Jo Anna Hawthorne, Chief Juicing Officer (CJO) At 47 years young, JoAnna is the epitome of good health and vitality. She began "juicing" nearly two decades ago and diligently makes fresh organic vegetable juice cocktails a part of her daily regimen. When she goes a few days without a “juice boost” Jo Anna feels less energized and not as alert. Her theory, “nourishing foods, regular physical activity, a spiritual practice and a positive outlook on life are the KEY to health and vitality.”Jo Anna attended the Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute in Puerto Rico, where she received Certification in the Living Foods Lifestyle Program. This experience validated what she has known for so many years; that all of our diets should consist of mostly raw living foods and everything else in moderation. Jo Anna also spent one year in California studying raw and living foods and hosted wellness retreats in Puerto Rico. Jo Anna earned a B.B.A. in Finance graduating cum laude from Howard University. This L.C.M.T. received her “Masters“ in Massage Therapy from the Potomac Massage Therapy Institute (PMTI) and has performed well over 5000 contact hours of therapeutic healing massage. She studied Pranassage at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica and recently completed advanced training in Thai Medical Massage at the Old Medicine Hospital in Chaingmai, Thailand. Jo Anna has worked as a Realtor, Spa Manager and Event Planner and is the former owner of Marx Cafe in WDC. She practices yoga on a regular basis and loves to bike, run and hike in the great outdoors with her family.
Bianca, Marketing Manager
Bianca is a recent graduate of Columbia University where she
majored in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. She oversees marketing, web
design and outreach and has helped the business at Macomb St. since May 2012. She has been interested in juicing for several years--even using her juicer at Columbia to give her a natural energy boost. Bianca enjoys juice cleansing, running, biking and traveling.
AU Crew: Since we are a short distance from American University, each semester we employ a few American University students who have expressed an interest in eating healthy and learning more about juicing, raw and living foods. The students are young, energetic, intelligent and our future leaders. Please be patient with them if you realize they are new to our staff and still experiencing the juicing "learning curve".
Stephanie, Sustainability Coordinator
Stephanie currently resides in Charlottesville, VA but consults with us periodically regarding sustainability concerns.
Originally from Annapolis, MD, Stephanie spent time in Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, and Kenya studying and working on conservation and food issues. Before working behind the counter at Hawthorne Homemade, she co-managed The Farm at Our House, a certified organic, diversified vegetable farm located on the land of the local non-profit youth home, Our House. Stephanie has an M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, a dual B.S. in International Studies and History, and a Certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin--Madison.