Dana grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Kingsbury, NY. She was homeschooled before attending Hudson Falls High School. Dana then completed a dual degree in human development and geography with a concentration in urban and regional planning at Binghamton University (SUNY). Her education had a strong focus on social justice issues, including food insecurity. By combining her two degrees Dana was able to explore using maps to analyze data and communicate information. While at Binghamton University, Dana enjoyed volunteering at a nursing home and a social day program for seniors experiencing social isolation and memory loss.
After graduating from college, Dana began working for Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council as an assistant teacher in a Head Start special education integrated classroom. She is passionate about working with children and families and is excited to continue doing so in her new role as Community Health Worker. Dana looks forward to gaining new skills in resource navigation and nutrition education. Comfort Food Community focuses on so many issues that Dana cares about, including empowering the community, creating food stability, supporting local farmers, and reducing food waste. Dana has been very impressed by the dedication of CFC staff, board members, and volunteers to furthering the mission and vision of the organization. She has felt very welcomed by everyone and is excited to be part of the team.
Dana lives in Ballston Spa, NY. She enjoys the many options the region offers for hiking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. She loves to cook, bake, and take care of her many houseplants. Dana has been an avid knitter since childhood and enjoys many other types of arts and crafts, most recently garment sewing.