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MEET THE TEAM

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GAYLE WOODSUM

Founder and Director

(She/Her/Ki/Kin) I am an award-winning writer and speaker with international experience in community organizing for social change since the early 1980s.  I am president and chief executive officer for Action Resources International (ARI), a Wyoming based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence and promoting safety through a variety of community-strengthening efforts that are community-based, designed, and led. In 2009, I launched the Feeding Laramie Valley project through ARI, in an effort to expand resources and create equitable collaborations among various community food, health, and social justice programs. 

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LINA DUNNING

Community Engagement Director

(She/ Her) I serve as the statewide AmeriCorps VISTA coordinator for Action Resources International, in addition to managing several FLV programs and documenting the area’s food history and future through interviews and videos. I grew up in a small town on the coast of Maine. After graduating from the University of Maine with a master’s degree in Community Development I worked as a community educator with the Cooperative Extension Service. My experiences there led me to focus on the urgent issues facing women and children including family planning and sexual violence. Now living in Wyoming, surrounded by mountains instead of the ocean, I am working as a community-based social change activist to understand the role that food insecurity plays in keeping women trapped in abusive relationships and how to make healthy, fresh food available to those in need.

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SANDY MOODY

Program Support Services Coordinator

I was born and raised in Laramie and have raised my three children here as well. I attended the University of Wyoming and completed a certificate program at Laramie County Community College. Having worked many years at UW and for the Albany County school district I landed at Feeding Laramie Valley. Working part-time cleaning the old Ft. Sanders building at LaBonte Park, I also took on several temporary jobs from watering gardens to assisting with the inaugural years of FLV’s free summer lunch program and the Higher Ground Fair. Now full-time at Feeding Laramie Valley, I am the coordinator of  Kids Out to Lunch and logistics coordinator for the annual Higher Ground Fair.

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JANNA URSCHEL

Promotion and Outreach Coordinator

(She/her) I come to the Action Resources International team from a background that seesaws between non-profit leadership, education, and higher education in English. I am excited to finally be able to bring those strands of my past and my passions together in service to our community! I arrived in Laramie five years ago with my husband, two daughters, and two dogs, and we have since expanded our family to include more dogs, horses, goats, chickens, and pocket pets. I also volunteer for a local non-profit horse rescue and am a working author. 

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SARAH GRAY

Director of Shares Production and Distribution 

(She/Her) Originally rooted in the New York Finger Lakes region, I have lived across the U.S and Asia and am beyond humbled to be settling in Laramie. I recently graduated from Chatham University with a B.A in Sustainability and Food Studies. Over the years I have held positions in regenerative farming, agricultural research and community organizing, where I have my found a passion in using farming, food, and culture to go beyond breaking bread. I am excited to continue the mission of creating a more resilient food system with FLV learning more about Laramie community. In my free time I am usually hands deep in the soil, mountain biking, reading novels, food writing or making ferments! 

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STEFANI SALAS

Shares Production Assistant Manager

(She/They) I grew up splitting half my year between rural Laramie and the Colorado Front Range. I moved to Chicago fresh out of high school to pursue a degree in Graphic and Fashion Design, then moved to Denver and received a trade certification in Culinary Arts. Coming from a background of subsistence farmers and a decade in food service, I believe food is the corner stone of community. I'm excited to serve my community and learn from my coworkers to be a better food producer. In my free time I enjoy working on my homestead, archery, and getting put into the Snowies.

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FRANKIE THORNE

Shares Distribution Assistant Manager 

(They/Them) Hi! I am a Wyoming native, born in Casper. I moved to Laramie in the summer of 2014. I am a summer shares associate. In my free time I enjoy making music and especially playing my cello. 

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JACOB (MILK) MUNTZER

Promotion & Outreach Artistic Design; Mobile Market & Shares Distribution

(They/Them) I am one of the Mobile Market Operators, I grew up in rural Casper, and Laramie, Wyoming. I'm excited to be working here because I have a strong sense to serve my community and want to fight food insecurity. I worked in food service before this; outside of work, I enjoy video games, writing my webtoon, and currently am one of the local drag queens in town.

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ALLEN GONZALES- WILLERT

National Service Team Member

(He/Him) I am a native of Southern California, born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Cal State Long Beach in 2018. Following graduation, I served in the Peace Corps as a TEFL Volunteer in the town of Sokal, Ukraine. I co-taught English, hosted English Clubs, both in schools and in my town’s library, and led public speaking clubs from 2018 until the agency wide evacuation in 2020. I’m excited to be serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Feeding Laramie Valley. As someone who benefited from school lunch ticket programs in elementary school, receiving nutritious food is of the utmost importance. I am also excited to learn more about Laramie and the community and devote a year to being a part of the solution to food insecurity in America. In my free time, I love watching older movies from the 60’s to the 90’s, cooking, collecting records, playing board games, hiking, and traveling to new places in Wyoming.

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COLLIN BALLARD

Mobile Market Coordinator

(He/Him) I was born and grew up in Laramie, so I’ve always had an appreciation for the mountains and the snow! I graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2016 with a degree in Religious Studies and International Studies. After attending a graduate program at the University of Washington, I decided that I would rather serve my community through direct action than through academia. I moved back to Laramie and found my way to Feeding Laramie Valley’s Mobile Market program. I believe that everyone deserves access to healthy meals, so I’m very excited to dive into the world of food security, and I’m even more excited to serve the community I love so much. In my spare time, I enjoy jogging, hiking, camping, and anything that can get me outdoors!

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ROWAN AZOOZ

Full Year AmeriCorps VISTA

(He/Him) I was born in Illinois and came to Wyoming following an urge to explore and learn, as well as put back into the community. Having just recently graduated from high school, I'm eager to establish myself in this world, and I'm hoping that starting off working with food insecurity with FLV will help teach me valuable skills in interacting and connecting with communities, as well as allow me to help people directly. I deeply love learning, from history to science, and have varying skills in technology and crafts. I'm very excited to be working in Laramie for the next year, learning its history and meeting its people

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GUILLERMO AVALOS 

Full Year AmeriCorps VISTA

(He/Him) Originally from the Patagonia region of Argentina, I was born in the city and province of Neuquén. I was raised in an area of the United States where food insecurity and poverty are common daily sights, and having seen and experienced these first-hand, I am drawn to the challenge of combating these pervasive issues. I believe that there are many challenges with food security even in a country like the United States, and that it is important to address these to be able to tackle other problems that may exist in a community.

I am a student at Colorado State University, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Political Science. I am also currently serving as a full-year AmeriCorps VISTA through Feeding Laramie Valley and looking forward to working with the Laramie community to improve food systems in Albany County!

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ALEXIA MENDEZ

Full Year AmeriCorps VISTA

(She/Her) I was born in Denver, CO and moved to Casper, WY at age 7. Since then, I moved here to Laramie, WY and have graduated with a BS in Physiology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Wyoming. I previously have worked as a Summer AmeriCorps VISTA member and have been wanting to get back into the Laramie community. I am excited to be back at Feeding Laramie Valley as a year long AmeriCorps VISTA associate this year to be able to help and connect with the Albany County community with promoting food security. In my free time I love hiking, traveling, baking, camping, paddle boarding, and trying new things! 

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DENI BOERSMA

Summer Production Team Member

(She/her) Originally from Kansas, I moved to Laramie in 2007 to attend UW. I graduated with a degree in microbiology and loved Laramie enough to stay! Outside of FLV I work as the full-time manager and baker at O'Dwyers Pub. When I have free time I enjoy reading, doing crossword puzzles, and cooking. I'm honored to be a part of the FLV team and look forward to working hard to support their cause!

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ETHAN WILLIAMS

Summer Production Team Member

(He/him) Hi! My name is Ethan. I am a Laramie boy born and raised, and I love this town and community. I believe that food sovereignty is the first step in many steps that we can take as a community to improve the lives of everyone who lives here! I am so happy to be a part of the Feeding Laramie Valley team this year. 

 
In my free time I love to hike, read, write, and spend time in the mountains. I also love cats and music, whether I am playing or listening to it.

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