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Unlimited Market Match, Market Umbrella's SNAP incentive program, extended through September 30, 2021!


Market Umbrella Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serve as our legal council and hold fiduciary responsibilities. This body is elected by majority vote and has voting rights as such. These members are responsible for guiding the mission, vision, and future of Market Umbrella. They meet bi-monthly and via special committee to guide the organization.

David WallerDavid Waller

Client Executive- IBM, Retired

David has been a Crescent City Farmers Market shopper for the last 25 years and has enjoyed watching the Market change and grow over the years. David is also active on the board of New Orleans City Park as well as the New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation. In his spare time, David enjoys gardening and reading. During his career as a Senior Sales Executive with IBM, David has lived overseas and is awaiting the opportunity to travel internationally again in retirement.

Avery CorenswetAvery Corenswet

Vice President of Community Outreach- Ochsner Community Health Systems, Retired

Avery Corenswet is a retired healthcare executive and registered nurse. Her passions lie in public health, health equity and food access and she is drawn to the work that Market Umbrella does to connect to all populations of our city, particularly those initiatives that serve students and seniors.

Amy CorcoranAmy Corcoran

Principal- Amy Corcoran, CPA, LLC

Amy is a shareholder at Corcoran & Bernard CPAs. She specializes in providing tax and accounting services to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organization. She has been on the board of Market Umbrella since 2018.

John Bihm
Recording Secretary

AttorneyJohn Bihm

A graduate of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, John Bihm is a local attorney who was first drawn to Market Umbrella because of all that it offers to New Orleans: community, healthy local food and assisted access to it, assistance to local business growth and knowledge, and a sense of home. He finds fulfillment through his work with Market the organization continues to grow and support the community. In his free time, John enjoys listening to and playing music, exploring the city and the great outdoors, reading and photography.

David BakerDavid Baker

Associate Editor- The Louisiana Weekly

David Thaddeus Baker is an award-winning writer and journalist based in New Orleans, LA. Baker is a native of the city, where he works as an associate editor for The Louisiana Weekly newspaper, the oldest existing African-American newspaper in the Southeast Louisiana region. In his time as a journalist, his byline has appeared locally in Uptown Buyer’s Guide, Stay Local! A Guide to Commerce and Culture, NPN’s The Trumpet, Louisiana Life, and nationally for Southern Living magazine’s The Daily South. Beyond his professional work, he is committed to the cultural, economic and social wellbeing of New Orleans. As part of his service to the community, Baker has served as a Past President of the Board of Directors for Market Umbrella. He has also served on the Board of Directors Executive Committees of the Press Club of New Orleans, Junebug Productions, and the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans as well as serving on the board of director of the Young Leadership Council, Neighborhoods Partnership Network, Awesome Foundation (New Orleans), and has chaired Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Magnolia Ball and the Young Aspirations Young Artists’ (YaYa) Fall fundraiser “Just Say YaYa.” Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Dillard University in 2004, and studied Public Relations at Tulane University’s School of Continuing Studies.

Robin BarnesRobin Barnes

Principal- Resilience Resolutions

Robin is an economic and small business resilience expert, operating at the intersection of the economy and the environment. Robin moved to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to run a small business recovery program and immediately became a CCFM shopper. She's had the pleasure of being a member of the Market Umbrella Community Advisory Team, Board of Directors, and was the Interim Executive Director in 2020. Robin reports that since she moved to New Orleans, her mother, sister, aunt and uncle have made New Orleans their home. They are all market shoppers!

Arianna BasemanArianna Baseman

Market Development Advisor- Humana

Arianna is a passionate advocate of social justice and service to her community. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, focusing on sexual and reproductive health programming; a Congressional fellow to Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, working on women’s health policy issues, a case manager coordinating social services for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the U.S. She holds a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and currently serves on the board for FitLot Outdoor Fitness Parks. She is very excited to be a part of Market Umbrella's work in the Greater New Orleans area, especially as the organization continues to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our community in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sharon CourtneySharon Courtney

Vice President, Government Relations- Tulane University

Sharon works with Tulane Univeristy as the university's liaison with Louisiana's Congressional Delegation and their staffs where she monitors legislative issues of importance to Tulane and seeks funding for university projects through legislative means by working with Tulane's consultants in Washington, D.C. She also serves as a link between the university and various national higher education organizations such as the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). As an avid market shopper, Sharon joined the Market Umbrella board in 2019 and currently served as chair of the Development Committee.

Ann CoxAnn Cox

Account Manager- Unite Us

Ann has professional experience in tourism, global health, US government-sponsored health plans, and small business development. Born and raised in Memphis, TN as well as a graduate of the University of Memphis, Ann is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (2012 - 2014) where she served in the Republic of Senegal as a Community Health volunteer. Prior to her service in the Peace Corps, Ann co-championed the Memphis and Shelby County Food Policy Working Group in 2010, which later became The Food Advisory Council for Memphis and Shelby County. The FAC promoted policy change toward a sustainable local food system and had notable policy successes, including revisions to the Memphis and Shelby County Unified Development Code making neighborhood gardens an accepted use, and updates to policies of the Shelby County Health Department. She provided policy modification suggestions to the Shelby County Health Department to allow certain sampling practices in farmers' markets to promote healthy eating. Most recently, Ann worked for a Medicare Advantage Organization tasked with qualifying and enrolling the dual-eligible population into an HMO-D-SNP insurance product. She now works for a healthcare adjacent software and Social Determinants of Health analytics company called Unite Us that closes gaps in social care.

Albert “Rusty” GaudeAlbert “Rusty” Gaude

Associate Area Agent- LSU Ag Center and Louisiana Sea Grant

Rusty is a coastal scientist with the LSU Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter. Rusty’s work encompasses the Southeast Region of Louisiana which is composed of a four parish area (Orleans, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles Parishes). His work is focused on fisheries and other coastal issues such as serving as fisheries issues liaison between area stakeholders and government, private, academic and recreational sectors (special emphasis on ethic issues); coastal advisor on area topics concerning restoration, reclamation, mitigation and ecological sustainability of coastal resources; economic development of coastal resources (terrestrial and aquatic); and ecotourism programs to support area natural resource industries.

Esteban GershanikEsteban Gershanik

Physician- Children’s Hospital

Esteban is a hospital-based physician (Hospitalist) in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics who has a background in the intersection of how healthcare delivery systems, public health, technology, and communities can be integrated to provide more equitable and quality care. He connected with the Market Umbrella at its inception and in his return to New Orleans four years ago was re-connected through friends to learn of its great expansion since its early beginnings. He is excited about the possibilities of how Market Umbrella can serve to educate and partner with organizations to serve the food insecurity, dietary, and other public health needs of the community. In his free time, Esteban enjoys biking and walking around the city, cooking, having a coffee or bite with friends at an outdoor setting (especially during COVID), taking in the music, food, and art of New Orleans, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Edward Jurgielewicz IIIEdward Jurgielewicz III

Senior Client Success Manager- Facet Wealth

Eddy Jurgielewicz has a background in education and it's his work in the high school classroom that initially rooted him in the New Orleans community. He has since moved into the world of financial planning and recently joined Facet Wealth as a Senior Client Success Manager. Since joining the board in 2021, Eddy is excited to help further the mission of Market Umbrella, particularly the efforts around quality food access. In his spare time, Eddy enjoys participating in workout groups around town, getting out for a quick weekend camping trip, and experiencing all that New Orleans has to offer.

Elisa MuñozEliza Muñoz

Executive Director- New Orleans Food Policy Action Council

Elisa served as Market Manager for Crescent City Farmers Market from 2011-2015 and has stayed involved with the Market ever since through policy work and shopping for her family. Elisa's life work is ensuring a just and equitable food system for all and she currently does that through policy and systems work. In her free time, Elisa enjoys baking with and for her young son and husband and being crafty.

Lindsey NavarroLindsey Navarro

Executive Director- El Centro

Lindsey Navarro is the Founder and Executive Director of El Centro Inc., a New Orleans based not for profit providing financial literacy and business training to the Latino community in south Louisiana in Spanish. Since launching in 2018, El Centro has served nearly 2000 Spanish speaking individuals. Through her tenure at LiftFund, she helped to deploy more than $1.2 million in microloans to Latino entrepreneurs across Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and Tennessee. Ms. Navarro holds an MBA from Loyola University of New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. Peter's University. She serves as President of the Board of the Crescent City Community Land Trust and Secretary of the Board of the Krewe of Themis. Open air markets, like the Crescent City Farmers Market, remind Ms. Navarro of her Panamanian heritage and daily grocery shopping in the summer with my grandmother.

Khai NguyenKhai Nguyen

Program Manager- Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation

Khai Nguyen grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Tulane University with a degree in business. In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, Khai started working with MQVN Community Development Corporation in New Orleans East with its workforce development program to assist affected fishermen. Since 2010, Khai has worked with these Vietnamese fishermen in the VEGGI Farmers Cooperative. Currently, Khai works with VEGGI to continue to provide sustainable jobs and provide healthy food throughout the city.

Eleni SallingerEleni Sallinger

Physician Assistant- Ochsner Medical Center

As a Louisiana native, Eleni recently made her way back to New Orleans where she practices digital medicine/chronic disease management as a physician assistant at Ochsner. She is excited to be a part of Market Umbrella’s journey towards building an ever more resilient, accessible, and sustainable food system that benefits both people and the ecology of our community. In her free time, Eleni enjoys all manner of playing outside: gardening, birding, bicycling, and hiking with her dogs, but you can occasionally find her indoors attempting to play Philip Glass’s piano etudes.

Ashley WeberAshley Weber

Director of IS Clinical System- Ochsner Health System

Ashley Weber received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Millsaps College and a Master’s in Health Administration from Tulane University in 2008. Ashley joined Ochsner Health System in July 2008 as an Administrative Fellow in the New Orleans region. During the Fellowship, Ashley worked at OMC – Kenner, OMC and the corporate executive team on various projects within the Office of Strategy management. Upon completion of the Administrative Fellowship in 2010, Ashley accepted a full-time role as the Manager of Operations in the Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute and Primary Care. In 2012, Ashley joined the Information Services division on the Physician Academy team specializing in electronic medical record education and support. Over the course of 5 years, Ashley led team in various system wide initiatives, projects and deployments. In 2018, Ashley took on the role of Director of Enterprise Imaging team and Epic Procedural Applications teams. These teams are responsible for all imaging related applications including the Enterprise Imaging system at Ochsner Health system, Cardiology, Radiology and Gastroenterology documentation.

Community Advisory Team

The Community Advisory Team supplements the board of directors as our trusted council. Six seats of this body are reserved for Crescent City Farmers Market vendors who are elected every two years by majority vote by active vendors of the Market. The Advisory Team may advise programmatic direction but does not hold voting power.

Margaret Beer

Kay Brandhurst

Tac Crosby

Lydia Cutrer

Bruce Gallassero

Kristina Gibson

Irina Kagan

Eli Klarman

Katie Landry

Kendra LeSar

Annie Moore

Danielle Paciera, RD, CCN

Mary Regan

Darlene Robért

Heather Robertson

Pam Romero

Alon Shaya

Darren Smith

Erica Washington

Darren Smith

Brain Trust

The Brain Trust is comprised of former Board members, Market founders and leaders in the field. We are grateful to these confidants whose expertise continues to contribute to organizational life and stability without being full-time Community Advisory Team members.

John Abajian

Ben Burkett

Michael Kane

Richard McCarthy, IV

Cathy Pierson

Roy Priest

Ted Quant

Poppy Tooker

Crescent City Farmers Market Founders

John Abajian

Sharon Litwin

Richard McCarthy, IV

Are you interested in learning more about our Community Advisory Team or Board of Directors? Please contact Executive Director Cordelia Heaney at

About Us

Market UmbrellaMarket Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.

Crescent City Farmers MarketThe Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts nearly 60 local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.