Prior to joining East End Food Institute, Kate built her career at Group for the East End, Southampton Hospital (now Stony Brook Southampton Hospital), and most recently at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. To complement over a decade of experience, Ms. Fullam earned a Master of Nonprofit Administration in 2011. She is a founding member of the Good Ground Community Garden in Hampton Bays, where she resides. Her wide range of experience with local and regional issues related to environment, economy, science, and human health are now united toward the goal of creating a more sustainable and equitable local food system.
Bob grew up in Western Suffolk County in Lake Grove, NY where he attended Centereach High School. Bob holds a B.A. Drama degree (with a minor in Religious Studies) from Ithaca College. After short stints living in Nantucket, New York City, South America, and the Catskills, Bob lived in Portland, Oregon for 10 years. While in Portland he earned a Masters degree through the Leadership in Ecology, Culture, and Learning program at Portland State University. Upon graduating, he worked with Portland Fruit Tree Project for 7 years where he finished in the role of Program Manager. Bob joined East End Food Institute in July 2018 as the Operations Manager and was promoted in July 2020 to Associate Director. Bob is now a resident of Hampton Bays where he lives with his wife, two sons, and 4 chickens. He is very grateful to be in a position where he can use his skills and direct his energy towards helping to improve the local food system here on Long Island.
As Program Coordinator at East End Food Institute Heather Meehan oversees the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farming Training (CRAFT) and Farm Apprentice Matching Program. She coordinates "Eat Real to Heal" culinary medicine classes for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital's Residency Program in Social Medicine and patient groups from the Coalition for Women's Cancers and Center for Parkinson's Disease, and oversees EEFI's community education & outreach initiatives. Prior to starting with the East End Food Institute in September 2018, she served as the Partnerships & Development Manager for Allergic to Salad, a NYC-based organization that provides seasonal cooking classes to students in over 150 schools throughout New York City from 2016-2018. During her time at Allergic to Salad, she pioneered their “Cookback to Kids” program which brings students from underfunded public schools into neighborhood restaurants and urban farms to learn from Chefs and Growers. Heather has been involved with the East End Farm to School Project since she started at EEFI and was part of the team who attended the inaugural Farm to Institute NYS (FINYS) summit in August 2019. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing, summa cum laude, from Bard College at Simon's Rock. Heather is part of the Class 18 cohort of LEAD NY, a two year training program for emerging leaders in the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource sectors facilitated by Cornell University's Community and Regional Development Institute.
Chef Jay Lippin’s background includes tenures as Executive Chef at The Odeon and Cafe Luxembourg in New York City, Executive Chef at Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant in Chappaqua, NY, and most recently as Executive Chef at Baron's Cove in Sag Harbor, NY. He was also a winner of the TV show "Chopped" and WFAN’s “Tailgating Essentials & Barbecue Contest.” Jay is a member of the Slow Food East End board of directors and a tireless advocate for local food and producers. He is especially interested in cooking endangered heirloom produce to ensure future biodiversity for the planet and for diverse flavors in the kitchen. Working in partnership with Glynwood, and Hudson Valley Seed Library, and local farms, he participated in the Kitchen Cultivars grow out projects, a program combining seed saving, education, and tastings of heirloom varieties. Now serving as a guest chef at East End Food Institute, Jay is using his talents to benefit local farms and foodies by creating delicious products from surplus local farm produce.
Mikey’s career in food and hospitality began in San Francisco where he developed an insatiable desire to learn about all aspects of the business. He soon moved to New York City to work his way through some of the finest establishments in the industry. In New York, Mikey baked at Levain Bakery on multiple occasions, served at Eleven Madison Park, and managed logistics for luxury pâtisserie, Ladurée. During this period he received his Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Management from the Institute of Culinary Education. In 2015, Mikey left on a six-month journey through Europe and the U.K. stopping in Bourges, France as a part of a work-stay program which he assisted with the revitalization of a working horse ranch / bed & breakfast while also taking a lead on the build-out and menu development of a Western-style bakery cafe. Moving back to San Francisco, Mikey operated a cafe later acquired by independent coffee company Ritual Coffee Roasters. He seized the opportunity to reunite with Chef David Nayfeld (Eleven Madison park), Chef Angela Pinkerton, and Operator Matthew Brewer (Hogsalt Hospitality) as Special Projects Manager for two restaurants (Che Fico / Che Fico Alimentari) and a bakery dinette (Theorita). Now back on the East Coast, Mikey continues in his endeavors to serve through cultivating relationships with like-minded local retailers, wholesalers, and institutions while keeping his hands busy with EEFI’s kitchen production for its community throughout the East End
Esther Ramos started her professional cooking career at Topping Rose house and has worked at Wolffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor, among other local restaurants. A Food Production Associate at East End Food Institute since May 2018, Esther is the creative mind behind our weekly “Martes Mexicana” offerings at South Fork Kitchens cafe. Every Tuesday she crafts different specialties ranging from tacos with handmade tortillas and specialty salsas to Chicken Pozole and beyond. She also prepares the locally sourced lunches on our Cafe menu each day, and helps us fulfill wholesale orders for local farms and restaurants. Originally from Mexico, Esther now lives in Southampton with her son.
Alayah Hewie is a lifelong resident of East Hampton, NY. Her grandmother, Rena Hewie-Stout migrated from her native country of Jamaica in the 1980s and opened the first Jamaican restaurant on North Main Street in East Hampton. Alayah's business, Rena's Dream Patties, revives her grandmother’s spirit. It is a re-born Jamaican patty experience that incorporates the local food movement while preserving traditional Jamaican flavors. Alayah’s goal is to bring Rena's Dream Patties to the masses, and she is working on growing her business. She is the front of house of our South Fork Kitchens Cafe.
Brittney Rondon is a 3rd year Occupational Therapy student attending Stony Brook University Southampton. She was originally born and raised in Queens, NY. Her parents are from Puerto Rico and Peru. She has a strong sense of pride for her Latino roots. She has previously volunteered with East End Food Institute over the past two years assisting with cooking classes for Stony Brook Southampton’s Center for Parkinson’s, Coalition for Women’s Cancers and medical residents. She thoroughly enjoyed being part of the experience of promoting healthy eating and lifestyles. She has a strong interest in becoming a pediatric and community-based OT. She loves to read, listen to music, watch the sunset and go thrift shopping!