Alumni Spotlight: Alita Kelly ’19

Alita Kelly | Alumni Spotlight Date: May 3, 2021 Owner, Founder of South East Market Alita Kelly launched a grocery store in Grand Rapids that sources products first from Black, brown, indigenous, local or womxn-led farms and businesses. Kelly is […]

UM Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Reinhardt ’14

Interviewer: Asha McElroy December 2021 Sarah Reinhardt MPH, RD’14 grew up in a family that spent time in the woods and valued the environment and social justice. She went to undergrad and graduate school and UM and now lives out […]

Alumni Spotlight: Karen Spangler ‘13

Karen Spangler November 2021Interviewer: Asha McElroy Karen Spangler, MPP, MUP ‘13 is the Policy Director of the National Farm to School Network. Karen’s 7 years of UM coursework (undergrad and grad) and experience both in and outside the classroom have […]

Alumni Spotlight: Brooke Kahl ’18

Brooke Kahl Interviewer: Asha McElroy Date: September 2021 Project Manager, foodNEST 2.0 Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health Case Western Reserve University How did you become interested in sustainable food systems?  I studied Organizational Studies and minored in Sustainable […]

Alumni Spotlight: Caroline Baloga ’20

Caroline Baloga | Alumni Spotlight Date: May 3, 2021 Sustainability Coordinator for UVA Dine (Aramark), University of Virginia From working at the Campus Farm to interning with MDining and serving on the food team for the President’s Commission on Carbon […]

Alumni Spotlight: Jena Brooker ’19

Jena Brooker | Alumni Spotlight Date: April 19, 2021 Freelance journalist, Detroit A combination of coursework in journalism and experience at the Campus Farm has led Brooker to her current role as a freelance journalist. Currently, Brooker is a Midwest […]

Alumni Spotlight: Haley Kerner ’19

Haley Kerner | Alumni Spotlight Date: April 5, 2021 Farmer at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Hudson Valley, NY Experiences at the Campus Farm and in the classroom gave Kerner the exposure to the different skills and activities […]

Alumni Spotlight: Carly Sharp ’19

Carly Sharp | Alumni Spotlight Date: March 22, 2021 TerraCorps member, Gardening the Community, Springfield, MA The profuse hands-on opportunities Sharp took outside of the classroom have led to her current position striving for food justice. In her current role […]

Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Brodkey ’18

Aaron Brodkey | Alumni Spotlight Date: March 13, 2021 Program Associate at Big Idea Ventures, New York City The range of food systems courses that Brodkey took as an undergraduate were key to attaining his current position in supporting plant […]

Alumni Spotlight: Naim Edwards ’14

Naim Edwards | Alumni Spotlight Date: February 15, 2021 Director of Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning, and Innovation, Michigan State University Naim Edwards discusses how his coursework and graduate studies led him to his  current position that blends food systems […]

Alumni Spotlight: Theresa Ong ’17

Dr. Theresa Ong | Alumni Spotlight Date: January 19, 2021 Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Ecology, Evolution, Environment & Society, Dartmouth College Dr. Theresa Ong is a scholar activist who found personal and professional nourishment through involvement with Science […]