The Boston Food Justice YAV Program is a ministry of the Presbytery of Boston and the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Boston Food Justice YAV Board of Directors oversees a three-person management team composed of a Site Coordinator, Food Justice Educator and Chaplain.
The YAV Education & Support! (YES!) Team
Sarah Rakhmankulova, Site Coordinator
Sarah cultivates relationships with partner churches and non-profits, connects with the local board, the national YAV office and fellow site coordinators, supports fundraising and recruitment, and serves as administrator and supervisor for the Boston site. Sarah’s one-on-one meetings with the YAVs draw on her experiences in Clinical Pastoral Education and training in Spiritual Direction. Sarah grew up in Mississippi but fell in love with Boston while earning her MDiv at Boston University School of Theology, where her faith both died and resurrected.
Becky Evans, Food Justice Educator
Becky oversees the YAV’s food justice education, coordinates the local food SNAP challenge, supports vocational discernment, and organizes Community Day outings and service opportunities. She brings her experience as an environmental journalist, a communications professor and a mentor for young adults in The Eco-Stewards Program. Becky grew up in UCC, Methodist, Episcopalian and Presbyterian churches around New England. As a 20-somthing, she found her call to social justice work after joining a small group with some new friends from her ultimate frisbee team.
BFJYAV Board Members
Beverly Shank (BFJYAV Chair), First United Presbyterian, Cambridge
Kelsey Rice Bogdan, First Presbyterian Church, Brookline (Ruling Elder)
Thatcher Freeborn, Fourth Presbyterian Church, South Boston (Ruling Elder)
Mark Hellberg, Presbyterian Church in Needham (Ruling Elder)
Matthew Mark Luke Johnstone, Fourth Presbyterian Church, South Boston (Teaching Elder)
Jeff Ferguson, The Abbey Boston
Rev. Katie Cole, Fourth Presbyterian Church, South Boston (Director of Children and Youth Ministries)
Rev. Trina Portillo, Burlington Presbyterian Church (Teaching Elder)