Hannah Volkman, MPH – Executive Director, co-founder
Hannah is a PhD student 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 Tibbetts, MPH – Sustainability Coordinator, co-founder
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 here. 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 working to get our operation up on two wheels. Outside of TCFJ, Kelzee enjoys the occasional triathlon, exploring her Minneapolis neighborhood, and all things public health.
Max Lettenberger – Volunteer Coordinator
Max is interning as a newb of all trades at StreetWorks after graduating from University of Minnesota with a bachelors in Spanish. His interest in saving food stems from his interest in saving the world. Recognizing that most people could afford to help a little more each day, Max plans to make a website that makes it easier for people to do so. Max also believes that the world could benefit from cultural exchange classes in primary school where kids develop friendships with kids from other cities, states and countries by video-chatting with them every day in class. He also believes in an afterlife and thinks this belief could be shared with others through the skeptical analysis of near death experience accounts. Max plans to work on those three things (a website, those classes and a book) while continuing to enjoy TV shows, movies, music, sports and walking.
Rachel Haehnel – Social Media & Marketing Coordinator
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 – Administrative Specialist
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, MFA – Development Director
Selena has worked for 15 years in the photography, video and arts fields, photographing for a variety of magazine and advertising clients, teaching photography to college and high school students, and producing large scale advertising campaigns. After living in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, and Vermont, Selena is glad to have made one of the most progressive areas in the Midwest her permanent home. She was drawn to TC Food Justice because of her growing interest in social justice, public health, and nutrition. Selena is glad to be part of an organization that also cares about these issues and allows her the opportunity to take immediate action in the area of food redistribution.
Kat Groshens – Community Outreach Coordinator
Kat Groshens is a homesteading chef, community organizer, food justice advocate, and social business enthusiast. She holds a degree in nutrition and business from St. Catherine University, and is a certified permaculture designer and teacher. She works full time as director of community engagement and education at local non-profit Eureka Recycling, where she is excited to connect the idea of zero waste to climate change, economic resilience, and environmental justice. She took this position with TC Food Justice because she believes that nothing is waste, until it’s wasted. As a life-long chef, she is passionate about feeding people and helping them to better connect to the food that they eat. When Kat is not working you can most likely find her at the dog park with her Australian shepherd puppy Nim, spending time with her family, cooking, or curled up on the couch with a good book.
Anna Schulte, MPH – Program Assistant
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.
John Xiong – Program Assistant
John is currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. After traveling abroad and spending 3 years in China working/volunteering, he decided to venture home to put his gained skills into action. He finds interest and pleasure in helping others in any way, shape, or form and looks forward to giving back to the community with a smile on his face.
Beth Annoni – Program Assistant
Beth is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. The main focus of her research relates to prevalent cardiac diseases and trying to develop new ways to treat them. TCFJ allows Beth to help people from a different angle. Through this organization she can help people get access to necessary food to help them stay healthy. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball, running, and painting.