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 Program Coordinator for FRESH. With more than 10 years of experience in education, she previously worked as a Program Coordinator, and taught 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 a contracted college advisor. Jessica holds a Master of Science in Education as a Reading Specialist 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. In her time off, Jessica likes to take classes and spend time either kayaking or sailing.
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.
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.