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Our Team

Get to know our small, but mighty GFC family

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! 

A recent New Jersey transplant and University of Vermont Alum, Caroline is thrilled to finally be able to apply her passions of food systems, sustainable community development and social justice to an organization that weaves it all together! She is eager to explore the power of collective impact and systems-level change alongside such a vibrant, resilient community while forming a deeper understanding of Southwestern Colorado's local food systems. Caroline has always been mission-driven, and is excited to develop her professional life accordingly! 


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

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Elvia German-palacios- Gleaning Coordinator

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Hola! I am Elvia, I was born and raised in Mexico, and have lived in Durango for quite some time now. I am bilingual in English and Spanish, I am a professional Interpreter-Translator, and my professional background is in Health Center Administration.

One of my many passions in life is to actively support a food system that is healthy, equitable and accessible to all of us. I am a natural advocate for others, I love cooking, especially fresh food grown locally, I enjoy learning, reading books, watching movies-especially foreign films, traveling, crafting and meditation.

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Myakka holladay- Gleaning Coordinator

I was born and raised in rural Arizona. I moved my family to Durango to enjoy a healthy happy community surrounded by so many beautiful microcosms to explore in the mountains . I am passionate about Education of our food systems (especially local ).


My background is working in Outdoor Education as well as elementary level education. I am bilingual Español/ English and enjoy learning from my students. Working outdoors with folks especially if we are helping food deserts become oases is one of my favorite ways to build community! GFC has opportunities for you if you ever wondered how you could make a difference, come join in a happy hour glean. Save bears, get fruit to those in need, meet others and eat tasty locally grown fruits !

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.


Darcy Diaz - Co-Facilitator, LPFEC Voces de Comunidad Workgroup

I am a person that life has taught me to share, with a thought that we are all equal and we all have the right to have housing, work and decent food.

When my daughter was born I made the decision to change my eating habits for healthier ones, but I found the difficulty of not knowing where to go and what is healthy food, I love the idea of learning more about our nutrition and help the community to have a healthier food on their table. I love to serve those in need, I love to talk and laugh out loud.

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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. 

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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 Landis - Director & LPFEC Project Weaver

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!