OUR TEAM

CALVIN EATON, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

—The Gluten Free Chef Calvin Eaton Calvin Eaton is a blogger, author, whole foods chef, and recipe developerwith many years of experience as a freelance recipe consultant and/or ambassador with natural foods brands such as: ProYo, Boulder Brands, Enjoylife Foods, Harts Local Grocers, and more. He launched the glutenfree chef blog (www.theglutenfreechefblog.com) in 2012; which has since grown into a holistic health and wellness community with international read-
ership and a large social media platform.

In 2016 Eaton founded the non-profit community school 540WMainCommunity Learning Academy (www.540westmain.org) with a commit-ment to enrich the Susan B. Anthony Preservation district as well as connect greater Rochester to the neighborhood through art & wellness courses, programs, and events.

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 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.

ERIN EGLOFF, FEATURED BLOGGER & VOLUNTEER GRANTS ASSISTANT

Erin Egloff was born and raised in Lowville, NY, and graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She pursued a career in the Los Angeles nonprofit sector for 14 years, and moved to Rochester in 2017 with her husband and cats.  Erin is a lifelong learner who is particularly passionate about intersectional feminism, racial justice, sexual violence and misconduct, education equity, and government transparency.

JAKE SELL HICKS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

In this new role Jake will serve as 540’s ambassador at community events, aid in the development, execution, and continuation of new programs at 540WMain. He will curate the scope of this new role and help us expand the definition of the “community organizer”

Jake was born and raised in Northern New York, but has lived in Oakland, SF, Seattle, Rochester, and spent many months at a time traveling in Europe, North America, and the Islands. He’s on a constant quest for meaning, justice, and hope. Some of his previous jobs include TransAmerican Tour Guide, Big Tech Company Business Consultant, Flower Garden Designer, Bike Messenger, and Conservation Photographer. Volunteering, editing photos, and networking occupy most of his time at the moment, while he waits to hear back on postgrad admissions in Social & Political Theory. Passions include queer theories, historicization, feminism, postcapitalism, critical race theory, and the global South. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, or through Email!

MINNIE LOPEZ, 540 INTERN

JADEN HAYES, 540 INTERN

540 Ambassadors (Board Members)

COMING SOON

To schedule a visit, propose a class, or ask a question submit the contact form below or email jacobsellhicks@gmail.com

 

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