Jeanne moved to the Wood River Valley from Kansas in 1999 after spending several years working overseas in Europe, Africa and Asia. While working with street children and AIDS patients in the slums of Bangkok, Thailand, she was persuaded by future husband, Tom, to return to the States and head to the mountains of Idaho.
Jeanne has spent the last 14 years in the Valley dedicated to non-profit work. She worked for Boulder White-Clouds Council and the Wolf Education and Research Center doing wolf education outreach work before moving to the Environmental Resource Center. There she focused on program development, spearheading their Special Events Recycling program, initiating plastics recycling in the Valley, and expanding their Environmental Education Outreach Program from 80 students to 500. Continuing her passion for conservation, she accepted a position at The Nature Conservancy where she spent four years working in fund development.
Jeanne is thrilled and honored to obtain the Executive Director position for The Hunger Coalition, allowing her to combine her passion for social justice with her leadership skills in fundraising, community education and program management. Jeanne lives in Bellevue with her husband, Tom, and their dog, Jango.
- Read “Jeanne Liston’s Callings,” Idaho Mountain Express, Feb 11, 2009
- Read Jeanne’s Introductory Letter dated July 17, 2007
Naomi was born in a kibbutz in the Golan Heights of Israel. She came to the U.S. in 1980 where she primarily grew up in Seattle, Washington. She spent most of her professional career in major cities around the country such as San Francisco and New York City. Several years ago, Naomi stumbled across Hailey while on vacation visiting her sister. She never left and underwent a major change as she slowly adjusted from the distractions of city life. The peacefulness of this small mountain town forced her to really take an introspective look at herself and figure out what is most valuable in her life.
Naomi discovered a new-found passion for helping others when she came across a wilderness program for troubled youth based just outside of Shoshone, Idaho. She began working in August of 2004 as a wilderness instructor. Naomi spent most of her weeks in the desert working with the girls’ group. The connection that is created between a group of women making their way in the desert through personal growth is magical and marks an amazing evolution of girls into women. Naomi became the Field Director in February of 2006 and remained there until October of 2008.
After four powerful years, Naomi felt it was time to become more closely connected with her own community. As the issue of hunger rapidly grows, she is tremendously excited to bring her skills to serve the residents of Blaine County as the Associate Director. Currently, Naomi resides in Hailey with her husband, Matt, and daughter, Ginger. She has developed a strong passion for fly fishing, gardening and anything to do with the outdoors.
Brooke was born and raised in Hailey, enjoying all the wonderful recreational and developmental opportunities the area provides. After spending more than a decade away, she and her family moved back to Hailey in the fall of 2010. With several years experience in the nonprofit sector as employee, board member, and independent consultant, Brooke has worked or volunteered for just about every type of nonprofit. Social justice, environmental responsibility, community service, volunteerism, access to the arts and sustainable business practices are not just catch phrases for Brooke, they are tenets that guide her life.
Brooke received a BA in Human Ecology, and invites all those interested in discussing what that means. She has taken respites from her nonprofit-centered endeavors to work for a microbrewery, publish a lifestyle magazine with her husband and friends, and provide bookkeeping services to small companies. Having spent so many years busy with work, volunteering and enjoying the outdoors, Brooke and her husband Mike somehow found time to start a family and are thankful to be raising their two sons, Jack and Sam, here in the Wood River Valley.
Lynea moved to Hailey in 2005, as an AmeriCorps volunteer for The Nature Conservancy. With a BA in French from Carleton College, and a couple years of travel under her belt in Brazil, the Wood River Valley inspired her to put down roots and stay awhile. Since then, Lynea has worked to advance local food initiatives in a variety of ways.
She managed the Ketchum Farmers Market for several summers, and began learning high-altitude gardening through seasonal landscaping work. Her relationship with farmers market vendors developed into a year-long partnership on Fair Mountain Farm, exposing her to annual processes for this successful small-acreage farm. Lynea also managed Idaho’s Bounty Co-op, focusing on expanding sales and services to regional farmers and buyers. She pursued writing-related work throughout, initially at the Wood River Journal as copy-editor, and most recently as a Marketing and Proposal Coordinator with POWER Engineers.
Lynea is thrilled to join the Hunger Coalition and combine her passions for food production, cooking and nutrition with community partners’ interests in food security program development. Lynea lives in Hailey with her husband, Justin, and their dog, Ollie. She enjoys tending an extensive garden, cooking and running in the hills.
Rachel was born in the beautiful mountain town of McCall, Idaho. With the exception of a few years traveling with her parents and three siblings as a young child on their adventures to California, South Carolina, Michigan and Texas, she has been an Idaho girl all of her life.
While attending Boise State University to obtain her Microbiology degree, Rachel traveled to Mexico to help build houses for a families in need, and spent extra hours volunteering at an organization that offered free education, testing and counseling for HIV and Aids. Rachel’s past work experiences include assisting in the inpatient care of neurosurgical, trauma and chronically ill patients. She also spent several years working in molecular and biotechnology laboratories.
Rachel moved to the Wood River Valley in 2010. She can’t imagine a better life than backpacking, fly fishing, boating, camping, cooking and reading in the fresh mountain air.
Rachel joined The Hunger Coalition team in July 2013. She brings a wealth of knowledge and is passionate about social justice, health care and food safety. Rachel is excited to be a part of making wholesome food accessible to everyone in our community.
Client Resource & Education Supervisor
Sharon is an Idaho native who hit the road of high adventure after graduating in Business Administration from Idaho State University. Prior to moving permanently to the Wood River Valley in 2003, Sharon worked with families living in extreme poverty as a volunteer social worker in Guatemala. On her return to Idaho, she put her Spanish skills and social service background to work assisting Spanish-speaking first-time home buyers as a real estate agent. Sharon also joined the team at CSI as an ESL teacher. Wanting to play a more active role in the community, she joined The Hunger Coalition in the spring of 2009 as the Food Program Assistant.
Shortly thereafter she and her husband, Kirk, decided it was time to start their family, adopting 9 year old Makayla. With her daughter settled and thriving in their new life together, Sharon returns to us, more enthusiastic than ever, to continue helping Hunger Coalition clients overcome food insecurity and develop work skills through their new Mentoring Program.
In her spare time, Sharon loves being an active foster parent and enjoys camping, hiking and skiing with her family. With roots once again firmly planted in Idaho, she also enjoys cooking, gardening, and making wine from Idaho’s many wild fruits and surprisingly abundant harvests from their tiny vineyard on the Snake River Canyon rim.
Krista spent most of her childhood in Southern California, but in 2013 decided it was finally time to trade in the traffic and ocean breezes for world-class fishing and stunning mountain views. After receiving her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of California Riverside, she began substitute teaching and working with children with autism spectrum disorders. While she has always had a passion for health and nutrition, it was while working with children with gluten and other food intolerances that she really began seeing the importance of proper nutrition and the impact it has on a childʼs ability to thrive and learn. She believes everyone should have access to healthy and affordable whole foods despite their income or dietary restrictions.
When sheʼs not tweaking her familyʼs favorite comfort food recipes to include healthier alternatives, she enjoys hiking, yoga and looking for the perfect canine companion for her feisty tabby Rico. She is currently learning that gardening in the mountains isnʼt easy, but hopes to conquer it in the years to come.
Noel Jensen was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho. She grew up with a love of the outdoors—camping, hiking and fly fishing. Noel moved to the Wood River Valley in 2010 where she continues her love of nature and recreating in it.
Noel graduated from the University of Idaho with an environmental science degree. She took a few years off and moved to Boise and traveled as much as she could before attending grad school in environmental science with an interest in social justice and policy. She continued her scientific work, working with an environmental consulting company and later at a biotech lab. Her work in the science field made her realize that she missed working with people.
Noel is excited to join he Hunger Coalition team as the Food Bank Supervisor, organizing and managing the busy warehouse with its volunteers, donations, mobile food distributions, and food drives. Most of all, she thrives helping people in need get the nutritious food they deserve during times of struggle.
Megan grew up in the Midwest before moving to various mountain towns. She finally answered the call to return to the Rocky Mountains by moving to Hailey at the end of 2015.
She graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and is also a certified Traditional Herbalist. Megan comes to The Hunger Coalition with a background in wilderness therapy as a Substance Abuse Recovery Guide and Field Manager, and as an Adventure Therapy Specialist at a girl’s therapeutic boarding school. She also has experience working with community substance abuse programs, teaching in elementary schools abroad, conducting community health studies with Engineers Without Borders and as a Wilderness First Responder. Megan has a great love for healing the mind, body and spirit. Making connections with people, supporting them through life’s trials and bearing witness to their transformative processes are a few things that draw her to the work of The Hunger Coalition.
Her other passions include unbridled adventure and travel, gardening, music, delicious food, and frolicking in the forest, on the water and in the mountains.
Kristin grew up in Northern Illinois exploring the prairies, big, muddy rivers, and rich farmland of the mighty Midwest.
She obtained an English and Professional Writing Degree from Eastern Illinois University and interned for the Kane County Farm Bureau shortly thereafter. At the Farm Bureau, she realized she could use her communication powers for good to advance a cause that stirred her soul.
She eventually answered the call of the wild by way of the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch in Stanley in 2011. Once planted in Idaho, she further developed her experience in donor engagement and communications at the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation, managing their donor recognition program and marketing outreach.
Kristin is thrilled to join The Hunger Coalition to continue to help advance the well-being of the Wood River community. After hours, she hits the backcountry with her trusty dog, Rigby and experiments, sometimes successfully, in high-desert growing.
Client Resource & Outreach Coordinator
Gus comes from the city of champions: Cleveland, Ohio. His incredible high school teachers encouraged him to study languages, and he attended The Ohio State University to major in Spanish. It was during this time that he ventured southward to Buenos Aires, Argentina to spend a semester abroad and eat as many empanadas as possible.
After returning to the U.S., Gus finished his degree and enrolled in a Masters Program at Florida State University, focusing on Hispanic Linguistics. He spent two years in the program studying and teaching his own undergraduate courses, an experience he treasures. After Florida State, Gus packed his bags and moved to Ketchum with his roommate and luckily stumbled into our offices. For leisure, Gus plays guitar, goes on hikes, drinks coffee to excess, and reads.