Our Staff

Lauren Goldberg

Executive Director

Lauren brings wide-ranging development and organizational management experience from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Lauren’s work is focused on people-centered program design, community and network organizing, and building systems for transforming our foodways informed by an environmental justice lens. Lauren holds a BA in International Relations and an MS in Food Policy.

Janet Rumble

Deputy Director

Janet’s background is in architecture, urban design, and journalism, and she is especially interested in the role that public spaces like Crossroads Farmers Market play in strengthening communities and creating a sense of place. She holds a BA from Barnard College and an MArch from the University of Miami School of Architecture. Having worked in a wide range of roles and environments, Janet has a broad skill set that includes team leadership, strategic planning, and leveraging the power of storytelling to increase Crossroads’ reach, resources, and impact.

Jennifer Underwood

Community Kitchen Program Manager

Jennifer, who grew up in a bilingual home in Honduras, earned a BA from Texas A&M University, an MEd from Trinity Washington University, and recently worked on a farm in Virginia. Drawing on her additional skills and background in education, culinary arts, and hospitality, she helps our food entrepreneurs grow and strengthen their businesses.

Sara Servin

Farmers Market Program Manager

Sara holds a dual MA degree in international affairs and natural resources and sustainable development from American University and University for Peace in Costa Rica. Previously she worked at Up Top Acres and in Nicaragua for Project Bona Fide. She’s excited to be doing work that is rooted in the community, and thinks that farmers markets, SNAP, and their joint role in food access have a vital role in the development and security of communities.

Robin Hernandez

Healthy Eating Program Manager & Assistant Farmers Market Manager

Robin, who first learned Spanish at nearby Rolling Terrace Elementary School, is thrilled to be back in the Takoma/Langley Park community. Robin holds a BA from Temple University and uses her experiences as a case manager, volunteer coordinator, farmer, and educator to help community members thrive and grow. Most recently, Robin spent a season with Love and Carrots and previously worked with the Washington Youth Garden at the National Arboretum. 

Liz Whitehurst

CSA Coordinator

Liz’s relationship with Crossroads started way back in 2009, when she sold produce for the Farm at Our House at the market. Since then, she’s worked for a variety of nonprofits and farms, including Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture and Angelic Organics Learning Center. She’s currently running her own farm, Owl’s Nest Farm, in Prince George’s County.

Flor Yanes

Fresh Checks Coordinator

Prior to becoming the Fresh Checks Coordinator this year, Flor served as a Community Ambassador conducting outreach for Crossroads for two years. Flor lives within walking distance to the market and first came to Crossroads more than 10 years ago through her participation in Padres Latinos at Rolling Terrace Elementary School.

Michelle Dudley

Community Outreach Specialist

Joining Crossroads a year after its inception in 2007, Michelle has held a variety of jobs ranging from Market Manager to founding the Healthy Eating Program. Hailing from a family of Western New York dairy farmers, she attended Syracuse University before earning her MA from UMBC, studying in the Shriver Peaceworker Graduate Fellowship. Today, she finds inspiration from her mid-Atlantic farmer and herbalist peers and enjoys hunting for wild edibles.

Christie Balch


Christie grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, and holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She joined the Crossroads Board of Directors in 2012, became Executive Director in 2013, and scaled back to consult for Crossroads in late 2019. Christie’s work is centered around strategic community partnerships and an assets-based lens through which all community members are viewed as valuable and essential contributors to Crossroads’ mission.

Community Ambassadors

Outreach Team

Our dream team of Crossroads Farmers Market Community Ambassadors—engaged and outgoing residents who assist with market outreach—give critical input on market operations and materials. Through their help, Crossroads can reach people neighbor-to-neighbor and family member-to-family member to share accurate and up-to-date information about SNAP and other federal nutrition benefits programs and Crossroads’ Fresh Checks “double dollar” program. Pictured above, from left to right (along with Michelle, Flor, and Sara): Tsehay Seyoum, Ruth Njike, Shannon Tomac, Evelyn Cruz,  and Morgan Wiggan. Not pictured: Maria Chavez, Dalila Martinez, and Rebecca Rivera.

Board of Directors


LaVerne Davis, RN
Retired community health professional

Kate Scaife Diaz
Foundation Representative, Inter-American Foundation

Tracey Goldman
Elementary school teacher, coordinator of Crossroads’ Healthy Eating Program at Piney Branch Elementary School

Elizabeth McMeekin
Freelance Interpreter Spanish <> English

Christian Melendez
Urban farmer

Michelle Nelson
Community Garden Program Manager, Montgomery County Parks Department

Michael Rubin
Managing Director, Impact Silver Spring

Tamika Yourse
Patient Coordinator Manager, Takoma Park Integrative Care

Advisory Council


Kate Clancy
Food Systems Consultant and Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Center for a Livable Future; Adjunct Professor at Tufts University; and Senior Fellow in the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Minnesota

Kate Fitzgerald
Independent consultant to the Fair Food Network and the Farmers Market Coalition

Liz Tuckermanty
Faculty member at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation; Board of Directors, Cheverly Community Market in Cheverly, MD





Gus Schumacher (1940-2017)
Co-founder of Crossroads Farmers Market; co-founder and VP of Policy of Wholesome Wave; former Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA 

John C. Hyde (1945-2009)
Co-founder of Crossroads Farmers Market; journalist, author, and co-founder with Louise Swartzwalder of Takoma Kitchens

Michele Tsucalas
Inaugural Crossroads Farmers Market manager; founder and owner of Michele’s Granola

Crossroads is thankful to the following partners and supporters:

Anthem, Inc. | Bethesda Central Farm Market | Blue Note TitleCatalyst Fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation | City of Takoma Park | Cloudbreak FoundationCommunity Foodworks / FRESHFARM | Finn Family Group | Gleicher Burness Fund of the Greater Washington Community FoundationJim and Carol Trawick Foundation | John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation | Impact1890—A National Lutheran ProgramKaiser Permanente | Louis H. Shaman Charitable FoundationLusid MediaMaryland Farmers Market Association | Maryland Physicians Care | Michele’s Granola | Montgomery County | Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation | Nora Roberts Foundation | Nora Roberts Family Foundation | Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Inc.Prince George’s County Department of Social Services / Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative | Resilience Fund of the Greater Washington Community FoundationSaul Centers | Sharing Montgomery Fund | Takoma Foundation | Takoma/Langley Crossroads Development AuthorityTakoma Park Gynecology, LLCThe Catalogue for Philanthropy – Greater Washington | The Cliff and Deborah White Family Foundation of the Greater Washington Community Foundation | The Greater Washington Community Foundation | The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. | The Kendeda FundThe Morningstar Foundation | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation | The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation | The Winters Group Fund to Promote Diversity & Inclusion at the Rochester Area Community FoundationUSDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program | USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program | USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program | Washington Adventist Hospital/Adventist HealthCare

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