Staff & Board

Board of Directors

 

Chris Hayhoe, President
   Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, PA
Kirstie Foster, Vice President
   Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

 

Cassi Johnson, Secretary
   City of Saint Paul
Isaac Russell, Treasurer
   Minnesota Legislature

 

Dr. Neil Bratney
   Lakewood Health System
Lydia K. Bjorge
   BNSF Railway

 

Ryan Carrigan
   Independent Consultant
Peg Keenan
   ICA Food Shelf

 

Alicia Porter
   Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota
Tom Thompson
   J&J Distributing

 

Stacey Vokrot-Mello
   Cargill
Dan Vollman
   Goldman Sachs

 

Staff

Colleen Moriarty, Executive Director

Colleen Moriarty has been involved in poverty programs for the majority of her career. She has seen the devastating effects that poverty has had on our families and children and understands that basic needs must be met before families can succeed. As Hunger Solutions’ Executive Director and the chair of Minnesota Partners to End Hunger, she works to motivate decision-makers to take supportive action on state and national hunger policy issues.

One of Colleen’s strengths is portraying the story of hunger to the media and legislators in a way that is compelling and makes a positive impact on behalf of those in need and the organizations that serve them. Before her current leadership role at Hunger Solutions, Colleen was a Department Head at KARE 11, where she organized the Health Fair 11 program; Executive Director of the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board; and, Chief of Staff to Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton from 1994-2001. She was also elected to the Minneapolis School Board in 2002 and served through 2006.

FAVORITE FOOD: Birthday Cake

651-789-9841 – cmoriarty@hungersolutions.org

 

Sophia Lenarz-Coy, Associate Director

Sophia Lenarz-Coy is the Associate Director for Hunger Solutions. She is passionate about looking at hunger from a food systems perspective and wants to see that all Minnesotans have access to healthy, quality food. Sophia is a graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts and has worked in the nonprofit sector for many years, developing programs, managing staff, and finding innovative ways to solve the complex problem of hunger.

FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza (of any kind)!

651-789-9842 – slenarzcoy@hungersolutions.org

 

Aby John, Business Manager

Aby John is the Business Manager with Hunger Solutions where he oversees the financial, administrative, and technology tasks that keep the organization running. He also manages the TEFAP program. Aby is a graduate of Iowa State University and has worked in both the private and nonprofit sectors.

FAVORITE FOOD: Ravioli

651-789-9846 – ajohn@hungersolutions.org

 

Nicole Bailey, SNAP Outreach Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA

Nicole Bailey is the SNAP Outreach Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA, joining Hunger Solutions in November 2016. She is a passionate public health advocate, with a focus on addressing issues of food insecurity and other health disparities in communities throughout Minnesota. Nicole previously served as an abuse prevention specialist for a large school district in southeastern Wisconsin and has worked closely with several community-based coalitions. She received a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Studies from Portland State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

FAVORITE FOOD: White Chicken Chili

651-789-9851 – nbailey@hungersolutions.org

 

Rachel Holmes, Minnesota Food HelpLine Associate

Rachel Holmes joined Hunger Solutions in March 2015 as a Minnesota Food Helpline Associate. Rachel graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Political Science and is an strong advocate for social programs that equip Minnesotans with the resources they need for success. Prior to joining us, she was a passionate volunteer with Dress for Success, an organization helping women to enter the workforce with style and confidence. Rachel keeps busy with a constant stack of reading books, her 3 beautiful nieces, and a mischievous tabby cat named Dan.

FAVORITE FOOD: My grandmother’s famous Swedish meatballs.

651-789-9847 – rholmes@hungersolutions.org

 

Krister Karlsson, Development Manager

Krister Karlsson is Hunger Solutions’ Development Manager and works on fundraising, grant writing, and donor events. Following a year abroad in South America and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College, Krister moved to Sweden where he earned a Master’s in Politics and International Studies from Uppsala University. Now back at home in Minnesota, he is passionate about non-profit development and fighting for important local causes like anti-hunger advocacy and outreach. Krister joined Hunger Solutions in March 2017 after a decade of experience in academics and the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

FAVORITE FOOD: Steak Dianne (by Julia Child) with mashed potatoes. And hot sauce (separately).

651-789-9845 – kkarlsson@hungersolutions.org

 

Abbie Tish, Minnesota Food HelpLine Associate

Abbie Tish is a Minnesota Food HelpLine Associate, joining Hunger Solutions in July 2013. Success stories from callers is what fills Abbie with the motivation and passion to help hungry Minnesotans each and every day on our helpline. Prior to joining our team, she was a SNAP Family Resource Intern at Second Harvest Heartland where she conducted outreach to food shelves, dining sites, and shelters to pre-screen individuals for public benefit programs. In 2011, Abbie graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in American Studies & Sociology. And when not at work, she enjoys getting outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and obnoxiously updating the world on the newest thing her young nephews do/say!

FAVORITE FOOD: My mom’s challah stuffing!

651-789-9848 – atish@hungersolutions.org

 

Joe Walker, Program Specialist

Joe joined Hunger Solutions in 2010 as an intern and has since expanded his role to include outreach and support of our food shelf network. He runs our state food shelf and equipment grants and is also Hunger Solutions’ data, mapping, and technology guru. In a former life, Joe ran his own DJ company in Portland, Oregon, and worked as a chef at a small, family-owned Italian restaurant, where his passion for food was sparked.

FAVORITE FOOD(S): Gnocchi, classic American BBQ, and pizza (just not necessarily together)!

651-789-9849 – jwalker@hungersolutions.org

 

Patti Whitney-Wise, Programs Manager

Patti Whitney-Wise, Program Manager, joined Hunger Solutions at the beginning of 2017 to fortify our SNAP outreach work. Previously of the Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Patti brings extensive knowledge of national best practices, a host of connections, and decades of experience to our team. She is well-suited to assist with outreach efforts across Minnesota as we expand our grassroots network of food shelves, meal programs, farmers markets and other organizations fighting hunger.

FAVORITE FOOD: Marinated, barbecued leg of lamb by my husband.

651-789-9850 – pwhitneywise@hungersolutions.org

 

Jill Westfall, Communications Manager

As Communications Manager, Jill is responsible for developing our communications strategy including maintaining our website, producing our e-newsletter, and helping us present our message about hunger to the media and policy makers. An advocate at her core, Jill’s career has focused on working to improve our public systems and policies so they help individuals and families live to their fullest potential. Prior to joining Hunger Solutions, she worked in Nebraska, serving in a similar role at Voices for Children in Nebraska. Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts from Creighton University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

FAVORITE FOOD: Anything with cheese melted on top of it!

651-789-9843 – jwestfall@hungersolutions.org

 

Peter Woitock, Community Organizer

Peter Woitock is a Community Organizer with Hunger Solutions where he works to building capacity with the mobile food shelf network. He also does much of our advocacy at the Minnesota State Capitol. Before joining our staff, he worked as a volunteer coordinator at Valley Outreach, a food shelf in Stillwater, Minnesota. Peter graduated in 2008 with a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Since then he has worked on political campaigns and in nonprofits, where Peter fights passionately to end poverty and hunger in Minnesota.

FAVORITE FOOD: Tator tot hot dish.

651-789-9854 – pwoitock@hungersolutions.org

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