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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

Sally Goodman is a Midwest regional organizer. She recently left behind the rolling agricultural hills of Wisconsin for the not-so-rolling slabs of Chicago concrete, she quells her rural/urban crisis by working with remarkable RFC students, frequenting farmers markets, and cooking. When she’s not organizing or eating (ok, sometimes while eating) she works as a health educator at a community health clinic for adolescents.


Katelyn Hale, Lewis & Clark College, Northwest Organizer

Katelyn Hale lives in Portland, Oregon where she graduated from Lewis & Clark College in May. There, she studied Sociology and Anthropology, honed her Spanish language skills, and developed a deeper understanding of the complexities of our food systems--and how we have the power to affect them. After attending various RFC gatherings, she is stoked to encourage young people to be active in their communities to create social change. When she isn’t working on RFC, though, she gets excited about compost, bikey fun, brunch potlucks, and making things colorful.


Lyra Leigh-Nedbor, Montana State University, Northwest Organizer

Lyra lives in the rocky mountains of Montana, where weather is unpredictable and the big sky shines.  This is her first year as a graduate student (at MSU in Bozeman),  studying Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems.  While adusting to the diverse and extreme climate and persona of Montana, she has developed a fond appreciation for the landscape, the people and the food.  Since doing undergrad at Green Mountain College, food and agriculture has played an essential role in her everyday life.  She loves to cook, eat and farm with friends and family, sing and play together, share the bounty and breathe the fresh air of the last best place!


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.