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IMG 0026Bonnie Buckingham, MSW, Executive Director:  Bonnie is CFAC's co-founder and Executive Director.  She has over 20 years experience with food security and hunger reduction issues as Program Operations Manager of Missoula Food Bank, and Director of Women's Opportunity & Resource Development.  Throughout CFAC's history, she has held primary responsibility for facilitating CFAC, ensuring that the work of the organization moves forward, and carrying out fiscal and administrative oversight.  Bonnie served on the steering committee of the original Community Food Assessment (2002-2004). She organized subsequent community meetings leading to the formation of CFAC in 2005, and worked to get a joint resolution passed by the City and County government sanctioning the formation of CFAC, as well as funding to start the coalition.  She has led CFAC through its strategic growth and the creation of new programs and initiatives since its inception.  Bonnie initiated the Farmers Market EBT Food Stamp program in Missoula and actively participates in several state-wide coalitions associated with food security and non-profit organization and collaboration.  A social worker by training, Bonnie has considerable experience with community development, strategic planning, Community-based Participatory Research, and group facilitation.  She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of MT in 2007.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Bonnie or call her at (406) 880-0543. 


annieAnnie Heuscher, MS/MCRP, Program Director: Annie works on many elements of CFAC's work, focusing on beginning farmer & rancher development programs. Annie received a Masters of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and a Masters of Community & Regional Planning from Iowa State University in 2012.  Her thesis research focused on the role that community organizations can play in helping to empower individuals to take action on climate change.  While in Iowa, Annie took advantage of the easy access to the many organizations at work in the local food system, including Practical Farmers of Iowa, the Iowa Farmers Union, Regional Food Systems Working Groups, and the Iowa Food Systems Council, and she's eager to dig into the work many great organizations are doing here in Montana!  In her work at CFAC, Annie draws on prior work experience in economic development in Wallowa County, Oregon, strategic planning in Fremont County, Idaho, and land use planning in Flathead County, Montana.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Annie or call her at (406) 830-8218.


11181307_130344753965097_4534621385541399759_n.jpgKristin King-Ries
, JD/MFA, Land Use Program Manager: began her professional career as a lawyer, serving as a law clerk to a federal judge in St. Louis, Missouri and going on to practice criminal defense in Seattle. She later ran the Office of Public Defender for the Quinault Indian Nation on the Washington coast. Kristin and her family moved to Missoula in 2002 where she received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana while teaching management communications at the School of Business. Since 2008, she has worked as a freelance writer. Kristin became passionate about local food and farmland preservation through her connections to Garden City Harvest as a board member and long-time community gardener. She has also served on the boards of the Blue Mountain Clinic (Vice President) and the Clark Fork River Market (Member). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Kristin.


Kim GilchristKim Gilchrist, MS, Food Access Program Manager: Kim focuses her work at CFAC on promoting equal access to healthy, local food. She primarily coordinates the Double SNAP Dollars program in Missoula, which provides a dollar for dollar match when Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are used to purchase fresh local food from participating locations. Kim began her professional career working in retirement plan communications after receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration.  It didn’t take too long for her to realize she wanted to become more involved in local food initiatives, so she made her way out to Missoula and earned her Masters of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 2014. While in school, Kim focused on sustainable food system development. Her graduate portfolio addressed the need for greater economic viability within the alternative food movement and included research about improving food access in Missoula. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Kim or call her at (856) 912-1080.