Food for Thought: Nantucket Love Stories with Zacil Nash

Join Zacil Nash, Ralista Mitrakieva, Kristina Ralkova, and Emma Young as they share interesting, and often surprising, stories of how they came to the island, why they left and came back, or why they’ve never left at all.

Zacil “Sassy” Nash, originally from Mexico, came to the United States in 2000, where she has been working, and continuing her education ever since. She holds dual citizenship, and has served in the US Air Force. Currently working on her second Masters in Education, Zacil has taught in alternative schools on and off-island, and for the past 3 years has been a Spanish teacher and a guest teacher at NIS. A storyteller at heart, she has also worked in theater productions across the country, including Dreamland Stage Company and Theatre Workshop here on Nantucket. Zacil is currently the Educational Programming Coordinator at The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation. 

Ralitsa Mitrakieva is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria. She visited Nantucket for the first time in 2010. During that time, she lived near Chicago, IL.  She returned to Nantucket a year later, and eventually moved to the island in 2012. Ralitsa is currently a Paralegal at Cohen and Cohen Law PC. She loves Nantucket and cherishes everything the island has to offer.

Kristina Ralkova is originally from Vilnius, Lithuania. Kristina has lived on Nantucket since 2008. She is the owner of Create, an art and craft supply store, located on Amelia Drive. Happily married, Kristina has a 9- year old son. She believes that Nantucket is truly a very special place to live and raise a family, surrounded by beautiful nature and the most amazing community…like nowhere else”.

Emma Young was born on Nantucket in 1993 and has lived here ever since. She currently owns and operates Nantucket Creative Reuse, a craft supply store, that encourages people to be creative by using found materials and reusing others’ treasures. She loves to kayak, take nature walks, and do crafts with her cat Len by her side.





The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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