TC Food Justice Staff
Hannah Volkman, Executive Director, co-founder
Hannah is a PhD student studying infectious disease epidemiology in refugee and immigrant populations. 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, Communications & Research 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.
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.
Anna Schulte, Community Outreach Coordinator
Anna is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health where she is studying community health promotion. 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 when she graduates in May.
Katie Casty, Volunteer Coordinator
Katie is a graduate student in biostatistics at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She’s passionate about community involvement and excited about working to reduce food waste and improve access to healthy foods. When she’s not analyzing data or rescuing food, she enjoys running, cooking, hiking, and exploring the Twin Cities.
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.
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.
Beth Annoni, Program Assistant
My name is Beth Annoni, and I am a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. The main focus of my research relates to prevalent cardiac diseases and trying to develop new ways to treat them. TCFJ allows me to help people from a different angle. Through this organization we can help people get access to necessary food to help them stay healthy. In my free time I enjoy playing volleyball, running, and painting.
Lindsay Matteson, Grant Writer