While born and raised in Connecticut, Kristen has called Virginia home for over 20 years. She started her teaching career in Fredericksburg City Public Schools and then went on to teach for Fairfax County Public Schools. After earning her Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia, she became an elementary reading specialist and taught part time for UVA. In 2005, she and her husband moved to Warrenton and McAuliffe accepted a position at Taylor Middle School as the reading specialist. Since then, she has worn many hats throughout Fauquier County Public Schools, most recently serving as the Supervisor of Family and Community Engagement.
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.
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 husband and 4-year-old Lab mix, Sasha.
Kristin Weinzapfel is the Volunteer and Club Coordinator for FRESH. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C. After college, Kristin worked in retail management then relocated to Virginia where she managed a team of technical writers for a Department of Defense/Health Affairs project. When she and her husband, a Fairfax County firefighter, started their family, she resigned to raise her children but soon found she had a love for education. She has 20 years of experience in education from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She primarily taught 6-12 grade English but has also taught Latin, logic, history, and research classes. Additionally, Kristin has been self-employed as a contract editor and English tutor for the past 8 years. In her time off, Kristin likes spending time with her family, running, coaching cross country and track, studying foreign languages, off-roading and off-grid camping.
Tracy Riedel is a native of Long Island, New York. Tracy earned her Masters of Business Administration in Product Marketing and worked in telecommunications with AT&T in Human Resources, and then served as a Director with Verizon Corporation’s Internet Product Development division. After a fifteen-year career with Telcom, she left the corporate world to stay home with her two children and moved to Fauquier County. While volunteering in her children’s classrooms, she discovered how much she loved working with kids and helping them learn. In response, Tracy decided to pursue a career in education and earned her teaching certificate with the EducateVA Career Switchers program with emphasis in ESOL education. For the past eight years, she has enjoyed teaching 6-8th graders in her Family and Consumer Sciences classroom at Marshall Middle School. In her free time, Tracy enjoys RV “glamping” with her husband and two daughters, and taking long walks with her dachshund, Paisley.
Ashley Osburn earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from Roanoke College. Ashley is an avid runner and yogi. Frequently seen running her German Shepherd, Rogue, around town or teaching a yoga class in the community, her passion has always been health and wellness. Ashley spent the first part of her career in the healthcare field, setting the foundations for her passion: empowering people to move more to live a better life! Ashley is a Fauquier County native and currently lives in Amissville with her husband J.T. and their two dogs, Hercules and Rogue.
Susan Payne grew up in State College, PA and earned a BS in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education from Clarion University of PA. Susan taught 2nd grade in a neighboring county for 13 years and 3rd grade at MM Pierce Elementary School for the last three years. When she isn’t working, Susan enjoys journaling, writing short stories and poems, craft projects, walking at the park with her amazing husband and beautiful baby girl.
Maya Sivels earned a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Lynchburg College, followed by a Masters in Kinesiology for individuals with disabilities from the University of Virginia. During her time as an intern in various rehabilitation clinics, she provided assistance in modifying exercises and movements in response to injury history, activities of daily living, activity level and body composition. In her down time she enjoys fishing, coaching sports, weightlifting and composing music.
Erin worked as a Geographer for the federal government for 7 years before choosing to rededicate herself to education. Through Virginia’s Career Switcher program, she became a teacher in 2016 and taught English at Auburn Middle School for 3 years. Erin grew up on a farm in Fauquier County and currently lives in Marshall with her husband, Peter. She has a Masters in Geography, and enjoys backpacking, browsing used book stores, traveling, and writing.