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Our Team

Get to know our small, but mighty GFC family

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Rachel's belief in the power of food systems to act as a near 'cure all' for many of our social and environmental challenges started in 2001 on a homestead in upstate New York. On the shores of Lake Masseweepie, food was a source of purpose, community, joy, identity, and stewardship.


Now off the homestead, she has sought out opportunities that weave together community-building, sustainability, and food systems. The Good Food Collective is a near-perfect union of all three. Rachel hopes to find ways for the GFC to address root causes of inequity and poverty, as well as, mitigate climate change and build local resilience.

     Rachel can be reached at

Rachel Landis - Director & LPFEC Project Weaver


Lauren's passion for food, community, and mountain adventures landed her in Durango after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a master’s degree in Sustainable Food Systems.


Her previous work in food spans the nonprofit, agriculture, education, and service industries. Paired with a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Lauren is excited to leverage her experience working at the intersection of value chain coordination and equitable food system design to strengthen regional food sheds. She is a firm believer that through food we can build a better future for people and the planet.

Lauren can be reached at

Lauren ames - Food security director

Tomas German-Palacios - Healthy Schools Meals for All Campaign manager & LPFEC Special Projects Coordinator

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Tomas has always had a love of food and helping others. He is a Certified HeartMath® Trainer and  Health Coach creating a foundation of skills and techniques based on over 25 years of scientific evidence-based research to increase performance and resilience. Tomas is currently undergoing certification in the Functional Medicine approach to Nutrition, Mind-Body Medicine, and Positive Psychology with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. He is also a Board Member with Manna Soup Kitchen. Tomas is on a lifelong mission to improve the health and well-being of the Planet and all of its inhabitants. Being part of the La Plata Food Equity Coalition is a clear path to doing that right here at home! 

       Tomas can be reached at


Caroline is thrilled to be able to apply her passions of food systems, sustainable community development and social justice to an organization that weaves it all together! She has loved exploring the power of collective impact and systems-level change alongside such a vibrant, resilient community all while forming a deeper understanding of Southwest Colorado's local food systems. Caroline has always been mission-driven and is excited to develop her professional life accordingly! 

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Caroline Hoge - Food Security, Communications, and Engagement Americorps Vista

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Carolina Ovalle-Diaz - Co-facilitator, LPFEC Voces de Comunidad

Life has taught me that we must work to build equitable societies, one day I had abundant food on the table and in the evening I did not have a single bread for dinner, that moral has marked my life because you do not know what circumstances the future holds for you. Equitable systems help all communities, especially those that are disadvantaged, have opportunities for growth and well-being.
The Food Equity Coalition has allowed me to work on this life mission, to think and act to eliminate so many inequities and injustices. I know we have a long way to go but I am sure that we are helping the change that is needed in something.


Carolina can be reached at

Beatriz Garcia- Interim voces de comunidad co-Facilitator

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Beatriz is a passionate activist, who cares deeply about social justice, equity, and the immigrant community. She was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. Beatriz has been exposed to social problems including Nicaragua´s insurrection in 2018, homelessness, hunger, inadequate access to housing and education, and food insecurity. Through these experiences, she has come to realize that the solution to our biggest social barriers begin at home with local activism. 

She serves in the Executive Board for ACLU Colorado and is part of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging group for the local School District, and she partners with the Durango 9-R Board of Education as a Thought Leader Committee.

Beatriz can be reached at

Erin Jolley - Facilitator, LPFEC Food Access Workgroup


Erin has worked with non-profits starting as a college student in Environmental Studies.  Pursuing causes she believes in has landed her in various roles in cooking and nutrition education, hunger relief, organic farming and affectionately known as the "food lady".  With a knack for community building and a strong passion for food equity, Erin is honored to be working with La Plata County Food System & Health Equity Coalition as Food Access Facilitator.  

Erin can be reached at

Olivia Trim (OT) - Fruit For Good apple chip production manager

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OT has held a lot of jobs in her tenure at the Good Food Collective, (Gleaning Coordinator, Local Food Purchasing Coordinator, Apple Chip Maker) and each one holds a special place in her heart. Her favorite part about working for the GFC has always been the organization (and the staff's) ability to learn, pivot and take on challenges as it arises. It surely makes for an exciting workplace! Her work at the GFC has been transformative in a variety of ways and she will always be grateful for everything she has learned.

Expanded capacity through americorps

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AmeriCorps has played a critical role in expanding our reach throughout the past 3 years. The GFC is supported by both AmeriCorps VISTA members who focus on capacity-building, and an AmeriCorps NCCC team for valuable harvest support. 


Give the gift of good food to your neighbors. Your donation will help us to continue to reduce food insecurity rates in this region. 

Thank you!

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