Hannah volkman, Executive director, MPH
Hannah is a PhD candidate studying infectious disease epidemiology. At age five she conducted her first food rescue when her family had extra veggies harvested from their garden. Equipped with a little red wagon, she brought zucchini, pumpkins, tomatoes, carrots and as many icky radishes as she could “rescue” door to door to her neighbors. Since age five, Hannah has warmed up to radishes.
Kelzee tibbets, SUSTAINABILITY, MPH
When Kelzee moved to Minnesota in 2011, she was overwhelmed by the strength of the social justice movement in the Twin Cities, and the beautiful ways it connects and empowers people. After searching for her place among it all, she found it in food waste reduction when she once drank two gallons of milk in a day to keep them out of the trash. Thanks to TCFJ, she’s now putting her skills to better use exploring new, creative relationships with partners, communicating freely with people interested in the food justice cause, and leading the bike rescue program. Outside of TCFJ, Kelzee enjoys the occasional triathlon, exploring her neighborhood, and all things public health.
RACHEL HAENEL, SOCIAL media & marketing
Rachel is a graphic designer for a local Twin Cities company. Born and raised in central Minnesota, she has a love for nature and a passion for keeping the earth a beautiful place. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys going to concerts and exploring the many fantastic breweries around MPLS/STP.
SADIE ELLENSON, ADMINISTRATION
Sadie joined TCFJ with a healthcare background and currently is employed as an emergency room scribe and surgery scheduler. She is passionate about providing access to fresh produce to communities in need as it can also decrease health conditions directly affected by diet. She hopes to further expand local awareness about food waste and food insecurity through TCFJ. When not rescuing food or fighting for social justice, she is spending time with her family, friends and dog, Scout, while enjoying all NE Minneapolis has to offer.
SELENA SALFEN, STRATEGIC PLANNING & VISUAL MEDIA, MFA
Selena has worked for 12 years in the photography, video, arts, creative project management, and education fields. In her role as Strategic Planning Coordinator, she helps invent and implement new programs and create educational materials. Selena also serves as TCFJ’s Visual Media Specialist, creating photography for and designing this website! She was drawn to TCFJ because of her interest in social justice, public health, and nutrition. Selena is glad to be part of an organization that cares about these issues and allows her the opportunity to take immediate action in creating innovative solutions to food insecurity.
MAX LETTENBERGER, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Max is employed at StreetWorks after graduating from University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. His interest in saving food stems from his interest in improving the world. Max enjoys TV shows, movies, music, sports and walking.
DEANDRA BIENEMAN, OUTREACH & GRANTS
After working with TC Food Justice staff as a nonprofit recipient partner, Deandra knew she personally needed to join TC Food Justice's incredible mission! Deandra sees an abundance of healthy food and volunteer support in the Twin Cities and believes that by harnessing these precious resources we can create healthier, more sustainable communities. In addition to her work in nonprofit development and community engagement, Deandra loves getting herself wrapped up in creative projects, joining improptu dance parties and cooking tasty food for the people she loves.
ANNA SCHULTE, SPECIAL PROJECTS, MPH
Anna is a recent graduate of the Community Health Promotion MPH program at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health . It was love at first food rescue for Anna, who has previously worked in childhood obesity prevention research, community organizing, and higher education. She hopes to continue to combat food waste and hunger in her future work.