping people reconnect with their families and themselves in that way.”

Steven has been on his culinary path for 13 years and has built relationships with many chefs in the Philadelphia culinary scene. His experience as the Culinary Director/Head Chef of a local non-profit, instilled in him a love of non-profit work and for the people those organizations serve.
“I am very blessed with the opportunities that I have had in my life and I feel that it is my responsibility to share my knowledge and skills to support others so that they can succeed.”

Charlene Maddox, Community Health & Wellness Coordinator

From the early age of six Charlene had an interest in education, coming home from school teaching her one year old brother everything she learned that day. At age 11, Charlene started running track where she learned the importance of eating a healthy diet to perform her best on and off track. She competed nationally and her success earned her a full track scholarship to Indiana University in Bloomington.

It was at college that Charlene became passionate about health promotion and when she returned to Philadelphia with her Master in Applied Health Science, she became aware of the poor health of those in her community. She knew the benefits of a healthy eating and making it a part of her daily life so she decided to start teaching her community the benefits of a healthy diet. Charlene believes that education is the key ”the more you know the further you will go”. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others through awareness and education. She calls herself a Community Healthy Ambassador; One of her life goals is to help increase the quality of life and life expectancy through health education and prevention.