Lisa’s other nonprofit work included tenure at Foodchain – The National Food-Rescue Network, and many years of volunteer and pro bono work for hunger-relief organizations, providing communication and media services. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and worked in corporate communications, public affairs and media organizations before turning to the field of nonprofit work.
Emily’s experience also includes five years of program coordination and volunteer management for a library and youth mentoring program in Tenants Harbor, Maine. While there, Emily served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for two years. Emily has a BA in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA in Social Policy and Management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Maine. When not gleaning, Emily is busy tending her own garden, cooking, traveling, and hiking with her dog.
After treating so many patients with preventable chronic illnesses, she became increasingly interested in how nutrition affects our health. In 2012, she completed a farm apprenticeship with Cultivate Kansas City and the Growing Growers program. In 2014, she successfully helped fundraise, advocate and organize events as a member of Nashville’s Fair Food committee. Deciding to focus her passion for community and health in the non-profit sector, her previous positions include Vendor Program Assistant for The Contributor, Communications and Outreach Coordinator for The Anidaso Nsae Foundation and Public Health Intern for Hospital Vozandes in Ecuador.
Mariah loves working directly with farmers and volunteers and spending as much time as possible in the field in the sunshine. When not gleaning, she enjoys traveling, cooking family-style meals for friends and writing.
Sandy graduated with a BA from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, majoring in communication arts with an emphasis in journalism. She has worked as a director or manager in marketing/advertising/event planning/promotions for advertising agencies, radio stations, Adam’s Mark Hotel, Hardee’s regional and ShowBiz Pizza corporate and many freelance clients. Her experience also includes advertising and marketing recruiting and building her own small food-related business.
Sandy has volunteered many hours for a variety of causes—most related to hunger relief. In her downtime during the growing season, she likes preparing fresh vegetables from her CSA weekly farm share. She also enjoys spending “floatie time” at little Nine-Acre Lake and traveling.
It is very important to her to work and serve in ways that make a difference in people’s lives. She helped develop a local food pantry in 2008. As the volunteer pantry director, she has experienced the challenges and rewards of acquiring, storing and delivering food to hungry families.
She loves the relationships she has with the pantry guests and volunteers. Says Jane: “During distribution days, we not only share food with our friends, we share ideas about using unfamiliar foods and new recipes.” Occasionally fresh produce donations overflow and she can be found drying, freezing and preserving fruits and vegetables so they can be distributed at a later time to people with limited access to transportation.
During her free hours, she loves spending time with her family and especially her four adorable grandchildren.