CALVIN EATON, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Gluten Free Chef Calvin Eaton is an educator, chef, and writer who launched the website, the Gluten Free Chef Blog, in 2012 after years of living with the effects of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and celiac disease – conditions that are exacerbated by the presence of wheat, gluten, and dairy products in foods.
His goal has always been to make gluten free living accessible to everyone. His blog www.theglutenfreechefblog.com features fool proof recipes and meal plans, ensuring that everyone could and would eat wonderful gluten free meals – and never tell the difference.
Mr. Eaton continues to raise awareness for holistic living, wellness, and education by curating a variety of workshops, classes, and networking events, by Founding the mission based learning academy 540WMain in June 2016.(www.540westmain.org)
KATIE HALLIGAN, MARKETING & EVENTS ASSISTANT
Katie is 540WMain’s amazingly talented marketing & events assistant. A Rochester native; creativity runs through her veins. When she’s not dreaming up eye catching visuals for our weekly and monthly events and programming she is performing and singing in her band Tart Vandelay with her band mate Martin LoFaso. To learn more about Tart Vandelay visit www.tartvandelay.com
MICHELE ASHLEE, VOLUNTEER EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHER
Hailing from Kuckville, NY Michele Ashlee is a self-taught photography guru who has imagination and creativity running through her veins. She has taught private classes (Stephen Craddock and Arleen Thaler) and also assisted in teaching a class at the Community Darkroom. She owns a hair salon in Brockport, NY but calls Rochester home. When she isn’t shooting private events at 540WMain and weddings around the city; Michele is pouring her expertise into social activism focusing her lens on shooting social, economical and political issues in Rochester. Her subjects include Rochester’s Refugees, childhood poverty and the LGBTG community.
MERCEDES PHELAN, COMMUNITY ACTIVISM LIAISON
Mercedes Phelan is a self- professed lover of sandals, mom, inter sectional feminist, student and all around awesome person. She currently works as a Teacher with Action for a Better Community (ABC) and is also a member of the National Organization for Women (NOW).
In this volunteer role Mercedes works closely with our Executive Director to organize, develop, and design creative opportunities for 540 to engage, cultivate, and collaborate with fellow organizations pushing for change in the Rochester community.
JIANNA HOWARD, COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
Jianna graduated summa cum laude from The College at Brockport this past May after earning a Bachelors of Science. She is currently working as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the Rochester Youth Year Fellowship and is placed at Jefferson Family Medicine. As JFM’s Community Liaison, Jianna is working on public health outreach and community engagement.
She’s passionate about health and wellness,especially within marginalized communities. After her year of service, she plans to attend graduate school to earn a Masters of Public Health and hopefully one day, a PhD.
MINNIE LOPEZ, 540 INTERN
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