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 the 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 Montana in 2007.
Shay’s work focuses on managing the Double SNAP Dollars and Field Tested Mini-grant program at CFAC. Shay received her bachelor’s degree in International Political Science from Arcadia University in 2009.
Prior to CFAC, Shay worked at Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center in Ronan as the Farm-to-Institution Program Manager, working to increase local food being served at schools, hospitals, and other public institutions through forward contracting and cooperative purchasing initiatives. She has also served many stints in various AmeriCorps programs, learning important skills in building social capital and community organizing. Shay brings her varied experiences to CFAC to help increase local and healthy food access to all demographics in western Montana.
Jenny serves as our Communications and Development Director. She is here to tell the story of CFAC, analyze the impact of our work past, present and future, and connect CFAC with our community of supporters in new and exciting ways.
Jenny comes from a background in leadership, development and fundraising, communication and outreach, financial and strategic planning in both the non-profit conservation sector and for-profit corporate world. Most recently, she was the Executive Director at Five Valleys Land Trust and before that, Development and Outreach Director at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center. She has an M.B.A. in Green Business and Non-Profit Management from Antioch University of New England.
Jenny has a long history of living and working in local agriculture. She grew up on a dairy farm in Western New York where her father leased conserved agricultural lands for his dairy operation. She went on to work at a community vegetable farm during graduate school, was a Board member of a county food pantry and hot meals program, The Community Kitchen, in Keene, New Hampshire and worked to protect farmland in New England as Development Director for the Monadnock Conservancy, a local land trust, serving 35 towns in Southwest NH.
In her free time, she loves to garden, hike, bike, fish, and kayak with her two pups, Lily and Andy, and her partner Billy. She is known for her campsite huckleberry pancakes, love of weeding, and dedication to multiple community causes.
Mary serves as the New Farmer Programs Coordinator within CFAC’s Beginner Farmer and Rancher (BFR) Program. Mary’s work focuses on supporting various aspects of the BFR program, including managing the Farm Link Montana website and coordinating the Planning For On-Farm Success and Farmer Field Day workshops series.
Her work in food systems first began when she helped revitalize student gardens and a compost system on her college campus. This experience motivated her to move West after graduation to work on a small farm in the mountains of Washington. She then spent two years serving with AmeriCorps and FoodCorps managing small high school farms in Oregon and helping farmers sell their produce to local schools.
Interest in deepening her knowledge of sustainable farming and food systems brought Mary to the University of Montana, where she graduated with her master’s in Environmental Studies. Her master’s research focused on programs that help producers conserve wild spaces and species, while also growing food for their communities. She is excited to bring her experience with farming and education to CFAC and looks forward to supporting local farmers through CFAC’s new and established programs.
Ian’s work at CFAC focuses on both the Beginning Farmer and Rancher (BFR) and Food Access (FA) programs. For the BFR program, Ian supports the planning, delivery, and evaluation of BFR events and Farm Link Montana services. On the Food Access side, Ian assists regional farmer’s markets and retail stores with implementing the Double SNAP Dollars (DSD) program, which provides a dollar for dollar match for SNAP participants when purchasing locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
Ian has worked to increase the sustainability and equity of Montana’s food system since moving to Missoula in 2006. After graduating from the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana, Ian worked on farms across the northwest before directing the UM Farm to College Program, an agricultural economic development initiative building local food supply chains and educational gardens. Ian then worked as the chef at Buttercup Market & Cafe, building his knowledge of kitchen processes necessary to work with local farms. He is dedicated to using his skills from farm to table to build a better food system with CFAC.
Aly joins CFAC as an Americorps VISTA, serving in a role that focuses on marketing, outreach, and communications. Her work centers on connecting community members to the mission of CFAC. Aly received her Bachelor’s in Strategic Communication and International Development from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Throughout her studies, Aly grew a passion for community food access. Her International Development program led her to study for a semester in Honduras, where she took part in a community garden program. Witnessing communities taking charge of their own food system caused a shift—Aly knew then she wanted to pursue a career in sustainable food systems. Upon her return, Aly worked on an urban farm and interned in various communication roles. She hopes to use her voice alongside those advocating for better food systems, something CFAC specializes in. Aly looks forward to learning all about Montana food systems with CFAC, and she is excited to be a part of the team.