Jim Hanna, MA, is Executive Director of the Cumberland County Food Security Council. He lives in Portland which has been his base to do food-system focused work since the early 90s. His children attended Portland Public Schools and he has spent much time working with and coaching students. He has been a Social Justice Influencer since before we named it that.
Kristina Kalolo, MA, is the Research & Outreach Administrator for the Cumberland County Food Security Council. During Phase I, she organized and oversaw the PPS Food Security Needs Assessment. In Phase II, she helped develop the Toolkit and convenes the Nutrition Education Action Group. Kristina also serves as the Markets Manager for the Somali Bantu Community Association's Liberation Farms where she works with Food Service Director, Jane McLucas to procure local produce from the farmers to create scratch marinara sauce for Portland Public Schools. Kristina is passionate about creating socially just food systems that participate in collective healing for the land and the beings it holds.
Lily Chaleff, MA, first became interested in food activism in Worcester, MA in 2012 when building guerrilla community gardens, volunteering with Food Not Bombs, and dumpster diving with friends. After working as a farmer, restaurant worker, and fishmonger, Lily became a FoodCorps member in Portland, ME working in two elementary schools to connect kids to healthy food. In her current position as Schools & Youth Program Coordinator at Cultivating Community, she is able to direct her experience to the school district level and community wide organizing through Food Fuels Learning to support school gardens, cooking and nutrition education, cafeteria culture, and other food security initiatives. She practices permaculture, herbalism, and dismantling systems of oppression through both at work and in personal life.
Jane is the Food Service Director for the Portland Public Schools. She has been in her position since Fall of 2015. Prior to her current position she was the Food Service Director in Norwood, MA for 15 Years. “Feeding children continues to be a passion, that I work hard at each day.” She is an active member of the Maine School Nutrition Association, holds her School Nutrition Specialist Certification from SNA, and her B.S from Johnson and Wales University in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. Jane loves to go to the beach, camp and check out the State and National Parks during her time away from work.
Grace is our new Food Fuels Learning VISTA Coordinator. She is excited to continue Anna Franceschetti's work on Phase 2 and to support development in new directions. Grace is originally from upstate New York and attended Cornell University. Studying agricultural sciences fostered Grace's interest in food system and sustainability issues. She believes we can create a more equitable food system through interdisciplinary collaboration and science based strategies.
Colleen Donlan is the Local Foods Coordinator VISTA at the Cumberland County Food Security Council (CCFSC). At CCFSC, she coordinates the Cumberland County Gleaning Initiative, connecting local food and farms to people facing food insecurity. In Phase 2 of Food Fuels Learning, Colleen facilitates the Sustainable Practices Action Group, supporting schools with their waste management and local food procurement practices. She was born and raised in Portland, ME and attended Portland Public Schools.
Laura Robinson, MPH, is a board member of the Cumberland County Food Security Council. She has a background in public health and qualitative research, and is a certified holistic health and wellness coach. Laura recently co-founded a small organic veggie farm in North Yarmouth (Riverside Farm), and through her public health lens, she is also starting a baby food company, uniting her passions to help moms and families live their healthiest lives.
Our Graphic Designer
Winslow Robinson, PhD is a behavioral designer / researcher, specializing in the science of habit formation to realize design for social good / lifestyle as medicine. In addition, he sits on the board of directors for the Cumberland County Food Security Council, and is involved in state-level advocacy through the Southern Maine chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition. With his partner, Winslow founded Riverside Farm using organic low/no-till practices with heavy emphasis on hand tools, also leveraging design thinking to improve beekeeping performance on their small apiary.