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
Tracy is the Nutrition Services Branch Chief at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She provides leadership for the Branch, which houses the Colorado WIC Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Unit. Prior to this role, she served as the Child and Adult Care Food Program Director, the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Manager, and various other roles within the Nutrition Services Branch. She has worked in Colorado state government for almost 20 years. Tracy is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Health from the University of Colorado.
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.
Nicole Marie Civita
University of Colorado Boulder
Nicole Marie Civita is an attorney-turned-systems practitioner and ethicist with transdisciplinary knowledge at the food-nexus of humans and environment. She leads the Sustainable Food Systems specialization within the Masters of the Environment professional graduate program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She provides experiential, community-based, service-oriented education through the MENV Clinic for Sustainable Solutions, which supports rural Colorado communities in making progress toward more sustainable land and resource use; dignified, productive, and rewarding livelihoods; and nourishing, resilience-building foodways. Nicole also advises food innovators and change-makers on enhancing sustainability, equity, inclusion, and well-being through the food system using a range of information-backed, market-oriented, community-based, and public policy-driven strategies. Nicole holds an LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas, a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and an A.B. from Columbia University.
Care and Share Food Bank
Lynne Telford is the CEO of Care and Share Food Bank, a role she finds fulfilling and meaningful. She is a visionary and strong leader who is dedicated to the mission of ending hunger in southern Colorado.
Lynne has been serving the community through her nonprofit work for nearly two decades. In addition to her position at Care and Share, she served Vice President at Pikes Peak United Way and Executive Director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Lynne volunteers on various boards, committees, and commissions, including the State Board of Human Services and the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC. She speaks on a variety of topics, including leadership, philanthropy, and food insecurity.
Lynne also has more than twenty years of for-profit business experience, beginning with her career as a CPA. Her corporate positions included Controller at Atmel, World-wide Controller at ES2, and Vice President of Finance at VSL Corporation.
Lynne is an alumnus of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute (2005), Leadership Pikes Peak (2003), and the Community Leaders Program (2002). In 2004, she received the Woman of Influence award in Colorado Springs. She received the Community Influence Award in 2010. In 2013, she earned the distinction of Business Leader of the Year from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and she was one of the Women of Distinction in 2014. She was honored to be the 2015 Athena winner.
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.