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Food for Thought Speaker Series

These 20-minute Ted Talk style speeches take place at the beginning of each Board meeting and highlight presenters from diverse and marginalized groups within the Frederick community.  Our hope is to center different voices in order to learn about the joys, struggles, and experiences within Frederick and emphasizes our co-op principles of education and concern for community. In order to make these conversations available to everyone, they are presented with an ASL translator.

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This Food for Thought speaker is Sherry Ayers.  Sherry is a microbiologist for the Food and Drug Administration and member of the Native American Community.  She currently serves as a Commissioner for the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs and chairs the Education committee.  Sherry is a past board member of the Baltimore American Indian Center and served as Chairperson for the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization.  She has also served on the North Carolina Board of Commission of Indian Affairs as a Student Representative.  Sherry is a member of the Lumbee and Cohaire Tribes.


This week’s speaker is Lavon Sajona!  Lavon describes herself as a black, female, Air Force veteran who is in service to her community.


This week’s Food for Thought presenter is Román Diaz, Common Market General Manager and member of the Latin American Immigrant community!


This week’s Food for Thought presenter is Adam Wieser, Common Market Grocery Lead and member of the Deaf community.


Kimberly Scott, is the President and Founder of Moving Us Forward Incorporated. Moving Us Forward Incorporated is a nonprofit focused on being an advocate for disadvantaged minority communities and supports them moving forward to a better future and legacy through education awareness, economic empowerment, health wellness and social justice consciousness.  Moving Us Forward Incorporated offers a variety of resources like workshops, forums, conferences, partnerships, and scholarships to equip individuals moving forward.

Kimberly Scott is 2nd Vice President of the League of Women Voters Frederick. She served on Maryland’s League of Women Voters State board as Action Co-Chair. She has been a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for 30 years and serves in sorority’s Frederick County Alumnae chapter.

Kimberly’s professional background is as a Human Resource manager for Sodexo Marriott for 17 years. She is committed to being active and engaged in her civic responsibility to her community of Frederick, Maryland.  She has served on the Education ministry for 6 years at Hope Christian Fellowship Church in Adamstown, Maryland where she is a dedicated member. She has been married to her husband, Astley for 18 years and they have two children, Astley Henry Scott II, 16 and Ashley Margaret Scott, 15 and her baby Shi Tzu, Pepper Scott, 7 years old. Kimberly loves spending time with her family and extended family, planning events, travelling, cooking, collecting stamps and playing golf.


This month’s Food for Thought speaker is Elizabeth Chung,  founder and Director of the Asian American Center of Frederick, whose mission is to support immigrants with essential skills to be independent and successful contributors to the community.  Under her leadership, AACF is a leading entity in addressing health disparities through partnership with collective impact.  Her primary focus has been health equity through cultural competency and language access for the Limited English Proficiency population.  She also served as a federal consultant on substance abuse prevention for the API community.  Mrs. Chung’s most recent accomplishment is the development of the Community Health Worker Program in western Maryland, expanding public / community health workforce development to address health disparities for the most vulnerable populations in the community.

Mrs. Elizabeth Chung is a native of Hong Kong, China and immigrated to the United States since 1970.  She has been a strong advocate for minority health for the past 50 years.  Mrs. Chung completed her graduate study in public health from the Pennsylvania State University in 1981 and has dedicated her professional work to issues surrounding health equity.