Our Team

Sharon Benz


(716) 839-8524

Committee Member

Dr. Benz Taught social studies for four years followed by a 28 year career as a guidance counselor in the Buffalo Public Schools. After retiring from the Buffalo Schools, was hired by Daemen College, formerly Rosary Hill College. Dr. Benz retired in 2016 from Daemen College after a 14 year career.

Michelle Bancroft



Eveline Hartz



Eveline Hartz is a retired RN & health coach with a keen interest in nutrition. She has been an active member of the WOYP committee since 2004. She co-founded and chairs Green Cuisine, a monthly gathering of people interested in wholesome, nutritious foods and is active in NYS efforts for mandatory labeling of GMOs.

June Licence



June Licence retired from UB (American Studies/History), is a long-time member/treasurer of Riverside-Salem United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ, is on the Advisory Board of Indigenous Women’s Initiatives, the Peace Education Fund, and the Interfaith Peace Network of WNY.

Anne Tarantino



Edward Matrak

Edward Matrak LinkedIn

Web Administrator

Ed is a Buffalo area Software Engineer and has worked in industry since 2007. His specialties are in SMB Web & Web Application design and implementation.

Dr. Brenda Young


WOYP liaison with Daemen College

Professor of Biology, Chair of Global & Local Sustainability.

Donna Truman


Sally Gower


Sally holds BS in Business as well as her MBA in Marketing from SUNY Buffalo. She is a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as well as being certified in Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell. She currently is owner of Eat Well Buffalo where she believes and teaches that you can both prevent and reverse disease through lifestyle and diet.

Carol Alt


Carol Alt is a retired teacher from WNY where she spends her summers. Living in Florida the rest of the year, she is active in environmental issues and author of several children's environmental books.

Jessica Myers-Altman

Social Media Chair

Who We Are

World on Your Plate is a coalition of groups and individuals that work together to restore the earth by promoting sustainability for farmers, farm workers and consumers alike. WOYP advances education and action on issues of food safety, security and sovereignty, and works to create a table where all are welcome.

Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement seeks to partner faculty and students with communities in order to promote civic responsibility that leads to communities that are healthy, safe and vital and that will remain so for future generations.

Riverside-Salem UCC/DC has this motto: Our faith is rooted in the ancient struggle for social justice and Jesus’ law of love in social relationships. We believe in the integrity for creation, justice, and peace; in the dignity and value of labor; in working in interfaith networks and coalitions. We are an Open and Affirming congregation. We work for sustainable development. We give thanks for heaven and earth, the diversity of species, the song of hope, the beauty of being, the dynamic of love.

Indigenous Women’s Initiatives’ major goal is to further empowerment of indigenous women, their families and nations by applying indigenous values to contemporary settings and supporting projects which encourage sustainable life-ways by recognizing and strengthening leadership capacities across generations. World on Your Plate is a not-for-profit event that is organized and run by volunteers. It takes a year of planning to prepare for the conference and we deeply appreciate our community partners and supporters. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s forum. We couldn’t have done it without you.