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2010-2011 Regional Field Organizers

Meet the 2010-11 Regional Field Organizers!

Alex Sligar, Eastern Washington University, Northwest Field Organizer:

Alex is a senior at Eastern Washington University, where he is studying biology. He recently helped start the EWU Sustainable Food Project, to bring more real food to campus. When he isn’t busy at school, Alex spends his time volunteering at a local community farm, mentoring, and reading books. He likes to play sports, eat delicious food, and hangout with his awesome wife! After graduation, Alex hopes to study food economics and international trade in graduate school.

Lauren McCullogh, Whitman College, Northwest Field Organizer:

Lauren goes to Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She’s a junior and is currently designing an interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Studies major. Her vegan lifestyle and interest in environmental and social justice has led to her involvement and leadership in activism centered on food issues. Lauren leads the animal rights club at Whitman, is the RA of the environmental interest house, and participates in environmental activism. When not busy with school or organizing, she likes to read, drink tea, cook, run, and sit in the Walla Walla sunshine.


Myles Postel-Reynolds, Morehouse College, Organizer for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs):

Growing up in Boston, Massachusetts Myles shocked his parent at the age of 6 when he decided to become a vegetarian. Ever since he has strayed drastically from the norms of his family’s traditional southern cooking and urban food choices. With five years of food activism experience under his belt from The Food Project and the W.K. Kellogg foundation he retunes to his families roots in Georgia to go to Morehouse College. Morehouse College is a HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) in Atlanta where he Majors in International Studies with a Minor in Chinese. He plans to bring HBCUs to the Real Food Challenge and add much needed diversity to movement. He believes that the movement must be lead by those who are affected the most by it and has seen first hand the health disparities of African- Americans created the food system in his community and family. He is really excited to bring a focus to African-American issues in relation to the food system.


Ashley Swank, Iowa State University, Midwest Field Organizer

Ashley looks forward to her first year at Iowa State University as a transferring Junior.  As a future Agronomist, she's incredibly interested in how the way we farm now negatively impacts not only our ecological future, but our political and economic futures as well.  She is especially excited to help bring about real food change on the campus of ISU since Monsanto and Cargill are huge universit beneficiaries, effectively controlling much of the research done on campus.  She recently spent some time on a small organic farm in the Amana Colonies and loved every bit of it, especially seeing how much personality the chickens had! 

Pete Kerns, Carleton College, Midwest Field Organizer:

Pete is a junior Environmental Studies/Religion major at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.  WIth a passion for cooking and eating well, Pete found that the best ingredients always came from fair, local, humane, and eco-friendly sources.  Soon, he started working in the fields and in the communities to help grow food for everyone.  Now, Pete can be found working with fellow Carleton students to make change in the food system or working with Growing Power to help build community all around Chicago.  When not cooking or farming Pete loves photography, baseball, and making others laugh with improv.


Genna Lipari, University of Califoria, Davis, California Field Organizer

Genna Lipari just finished her second year at University of California, Davis where she is planning to study Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. She is an active member of Students for Sustainable Agriculture and California Student Sustainability Coalition. This past year she worked as a sustainability intern for Dining Services on Davis campus. She loves to garden and eventually hopes to be able to run a small farm!


Alicia Sparks, University of South Florida, Southeast Regional Field Organizer:

Alicia has a thing for mountains despite growing up by the beautiful beaches of Florida--living in Port Orange before studying Anthropology and Dance at USF in Tampa. As an undergraduate, she spent semesters in D.C. and Greece, got involved in RFC and local/campus community garden groups, and became really passionate about food based change—from real food’s power to create holistic health, to our power to affect the amount of real food. Her enthusiasm also gets going from cooking, tree-climbing, garlicky smells, piano sounds, and eggplant.

Melissa Tinling, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Southeast Regional Field Organizer

Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Melissa is now a “born&bred” Tar Heel studying Environmental Health Science and French at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While actively merging a passion for environmental science into an academic focus on global public health, she is involved with UNC’s student group Fair, Local, Organic (FLO) Food, volunteers as a Public Service Scholar with a local hunger-relief organization, and plays on the Heels Club Soccer team. Melissa loves backpacking and baking, ceramics and collage, and after graduation she hopes to build a career combining behavioural education for maternal and child health with community food systems.

Ali Nord, University of Vermont, Northeast Field Organizer:

Ali Nord currently resides in Burlington, Vermont where she is a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of Vermont. She is studying Environmental Science, with a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture. She is the Sustainability Intern for UVM’s dining services, where she uses the Real Food Calculator to track UVM’s food purchases. She also helped start and run Slow Food UVM, which is a student group that works to increase student awareness and access to sustainable food on campus. Besides food, other passions include the Red Sox and anything else that gets her outside.