2009-2010 Regional Field Organizers
Shannon Ayala, City College of New York, Northeast Organizer
For three years Shannon has been leading the environmental campaign at the CCNY NYPIRG chapter, attending rallies, lobbying, and getting students involved. He co-built an environmental justice and food justice group based on West Harlem Environmental Action in Fall 08 and made food awareness part of CCNY Green Earth Week 09. He also joined an urban agriculture study group to create a sustainable food/urban farm program in the CUNY system.
Elena Dulys, Virginia Tech, Southeast Organizer
Born and raised in a hybrid of rural and suburban Virginia near the Potomac River. Speaks some Spanish, trains for triathlons, eats a lot. Studies Environmental Policy & Planning at Virginia Tech, an environmental and food activist on campus. Spent last summer as an organic farmer in Southwestern Virginia and worked for Appalachian Sustainable Development and got to meet and cook dinner for one of her heroes, Barbara Kingsolver.
Sally Goodman, University of Minnesota, Midwest Organizer
Katelyn Hale, Lewis & Clark College, Northwest Organizer
Lyra Leigh-Nedbor, Montana State University, Northwest Organizer
Kelsey Meagher, UC Irvine, West Coast Organizer
Kelsey Meagher is a fourth-year undergraduate at UC Irvine, and she is serving as one of eight Sustainable Agri-food Systems (SAS) Fellows in California. As part of her fellowship, she conducts research on her campus food system, educates her peers about food systems issues, and advocates for a more just and sustainable food system at UCI. After piloting the Real Food Calculator with another student and discovering that UCI purchases only 10% "real" food, Kelsey established a food systems working group in order to increase the amount of sustainable food options on campus. After she graduates, Kelsey hopes to study food systems and community development in graduate school.
Jordan Treakle, UNC-Chapel Hill, Southeast Organizer
Jordan Treakle hails from the mountains of Western North Carolina and is currently a fourth year undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill. With an initial interest in environmental justice and sustainable agriculture, he co-founded the student group FLO (Fair, Local, Organic) Food at UNC in the Fall of 2007. When not working with RFC folks in the Southeast, Jordan can be found in the garden or riding his bicycle around town.
Allison Stewart, Macalester College, Midwest Organizer
Allison is a junior at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN studying Anthropology and Environmental Studies. In addition to her RFC responsibilities, she helps run the school garden and is a student rep for the student government. Allison has done organizing around sustainability/ food issues in MN, DE, and at the UN. When not organizing or eating, Allison dreams of a future with lots of honeybees, crafts, and urban homesteading.