Sarah Steely

Sarah Steely is the Director for No Kid Hungry Virginia. In this role, Sarah leads team communications and develops data-informed engagement strategies to increase awareness of and access to the USDA school nutrition programs, including the School Breakfast Program, At-Risk Afterschool Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Meals Program, and Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). 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 stakeholder analysis services to clients across the country. Sarah graduated from the University of Virginia and currently lives in Charlottesville.

 

 

 

 

Arneisha Smallwood

Arneisha Smallwood is the Communications Associate with No Kid Hungry Virginia. Previously, she served as the Farm to School Outreach and Extension Assistant at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at North Carolina State University. Arneisha managed social media outlets for the Farm to School Coalition of North Carolina, lead onboarding processes for the coalition and coordinated school garden workshops in North Carolina.

Arneisha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education (Professional Services) with a concentration in Agribusiness and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Education from the Illustrious North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

After completing graduate school, she founded Agriculture is Life™.  Agriculture is Life is a t-shirt brand dedicated to amplifying the voices of women of color in food, agriculture and related fields. Arneisha is very passionate about helping people, creating opportunities and sharing the stories of BIPOC communities as they relate to food and agriculture. Arneisha’s favorite holiday is Christmas and one of her favorite activities is to laugh because laughter is good for the soul and helps burn calories!

 

Amy Biestek

Amy Biestek is the Northern Virginia Program Manager and is excited to bring back to No Kid Hungry Virginia her passion for improving the health and well-being of children by building a more equitable food system. Prior to joining the team, she was the Development Manager at The Greenlining Institute where she facilitated partnerships and raised funds to advance racial and economic equity for communities of color throughout California. She also worked for the Bainum Family Foundation, helping to build a collective policy agenda to ensure the coordination of systems serving D.C.’s infants and toddlers, and their families. She has also managed after school and summer enrichment programming at Title I schools in Maryland, advocating for greater equity and access in education.

Amy holds a master of public policy, with a social policy concentration, from George Mason University and received her undergraduate degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. She enjoys experimenting with new recipes, listening to the latest true crime podcasts, and walks with her pup, Yoshi.

Thompson Bertschy

Thompson Bertschy is the Program Manager for No Kid Hungry Virginia, focusing in the southwest and southern regions. He has been with Share Our Strength since 2019, previously working on the Field and National Partnerships teams. Before joining Share Our Strength, Thompson worked with the Center on Budget and Policy and Priorities to promote and expand access to SNAP and WIC. Thompson has also worked with Community Food Strategies in North Carolina to organize food policy councils and develop sustainable, equitable, and local food systems. In his current role, he collaborates with community organizations and school divisions across the Commonwealth to expand nutrition and food security.

Thompson holds his Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina with a concentration in community organizing and policy practice.  When he isn’t working, Thompson enjoys biking, hiking, and absorbing everything he can about food and agriculture.