Jill Holder, HRDC's Food & Nutrition Department Director

jholder@thehrdc.org

I have the good fortune of working with all of the Food and Nutrition Services of the HRDC (Gallatin Valley, Headwaters and Big Sky Community Food Banks, Summer Lunch, KidsPack and Senior Groceries). My primary responsibilities include managing budgets, developing innovative solutions for food security, seeking funding and cultivating relationships in our community. I also work with the other directors at the HRDC to integrate all of our programs and to provide a path for our customers to thrive.

I love being outside and seek untrammeled places and enjoy searching for charismatic mega-fauna in my time off.

For most of my life, I have worked for organizations that utilize volunteers. Volunteers add compassion and enthusiasm and volunteering is one of the few things that we know will truly make a difference in this world. I hope to always work with volunteers.

Some people knit, I cook. It is a creative outlet with immediate gratification. Food is very important to me.

I live in a place with my husband that I dreamed about since I was 12.

Alma mater: Go Horned Frogs!

Bri Cronin, Volunteer Coordinator

bcronin@thehrdc.org

My job responsibilities include overseeing the 100+, incredible weekly volunteers in addition to group service scheduling. I also manage the day-to-day operations of the store.

Recent Jobs: MSU where I co-coordinated the Can The Griz food drive with the GVFB, and wilderness therapy for troubled teens.

Favorite Food: Chips and homemade salsa.

Free time: Spent entertaining my highly intelligent, highly neurotic dog, Boaz.

Random Fact: I am obsessed with goats and chickens and cannot wait to own several of each!

Joel Tatz-Morey, Warehouse Coordinator

jtatz-morey@thehrdc.org

My primary duties at the Food Bank are maintaining and organizing the large supply of donations that we receive from various local businesses and individuals. I also coordinate with the rest of the Food Bank staff and volunteers to ensure they are able to perform their duties in a safe and efficient manner.

Hobbies: Painting, folfing (frisbee golf), gardening, and hiking.

Previous work experience: Garden supply store, recycling center, produce clerk.

Education: BA in Environmental Studies with a focus on sustainable food systems, and a minor in psychology.

History: I have lived in Helena, Missoula, and Bozeman. I think each community is great and has something unique to offer!

Jon Horn, Operations Manager

jhorn@thehrdc.org

I oversee and track food inventory & safety, warehouse & staff management. Food drives also fall within my responsibilities.

Previous employment before the food bank: U.S. Forest Service Wilderness work in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, and Idaho

Passions: Defying gravity (with a paraglider); getting into the mountains on foot, bike, or ski; quality time with family; home brewing.

Favorite thing about working at the food bank: Helping to feed so many people in need while keeping millions of pounds of food out of the landfill!

Kyla Crisp, Food Rescue Coordinator

kcrisp@thehrdc.org

My primary responsibilities include picking up donated food from businesses in Bozeman, coordinating volunteer drivers and helping out around the Food Bank.

Hobbies: I spend a lot of my time playing ultimate frisbee! I also play volleyball, spikeball, and enjoy hiking and camping.

Previous work experience: I have mainly worked in agriculture labs at MSU. My work ranged from taking soil samples to blow-drying bumblebees, to performing ELISA tests.

Education: BA in Ecology and minor in Climate Change Studies from the University of Montana.

Laura Stonecipher, Programs Manager

lstonecipher@thehrdc.org

After volunteering at the food bank for 5 years I had the good fortune to be hired on a part-time basis to help in the food bank office. Little did I know I’d found my dream job! Fast forward 7 years and I’m now the Programs Manager. Running our Senior Grocery Program for 358 clients and ensuring they are receiving the healthy food they need each month brings a smile to my face. I work with our office staff and oversee interns, as well as coordinating the annual Can the Griz Food Drive with the awesome folks at MSU.  Additionally, I assist our FB Director with financial donation receipting, accounts payable, and budgets.

Hobbies: I love the wide open spaces and majestic scenery Montana offers. Hiking exploring Yellowstone, baking and spending time with family and friends are all favorite activities.

College: Texas A&M… yep, I’m an Aggie

Originally from Texas…one of my favorite words to use is ‘y’all”

What I’ve learned working at the food bank: Everyone needs some kind of assistance at some point. It might not be related to the services we offer but no one stands alone and does it well. Thanks to the generosity of our community the food bank provides emergency food assistance to thousands of folks each month. It’s a beautiful scene that plays out every day here and it never fails to encourage me.

Lyra Leigh-Nedbor, Child Nutrition Programs Coordinator

lleighnedbor@thehrdc.org

I oversee the production and distribution of Healthy KidsPacks (during the school year) and Summer Lunch (in the summer) as well as supporting food drives here at the Food Bank.  Over June, July and August we distributed more then 22,ooo Breakfast and lunches to area children through our Summer Lunch sites.

Hobbies: Getting outdoors (to ski, bike and hike), cooking, gardening, knitting and sewing.

Food: Pie!! Any flavor, but especially beebopareebop Rhubarb Pie!

From: I moved to Montana from Vermont, but grew up with 5 siblings in not-too-far Upstate New York (the Hudson Valley region).

Fun Fact: I love to knit and drink beer, come find me at a brewery and we can stitch it up together!

 

 

Mariah Smith, Administrative Officer

msmith@thehrdc.org

I process all of the intake forms for our clients, ensuring we have an accurate picture of the community we serve and how we can best meet their needs. I also help out at the front desk answering phones and helping the rest of the team with various projects.  I’m a University of Montana Grizzly 11 months of the year, but I go all out for the Bobcats when Can the Griz rolls around!

  • Hobbies: I love getting out and playing with my dogs (Todd & Rocky), gardening, crafting, and building things in my garage.
  • Favorite Foods: I’m always up for a good burger and shake!
  • Favorite thing about GVFB: Besides interacting with all of the wonderful people that come to our food bank, I love seeing all of the interesting things that get donated! Every time I think I’ve seen it all, something unique and special comes through our doors.

Monica Ruiz, Services Navigator and Special Projects

mruiz@thehrdc.org

I primarily help our clients navigate community resources, keep our website up-to-date and help tag team our social media networks. I also serve as co-director of Huffing for Stuffing, a Thanksgiving Day (fundraiser) run.

A Montana native (from Billings), moved to Bozeman in 2002 to attend MSU and ended up sticking around.

Hobbies: The outdoors and traveling. Some of my favorite activities include mountain biking, skiing, and camping.

Work Life: I came to the food bank as a student intern, served as a VISTA and then was hired full-time!

Food: Nothing beats homemade beans & tortillas, and New Mexican green chile.

Mattie Griswold, Americorps VISTA

gvfbvista@thehrdc.org

I am thrilled to be serving with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank for the next year and developing the programming for the new Story Mill Learning Garden, to be constructed Summer 2018 within the newest and largest public park in Bozeman. In addition, I am piloting a youth development program in the GVFB gardens this summer that will engage and empower at-risk teens.

Education/Experience: BA in Environmental Studies-Geology from Whitman College, worked as a seasonal field technician in Oregon, Washington & Utah, managed a natural history exhibit in NE Oregon, wrangler, goat-caretaker, gardener.

Hobbies/Passions: cooking, exploring the outdoors, growing food, mycology, working with my hands to create, spontaneous road trips, dancin’ to live music.

Fun Fact: I grew up on a remote cattle ranch in the mountains of Idaho where I was homeschooled because we were snowed into our house for 6-7 months of the year.

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HRDC is a 501(c)3 non-profit Community Action Agency. We provide programs and services in the areas of housing, food and nutrition, child and youth development, senior empowerment, transportation, energy assistance, and community development.

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