Website Circle

 

Candace Clark

Candace Clark, WebCircle Co-Chair, Webmaster

Candace is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, now living in Chicago. As an entrepreneur, Candace is committed to service, inclusion and innovation. After a decade in the IT field, Candace is now a full-time entrepreneur using her strengths in communication, business development, and tech to align herself with powerhouses in social media, software development and the legal cannabis space. Candace is co-founder and COO of LinkUp, a business and tech-development community that provides education and resources for cannabis advocates, ancillary companies, and creatives. The focus is to create an incubator and accelerator setting that helps entrepreneurs who have been adversely affected by marijuana prohibition to become a part of this growing industry, not only legally but in a way that creates a path for others in their community to follow. Candace is also founder of Hi Tech Consulting, providing technology consulting and development services to nonprofit organizations, social media influencers, and growing startups. Candace started her college education at Tuskegee University, majoring in computer science. After marriage and 3 children, Candace completed her BSc in computer science at Troy University in 2019.

Sheena Foster

Sheena Foster, WebCircle Co-Chair

Sheena Foster is an urban farmer, nonprofit administrator, scholar, and activist with a keen interest in regenerative agriculture, agroecology, eco-theology, agricultural biosecurity/food defense, and international development in agriculture and nutrition with a particular focus on equitable food access and food justice. Sheena’s interest in agriculture was piqued after working with banana and sugarcane farmers in South Africa and tea farmers in Zimbabwe while conducting research on migrant workers in South Africa at the University of Witwatersrand in 2013. Since then, she has studied agriculture at the University of the District of Columbia and acquired farmland in the Washington, D.C area, where she resides, through a land-lease. When she is not farming, she’s dreaming about it, studying and teaching about it, preaching about it, and traveling and engaging with farmers, scholars, and activist around the world. Her favorite dish is a medley of sautéed kale, collards, and cabbage and her favorite fruit are pineapples and bananas.

Amanda Feighner

Amanda Feighner, Tools Manager

Amanda has a passion for health education that she discovered through an agriculture-centered study abroad program visiting a variety of nonprofits in India. After graduation, she served in an AmeriCorps program in schools in Detroit focused on tutoring and mentorship, including leading a food club for students. Since then, that passion has shaped both her educational and professional paths, leading to completion of a masters of science degree in human nutrition, including research in community education, and a dietetic internship at Michigan State University (MSU). She also holds a bachelors degree in food science from MSU. Since 2013, Amanda has worked in nutrition education with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) through MSU Extension. During her time in that role, which she continues to fill, she has provided direct education to limited-resource audiences regarding food resource management, assisted with evaluation, and participated in the design of programs related to policy, systems, and environmental efforts. She looks forward to continuing a career to promote food and health equity for all. For fun, Amanda enjoys going to folk concerts, cooking, and exploring northern Michigan.

Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson, Sourcebook Manager

Lauren Johnson has her B.S. in nutrition and is currently a dietetic intern and graduate student at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She is serving on the political action committee of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help advocate for nutrition policies at the federal level. She has interned previously as an urban farm educator and worked on grant funding for a nutrition prescription pilot program for a local nonprofit organization, where she became involved with equity and sustainability in the food system. The intimate relationship between environmental health and human nutrition continues to inspire her to be an advocate for both.

Susan Chen

Susan Chen, Good Food Event Calendar Manager

Susan Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of human nutrition, foods, and exercise at Virginia Tech. Her research focus is on exploring the intersection between food waste and food insecurity. In addition to her research, Susan has created curricula on community nutrition and sustainable food systems for the masters of nutrition and dietetics program at Virginia Tech. Previously, Susan was an intern at the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, where she worked on projects related to U.S. food patterns, the thrifty food plan, and SuperTracker. Upon graduation, Susan hopes to pursue a career in food systems and public health research and education. Susan is committed to helping create a sustainable and equitable food system for future generations.

Regina Bernard

Regina Bernard, Voices from the Grassroots Editor

Dr. Regina A. Bernard was born and raised in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. She holds graduate degrees in African American studies and in urban education from Columbia University and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Dr. Bernard is currently an associate professor and department chair of Black and Latino/a Studies at Baruch College, CUNY, where her courses are focused particularly on race, identity, and community (in)justice. She is the author of Black and Brown Waves: The Cultural Politics of Young Women of Color and Feminism (2009), and Nuyorganics: Organic Intellectualism, the Search for Racial Identity, and Nuyorican Thought (2010), and Say it Loud: Black Studies, its Students, and Racialized Collegiate Culture (2014).

Emily Payne

Emily Payne, Voices from the Grassroots Editor

Emily is a writer and editor focusing on food, regenerative agriculture, environment, and health—and how they’re all connected. In addition to nonprofit consulting, she works with agriculture and food-tech startups to build tools that meet farmers’ needs. She has served as an editor for the sustainable food nonprofit Food Tank since 2016.

 

Kim Hines, Communications

Kim Hines handles NAFSN's very active listserv and sends out the newsletter.