Joey Listro Executive Director

Joey Listro

Executive Director

A New Britain native, Joey Listro has worked on a variety of non-profit farms beginning in 2009 while attending the University of Southern Maine. Joey worked building organic farming apprenticeships and curriculum for high school students as an AmeriCorps volunteer.  He's a former Incubator Farmer at the Community Farm of Simsbury where he launched a small-scale potato chip and organic CSA business.  He served as Head Teacher and Educational Programs Consultant at Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain for their after-school garden enrichment programs from 2011-2014.  He spent two years managing a 100+ acre educational farm in New Milford, before returning to New Britain as the founder of ROOTS.  Joey serves on the steering committee of the New CT Farmer Alliance and is an active member of the Coalition for New Britain's Youth.

Jocelyn Perez VISTA Program Manager & Development Assistant

Jocelyn Perez

VISTA Program Manager & Development Assistant

A recent graduate of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) with a Bachelors degree in Public Health and a Minor in Nutrition. While going to school full-time at USJ she worked as a student research assistant in the Department of Nutrition and Public Health where she worked on multiple community projects. She previously worked for Hartford Hospital for ten years in administrative and insurance verification. In the summer of 2014 while working for End Hunger Connecticut!, advocating for the free summer meals program, Jocelyn’s vision for a nutrition degree changed to a food justice prospective. Jocelyn has also interned at Hartford Food System where she assisted on their Mobile Market, and also interned at The Community Farm of Simsbury.  There on the farm she learned introductory farming, and also got the chance to teach on their inter-district program between Hartford and Simsbury schools. Jocelyn is willing and loves to get her hands dirty in the gardens and wants to learn as much as she can while at New Britain Roots. Her dream is to work where she can advocate for childhood hunger in America, while still providing both adequate and beneficial nutrition. When not working Jocelyn enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. They all love anything Disney/Marvel, hiking, and playing with Legos!


Joanna Schipke FoodCorps Service           Member

Joanna Schipke

FoodCorps Service           Member

Joanna grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut and is a new graduate from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences. In the summer of 2016 she worked at UConn Health Center and gathered data for the Child Weight Surveillance follow-up study in Hartford, Connecticut. From 2013-2016 Joanna worked with Hartford Public Schools in the Food and Child Nutrition Services Department working with the menus as well as working on the serving line in two of the schools. While in college, she served as a teaching assistant for a freshman cooking class assisting students with meal preparation as well as teaching nutrition lessons. Joanna also participated in Husky Programs in Hartford teaching preschoolers and their parents about the importance of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.


Krizl Soriano Mobile Market Manager/Educator

Krizl Soriano

Mobile Market Manager/Educator

Krizl hails from the sunshine state where she grew up gardening, learning to love vegetables, and pursued a science degree from Florida State University. While in college, Krizl worked as a marine invertebrate educator and spent her summers as a counselor at a camp in the Catskills. 

Her studies exercised her interest in botany and introduced her to the complex issues surrounding food. Eventually she decided to combine her desire for a just food system with her experience working with kids. Thus, she landed in Connecticut as a FoodCorps service member. Through her service she cultivated a passion for wanting kids to have positive relationships with food. Krizl has continued to encourage these relationships as the Assistant Camp Director at Massaro Community Farm and as an educator with ROOTS. Managing the mobile market has broadened this audience to a range of generations in New Britain. Krizl also works as the Outreach Specialist for Put Local on Your Tray (a Farm to School program out of UConn Extension). 

In her off time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and making pottery! 


                  Marissa Willis          Summer Program Assistant

                  Marissa Willis

         Summer Program Assistant

A New Britain native, Marissa graduated from New Britain High School in 2014. She is now a rising senior Biology, pre-medical, major at Hampton University. While matriculating at Hampton University, she serves as a math and science tutor, as a well as a member of organizations such as the Biology club, Pre-Health/Pre-Medical Program, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. As she enjoys working with the youth, Marissa is also a regular volunteer at the Hampton University Child Development Center. Marissa will earn her B.S. in Biology in May 2018, upon which she plans to continue on to medical school and practice primary care medicine.

With aspirations of becoming an osteopathic physician dedicated to providing primary care to pregnant women and children, Marissa believes in treating the body from within and with healthy diet and exercise rather than pharmaceuticals. This summer, Marissa is excited to serve as the New Britain ROOTS Program Assistant, assisting program coordinators with the Summer Meals Program, Farmers’ Market and Farm-To- Summer School Programs.

Board of Directors

Abigail Adams, Board Chair

Anne Foss, Secretary

Bobbie Emery, Treasurer

Megan Hourigan