Pam Pulver, the FRESH Program Supervisor, hails from Upstate New York where she graduated from the State University College at Potsdam with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and later earned her Masters of Teaching Degree from the University of Richmond. She joins the team with over 35 years working with children, 15 years teaching Chemistry and five years as the Science and Health and PE Supervisor for Fauquier Public Schools. Happily married to Rick Pulver for 43 years, she has three children, four grandchildren, and two dogs. When she’s not busy at work or volunteering for her church, Pam is tending to her backyard garden, sewing, and quilting.
Jessica Lesefka is the FRESH Grant Coordinator with FRESH. With more than 10 years of experience in education, she worked as a Program Coordinator with Gainesville United Methodist Church, while teaching adult ESOL classes with the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. For nine years, Jessica ran her own business as a contracted grant writer and researcher, personal finance and leadership teacher, K-12 and college tutor, as well as contracted college advisor. Jessica holds a Master of Science in Education and a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Technical Writing. A native Texan, Jessica moved to Virginia with her husband and son in 2008 after her husband’s retirement with 21 years in the U.S. Navy. Fluent in both English and Dogspeak, her home is filled with two dogs, one cat and a grand pup who is in training to be a search and rescue/working dog. During the summertime, Jessica stays busy taking a myriad of classes, writing a book manuscript, and completing home DIY projects.
Joseph Royston (JR), one of four Fitness Integration Team Specialists, earned a B.S. in Business Administration, followed by a Masters of Education from Mary Washington. Teaching business and adaptive Physical Education for six years at Cedar Lee Middle School, he also served as their Athletic and Intramural Director. An avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast, JR spends his days off hunting and fishing, coaching little league baseball, or spending time with his three sons and his “brilliant and beautiful wife” who is an eighth grade English teacher at Cedar Lee Middle School.
Kara Hallet, a Fitness Integration Team Specialist grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, graduating from Penn State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology. After working in Los Angeles as a Strength and Conditioning coach, and managing a fitness center, she realized her passion for helping children learn the concepts of health, nutrition, and physical education. In 2009, she returned to school at Marywood University to earn a Health and Physical Education Certificate. Kara worked for five years in the Fairfax County Public Schools as a lead teacher for the Physical Education Department mentoring, writing curriculum and leading professional developments sessions for all Health/Physical Education teachers in the county. Currently Kara lives in Haymarket with her husband and adorable 3-year-old twin boys, spending her free time running and drinking coffee… but not at the same time!
Cecilia Dohm a Fitness Integration Team Specialist. Cecilia is a product of Fauquier County Public Schools, and shortly thereafter graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Global Studies and Dance. Certified in both Physical Education and Spanish, she has dedicated much of her life to the study of movement, particularly in the arts, where she worked in arts management for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and most recently, taught Spanish in Fauquier County Public Schools for six years. Cecilia believes that everyone has the ability and responsibility to move their bodies for mental and physical health and happiness. When she is not working with FRESH, she spends her time at Allegro Community School for the Arts choreographing and teaching dance. Cecilia enjoys cheese, running, reading, yoga, cooking, traveling with her husband, and cuddling (and spoiling) her fluffy, gray cat named Olive.
Shannon Cox is one of four Fitness Integration Team Specialists. With over 21 years of experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and 19 years of teaching experience, Shannon is certified in ESL, ECSE, K-3 Education and Health and P.E and holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction. A resident of Fauquier County, she also holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae KwonDo and Tang Soo Do. In her free time Shannon serves as the First Lady for her husband, Sam Cox, the principal of Liberty High School and her two sons who are involved in year-round sports. Full of laughter and an infectious energy, Shannon loves disco music and hopes to retire one day to the beach where she will teach boogie boarding to tourists.
Natalie Ortiz, the FRESH Chef, learned at a young age from her grandmother, Aurora, that some of life’s best moments revolve around meals shared with family and friends. This inspired her to earn a B.A. in Culinary Arts & Hospitality Business Management. Prior to joining the FRESH team, she worked for one of the area’s largest corporate & social caterers, and is the owner & chef of Aurora’s Family Table, a personal chef business where she had the pleasure of providing busy families with nutritious & delicious customized meals in line with their dietary needs. Natalie’s joy for growing food & cooking with children was first realized when she worked as a Montessori teacher’s assistant in college. In her spare time, Natalie teaches recreational cooking classes, volunteers in various community programs, and visits state parks with her finance and 4-year-old Lab mix, Sasha.