Joanna Garnett Raeppold
Growing up in San Francisco, Joanna’s love of food started at an early age and followed her across the country to New Jersey where she is currently the Operations and Partnerships Manager at HRN. Joanna’s interest in food led her to a Master of Arts degree from New York University in Food Studies. Turning her final masters project into a reality, Joanna created Lucinda Burrito + Taco truck in 2005, one of the first gourmet food trucks on the East Coast. Featured in The New York Times and Food Wine magazine, Lucinda’s set Joanna into a career of catering, food styling, event man...
Brooklyn based Frank Mentesana has been working around food for a long time. He was the founding owner of the renowned NYC bakery/cafe Once Upon a Tart.., and co-authored and photographed the cookbook Soups, Salads, Muffins and More (Knopf). He was the Founding-Director of EcoSpaces Education, a program that brings food literacy education to children through cooking, gardening, vertical farming, and made-from-scratch school meals. He earned the 2017 Impact Award from Partnership for a Healthier America. In addition, his food styling, writing and photography have been seen in publ...
H Conley is a former cheesemaker, turned journalist and audio producer. They fell in love with radio while apprenticing in the Hawthorne Valley Farm creamery in 2015. They studied Agriculture and Food Systems at Bard College. After graduating in 2017, they got a job making cheddar at Beecher's Handmade Cheese. H immersed themself in audio storytelling during the long hours of cheesemaking and decided to pursue radio on the side. They did an internship at HRN in 2019, where they worked on The Farm Report, Meat and Three, and Buenlimon Radio. In 2021, they left cheese production to ...
Armen is a native of NYC and a certified media geek. In the past five years he has delved into the post-processing world of audio and video. Mostly focusing on music, he has produced songs that have been played on radio stations such as Rinse FM. Armen’s relationship with food has taken many forms over the years, from devouring food reviews on YouTube to volunteering at Our School at Blair Grocery’s urban farm in New Orleans to learn about community organizing. Armen graduated from Ithaca College, where he studied television and radio production, along with writing. Now he is soli...
Liam is a sound engineer, instrumentalist, and composer. He is a lover of food in all capacities, and is particularly interested in food sustainability and urban agriculture. Currently, Liam is pursuing a Master’s degree in music technology at New York University while working at HRN as an engineering intern.
Caity Moseman Wadler
Caity is passionate about food access, sustainability, and urban agriculture. She holds an M.A. in Food Studies from New York University and a B.A. in Molecular Biology/ Biochemistry from Middlebury College. Prior to her graduate studies, Caity worked at a biotech startup where she engineered yeast to discover new antibody drugs, and took a whirlwind trip around the world before settling in New York City. She enjoys cooking, kite-skiing, gardening, knitting, quilting, and hanging out with her silver lab puppy, Louie. Caity received the Julia Child Foundation Food Writing Fellow...
Kevin Chang Barnum
Kevin discovered his passion for audio by hosting a weekly poetry program on his university's radio station. After he completed a degree in math, he continued his radio work by interning at Brooklyn-based station WBAI. He is currently a staff writer for Podcast Review, a channel of the L.A. Review of Books, and writes fiction and poetry in his spare time. Kevin is excited to continue telling audio stories with HRN.
Matt first learned of Heritage Radio Network while working at a small craft brewery in Southern California. In the midst of a years-long quest to brew great beer, he found a helpful podcast called Fuhmentaboudit! and listened to every episode. After several thousand more barrels of beer brewed, a World Beer Cup award won, and a stint on a New Zealand hop farm, Matt moved to NYC to pursue his second love: audio production. He joined HRN as a studio engineer in 2017.