MEET THE TEAM

GAYLE WOODSUM

Founder and Director

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. 

LINA DUNNING

Community Engagment Director

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.

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.

REECE OWENS

Food Production Manager

I am a Wyoming native. I was born in Laramie and grew up in the mountains at over 8,000 feet above sea level, 40 miles from the nearest town, in what most would think of as a cabin in the woods.  After graduating high school, I went to the University of Wyoming where I received a B.A. in Religious Studies. I started working at Feeding Laramie Valley during college and have continued to since graduation. My many duties include managing interns, shooting photos and videos, working in the gardens, and helping with anything else I can.

CANDACE TEEMS

Program Coordinator

I moved to Laramie with my husband and dog in January of 2018 from north metro Atlanta. I graduated with a master's degree in International Development from Brussels, Belgium. Before graduating, my experiences working and backpacking in Southeast Asia led me to focus on agricultural development. When I started with Feeding Laramie Valley, I was a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA where I helped the organization with capacity development, coordinating volunteers and events. Now, my duties include to support the planning and coordination of the programs and its activities, help build relationships within the team and the community, and keep records and reports updated.  

KATIE CASE

Program Design Coordinator

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, my passion for community development and food security guided me through two B.A.’s from the University of Hawaii, an M.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University, and work on social development projects in Mexico, San Diego, and Uganda. Before moving to Laramie in 2018, I was a researcher and consultant with local governments and community-based organizations to build community gardens, edible landscapes, and increase food security for vulnerable populations in underserved communities. I started working with Feeding Laramie Valley to help implement Community Gardens in Albany County and am now Program Design Coordinator as well as AmeriCorps Program Coordinator for their state-wide rural intermediary program.

DOM FRAUSTO

Food Production Assistant

I was born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming. I enjoy gardening, cooking, and art. I am working as a year-long AmeriCorps with the FLV Shares team. Before this position, I was an FLV Summer Intern. I am very excited and humbled to have the opportunity to be apart of the FLV team full time and looking forward to working with everyone to continue the development of FLV.

CHACE CORRIGAN

Food Production Assistant

Since before I can remember, horticulture and music have been the two things that I was most spirited and passionate about. Working under the sun with hands in the dirt, and working with plants makes for a good day, any day for me. When I was fifteen I started a band that I didn't know would shape who I am to this day. Being on over twenty national tours, I had the opportunity to meet many amazing people, and find a new hope, and love for humanity.

DOMONIQUE HACKNEY

Healthy Food Access

Full Year AmeriCorps VISTA

Originally hailing from Washington state, I moved to Laramie, WY with my mom and little sister in April of 2019. I studied at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, obtaining a bachelor 's in Studio Arts and two minors in Peace & Conflict Studies and Environmental Science & Policy. I have experience working on projects in photography, environmental conservation, community collaboration, and innovation in art and design. I enjoy working within my community, developing positive relationships, and adapting to life. In my free time, I enjoy photography, writing, hiking, gardening, and reading new works.

HANNA PILCH

Food Access Capacity Development

Full Year AmeriCorps VISTA

I grew up in Evanston, Wyoming. I moved to Laramie to complete a Bachelor's in Sociology and Social Sciences from the University of Wyoming. My interest in food insecurity, sustainability, and community building led me to pursue a position with Feeding Laramie Valley. In my free time, I like to travel, bake, be outdoors, or play with my cat. 

BLAKE LINEWEAVER

Food Access Capacity Development

Full Year AmeriCorps VISTA

Originally from Iowa, I am a recent graduate from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Agronomy and International Agriculture. I bring experience collaborating with student groups and community members on a variety of agricultural issues and communicating my dual loves for sustainably-grown produce and the outdoors. As time allows, I like going on long runs, reading, cooking, and having a great conversation.

TAYLOR STEWART

Food Access Capacity Development

Full Year AmeriCorps VISTA

My roots are in Kansas, but ever since I first visited mountains I have dreamed of moving West. After recently graduating with my degree in Life Sciences, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from Kansas State University, I am excited to make that dream a reality. I have worked and volunteered for a variety of community-based organizations in the United States and abroad, which taught me the importance of grassroots initiatives in creating a more equitable and sustainable future. I am excited for the opportunity to continue my experience in outreach and coordination working for Feeding Laramie Valley because of the mission of the organization and its commitment to improving the Albany County community. In my free time, you will find me exploring the outdoors, chatting with friends over coffee and shamelessly listening to music from the 70s and 80s.

JANELL ROSS

Head Cook

Kids Out to Lunch, Kids Home for Dinner

I have lived in Laramie for the better part of the last 17 years. I am married to a wonderful Laramie native, and our passions include hiking and backpacking with our two dogs, gardening, and music. I have worked as a professional chef for over 20 years, with a focus on baking and pastry. I am excited to be working with Feeding Laramie Valley, and hope that my contribution, however small, can benefit the people of our amazing Laramie community.

Feeding Laramie Valley
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
 
Shares Pick Up
Thursday, 1 PM - 6 PM
Friday, 1 PM - 6 PM 

968 N. 9th Street

Laramie, Wyoming 82072

Tel: 307.223.4399

info@feedinglaramievalley.org

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