Matthew Gardine has joined CAUSES as the Project Assistant for Urban Agriculture in the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education. He is a farmer with five years of growing experience, and will be primarily based at the UDC Beltsville Research Farm to oversee the propagation, cultivation, pest management and harvesting of crops. From 2009 to 2011, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer working with cereal farmers in the West African nation of Senegal. Upon returning home to the United States, he completed a Master of Science degree in Community Food & Agricultural Systems from Michigan State University, where his capstone research project focused on the community garden he initiated in Saly, Senegal, the community in which he lived and worked for two years. Gardine is a fifteen year resident of the District. He graduated from Georgetown University.
Judith Shapiro has joined CAUSES as a Respite Aide/ Bodywise Project Coordinator in the Institute of Gerontology, where she will develop care plans to meet the program participants’ medical, social, educational, and personal needs, as well as conduct fitness classes. She is an experienced leader and innovative program manager with substantial background in diverse aspects of management, aging services, fitness, yoga and health, and is passionate about positively enhancing the quality of lives as people mature. Judith Shapiro holds Master degrees in Health Services Management and Aging from George Washington University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.