Ted Caplow, Founder
Ph.D. Columbia (environmental engineering); M.S. Princeton (mechanical and aerospace engineering); B.A. Harvard (sociology)
Formerly a clean energy consultant for Capital-E, LLC, Dr Caplow worked on energy efficiency and carbon offset credits for the California Energy Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy. His environmental expertise also extends to water contaminant dynamics, estuarine dynamics, and effluent management. Ted is Founder of Fish Navy Films which is focused on exploration of aqua-culture and sustainability.
Sidsel Robards, Director of Program Development and Events
Mrs. Robards is one of the founders of The Greenhouse Project. Her main focus include fundraising and events management. In addition, she coordinates the expansion of The Greenhouse Project to other schools, and collaborates with staff on curriculum development.
Prior to The Greenhouse Project, Mrs. Robards enjoyed a successful career working as an international model. Born and raised in Denmark, she now lives in New York City with her husband and their children, who attend public school.
Emily Stephenson, Development and Program Associate
Originally from Chicago, Emily Stephenson always had a love for food and cooking, which led to teaching herself more about sustainability. She studied International Relations at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and after graduating, looked for a job that would allow her to combine her two passions: politics and food. She moved to New York City to work for a national sustainable agriculture organization where she began to develop fundraising and program management skills. Through her work there, she realized that youth education is the most effective way to make an impact, and is very excited to join the New York Sun Works team and promote their mission of science education in New York City through urban farming.
Manuela Zamora, Acting Director
Director of Education Programs
M.Ed. Cambridge College; B.A. Universidad Mayor de San Andres (History)
Ms. Zamora is a consultant in gender, education and development. She was born and raised in Bolivia, where she studied history, before earning a Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College in 2001. In Bolivia, she was founder of Fundación Carmen, where she created El Dorado: the Route of Fair Trade, a program that promoted sustainable development by training low-income women artisans in production and marketing. Prior to her work with Fundación Carmen, she coordinated the division of cultural events and volunteer programs in the Office of the First Lady of Bolivia. Manuela lives now in New York City with her husband and two children who attend public school. She is one of the founders of The Greenhouse Project.
Ashley King, Greenhouse Project Manager
Ashley King’s background is heavily rooted in hydroponic growing systems and alternative, urban agriculture. While studying bioresource engineering at McGill University, Ms. King worked on a family farm in Massachusetts before joining New York Sun Works’s The Science Barge. Here, Ms. King started as a sustainable systems intern, where she learned the basics of hydroponic agriculture and systems engineering. This cultivated her interest in combining the two fields, agriculture and engineering, in an urban environment. Ms. King was a researcher at The Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas. During her stay she aided the management of their aquaponics system and construction of the system’s expansion.
Lisette Tiburcio, Greenhouse Intern
Lisette Tiburcio grew up in the Dominican Republic surrounded by nature. She got interested in horticulture as a profession after working as a volunteer for the city of new york under the City Volunteers Corps, where she worked towards a scholarship for college, went to SUNY Morrisville, College of Technology and Agriculture to pursue her goals and graduated in 1998 with an AAS in Horticulture/Agriculture. Lisette has worked as a John Nally Intern at Wave Hill Gardens and The New York Botanical Gardens. Before becoming a freelancer, Lisette worked at Madelyn Simon & Assoc. Horticultural Creations, in charge of weekly indoor plantscaping accounts throughout NYC & The Bronx and earned her Cat. 3 Pesticide License From the States , trained technicians and crews on plant care and maintenance. Lisette earned a Horticultural Therapy Certificate in May 2012. She is looking forward to learning new things and applying her knowledge towards meeting common goals at NY Sun Works.
Ross Youmans, Greenhouse Intern
Ross Youmans attended and graduated from Binghamton University in Upstate New York with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies Public Policy Administration and Law. During his coursework he first learned of hydroponics and was eager to explore its effectiveness and benefits. Combining his background in the food industry with his education naturally led to the discovery that hydroponics is a great way to satisfy the consumer while helping to be mindful of the environment. Ross is excited about the opportunity to learn more about hydroponics and its applications.
Elina Lumbroso, Greenhouse Intern
Elina Lumbroso is completing her Master degree in Urban Policies at the Lyon Institute of Political Studies in France. She is very interested in innovative, alternative and sustainable urban projects and is currently writing a dissertation on urban agriculture, trying to focus on why and how policy makers and planners are increasingly integrating urban agriculture in their urban planning process.
Camille Davis, Greenhouse Intern
Bio coming soon!