Jody Kass

Executive Director

Jody has worked at PlantPure Communities since its inception in early 2016. As Executive Director, Jody manages the overall organization and day-to-day activities of PPC, including operations, fund raising, board development, and implementing a broad range of program initiatives. Jody brings to PPC considerable experience in advocacy, nonprofit management, lobbying and strategic planning from her 30-year career in nonprofit community revitalization. Jody serves on the Board of Directors at the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS). Prior to national nutrition/food policy issues, Jody worked in the brownfields and affordable housing arenas.

Caroline Dyar

Vice President

Caroline works with the Executive Director on organizational development and with all staff on new initiatives and the design and implementation of PPC’s programmatic framework and guidelines. She started working for PlantPure Communities in September 2016. She is a Black Belt Nia Technique teacher and trained as an Integrative Health Coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. She spent a year at Bryn Mawr College before graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in Media Studies. She is passionate about animal rights and equal access to health and wellness education.

Jessie Stahl

Senior Policy and Program Coordinator

Jessie began working for PlantPure Communities in June 2017 after graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. Jessie’s role at PPC involves the staffing and management of PPC’s various advocacy initiatives, such as: the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign, Advocacy Council, Food-Climate Connection Campaign, and the Moving Medicine Forward: Dr. Klaper and PlantPure Communities Nutrition in Medical School Initiative. Jessie also provides support for the creation of future toolkits and PPC webinars. She aspires to obtain a masters degree in nursing and become a nurse practitioner. Jessie is passionate about spreading awareness to others of the many benefits of a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle.

Ella Stephens

Pod Support Programs Manager

Ella began working for PlantPure Communities in September 2017 after graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. Ella’s focus is creating informational Toolkits for the Pod Network. She is excited to start her career in educating others about plant-based nutrition, and aspires to obtain a PhD on the topic. Ella is passionate about changing the world by making a positive impact on society’s health and the sustainability of the planet.

Kera Linn, RD

Pod Operations Manager

Kera completed both her Bachelors of Science in dietetics and dietetic internship at Iowa State University to become a Registered Dietitian. She is passionate about educating children and adults about the benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. Kera began working for PlantPure Communities in January 2018 as a Regional Manager to help support group leaders in the PPC Pod Network, and was promoted to Pod Operations Manager in January 2019.

Joshua Wayne, MPH, MSW

Regional Manager

Josh first became involved with PlantPure Communities Pod Network as a group leader of Pure Sprouts – Athens, GA, a Pod he started in February 2016. In April 2018, Josh began working for PPC as a Regional Manager. He graduated from the University of Georgia (UGA) with a B.S. in Psychology and a Spanish Minor. In 2019, Josh graduated from UGA with a Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Masters of Social Work (MSW). Josh hopes to combine the community wide prevention efforts of public health with the macro social work view that attempts to address systemic barriers to healthy behaviors. When Josh isn’t working with PPC, he enjoys walking in the forest, listening to the birds, and practicing acro yoga.

Heather Patrick

Regional Manager

Heather Patrick joined PPC in April 2018 to help support and grow the Pod Network. Heather holds a B.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Connecticut College. She spent several years living abroad, studying and teaching sustainable farming in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Central and South America. Heather is Co-Founder of Wild Earth Farm and Sanctuary, a nonprofit farmed animal sanctuary and sustainable education farm. She is certified in permaculture design and seeks a “Grow Beyond Vegan” approach to make plant based living regenerative for the earth.