Meet the Team

 

Caitlyn Gatting
Caitlyn Glatting
Central District Food Systems Specialist
Family Nutrition Program
UF/IFAS Extension
6021 S. Conway Rd.
Orlando, FL 32812
P: 407-254-9226​
Caitlyn Glatting began serving on the Good Food Central Florida, Food Policy Council in 2014 while serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the City of Orlando and UF/IFAS Orange County Extension coordinating a youth gardening education program. Caitlyn has been an active member of the local food community since graduating from Rollins College with an Environmental Studies Degree. She currently serves as the District-wide Food Systems Coordinator with the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Family Nutrition Program. Her work mainly focuses around educating and empowering SNAP-eligible schools and communities to increase access to Florida Fresh Produce through gardens, farmer connections, and policy work.
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Abby Gulden, LEED AP BD+C,
Sustainability and Permitting Coordinator
City of Winter Park, Florida
Working with Good Food Central Florida, Abby acts as the City of Winter Park liaison and strives to pursue projects, partnerships, and collaborations that impact the city’s sustainability goals. Her main goal is to increase access to local and healthy food options for all Winter Park residents and Central Florida as a whole. She also endeavors to divert as much organic waste from landfills as possible. In 2008 she became a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional specializing in Building Design and Construction. Prior to becoming the Sustainability and Permitting Coordinator for Winter Park in 2014, Abby served as the Sustainability Coordinator for the Orange County Convention Center, during which time it became home to the largest LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB,O&M) Gold level certified convention center in the world.
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Luis Nieves-Ruiz, AICP
Economic Development Program Manager
East Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Originally from Puerto Rico, Luis Nieves-Ruiz holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Luis is in charge of coordinating economic development projects and activities for the Council’s seven-county East Central Florida region including the implementation of the region’s Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). His areas of professional expertise include industry cluster analysis, research methods, urban redevelopment, and food systems planning. Besides participating with Good Food Central Florida, Luis is also an active volunteer with the APA Florida-OMS Section, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, and Jobs Partnership. Luis is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Connect Florida Statewide Leadership Institute, Leadership Florida’s program for young professionals. He was also selected to be part of Next City’s 2012 Vanguard Class, a national program for young urban leaders. He can be reached via e-mail at luis@ecfrpc.org.
Joe England is a Doctoral Candidate of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of South Florida School of Geosciences. His research interests include food policy, community food security and qualitative research methods. Joe has taught several undergraduate courses at USF, including Wetland Environments, Introduction to Environmental Science Lab and Environmental Regulation. Joe also works part time for the City of Orlando’s Green Works initiative where he focuses on sustainability programs in the areas of solid waste and recycling and local food systems. In his downtime, Joe enjoys gardening with neighbors, reading, and spending quality time with his beautiful wife Cortney.
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Ian M. Jurgensen, LEED GA
Sustainability Project Manager
Office of Sustainability & Energy
Ian Jurgensen is the Sustainability Project Manager for the City of Orlando and manages three of the seven focus areas for Green Works Orlando, Mayor Dyer’s Green Initiative. His programs include residential and commercial recycling and composting, community gardens and urban farming, and the One Person One Tree urban canopy Initiative. He relocated to Central Florida from New York City where he worked as a lighting designer and project manager for five years before transitioning into the field of sustainability. While completing his master’s degree he held positions at MechoSystems, Solar One and Urban Green Council, the US Green Building Council’s New York branch.

Ian is a LEED Green Associate and earned his Master Degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School in New York, NY. Ian received Climate Reality training from Vice President Al Gore and became a Climate Reality Leader in 2015. He is on the food waste and organics recycling committees for both Recycle Florida Today and Good Food Central Florida, along with co-chairing the food waste group for the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network.
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Nayda Hernandez-Buitrago, RDN, LD/N, SHRM CP
Orange County Public Schools
Menu Database and Special Diets District Manager
Nayda Hernandez-Buitrago began her career as a registered dietitian in Puerto Rico over 20 years ago, after graduating from Syracuse University. During her career, she has been an advocate for breastfeeding, nutritional education, and healthy living. She currently works for the Food and Nutrition Department of Orange County Public Schools. Her work focuses on accommodating special dietary needs for students in Central Florida. In addition, she is constantly searching for healthier and more sustainable food options for the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs at OCPS. She is also part of the Health Advisory Board at Head Start of Orange County. She began her work at Good Food Central Florida in April of 2016. She likes to study culturally diverse food practices and is passionate about organic home gardening. Her goal is to help the Central Florida community become more aware and interested in wholesome and environmentally-conscious food choices.
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Adam Wright,
Founder & Managing Partner
Sustainable Synergy™, Inc. / Seed2Source™
www.SustainableSynergy.com
386-451-7031
Adam Wright is a New Smyrna Beach native and has been a Marketing and Design consultant for over 10 years. Adam came from the Action Sport Industry with a design and manufacturing focus in Eyewear when he was stationed in Italy. While in Italy, Adam lived in “Slow-Food Agriturismos” where he developed a love for local foods with high quality. From this experience, Adam migrated his career to working with Jennifer Waxman-Loyd at Sustainable Synergy™. Adam is now a Managing Partner of Sustainable Synergy/Seed2Source where he develops new garden, greenhouse and farm growing technologies and opportunities for commercial, residential, and municipal use. He also leads the management of community gardens at the Central FL YMCA locations and provides marketing support and education as to what ‘Superfoods truly are’. Adam has joined Good Food Central Florida in an effort to create sustainable business and education models to ensure the health of the local food scene in the community. His interests include Sustainable Ag, Healthy Food, Cooking, Animals and Design.
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Jennifer Waxman-Loyd,
MBA, Founder & Managing Partner
Sustainable Synergy™, Inc. / Seed2Source™
www.SustainableSynergy.com
407-949-4444
Jennifer Waxman-Loyd has been a strategic business planner and consultant for over 16 years. Jennifer has consistently led large, strategic consulting projects focused on sustainable agricultural, food-centric business models and natural products – from the ‘Seed to the Source’. She has been at the forefront of the Local Food Movement in Central Florida since 2005 and is an active Local Superfoods and Sustainable Ag community educator, speaker and non-profit advocate. She has joined Good Food Central Florida in an effort to create sustainable business and education models to ensure the health of the local food scene in the community of which she was born and raised. Her interests include Sustainable Ag, Healthy Food, Cooking, Animals and Wellness.