MEET THE TEAM

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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. 

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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.

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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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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.  

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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 came on full-time in 2019 as their Program Design Coordinator as well as AmeriCorps Program Coordinator for their state-wide rural intermediary program.

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CELESTE COLLINGWOOD

Program Development and Sustainability Coordinator

I am a second generation Peruvian-American who has lived in Spain, Australia, and several regions within the Unites States but I now call Wyoming home. I have spent my life in the pursuit of making my community and the world at large a more just, equitable, and welcoming place through volunteer work, social activism, and community learning. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in Environmental Systems Science with a minor in sustainability. I am a lover of books, animals and nature spaces. In my free time you can find me taking my dogs on long walks in town, hiking, traveling, and reading anything and everything I can get my hands on.

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EMBER AYALA

Program Development and Sustainability Specialist

Hi! My name is Ember Ayala and I originally moved to Laramie, Wyoming in August 2018 to serve as a full-year AmeriCorps VISTA member with Feeding Laramie Valley. I am from Victoria, Texas which is warm and fairly close to the Gulf of Mexico. After adjusting to the colder weather, I quickly fell in love with the beautiful area and the kind community of Laramie. After serving a year with Feeding Laramie Valley, I decided to stay on as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. I started working full-time with Action Resources International as the Program Development and Sustainability Specialist in October of 2020. Besides work, I enjoy most outdoor activities and spending time with my dog Rocket who you can find at the office during the winter!

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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.

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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.

DYLAN BELL

VISTA Leader

Originally from South Jersey, I grew up in a small town of around 1,000 people. After finishing High School, I attended college at Stockton University, where I pursued a degree in Environmental Sustainability. I completed my degree over the Summer of 2019 and have dedicated the last two years of my professional career to national community-based service. Mainly focused in the Midwestern part of the United States, I have learned many skills important to building connections within communities and creating sustainability within the organizations that I work with. I am currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with Action Resources International. I help with the recruitment and placement of AmeriCorps VISTA Members at several VISTA Intermediary sites throughout the state of Wyoming and Colorado. During my time off I enjoy hiking and backpacking, trying to visit all the Capitol Buildings in the United States, attempting to grow vegetables, videogames, and working out!

NICK DEMERLY

Full Year AmeriCorps VISTA

I grew up in on a small farm near Fowlerville, Michigan. Graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in International Relations in 2020. My interest in local-global systems, rural sociology, and food insecurity in rural areas drew me to this position with Action Resources International. In my free time I usually end up reading, hiking, or attempting to play guitar.

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TAYLOR STEWART

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.

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JORDAN COLLINGWOOD

Kids Home for Dinner Chef and Shares Production Assistant

As a Wyoming native (Big Horn Basin), and current resident (Laramie), I have spent most of my life working with and helping the people of Wyoming. I have coached youth sports, volunteered and worked for Greater Wyoming Big Brothers Big Sisters, and have spent a lot of time on farms, ranches, and other rural outdoor settings. I received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in International Studies, and I am thrilled to be apart of an organization that expands food security locally and hope to extend those endeavors globally. When I am not actively growing or cooking food, you can find me walking my dogs around town, fishing, hiking, and camping in the mountains, playing music and sports, or traveling around the World.  

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SARAH GRAY

Full Year AmeriCorps VISTA 

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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GABY THOMAS

AmeriCorps VISTA Program and Event Development Summer Associate

Hailing from San Diego, California, I’ve been finding new places in the west to substitute mountains for the ocean I grew up in. I finished a B.A. in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and after graduating, I took a gap year lifeguarding on the beaches west of Auckland, New Zealand. I am an aspiring educator, hoping to incorporate place-based learning, community engagement, and social justice into my curriculums. I am halfway through a Masters of Science in Natural Science with a focus on Science Education through the University of Wyoming. I was lucky enough to complete the first year of my Masters through the Teton Science Schools in Kelly, Wyoming and am excited to wrap up the degree here in Laramie, getting to know the wonderful community and exploring the nearby trails via foot or bike with my trusty pup, Mowgli! 

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RUBY NOVOGRODSKY

AmeriCorps VISTA Program and Event Development Summer Associate

I grew up here in Laramie, and I graduated from Laramie High School in the spring of 2020. Over the last year, I’ve worked as an organizer on a variety of social justice and renewable energy projects in the great state of Wyoming. I’m joining the Feeding Laramie Valley community engagement team as a program assistant this summer, and I’m excited to help develop and spread the word about our events and projects! Outside of work, I enjoy reading, hiking with my dog, and playing the violin.

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OLIVIA QUEHL

AmeriCorps VISTA Kids Out to Lunch Summer Associate

I'm Olivia Quehl, from Milwaukee. I am currently a student at UW studying Food Science in the Department of Animal Science! I love the outdoors, animals, and spending time with loved ones. I am thrilled to be working with Feeding Laramie Valley this summer. Also, this may be important: I am left-handed.

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CONOR RINDLER

AmeriCorps VISTA Kids Out to Lunch Summer Associate

My name is Connor Rindler. I am a senior in the dietetics program at the University of Wyoming. I was previously a chef for ten years, and I love everything food, diet, nutrition, and health-related. I am so excited to serve my community and provide knowledge and expertise to Feeding Laramie Valley throughout the summer of 2021.

ALLANNAH GEE

AmeriCorps VISTA Shares Summer Associate

I have lived in Wyoming almost my entire life, from Cody to Big Horn and now Laramie. I am going into my senior year at the University of Wyoming and am studying international studies, environmental systems sciences, environment and natural resources, and photography. I love creating new things, from gardening to art to my recent hobby of sourdough baking. I also spend a lot of time hiking and walking with my corgi puppy and going backpacking whenever I can!

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FRANKIE THORN

AmeriCorps VISTA Shares Summer Associate

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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HANNAH OLSON

AmeriCorps VISTA Shares Summer Associate

Hi! I am a student at the University of Wyoming studying Human Nutrition and Food, with my sights on becoming a dietitian. I am from a small town in Wyoming and have lived here my whole life. I enjoy being outside, climbing, hiking, and mountain biking. I am excited to directly assist the Laramie community by giving food to those who need it. Getting to be outside and get my hands dirty is what I live for, and I am so happy to be part of the Feeding Laramie Valley team!

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JACOB ARMET

AmeriCorps VISTA Shares Summer Associate

I grew up in Rawlins, Wyoming, and spent my summers enjoying the Snowing Range Mountains. I am going to be starting my senior year in Mechanical Engineering, and will hopefully graduate Spring 2022. When I am not studying, I split my time working in the community and being alone in the mountains. I am excited to work with FLV this summer, and to help Laramie in any way possible.

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SUMMER FRANKLIN

AmeriCorps VISTA Shares Summer Associate

As a Wyoming native, I got to grow up hiking mountains, fishing, admiring wildlife, and traveling through the varying scenes in my state. I began in Laramie for my degree in Microbiology. During my time in college, I participated in health-based volunteer opportunities in hospitals and clinics and general community work. Now, I'm excited to be working on Laramie wide food security while enjoying the sun and anticipating the harvest. During time off I enjoy adventuring with my cat Momo, backpacking, enjoying the nearby lakes, or relaxing at home painting.

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LIBBY GRAVES

AmeriCorps VISTA Program Development Summer Associate

My name is Libby and I am originally from Traverse City, MI. I am a current graduate student at the University of Wyoming pursuing a Master’s of Science in Natural Science Education and Environment & Natural Resources. I’ve spent the past year living, learning and teaching with Teton Science Schools in Jackson, WY. As a service member with Action Resources International and Feeding Laramie Valley, I hope to grow through service to the Albany County community and to become an active community member as I move to the area. I am committed to maintaining my role as a lifelong learner, and to gaining more knowledge through this position regarding the importance of healthy food systems in communities to benefit collective wellness, shared knowledge and economic development.

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CAITLYN CRUM

AmeriCorps VISTA Program Development Summer Associate

As a small-town Wyoming native, service to one another and community-building have been constant principles in my life for as long as I can remember. What started as localized volunteer initiatives have led me to pursue my passion at the University of Wyoming where I am currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a concentration on cultural and social issues. I’m excited to join the Feeding Laramie Valley and Action Resources International teams, and I look forward to learning how I can contribute to a more equitable, socially and environmentally conscious community in Laramie and the surrounding area. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, a good book, photography, and getting outdoors.