Claire Mansfield is the State Director for No Kid Hungry Virginia. She has over fifteen years of experience in legislative affairs, advocacy, and government, including: various roles with former Congressman Dick Gephardt; Chief of Staff to former Virginia House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong; and manager of state advocacy initiatives for Generations United, a non-profit focusing on intergenerational programming and policy. Prior to joining No Kid Hungry, Claire lived in London, England where she oversaw international advocacy campaigns as the Global Campaign Director for Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign. Claire holds a B.S. in Political Science & Law from Spring Hill College in the U.S and an M.A. in International Relations, International Law and World Order from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. She lives with her husband James and rescue-dog Morris in Richmond.
Sarah Steely is the Senior Program Manager with No Kid Hungry Virginia. In this role, Sarah coordinates team communications and develops data-informed engagement strategies to increase awareness of and access to the USDA school nutrition programs. During Sarah’s time at No Kid Hungry Virginia, school breakfast participation among free/reduced lunch eaters has grown 5%, ensuring over 27,000 new students have daily access to a healthy morning meal. Sarah also contributes to sponsorship and service increases in the At-Risk Afterschool Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Meals Program. Sarah previously served as an analyst for Marstel-Day, a Virginia-based natural resource and environmental consulting firm, where she provided land use planning and environmental compliance services to military clients across the country. Sarah graduated from the University of Virginia (wahoowa!) and spent her high school summers serving summer meals in her Pennsylvania hometown. She lives in Charlottesville.
Catherine Spacciapoli is a Program Manager with No Kid Hungry Virginia. She works alongside school divisions and partner organizations to increase access to and awareness of childhood nutrition programs in Virginia. Catherine manages the Breakfast after the Bell, Afterschool Meals, and Summer Meals grants for the state with the goal of supporting schools and sponsors in expanding their programs while also leading the Virginia Breakfast Challenge, a state-wide initiative to increase participation in and excitement for school breakfast. Prior to joining the No Kid Hungry Virginia team, Catherine worked with the Partnership for Public Service leading logistics and evaluation for leadership development programs geared to federal managers. She is a graduate of the University of Richmond where she studied Latin American Studies. Catherine is a member of the local Autism Speaks Walk committee in Richmond and spends her free time outdoors with her retired rescue greyhound, Carlos Santana.
Nelly Evans is the Northern Virginia Program Manager for No Kid Hungry Virginia. With over over five years of experience in education, agriculture, and public health, she has worked in schools in Austria, Portland, Oregon and Baltimore, Maryland. Nelly is eager to bring those lessons learned to school divisions across the Commonwealth to help schools improve and expand their breakfast, afterschool, and summer meals programs. Nelly received her master’s degree in Public Policy, as well as a Certificate in Food Systems, Sustainability & Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Nelly is the Youth Programs Coordinator for her local Rotary Club and is an elementary-level coach for Girls on the Run. As a native Pacific Northwesterner, Nelly loves backpacking, the mountains, and being outside (rain or shine!).
Marissa Spady is the Southeast Program Manager for No Kid Hungry Virginia. Marissa received her undergraduate degree in Dietetics at James Madison University and her Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition from East Tennessee State University. She worked briefly as a clinical dietitian before finding her passion in education and advocacy. Marissa was the Nutrition Specialist at The Planning Council, a USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsor. As her position evolved there she became the Program Manager for the Farm to Childcare program, where she connected local farmers to local childcare programs through taste tests, CSAs, produce fundraisers, and community gardens. Marissa enjoys improving the accessibility and wellness aspects of nutrition for all children. She is a native to the Tidewater region of Virginia, having been born and raised in Isle of Wight County and she and her husband Chris have two children, Peyton and Barrett.
Nick Kessler is Data Communications Manager for No Kid Hungry Virginia. Nick has professional experience in policy research and analysis, writing and communications, and project and program management. Nick was a state agency manager between 2006 and 2010, serving as Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission in Richmond. He has been a legislative and policy analyst at the Virginia General Assembly and as a consultant, and conducted research and advocacy services at a government relations firm. Nick formerly practiced international trade law in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Virginia Law School and has attended the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and the leadership program of the Virginia Executive Institute. Nick lives with his wife and two sons in Glen Allen, Virginia.