Staff

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Andy Adams
Education Program Manager

Cristina Arias
Culinary Associate

Beverly Bushyhead
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Big Cove Community)
Interim Executive Director

Liz Cates
Bdewákhaŋtuŋwaŋ Dakhóta
Education Program Coordinator

Vern DeFoe
Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe
Culinary Program Specialist

Dawn Drouillard

Direct descendant of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe
Culinary Program Director

Yairany “Checky” Galiano
Nixtamal Team

Francesca Garcia Mexican, Raramuri & Yoeme
IFL Market Herbal Specialist

Jason Garcia
Assistant Retail Market Manager

Laura Garcia
Nixtamal Team Lead

Riva Garcia
White Earth Ojibwe, Dakota, and Mexico lineal descendant
Culinary Program Associate

Wendy Garcia
Culinary Program Associate

Hannah Hostetter
Oglala Lakota lineal descendant
Project Manager

Maia Jacobson
Operations Coordinator

Kate Hoff
NATIFS Nonprofit Consultant

Rob Kinneen
Tlingit
Outreach Director

Sergio Mata’u Rapu
Rapa Nui
Digital Media Consultant

Aura Manski
Nixtamal Team

Em Matson
Sault Ste Marie Chippewa lineal descendant
Communications Manager

Alexis McKinnis
White Earth Ojibwe lineal descendant
Operations Manager

Ash McLeod
Program Associate

Nash McRoberts
Culinary Program Coordinator

Ismael Popoca Aguilar
Culinary Program Manager

Nali Prchal
Research and Development Principal

Chef Sean Sherman
Oglala Lakota
Co-Founder

Moses Viveros
Culinary Program Market Manager

Louis Stein
Garden Manager

Dana Thompson
Mdewakanton Dakota, Wahpeton Sisseton
Co-Founder

Sally Wold
Special Projects