Karyn Moskowitz

Founder & Executive Director

Amy Edgington

Business Manager

Bulent Bakkal

VISTA AmeriCorps

Sheila Nolan

Community Organizer

Gwendolyn Mitchell

Community Organizer

Travis Brown

Operations Manager

TJ Miles

UofL Sustainability Intern

Karyn Moskowitz

Founder & Executive Director

Karyn Moskowitz is a native New Yorker who landed in the Ohio River Valley Region in 1998, experienced first hand the devastating effects of the lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and her life, fortunately, was never the same. She now has 18 amazing years experience as a food justice organizer and social entrepreneur, and is one of the founders of the New Roots Fresh Stop Markets, which she has operated since 2009, in partnership with hundreds of volunteer leaders. Karyn has received numerous awards for her food and environmental justice work, including being inducted into the Kentucky SISTER (Sisters Inspiring Sisters to Eradicate Racism) Hall of Fame, Heartwood’s Hellbender Award, named 1 of 12 Jewish Women in Environmental Activism by National Women’s Archive, 1 of 10 “Green Jewish Women” honored by Jewish Woman Magazine, two-time food justice delegation leader to Slow Food’s Terra Madre Conference in Italy, recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship from the Appalachian Center at the University of Kentucky, and was a U.S. Senate Candidate for the Green Party of Oregon. Karyn holds a B.A. from Boston University in biology and an MBA in environmental management from the University of Washington Foster School of Business and ESCP Europe. She is an engaging and passionate, sought-after speaker and has spoken near and far about fresh food as a right, not a charity or a privilege. She is a proud mom of a 19-year old daughter who loves to eat her Kentucky-grown spinach.

Bulent Bakkal

AmeriCorps VISTA

Bulent Bakkal  is a native of Kirklareli, Turkey, near Bulgaria and Greece and our newest AmeriCorp Vista.. A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, Bulent heard about New Roots from his former professor. The rest is history!

Bulent joined New Roots August 3, 2020, and will remain involved in New Roots’ 2021  Fresh Stop Markets! Here are a few words from Mr. Bakkal:

I am from the small farming town of Kirklareli in Turkey. My hometown lies in the valley of Strandzha/Istranca (a mountain massif) in the European part of Turkey (Trakya/Trace). Kirklareli is bordered on the north by Bulgaria and the Black Sea and is very close to Greece. I have been in the U.S. since 2011, and have lived in Bloomington, IN, for eight years. Bulent has studied in Environmental and Sustainability as well as Geography studies at Indiana University. Then, I moved to Louisville last week. Next, I am planning to discover Louisville’s hiking and biking places as well as authentic, traditional, and restaurants and people. Therefore, I will need your recommendations to learn about the city well.

I have been in the U.S. since 2011 and have lived in Bloomington, IN, for eight years. I have studied in Environmental and Sustainability as well as Geography studies at Indiana University. As I moved to Louisville recently, I am planning to discover Louisville’s hiking and biking places as well as the local restaurants and culture. I’d appreciate any recommendations on how to explore the city!

Bulent’s favorite vegetables are cucumbers and tomatoes!

Amy Edgington

Business Manager

Amy Edgington joined New Roots in 2016. She, along with our other finance superhero board treasurer Gregg Rochman, have been our fearless leaders in organizing New Roots financial management systems. Amy also makes sure Fresh Stop Market farmers are paid when produce is delivered.

Amy is the proud mom of two boys who love to eat their Kentucky veggies.

Kenneth Cox

Part-Time Development Manager

Kenneth has 17-years of experience in development for small and grass-roots non-profits and larger organizations. 

Kenneth recently relocated to his hometown of Lousiville, Ky after a brief stint in New York City, and is fluent in Russian. Additionally, Kenneth focuses on building individual investor relationships for New Roots.

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