The Council is comprised of fifteen Governor-appointees representing a broad spectrum of government and non-government entities. The members represent most sectors of the food system and allow for a council very diverse in background and experience.
Wendy Peters Moschetti
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.
Dawn Thilmany McFadden
CO Dept of Education
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.
CO Dept of Public Health and Environment
Jennifer Dellaport serves as the manager of the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Unit for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Prevention Services Division. She oversees collaborative work with CDPHE nutrition, obesity prevention, and maternal and child health programs; state agencies; and external
organizations that connect local agriculture to nutrition assistance programs and child care facilities. Jennifer has over 30 years of experience working with the WIC Program, completing almost 25 at CDPHE. She began her career in international public health nutrition serving in the Peace Corps and for refugee organizations. Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Public Health Degree from Hunter College, City University of New York.
Colorado 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.
San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition
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 bicyle.
Colorado Beef Council
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).
The Good Food Institute
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
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.
Silver Reef Organic Farms
Patrick is a farmer with Silver Reef Organic Farms. He believes that healthy communities begin with healthy soils. Patrick has worked in a variety of agricultural operations including livestock, fruits, vegetables and large field crops. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy he is honored to continue serving through agriculture. Patrick is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, the National Young Farmers Alliance and is the Vice President of the Larimer County Farmers Alliance. He studied Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University.
Nathan K. Troudt
As third-generation Coloradoan, Nathan K. Troudt was born and raised on a small family farm south of Wiggins, CO where he farms with his Mother, Brothers and Nephews raising Corn, Wheat, Alfalfa and
Cattle. He graduated from Wiggins High School in 1989 and from Northeastern Junior College in 1991 with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Production Agriculture. He has served on the Wiggins School District Board of Education as Secretary/Treasurer and currently is serving on the Morgan County Planning Commission as Vice President and President. He is currently employed with the Food Industry for the last twelve years serving in various management positions. He lives on the same small family farm with his beautiful and talented wife, Mary and their two Fur Babies, Duke and Two-Bit.
CO Dept of Agriculture
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.
For terms expiring August 31, 2021:
1. Marci Renee Cochran of Pueblo, Colorado, to serve as a recipient of a federal food assistance program, appointed;
2. Grant Kendall Mattive of Monte Vista, Colorado, to serve as representative of agricultural production and as a member who sells agricultural products to a public school or school district, appointed;
3. Nathan Karl Troudt of Wiggins, Colorado, to serve as a representative of food wholesalers or food retailers and as a direct market retailer, appointed;
4. Elizabeth Grace Marron of Saguache, Colorado, to serve as a member with expertise in federal food and nutrition service programs and in rural community and regional development programs or community and economic development programs, appointed;
5. Bryan H. Trujillo of Lakewood, Colorado, to serve as representative of institutional procurement from a health care setting, appointed;
6. Julie Ann Moore of Aurora, Colorado, to serve as a nutrition expert, licensed physician, or registered dietitian, appointed;
1. VACANT, to serve as a recipient of a federal food assistance program and as a recipient of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, appointed;
2. Joseph Patrick Conrey of Fort Collins, to serve as representative of agricultural production and as a specialty crop producer, appointed;
3. Gabriel Alan Disbrow of Franktown, Colorado, to serve as a representative of food wholesalers or food retailers, appointed;
4. Effie Rorke of Fountain, Colorado, to serve as a representative of a statewide anti-hunger organization, appointed;
5. Marc Jacobson of Denver, Colorado, to serve as a member with expertise in federal food and nutrition service programs, appointed;
6. Brian Colyer Coppom of Longmont, Colorado, to serve as a representative of a food distributor or a food hub, appointed;
1. VACANT, to serve a member from an academic institution who specializes in economic systems, agriculture, or health care, appointed;
2. Ann L. Cooper of Boulder, Colorado, to serve as representative of institutional procurement from an educational setting, appointed;
3. Caroline Ellie Bushnell of Boulder, Colorado, to serve as a representative of a local nonprofit community organization engaged in farm-to-school programs or local food systems, appointed;
4. Wendy Peters Moschetti of Boulder, Colorado, to serve as a representative of a statewide healthy food systems organization, appointed.
1. Kristi Brennan – CO Dept of Education
2. Jennifer Dellaport – CO Dept of Public Health and Environment
3. Hollis Glenn – CO Dept of Agriculture
4. Karla Maraccini – CO Dept of Human Services
5. Dawn Thilmany – CSU Extension
6. Greg Thomason – CO Office of Economic Development and International Trade
|Council Organizing Docs|
|ByLaws||January 31, 2020||https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G1aySC6ZVFj2UTHiX4Mmtu0EfRUWP4U7/view?usp=sharing|
|Operating Procedures||March 25, 2021||https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RxAV8tVvyonywuBHt2UIBhpits17f4Sx/view|
|Strategy||May 7, 2020||https://drive.google.com/file/d/11y-ff1wEJ298OoZa9i8XmykqdMdNsYKs/view|
|Committee Charter||May 7, 2020||https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Rh2k4fwCrWIVbAmGXnkBBokv-pVhHgrC/view|