COFSAC Members

Our Council is comprised of 16 governor appointed seats that correspond to specific food system stakeholder groups, and 6 members appointed by each of the associated state agencies as designated by our founding legislation.

Members are appointed for three-year terms beginning August 31st of each year.

Joan Brucha

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Joan Brucha is the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Unit Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with over 15 years of experience working statewide and nationally with childhood obesity initiatives. She led the Healthy Schools Program with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an initiative started by the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association, and was Vice President of Professional Development Services at RMC Health. Joan holds a Master Degree in Public Health from the University of Northern Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to live music, attending Rockies and Nuggets games, and being physically active, especially running in Denver’s City Park.

Caroline Bushnell

The Good Food Institute

Representing: Local, non-profit, community org. w/ farm-to-school program/local food system

Caroline is the Associate Director of Corporate Engagement at The Good Food Institute (GFI), a nonprofit organization accelerating the shift to a sustainable, healthy, and just food system. She advises some of the world’s largest food manufacturers, meat producers, and retailers, as well as startups and investors on opportunities in the rapidly evolving alternative protein industry. She also supports GFI’s state-level policy work within Colorado.

Previously, Caroline served as the Director of Marketing for Celestial Seasonings at The Hain Celestial Group. She has also worked at Moet Hennessy USA and Janus Capital Group. With almost 15 years experience in CPG brand management, finance, and consulting, she is deeply familiar with the food industry. Caroline is a graduate of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Chef Ann Cooper

Boulder Valley School District

Representing: Institutional procurement, educational setting

Chef Ann Cooper is a celebrated author, chef, educator and enduring advocate for better food for all children. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Ann has been a chef for more than 30 years, over 15 of those in school food programs. She currently serves as the Director of Food Services for the Boulder Valley School District. Known as the Renegade Lunch Lady, Ann has been honored by The National Resources Defense Council, selected as a Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, and awarded an honorary doctorate from SUNY Cobleskill for her work on sustainable agriculture. In 2009, Ann founded the nonprofit Chef Ann Foundation to focus on solutions to the school food crisis with free and accessible tools, recipes and resources to support schools transitioning to scratch-cooked meals made with whole, healthy food.

Gabe Disbrow

Leevers Supermarkets Inc.

Representing: Food wholesalers or food retailers

Gabe Disbrow, President and Chief Operating Officer, at Leevers Supermarkets Inc. A Colorado native and U.S. Army Veteran; Gabe started his retail career in operations and logistics with Target in the California market. He transitioned to the international grocery giant Aldi as a district manager in Michigan at the beginning of 2008. He was subsequently transferred to the Dallas, TX market where he was promoted to director and served in various operations management roles as well as logistics/warehouse oversite and market development before being transferred to the South East (FL) where he was responsible for large scale market planning and deployment of capital to support the company’s aggressive growth. A graduate of Michigan State University’s MBA program; he joined Leevers Supermarkets in 2018 and has led the employee owned company’s operations to sustained same store sales growth under the Save A Lot, El Mercado, and Leevers Locavore banners.  Gabe and his wife Melanie and their 4 children call Castle Rock, CO home.

Krista Garand

Colorado Department of Education

Krista Garand recently joined the Colorado Department of Education Nutrition Unit as the Supervisor of Grants and Strategy. In this new role she provides oversight, project management and strategic direction for the following areas: farm to school and meal quality initiatives, including Local School Food Purchasing Program; Blueprint to End Hunger implementation grant; USDA Technology Innovation Grant; USDA Farm to School Grant; new programs and grant funding opportunities; quality improvement projects; and unit strategic plan. This work supports the mission of the unit to support the child nutrition community through innovation, training, and partnerships to ensure all youth have access to healthy meals.

Prior to this new role, Krista served as the Food Service Director with Durango School District 9-R for sixteen years where she championed farm to school work in the state of Colorado in order to support local agriculture and healthy school meal initiatives. Krista was an appointee to the Colorado Farm to School Task Force.

Hollis Glenn

CO Dept of Agriculture

Representing: Colorado Department of Agriculture

Hollis Glenn is currently the Director of the Division of Inspection and Consumer Services for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. In this role, he oversees a number of regulatory programs associated with Colorado’s agricultural industries; including oversight of custom meat processors, egg dealers, farm products and commodity handlers, produce safety, and commercial animal feed. Hollis serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Feed Control Officials and serves on the FDA Governing Council for the Partnership for Food Protection, which is focused on a national initiative to develop a blueprint for a new era in food safety. He has over 14 years of regulatory experience with the state of Colorado. Hollis is a proud Colorado native and earned his MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Tessa Hale

Boulder County Public Health

Representing: Institutional procurement, healthcare setting

Tessa Hale is the Healthy Beverage & Food Advisor at Boulder County Public Health where she supports community members in tackling the systems leading to dietary-related chronic disease through building farm to institution food systems and innovative policy campaigns. Tessa is especially interested working toward a sustainable, equitable, healthy, and just food system in Colorado. Her perspective on Colorado’s food and agricultural system is informed by her family’s roots as farmers in Kit Carson, Colorado, and her current work on increasing access to healthy foods for all Colorado residents. Tessa holds a Master of Science in Nutrition Education from American University.

Derrick Hoffman

Hoffman Farms

Representing: Agricultural production, sells ag products to public schools/school districts

Derrick Hoffman was born and raised in Loveland, Colorado. His family originally immigrated to Colorado in 1903 to work the sugar beet fields in Weld County. His grandfather grew up to farm, as well as his father. Derrick ended up farming with both of them until his Dad retired in 2002, from there Derrick embarked on a 22 year career in Education working in Information Technology. During this time, his wife Hanmei started an urban farm on their 3 acre property in north Greeley. With Derrick’s past experience, they have grown their small farm into a 100 acre operation of mixed vegetables that they sell directly to consumers, as well as to K-12 school districts and other institutional buyers. 2022 will be their 8th full season in operation.

Marc Jacobson

Hunger Free Colorado

Representing: Expertise in federal Food nutrition service programs

Marc Jacobson is the CEO of Hunger Free Colorado, a leading anti-hunger organization. Hunger Free Colorado leverages the power of collaboration, systems change, policy change and social change to educate, advocate and mobilize Coloradans to take an active stance against hunger in our community and to ensure that no Coloradan goes hungry. Prior to Hunger Free Colorado, Marc worked for Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative, where he served as Dallas Regional Director and Statewide Organizing Director. In those roles, Marc led capacity-building efforts to increase access to SNAP, oversaw the creation of model initiatives to boost participation and program delivery quality in federal child nutrition programs, spearheaded campaigns to educate and advocate on hunger policy, and guided the development of local anti-hunger coalitions in rural and urban communities across Texas. Marc also has extensive experience in community organizing and coalition-building around topics such as poverty, education, immigration and affordable housing. Marc holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and a Master of Public Policy from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.

Karla Maraccini

Colorado Department of Human Services

Representing: Colorado Department of Human Services

Karla Maraccini currently serves as the Division Director of Food and Energy Assistance for CDHS in the Office of Economic Security in order to connect people to resources and improve outcomes for individuals and families across Colorado through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Low-income Energy Assistance Program, Electronic Benefits Transfer, and Automation. She has previously served the Mountain Plains Region as the Program Analyst for the USDA in SNAP Employment & Training after serving the State of Colorado as the Director of Community Partnerships at the Office of Governor Hickenlooper assisting the administration with fundraising and management of special projects. Karla has extensive knowledge of human services systems and has worked with individuals and families impacted by abuse, neglect, substance abuse, poverty, housing and food insecurity, and mental health issues in several capacities. She is an active community volunteer who has called Colorado home for 28 years and has rescued several dogs who are her pride and joy.

Liza Marron

San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition

Representing: Expertise in rural community and regional development, or community and economic development programs

Liza is the founding director of the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition in rural southern Colorado. The San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition works to foster an equitable local food system that restores the health of the people, community, economy and ecosystem. She has been a community organizer with a focus on social justice, wellness and prevention for many years.

Marron served as the Alamosa coordinator of LiveWell Colorado’s healthy eating active living initiative from 2007 to 2013 seated at Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc. She worked with local partners to sustain the LiveWell Colorado investment in the San Luis Valley and to maintain healthy eating active living momentum through the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition.

Ms. Marron has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Her skill set includes coalition building, grant writing, governance, visioning and strategic planning, non-profit management, finance, and economic development.

The major projects of the Local Foods Coalition are the Valley Roots Food Hub aggregation and distribution enterprise complete with commercial kitchen for value-added production – now a member of Tap Root Cooperative seeking to capture the front range market for rural producers; the Rio Grande Farm Park an agricultural park with a farmer incubator whose farmers have formed the Rio Grande Farm Park Farmers Cooperative, Cooking Matters teaching families to cook healthy on a budget and the San Luis Valley Farm to School Task Force.

Marron lives in Saguache Colorado with her son, their horses, dogs, cat and chickens, her garden and her bicycle.

Dawn Thilmany McFadden

Colorado State University

Representing: Colorado State University Extension

Dawn Thilmany is a Professor of Agribusiness and Extension Economist with Colorado State University, serving in that role since 1997 and became the Associate Director for CSU’s Office of Community and Economic Development in 2019. She specializes in economic development related to local, organic and other value-added food market supply chains, as well as food market analysis and consumer behavior. Her work on agricultural diversification also includes work with agritourism in Colorado and the Western US. She is a past chair of the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council (COFSAC), supports the CSU Extension’s Food Systems and Community Development programs and has served on a number of advisory boards and project teams for the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Michele Meyer

Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA)

Representing: Representative of a food distributor or a food hub

Michele has worked at Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) since 2010 and assumed the Executive Director role in 2018. She brings over 25 years of professional fund raising and marketing experience to the CAA. Michele previously worked for United Way, Hospice of Larimer County and has her own business as a personal trainer/yoga instructor, she is also a part time ski instructor.  Upon moving to the Yampa Valley in 2010, Michele owned and operated a small family farm with her three children active in 4-H.  Sharing the hard work of raising and growing food shaped her passion for local food.
Michele started the CAA local food program in 2014 and has guided its growth to a thriving local food market with an expanding impact in the community.  Michele chairs the NW Colorado Food Coalition, serves on the Yampa River Fund Board and Steamboat Springs Chamber Board.  She also serves on the Colorado Cattlemen’s Ag Land Trust Yampa Valley Advisory Committee.

With a diverse background, Michele comments, “One of the main reasons I moved to NW Colorado is the natural beauty of the Yampa Valley.  The scenic working landscapes, open spaces, and heritage of agriculture are critical to keeping the area unique and so special.”

Julie Moore

Colorado Beef Council

Representing: Food wholesalers or food retailers, direct market retailer

Julie Moore has been the Director of Nutrition & Education for the Colorado Beef Council since May 1997. A Nebraska native, Julie grew up on a diversified farming and ranching operation. After completing both a Food Science and a Human Nutrition degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Julie worked for JBS for three years in the beef processing facility in Grand Island, Nebraska. She attended Colorado State University and received a Master’s in Meat Science and then worked for one of the Burger King beef patty suppliers before coming to the Colorado Beef Council. During her tenure at the Colorado Beef council Julie has been a part of several AHA committees, the CDPHE Cardio-Vascular Disease & Stroke Task Force, a founding member of COPAN (predecessor of LiveWell Colorado) and founding appointee to the Colorado Farm to School Task Force. Julie lives in Aurora with her husband Rex and two sons William (20) and Ethan (16).

Wendy Peters Moschetti

Nourish Colorado

Representing: Statewide healthy food systems org

As the director of food systems, Wendy leads the development and implementation of LiveWell Colorado’s strategies related to food systems, food access and food promotion.

After moving to Colorado in 2005, Wendy researched healthy food access initiatives for the National Convergence Partnership while also serving as project coordinator for the “Gardens for Growing Healthy Communities” research project with the University of Colorado-Denver and Denver Urban Gardens. She joined the consulting firm Civic Results in 2007 to help staff the healthy schools and food access teams of the Metro Denver Health & Wellness Commission. Wendy launched her own firm, WPM Consulting, in May 2009. Since then, she has collaborated with numerous organizations—including LiveWell Colorado, LiveWell communities across the state, Colorado State University, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Hunger Free Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment—to work on a variety of projects aimed at leveraging our food systems to improve equitable access to healthy foods.

Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California-Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her three young kids, trail running, camping, and reading fiction.

Effie Rorke

Feeding Colorado

Representing: Statewide anti-hunger organization

Effie Rorke is the Senior Director of Public Policy and Communications for Feeding Colorado, an association of the five Feeding America food banks serving all of Colorado and Wyoming. As an experienced nonprofit lobbyist and public health professional, she is passionate about advancing policies that alleviate food insecurity. Prior to joining Feeding Colorado, Effie was a member of Feeding America’s lobbying team during the 2018 Farm Bill, led the legislative portfolio on disaster response, as
well as served as a liaison between the national office government relations team and the nationwide network of food banks. Effie began her tenure in food banking as the State Advocacy and Public Policy Director for the Oklahoma Food Banks, where she was fortunate to be able to identify and prepare the only SNAP recipient to testify in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture during the lead up to the 2018 Farm Bill.

Effie is also the Principal Consultant of This Land Consulting, Inc., helping public and nonprofit organizations advance their missions through campaign planning, issue advocacy, and research. Clients have included the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, the Maine Council on Aging, Indian Nations Council of Governments (OK), and more. Effie completed her undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University, earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Effie and her family live in Colorado Springs.

Greg Thomason

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Representing: Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Greg Thomason recently joined the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade as the Rural Opportunity Representative for Eastern Colorado. Prior to assuming his new role, Greg served as the Executive Director with Morgan County Economic Development Corporation where he established support for an agribusiness incubator and advanced initiatives in support of workforce housing,

He currently serves on the boards of directors with the Colorado Growth & Revitalization Fund, the Economic Development Council of Colorado; and the Northeast Colorado Association of Local Governments.

Laurian Unnevehr

Representing: Academic specialist in economic systems, agriculture, or health care

Laurian Unnevehr is a retired Professor (Emerita) of Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  She resides in Grand Junction, Colorado.

During the past four decades, Prof. Unnevehr has published extensively on food policy issues, and she is recognized as a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).  She has served on several national advisory boards for USDA, the National Academy of Sciences, and the food industry.  She has a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Food Research Institute, Stanford University; and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Davis.

Staff

Council Seats and Terms

NameSeatTerm Expires
Gabriel DisbrowRep. Food wholesalers or food retailers10/31/2022
Effie RorkeRep. Statewide anti-hunger organization10/31/2022
Marc JacobsonRep. Expertise in federal Food nutrition service programs10/31/2022
Michele MeyerRepresentative of a food distributor or a food hub10/31/2022
VacantRep. agricultural production, specialty crop10/31/2022
Laurian UnnevehrRep. Academic specialist in economic systems, agriculture, or health care10/31/2023
Ann CooperRep. Institutional procurement, educational setting10/31/2023
Caroline BushnellRep. Local, non-profit, community org. w/ farm-to-school program/local food system10/31/2023
Wendy MoschettiRep. Statewide healthy food systems org10/31/2023
Julie MooreRep. Food wholesalers or food retailers, direct market retailer10/31/2024
Elizabeth MarronRep. Expertise in rural community and regional development, or community and economic development programs10/31/2024
Marci CochranRep. Federal food assistance program10/31/2024
Derrick HoffmanRep. Agricultural production, sells ag products to public schools/school districts10/31/2024
Tessa HaleRep. Institutional procurement, healthcare setting10/31/2024
VacantRep. Nutrition expert, licensed physician, or registered dietitian10/31/2024
Krista GarandRep. Colorado Department of Educationdesignated seat appointed by agency
Hollis GlennRep. Colorado Department of Agriculturedesignated seat appointed by agency
Karla MaracciniRep. Colorado Department of Human Servicesdesignated seat appointed by agency
Dawn ThilmanyRep. Colorado State University Extensiondesignated seat appointed by agency
Greg ThomasonRep. Office of Economic Development and International Tradedesignated seat appointed by agency
VacantRecipient of a federal food assistance program and as a recipient of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
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