Andrea Vettori, MSN, CRNP, Executive Director


As a nurse practitioner with over 25 years of nursing experience, Andrea Vettori has extensive
experience working with vulnerable populations, in particular those struggling with homelessness. For 7 years she had served at the Clinical Director for the Mary Howard Health Center for the Homeless where she led an average staff of 20 in providing healthcare and social support of the homeless community. She left that position in 2019 to invest more time in developing the potential of Sanctuary Farm which she began in 2017. As both a nurse and a master gardener she understands the interconnection between health and nature and is especially committed to enabling those living on the margins to benefit from this source of healing. Her skill in developing relationships and networking has allowed Sanctuary Farm to grow with vast support both within and outside the community. In addition to leading Sanctuary Farm she continues to work as a nurse practitioner in a local federally qualified health center.

John Green, Lead Farm Attendant

John Green began working at Sanctuary Farm in the summer of 2019 as an intern with Project
HOME’s employment services program. John has been living at Project HOME’s St. Elizabeth’s
Recovery Center for over a year while recovering from substance abuse and depression. An
Afghanistan war veteran, John returned home from the war struggling with PTSD and quickly
turned to drugs as a way to cope. At Sanctuary Farm, John thrived in a supportive, caring
environment and quickly emerged as a competent, reliable and skilled worker. John graduated
from the employment service program to a part-time position last year and, because of his
exceptional work ethic, advanced to a full-time position this year overseeing farming activities.

Hannah Goodno, Part-time Farm Attendant

Hannah Goodno received a BA in International Studies and a certificate in Global Public Health
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. She has over 7 years of work experience
within public health nonprofits, has volunteered in community gardens, interned at an organic
farm, and began volunteering with Sanctuary Farms in 2018. In May 2019, she began as a part-
time staff member and is currently pursuing an MS degree in Recreational Therapy at Temple
University. Hannah’s quiet determination to blend her skills, experience and her current
educational pursuits has challenged Sanctuary Farm to look beyond its current service model into incorporating recreational therapy in the future.

Lester Cohen, MSN, CRNP, Volunteer Staff

Lester Cohen is a retired Family Nurse Practitioner with 40 years’ experience specializing in
Geriatric and Internal Medicine.  The majority of his career has been dedicated to working with
underserved communities, in inner city hospitals and community health centers. He has also
worked extensively in public health clinics and is a thirty year member of the American Public
Health Association. With his breadth of experience working with persons struggling with a
variety of social determinants of health, Lester brings with him the unique capacity to interact
with community members with both ease and compassion.

Jan Erikson, PhD, Volunteer Staff

Jan Erikson received a BS in environmental science and a PhD in molecular biology from the
University of Pennsylvania.  She completed her postdoctoral studies in immunology at Stanford
University.  She joined the Faculty of The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia where for she pursued
studies ranging from autoimmunity to infectious disease and retired as a Professor in 2017.  After
40 years of laboratory science she shifted her focus to public health- specifically food insecurity
and nutrition in underserved areas of Philadelphia.  She began volunteering with Sanctuary
Farm in 2017.  She is continuing her education through courses offered at Cornell Small Farm
Programs, Penn State extension and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Jan’s hospitable
presence and enthusiasm in the mission allows her to connect easily with community members
who stop to ask questions or simply chat.

Marie Kelly, Board Secretary, Volunteer Staff

Marie Kelly came to Sanctuary farm with a love and knowledge of growing plants and a passion
for healthy locally grown food and is excited to share both of those interests with the people that
Sanctuary Farm serves.  After a career in Audiology and many years spent raising her children,
Marie enrolled in and completed the Barnes three year horticulture certificate program.  She has
volunteered many hours with public space gardens in her community and at the Barnes
Arboretum in Merion.  She continues to take courses geared now toward farming. Marie’s
specialty at the farm is growing flowers and she does an exquisite job helping to make the farm a
place of beauty for all those passing by.

Porter Bush, Volunteer Staff

The newest member of our team, Porter has worked for four decades in food service, managing
restaurants and overseeing dining operations in schools and other culinary operations. For the
past last ten years his focus has been on sustainability and the sourcing of local ingredients. In
2016, Porter’s dining services team was instrumental in helping the Springside School in
Philadelphia win a three-star award from the Green Restaurant Association. His collaborative
work with The Common Market—a non-profit connecting small farms with large

institutions—led to his appointment in 2017 as Chair of Common Market Mid-Atlantic. Upon
retirement, Porter joined the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in 2019 and began serving at Sanctuary
Farm fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a farmer. Porter’s wealth of experience and
knowledge, coupled with his strong desire to serve make him an invaluable member of our team.

Sanctuary Farm Locations

2337-2347 West Berks St.

(215)510-0762

1703 North Crosky St.

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