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FES Associates


Kendra Davis

Healthy Lifestyles

Kendra Davis is a great addition to The FES Family. She brings knowledge of how to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle with her current studies as a student in Health Science and Nutrition at The University of Texas at Austin. Kendra hopes to educate families on how to eat a healthy diet based on the local foods from their region. She will also stress the importance of maintaining good hygiene and sanitation in the community. Kendra wants to educate families and communities on prevention practices that can curtail the spread of diseases.

  • Location: Texas

Lea Claye

Nutrition Specialist

Lea Claye first began her work experience with USDA in 2008 as a Biological Science Aid with the Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, MD. It’s here that she became interested in agriculture and subsequently became a USDA/1890 National Scholar during her undergraduate career at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

As an 1890 Scholar, Lea worked with the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) throughout her college years on projects primarily with the Nutrition Marketing and Communication Division. She served as a Dietary Guidelines Public Comments Organizer, White House and USDA Blog drafter for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and the Apps for Healthy Kids competition, Super Tracker Test Case Organizer, and a tracker for MyPlate Media Coverage at the time of its release.

During this time, she also became interested in international development and public health. In 2011, she studied abroad at the University of Quebec at Montreal with a focus in International Agriculture and French. Less than two months later, she spent a semester studying in Seoul, South Korea at Korea University. This time, her academic focus was public health, maternal nutrition, epidemiology, and health policy. During summer 2012, Lea was accepted into the Minority Health International Research Training program where she spent 3 months in Montego Bay, Jamaica conducting a case study on the prevalence of repeat pregnancies among HIV positive women.

In May 2013, Lea graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with the highest honors for a Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics) and a certificate in Global Studies. Currently, she is the newest member of the Nutrition Promotion and Technical Assistance Division at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
Lea is a dual citizen of Sierra Leone and looks forward to improving the health infrastructure and nutrition status of people across the world in developing countries.

  • Location: Washington, D.C.

Marie Danysh

Counseling & Advocacy

My name is Marie Danysh.  I am the child of immigrant parents.  I was born in Virginia and was raised in Houston, TX.  I attended Southwest Texas State University with a degree in Sociology.  I used my degree to work with at-risk youth at Gary Job Corps in San Marcos.  I worked as a counselor and college coordinator.

After 9 ½ years with Job Corps, I entered the public education field as a Special Education teacher.  Currently, I work with high school aged students in San Antonio, TX.

I am a wife and mother of 2 girls.  I am an advocate for my students and for at-risk youth.

  • Location: Texas

Suna Lumeh

Rising STAR - Coordinator

Suna joins the FES team adding a forward-thinking initiative to provide an advanced science and technology-based education capability. By leading efforts to expand internet access to remote regions or individuals with network feasibility limitations, she pursues establishing an extensive global learning network that links students with educational resources and online, face-to-face, distance mentoring and tutoring.

Through her Rising Science, Technology and Applied Resources (Rising STAR) initiative, we focus on improving upon and supplementing students’ STEM education. We realize great benefits in gaining momentum toward researching, learning and developing natural resources in these regions. By accomplishing this, we will foster creativity and innovation that not only provides solutions for these communities, but also grows to meet and exceed community needs.

Suna brings a technical dynamic to our team. Having started her career in Maryland’s thriving Biotech Corridor, she has professional experience in BioPharmaceutical Research and Development, including specialties in Analytical BioChemistry and also Drug Delivery and Devices. Suna earned a dual Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and in Biology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She later supplemented her pharmaceutical-based profession by earning a Masters in Materials Science and Engineering with a focus in Nanotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.

Suna has worked and volunteered as a tutor through Washington DC’s Heads Up University Neighborhood Initiative, through her undergraduate National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Math & Science initiative and during her graduate tenure in Baltimore, Maryland. Her own personal achievements and successes fuel her dedication to empower youth, families and communities through efficiently balancing education with connected resources.

  • Location: Pennsylvania