Posted on January 17, 2018

Our Staff

Founder & Director. Linda started Sunday Suppers in 2011 because she believes that everyone is entitled to having their basic needs met. Her previous roles as a nonprofit evaluator and chef laid the foundation for this program.

Program Manager. Jacquelyn is responsible for all aspects of program management including recruitment, implementation, and community partnerships. Working with our families, she sees the opportunity for each to learn from one another which builds trust, confidence, and community.

Family Engagement Coordinator. Hope has been responsible for the coordination and management of program activities, and was the link to our families, partner site, and community.

Chef. With over 10 years of experience cooking and growing food, Drew worked with our families to support them in developing skills and confidence around cooking and eating together.

Chef. Mercelyne started at Sunday Suppers in 2013 as an intern, and has been involved in a variety of ways since then. She values the opportunity to build relationships with families, teaching healthier ways to cook and sharing meals.

  • Keyhana Lewis
  • Bianca Lopez
  • Kerry Mahon
  • Khaliah Pitts

Peer Leaders
  • Joan Dansette
  • Victoria Lee
  • Shaleeyah Jordan
  • Iris Pereira
  • Milagros Plaza
  • Heather Swope

Advisory Board

Our first Advisory Board convened in October 2017. We will look to this group as we lay the foundation for growing our program and expanding the number of low-income families we serve. In addition to providing guidance and support, they will help to ensure the organizational structure, processes, and programs continue to support the goals and mission of Sunday Suppers. We are so grateful for the support of our board members:

an expert in non-profit organization and strategy, brings her belief in our program, resourcefulness, and a willingness to do whatever is needed to move us forward. She will continue to work with the Director to focus on big picture thinking and longer term initiatives.

principal of Epstein Consulting Group (ECG), offers expertise in connecting organizational strategy with revenue development; she will help us address our long-term sustainability goals and challenges through a comprehensive funding strategy.

founder and artistic director of Commonwealth Youthchoirs, oversees five programs that reach over 500 kids in the Philadelphia region. He creates unique opportunities for his singers and is committed to “Ending Artlessness” in area schools. With his incredible creativity and energy, he will push us to think outside of box as we expand.

General Manager of nationally-recognized Fantes Kitchen Store, brings her strong business sense and willingness to support families in our community. Liana has supported Sunday Suppers’ program to provide kitchen equipment to our families and will provide advice to help guide our expansion in a fiscally responsible manner

principal of Dorel Shanon Consulting, brings her long term commitment to our mission and her many years of experience working, consulting and volunteering with social impact organizations. As she does with other non-profits, she will help us realize our vision, mission and values with our community members, staff and volunteers.

Co-Founder & CEO of Social Innovations Partners, is a leader in helping to create new social models that have a lasting impact on communities, create systems change, are financially autonomous, and have the potential to be taken to scale. He brings to us staunch community activism as well as the ability to balance idealism and practicality.

has been the voice for improving the lives of children in Philadelphia for close to 50 years. As the Executive Director of PCCY, Shelly advocated for health, education, child care and other issues affecting kids. She now wants to offer her significant expertise to help Sunday Suppers expand partnerships and increase collaboration.