People

Ted Caplow

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

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.

Nathaniel Coburn, Development and Program Associate

A former line cook, baker, and chef, Nathaniel sought to merge his passions for food and social justice at New York University’s Food Studies program, where his studies primarily focused on food justice and scalable local distribution systems. Upon completion of his graduate work at NYU, Nathaniel worked as a grant writer and contributing reporter for Heritage Radio Network, a non-profit Brooklyn based internet radio station dedicated to food issues. He also worked as a New York City delivery truck driver for The Fresh Connection, transporting CSA shares and local farm produce to restaurants, homes, and institutions throughout the five boroughs.

Christine Rojas, Greenhouse Intern
BA in International Relations, Mt. Holyoke College, Gardening Certificate, New York Botanical Garden, Mother of three children at three different schools. An assistant teaching intern since October, 2013 at PS 333, Manhattan School for Children. Work there includes maintaining hydroponic, aquaponic, and composting systems, as well as assisting the environmental science teacher with hands-on curriculum activities, K-5th grade. In the greenhouse, I was able to spend the winter months gardening and helping to spread the good word; SUSTAINABILITY!

Sherlan Greaves, Greenhouse Intern

“…I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again…” was the bittersweet lyric that looped through Amanda Selmans’ mind as she peered through the little oval American airlines window. Slowly the light blue ocean got darker as she was on her way to America, departing from her beautiful motherland of Barbados. This was the beginning of my family’s journey here in America, and I’m honored to say that Amanda Selman is my grandmother. I am Sherlan Greaves, the descendant of strong women, a Howard University Graduate, currently furthering my studies at Hunter College. My interest in the environment started an early age while visiting Barbados. That experience laid the foundation for my current interest in this program, and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue the great work of New York Sun works.

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.

 

Manuela Zamora

Manuela Zamora, Executive 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.

Victoria Behar, Greenhouse Intern

Victoria studied at New York University and earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Psychology in 2013. She became interested in hydroponics during a small at home project a few years ago. She is excited to learn new things about alternative farming in an urban environment and spread the knowledge through the education system. She has similar goals as NY Sun Works and is motivated to help them meet their goals, while maintaining an environmentally conscious outlook.

Josefina Rosario, Greenhouse Intern

M.Arch Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain (Urban Management and Valuation)
B.Arch Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic (Architecture)

Mrs. Rosario is an architect graduated from the Dominican Republic who became interested in urban planning as a result of the field not being well developed in her country. After obtaining her Bachelor degree she moved to Barcelona to specialize in planning. While attending the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya she earned two Masters degrees. One in Spatial Planning and the second in Urban Management and Valuation. After completing her studies in Spain she returned to the Dominican Republic to work as an Architect and Urban planning Technician in the City Hall of La Vega. She then moved to New York City where she has become interested in different branches of urban planning, such as sustainability and how art merges with the urban space. Her interest in grassroot projects has connected her with various organizations in the city. New York Sun Works’ Hydroponic Systems caught her attention because it teaches children how they can grow healthy food indoor.

Carolina Ramos, Greenhouse Intern

Carolina is a senior at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is studying Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior. She learned about hydroponics in an environmental sustainability course, which piqued her interest in urban agriculture. She hopes to share her knowledge of hydroponics and other forms of urban agriculture to eliminate food deserts in low-income communities.

Nick Rivera, Greenhouse Intern

Shortly before graduating from Quinnipiac University in 2011 with a degree in chemistry Nick took up hiking and from there became interested in botany, mycology and other aspects of the natural world. In addition to working at a green energy company Nick works in a genetics lab studying plant genes involved in antioxidant synthesis. He is excited to contribute at NY Sun Works and views it as a great opportunity to not only increase his knowledge, but also as an invaluable way to help teach and inspire others to learn about the world of plants.