Nutrition Staff

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Meet Our Nutrition Staff

 

Elena Hollander, MPH

Elena Hollander is the Community Nutrition Manager. Elena has always loved food, but she first became interested in nutrition in college when she started volunteering at a free clinic in South Philadelphia. There she saw firsthand many of the chronic diet-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, that can occur when there is a lack of healthy, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food in a community. Since then, she has worked to try and address this disparity in Philadelphia, New York, and California. Prior to joining Second Harvest, she worked at The Health Trust as the Supervisor of Silicon Valley HealthCorps, an AmeriCorps program that built community and school farms and gardens in low-income communities to teach residents how to grow, cook, and eat fresh food.

Elena joined Second Harvest in July 2015. Her role as Manager of the Nutrition Department has been to ensure the Department meets the goals of making the food distributed to clients healthy, safe, and accessible in terms of teaching them how to prepare the food in easy and tasty ways. She is also working on a Healthy Food and Beverage Policy to help Second Harvest distribute the nutritious food that clients want and deserve to live healthy, active lives free from hunger.

In her free time, Elena enjoys cooking, hiking, and dancing hip hop.

Elena is fluent in Spanish and is a Certified Food Safety Manager.

 

Alex Navarro

Alex joined Second Harvest Food Bank in February 2015, to follow her passion of educating the community on proper nutrition. Her connection with the food bank began when she volunteered for us as a Health Ambassador for San Mateo County. She became certified as a nutritionist in 2014, and following her internship at UC Cooperative Extension, she knew that she belonged out in the community working closely with our clients and empowering them to be their own health advocates.

Her goal as a nutrition educator is simple yet pivotal: to inspire our clients by promoting a healthier lifestyle and a richer quality of life, which she believes begins with what we put on our plates. Helping kids and adults practice mindful intuitive eating is also a key component in her work.

Additionally, she enjoys spending her free time working out, taking drives down the Highway 1 coast, and quality time with her children.

Alex is fluent in Spanish and is a Certified Food Safety Manager.

 

Luiza Naslausky

Luiza is the Nutrition Education Coordinator for Santa Clara County. A native Brazilian, Luiza began her career in nutrition working in public hospitals and clinics to help improve health in low-income communities in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, Luiza has worked implementing and evaluating good manufacturing practices in the food industry. After completing a Masters in Food Science in Belgium, Luiza moved to the Bay Area where she worked in food product innovation and development for Mattson. However, her desire to mitigate hunger, reduce obesity and related disorders, and promote healthier living called out to her. Luiza joined Second Harvest Food Bank in May of 2016 with a mission to give community members the nutrition awareness and skills to help them and their families secure their well-being.

In her free time Luiza enjoys hiking, hugging her dog, going to the beach (when sunny), discovering healthy food, and photographing animals.

Luiza is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and is a Certified Food Safety Manager.

 

Diana Garcia

Diana joined Second Harvest in August 2016. She has passion for nutrition and wellness and a deep commitment to helping communities in economic disadvantage to improve their lives and make better choices. Previously she worked at Women's Initiative for Self-Employment where she helped low-income high-potential women to achieve their dream of self-sufficiency.

Diana has always been motivated to live a healthy life and truly wants to inspire others to do the same. She enjoys cooking and experimenting with natural ingredients in the kitchen, reading and learning about nutrition and wellness, and spending time connecting with nature through gardening and practicing yoga. She is a believer that people are better equipped to make healthier choices when they are in harmony with their surroundings and thinks that even practicing simple stress-reducing techniques can have an impact.

Diana holds a Business Degree from Portland State University and is currently enrolled in the Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Program at the Southwest Institute for the Healing Arts. She is also a certified registered yoga teacher.

Diana is fluent in Spanish and English and lives in San Jose with her husband, her five-year-old son and her thirteen-year-old Cocker Spaniel, Lily.