Staff

Executive Director: Katrina Van Dis
Food & Farm Director: Jess Weiland
Program Assistant: Shaili Parakh
Social Media: Megan French
Nutrition Wellness Consultant: Marielle Slater

Executive Team

Chair: Laura Moss
Secretary: Jane Sabin-Davis
Treasurer: Shannon Sbarra

Board of Directors

Our Board is comprised of volunteer citizens representing various food system sectors in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties including:

  • Farmers and Ranchers
  • Food Business
  • Hunger Relief
  • Community Health
  • Land Use
  • Local Government
  • University
  • Community At-Large
  • Katrina Van Dis
    Katrina Van Dis Executive Director

    Katy grew up on a cherry orchard in Eastern Oregon and as a kid sold cherries on the side of the road to help fund her college tuition.  Her passion to make her community a better place to live by connecting with farmers and food is contagious. She can be found playing in the dirt in her neighborhood garden she built or somewhere in the woods finding solace with her husband and dog, Jake.

  • Jess Weiland
    Jess Weiland Food & Farm Director

    Jess is fueled by the belief that food is a medium to improve civic engagement and that problems can be solved over a shared meal. She grew up on a tree farm and operated a vegetable farm nestled in Wisconsin. Jess is devoted to building community through the support of local agriculture and is excited to share this enthusiasm. Jess is happiest when traipsing in the woods or on an adventure in the kitchen.

  • Shaili Parekh
    Shaili Parekh Project Assistant

    Shaili is passionate about empowering communities through healthy food access and is interested in the ways race, gender, and class shape our relationships to food.  She has worked with refugees, food banks, and schools to engage folks of all backgrounds with cooking and gardening. Shaili is happiest when she’s experimenting in her kitchen late at night, dancing to groovy live music, or climbing rocks outdoors.

  • Megan French
    Megan French Social Media Guru

    Megan was born in Bend and enjoys all things pine-scented and grown in Oregon soil. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism and worked on farms both urban and rural. She is a locavore and strives to be self-sustainable every day. To Megan, being a locavore is more than just eating; it is canning, preserving, animal husbandry, brewing, baking, writing, farming, and cultivating relations with neighbors.

  • Marielle Gold
    Marielle Gold Nutrition Wellness Consultant

    Marielle’s passion for food was nurtured growing up in France making sauces and vinaigrettes alongside her Mom who prepared dinner daily. Marielle earned a Ph.D. in Immunology and directed a basic science laboratory but always remained focused on preserving her connection with cooking and nutrition.  When Marielle moved to Bend in 2016 she was able to combine her passion for local healthy food with her background in scientific research by working with the HDFFA.

  • Becca Burda
    Becca Burda Food Business, Whole Foods

    Becca is the Marketing and Community Relations Liaison for Whole Foods Market.  She grew up in Bend and believes in the power of healthy food access for all.  Becca took a break from marketing in the Portland radio industry and did something completely different for eight years, baked bread and pastries for local bakeries.  She sees the great opportunity to promote healthy organic eating and connecting to the local farming community through her job.  Her quiet time includes hiking trails with her 2-year-old, Davy, on her back.

  • Carly Sanders
    Carly Sanders Hunger Relief, NeighborImpact

    Carly is the Food Bank Manager for NeighborImpact. She is committed to the organization’s mission to increase access to fresh, local food in Central Oregon. She wants to provide opportunities to increase the awareness of and the need for disadvantaged Central Oregonians to gain greater access. Carly will collaborate with HDFFA’s Food Recovery Program to assure that available fresh, local food is delivered to local food pantries and kitchens.

  • Chelsie Carter
    Chelsie Carter Community Health, PacificSource

    Chelsie is the Wellness & Community Programs Specialist for PacificSource. It’s important to her to follow the mission of providing better health and care by actively participating in efforts to improve our communities. She’s passionate about real food, supporting our local farmers, and feels it’s vital to teach where food comes from. Her favorite reads are by Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin and in her spare time she enjoys building up her small farm, the outdoors, and yoga.

  • Clare Sullivan
    Clare Sullivan University, OSU Extension

    Clare is the OSU Small Farms and Community Food Systems Extension Agent for Central Oregon.  She grew up in Guelph, Ontario and spent 10 years studying and working in agriculture around Canada before joining OSU Extension in 2014. Clare is excited to work with farmers to increase the viability of their farming operations, and enjoys highlighting the importance of agriculture to the community at large. She also likes staying active, speaking Spanish, and laughing.

  • Elizabeth (Liz) Weigand
    Elizabeth (Liz) Weigand Food Business, Agricultural Connections

    Liz grew up on a farm in Madras and nurtured her roots in agriculture with graduate studies in food systems and planning. She believes in a community vision where farmers are recognized heroes for the meals that we eat. She is the proud owner of Agricultural Connections, a year-round, local, organic food business that distributes to homes and businesses in Central Oregon. Liz enjoys cooking, backpacking, dancing, skiing, paragliding, traveling, and hanging out with her loved ones.

  • Jane Sabin-Davis
    Jane Sabin-Davis Secretary, Community-At-Large, Deschutes

    Jane has been involved with local food for the past 45 years.  She began gardening as a young mother interested in quality produce and her interests peaked when the family bought 25 acres of cherries and managed an acre vegetable garden. Jane has worked as the Director of the Oregon Rural Action and Blue Mountain Humane Association and served on two international non-profit board of directors.  She is an avid gardener, mountain biker and dog-lover.

  • Jerre Kosta-Dodson
    Jerre Kosta-Dodson Farmer, Dancing Cow, Crook County

    Jerre is the proud owner of one of the few woman-operated farms and ranches in Central Oregon, raising heritage breeds of livestock, poultry, vegetables, herbs and fruit using holistic resource management methods. Providing local food to local people is most dear to her heart and Jerre wants to see the farming/ranching environments grow, survive and thrive.

  • Juli Huddleston
    Juli Huddleston Community Health, Medcor Deschutes Onsite Clinic

    Juli (aka Jules) is a lover of food and fitness. This love seeps into a career of helping people reach their full health potential by living the best quality life for wellbeing and happiness. Her educational background is in Exercise Physiology, Food Policy, Applied Nutrition and Dietetics. She has worked in various capacities as a personal trainer, educator, and dietitian since moving to Bend in 2007. Jules has a passion for cooking, crossfit and being active outdoors.

  • Laura Moss
    Laura Moss Board Chair, Community-At-Large, Deshutes

    Laura grew up on a horse farm in the Willamette Valley countryside, with an abundance of local food and fresh cooking. Since moving to Bend in 2005, Laura has advocated for local food, farmers, and food justice. Her desire to increase access to and awareness of Central Oregon food and products attracted her to HDFFA. Her work and volunteer experience in food systems will vastly benefit HDFFA. She has a BS in Political Science and a minor in Sustainability from Portland State University.

  • Shannon Sbarra
    Shannon Sbarra Treasurer, Farmer, Volcano Veggies

    In 2013, Shannon and her husband Jimmy opened Volcano Veggies, a commercial scale indoor aquaponic system where their greens grow at the top while the Tilapia swim in the tank at the bottom. Shannon works to find creative solutions for local food, as she deeply cares about both community nutrition and environmental sustainability.  In addition to farming, Shannon has been involved with marketing and is excited to bring new ideas to the table at HDFFA.

  • Zanne Sheets
    Zanne Sheets Rancher, Grizzly Mountain Eco Ranch, Jefferson Cty.

    After living as “backyard farmers,” Zanne and her husband David made the leap to a bigger plot. Their aspiration was to establish a model for sustainable living. Their ranch is off the grid and powered by wind and sun. They grow organic fruits and vegetables and raise heritage breed chickens and llamas. Zanne is a foodie-at-heart and strongly believes that increasing awareness and action around food and farm issues is essential to building a healthy community and environment

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