Our Board Members
Our Board Members
Alisha lives in Maine with her partner Michelle and their rescue pup Misty. She helps to run their videography company while continuing her education as a yoga instructor. Most of all she loves traveling and exposing herself to new places and cultures. Alisha is an advocate for equality and social justice and as such is honored to be a part of the Sidewalk Samaritans board and the work they do.
A health and wellness specialist, Annette Nielsen’s career in food, nutrition and culinary programming started over 20 years ago. She has cooked in the kitchen of Glorious Food, published articles and tested recipes for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, helped launch and manage a shared-use kitchen and coordinated community farm-to-table events. She leads culinary medicine programming for medical residents, cooking workshops for senior citizens and families at cooking schools, and teaches culinary nutrition at Ronald McDonald House, at urban gardens and on rural farms.
An award-winning food writer and editor, Annette’s work has appeared in national and regional publications such as Edible, Adirondack Life, Eating Well, The Saratogian, NYC Food Policy Center, and The Washington Post. In addition to serving on the Steering and Envisioning Committee for the New York City Nutrition Education Network (chair-elect for 2021), she’s a member of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, Chef’s Consortium, WELL Campaign at Columbia Teachers College, and a member of the Food-Ed Steering Committee at the Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy.
Annette earned her BA in Fine Arts from Colgate University, MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins and has earned her certification in Nutrition + Healthy Living from Cornell University. She grew up in the Adirondacks, has lived in DC, and, with her husband and child, calls New York home.
Justin Capuano is a 25-year-old hailing from rural upstate NY and currently resides in Boston, MA. He has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Siena College and is a professional in the commercial real estate finance industry. Outside of work he enjoys the outdoors, watching the Celtics and learning about urban spaces and how to improve them.
Marilyn Savoia Esq.
Attorney at Law (ret).
JD Rutgers Law School 1988
For over two decades Marilyn served as a Family Law Attorney. At Essex-Newark Legal Services (NJ) she served as Managing Attorney of the Family Law Unit. She and her team of five attorneys and six support staff represented women in domestic violence, divorce, child support, custody and child welfare cases. Marilyn has also represented undocumented women in domestic violence cases under VAWA. She is a Certified Family Law Mediator. Professional recognitions include: Essex County Bar Association, Family Law Attorney Achievement Award; Legal Services of New Jersey, Outstanding Attorney Award; Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, Family Life Excellence Award, People Who Make A Difference; Rutgers Law School-Newark. Previous board and committee memberships include: Board Member, Communities in Schools-Newark, NJ Supreme Court Family Practice Committee, State Working Group on Domestic Violence, Chairperson, Essex County Family Bench Bar Committee, Essex County Model Children’s Court Advisory Council, Essex County Working Group on Domestic Violence, Essex County Non-Dissolution Planning Committee and Essex County Matrimonial Committee.
Zoe Borghard is a 24-year -old living in Boston, MA. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2018 with a major in Biology and minor in English. She currently works as a legal assistant in a small Boston law firm. Outside of work and volunteering she is interested in hiking, reading, and issues regarding public health.
Emily is the founder and president of the organization. She graduated with a major in French and minor in Spanish from SUNY Geneseo in December of 2011. From there she went on to spend time in France teaching English at inner city schools. When she came back she decided on a career in social work and received her LMSW in clinical social work from Fordham University in May 2017. She has always been very involved in the community volunteering at hospitals, hospice, language clubs and more. Upon her return to New York, Emily was seeing the day to day number of homeless living in the subways as she made her way to and from work and began carrying socks to hand out. Knowing she could be doing more, she was fortunate to have people she knew who were supportive of the idea she had for a nonprofit that would both help anyone in need and inspire others to lend a hand.