The heart and soul of PizzaPlex are its workers. Everyone who works at PizzaPlex is contributing to the democratic growth of our business. On the journey to conversion, we aspire for each employee to carve a personalized path to leadership in our company. We are lucky to have Ana Jimenez, Cris Jimenez and Robbie Moore on our team!
Alessandra’s mother is from Naples, Italy, and her father is from the Province of Batangas, Philippines. Alessandra started PizzaPlex with loved ones in recognition of the power of food to connect community members. She learned this through the rich cultural heritage her ancestors passed on to her through the memory of preparing and sharing meals. Alessandra grew up partly in Naples, where her family ran a trattoria and pizzeria. Outside of her work with PizzaPlex, Alessandra focuses on responsible business, and equitable and sustainable development.
Drew McUsic, co-founder, is a product manager for an Ann Arbor-based biotech company that provides DNA sequencing services. Drew’s strong business acumen, engineering precision, and quality control methods contribute to overall growth strategy and financial oversight at PizzaPlex.
Nathan Hannon, co-founder, and Food and Beverage Manager, has worked in the foodservice industry for years, at one point owning and operating his own paella food truck. Nathan has received training from the Scuola di Pizzaiolo international pizzamaking school in Naples, Italy, and has worked as a pizzamaker in traditional Neapolitan pizzerias and at large-scale international events in Italy. Nate has received wine training from Gabriele Massa, master sommelier on the Isle of Capri.
Nikolette Raquel Barnes is a Detroit native with a passion for food, youth, sustainable living and nutrition education. She began her love affair with growing food in 2008 while volunteering at D-Town Farm. Since then, Nikolette has worked to expose Detroit youth to the Food Justice Movement locally and globally. She has worked for the Eastern Market Corporation, Detroit Public School’s Office of School Nutrition, Keep Growing Detroit, Greening of Detroit’s Urban Agriculture Department, as well as the Detroit Food Policy Council. In addition to her local community involvement, Nikolette co- presented “Green Is the New Black: Advocating for Healthy African American Communities through Market and Garden Education” at Growing Power’s National and International Urban and Small Farms Conference in November of 2016. Her most important work is raising her 10 year old indigo child who is ecstatic about cooking and trying new foods! .
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