Our Staff

Christie Balch

Executive Director

Christie grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, and holds an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She joined the Crossroads Board of Directors in 2012, and became Executive Director in 2013. Christie also serves on the board of the Farmers Market Coalition, and was recently appointed to the USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee.

Janet Rumble

Communications and Operations Manager

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 B.A. from Barnard College and an M.Arch from the University of Miami School of Architecture. At Crossroads, she keeps a lot of balls in the air, juggling words, images, numbers, and resources.

Jennifer Underwood

Community Kitchen Program Manager

Jennifer grew up in a bilingual home in Honduras, graduated from Texas A&M 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.

Morgan Wiggan

Farmers Market Program Manager

Morgan grew up in Maine and earned a B.A. in anthropology from George Washington University. Coming from a family of Jamaican and German immigrants, she has a strong commitment to supporting both immigrants and communities of color, and finds the best way to be an effective advocate is by tapping into the goals and strengths of communities. She is currently pursuing an M.P.H. in Health Equity from the University of Maryland.

Ariel Rothman

Healthy Eating Program Manager

Ariel received her degree from American University in international studies and economics with concentrations in environmental sustainability and global health. Her passions lie in environmental and nutrition education, research, and sustainable urban development.

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 M.A. 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.

Rosa Sanchez-Osegueda

Fresh Checks Coordinator

Rosa, a long-time resident of the Crossroads area and trained Community Connector through Montgomery County Health and Human Services, has been with Crossroads since 2009. For three years she led the SNAP outreach team, and now she helps to distribute Fresh Checks at Crossroads Farmers Market.

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 Georges County.

Hailey Edmondson

AmeriCorps VISTA

Hailey’s long-standing interest in food security led her to Crossroads Community Food Network. After receiving her degree in plant genetics from Purdue University, she is now applying her agriculture and business knowledge in a people- and community-focused role as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Crossroads.

Shayia Johnson

Fresh Checks Assistant

Shayia can be found happily and calmly assisting hundreds of Crossroads Farmers Market senior shoppers at the Fresh Checks table. This year will mark her fifth season working with Crossroads; after her first season, she was chosen as a 2014 Summer Youth Employee by the City of Takoma Park.

Board of Directors


Wendy Nevett Bazil
Cooking coach, recipe developer, and food writer at Healthier Kitchen; member, Montgomery County Food Council

LaVerne Davis, RN
Retired community health professional

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

Steven Mandel
Retired, Former Deputy Solicitor for National Operations, Office of the Solicitor, US Department of Labor 

Christian Melendez
Urban farmer

Rhea Morgenstern
Freelance writer, college instructor, and urban gardener

Michelle Nelson
Community Garden Program Manager, Montgomery County Parks Department

Lois Wessel, RN, CFNP
Consultant, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University

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:

Alternative Gifts of Greater Washington | Anthem, Inc. | Bethesda Central Farm Market | Bethesda Magazine | Blue Note Title | Carl M. Freeman Foundation | Catalyst Fund | City of Takoma Park | Farmers Market Coalition | Finn Family Group | John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation | Giving Together Giving Circle Gleicher Burness Fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation | Impact1890—A National Lutheran Program | Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation | Lusid MediaMaryland Farmers Market Association | Maryland Physicians Care | Michele’s Granola | MOM’s Organic Market | Montgomery County | Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation | Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund | Prince George’s County | Prince George’s County Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative | Republic Takoma | Saul Centers | Sharing Montgomery Fund | Synod of the Mid-Atlantic Speer Trust FundTakoma BicycleTakoma Foundation | Takoma/Langley Crossroads Development AuthorityThe 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 Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation | The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation | Town Creek Foundation | USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program | USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program | Washington Adventist Hospital/Adventist HealthCare | Wells Fargo Foundation

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