Meet the staff of The Open Door, find their contact information and learn a little about each of them.
I am a transplant from Alabama who now lives in Burnsville with my wife Nicola and our two awesome little boys. When I am not working with our Open Door team, I spend most of my time with my family. I love mountain biking, downhill skiing, hiking, and annually rediscovering my humility by running obstacle races.
I have a complete mancrush on Malcolm Gladwell and am a devoted reader and listener of his work. I am also a huge fan of Freakonomics, The Uncertain Hour, and more podcasts than I should mention.
I’m a daughter, a wife, and a mother. I am very active in my church and lead everything from bible study to soccer camps. My husband and I love beagles. I have been walking beagles through my neighborhood for 27 years and I am known as the ‘Beagle Lady” to my neighbors.
Client Services Manager
As a wife and mother of two kids, I spend most of my free time with family. Other interests include playing volleyball with a team of close friends, ice skating, reading, and volunteering at church. I consider myself very blessed to play a small part in feeding hungry people every day!
Mobile Food Program Manager
I live in Apple Valley with my wife Elischéba (pronounced, Alicia-ba). We love to travel and meet people from all over the world and learn about how they live life and try their food. I come from an outdoor guide/outdoor educator background where I guided trips on Lake Superior and the Mississippi River for about 8 years after college.
Development & Communications Manager
I live in Saint Paul with my husband Jeff and our two sweet girls. My favorite way to spend time is hanging out with my family. I also enjoy skating roller derby, running around Como Lake in the wee hours of the morning, or reading a good book late into the evening.
Garden To Table Manager
I have a biology degree with the chemistry minor. I have worked as a botanist as well as in marketing and nonprofit management and am a yoga/Barre instructor. In my free time I like to garden, do yoga, and dance. I am a mother of 2 and I am owned by 2 cats.
Volunteer & Client Services Coordinator
Having a background in public health and volunteer management, The Open Door allows me to combine two of my passions. I love supporting volunteers who are providing fresh, healthy food to those in need every day. In my free time, I enjoy running and hiking in Lebanon Hills with my husband and dog.
I’m a former newspaper copy editor, native Wisconsinite, and longtime interpretive volunteer at the Minnesota Zoo. In my free time, I enjoy reading, gardening, and hiking Lake Superior’s North Shore with my husband and dog.
Communications & Events Coordinator
I’m a Dakota County native and an Iowa State Cyclone! My favorite things in life are Disney, coffee and my two yorkie-poos. I enjoy spending my free time binging Food Network, finding new places to adventure to and being with my friends and family.
Business Development Coordinator
I enjoy spending time with my wife Lisa, three kids and my grandson, hiking and traveling. My wife and I both teach yoga and are very active in that community. I recently retired from a career in the heavy construction equipment distribution business where I did sales, sales management and was Chief Operating Officer for 10 years.
Mobile Lunch Box Coordinator
I am an Eagan native and a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, where I double majored in Spanish Studies and Kinesiology. I have worked at The Open Door since 2018 as the Mobile Lunchbox Coordinator and consider myself very lucky to work with such wonderful people. In my free time, I love practicing yoga, doing crosswords, watching crime TV, and eating delicious food. In the fall of 2020, I will be attending the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where I will be working towards a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology.
Mobile Food Program Coordinator
I’m originally from Eagan, and a 2019 Mankato State graduate. In my free time I love going to concerts of any genre, hiking around Lebanon Hills, going to the gym, and hanging with my 2 cats Cheeto and Frida! I am so happy to be a part of an amazing organization, working to end hunger within the community I grew up in!
Mobile Food Program Assistant
I have worked in the food system for over ten years and have a masters degree in sustainable food systems with a focus on race, education, and agriculture. My love for people and food is reflected in almost everything I do and I’m always happy to chat about it!
I am a Minnesota native, but a Metro Area transplant after moving to the area to study psychology at the University of Minnesota. I am currently a Master of Social Work student at the University of St. Thomas focusing on clinical mental health, environmental justice, and social policy. In my free time, I love to write, play tennis, drink coffee, travel, cook elaborate meals for my friends and family, and play with my pet tortoise Tortellini. I am honored to be able to help people feed their families with healthy food!
I grew up in Winona, MN and graduated from Winona State University in 2019 with a degree in Global Studies. I like traveling, reading, and cooking. I’m looking forward to working for The Open Door and especially with the Garden to Table program this summer.
Communications & Events Intern
I grew up in Lakeville, MN and am a recent Iowa State University graduate. In my free time, I enjoy going boating, spending time with friends & family, hiking and taking walks with my dog. I am very excited to be working for The Open Door this summer!
I am from Shakopee and just finished my junior year at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I study Biology and Spanish and hope to attend graduate school in Public Health. When I’m not studying, I love to bake desserts, cook plant-based meals, lift weights, read crime novels, and spend time with friends and family! I am thrilled to spend the summer with Garden to Table immersed in my passions of nutrition, wellness, and community health education!
I am a student at St. Kates University in St. Paul majoring in Nursing. I am very grateful to get to be a part of The Open Door! In my free time I like to play beach volleyball, go on road trips, hike, paint, and take my dogs to the dog park.