Staff

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Lauren Bailey, Garden Director

Lauren grew up in a small town southeast of Nashville. She's called Nashville home for six years and has been involved in urban agriculture since her first summer here. She is inspired by the work of the farmers in the Growing Together program and looks forward to seeing how the program grows in 2017.  She loves to make biscuits, watch seedlings grow and hear the laughter of her husband. 

lauren@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Grace Biggs, Impact Manager

A native of Virginia, Grace moved to Nashville in 2008 to attend Lipscomb University, where she studied Law, Justice and Society--a unique program in nonprofit advocacy and law that allowed her to focus on food justice issues. She has worked with Heifer International in Massachusetts and as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Tennessee Campus Compact. Grace lives in Nashville Greenlands, a community in North Nashville, where she enjoys growing and sharing food with her friends and neighbors.

grace@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Kia Brown, Community Gardens Manager

A New York native, Kia has lived in Nashville for 11 years. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Memphis, she spent a year serving in AmeriCorps. Her service took her to Seattle where she discovered a love for growing both food and community. Kia loves to travel and explore, which led to a summer interning at the Nashville Zoo as well as interest in hobbies such as metalsmithing. You might find Kia leading groups in any of our gardens, but she works closely with the Green Thumbers in the McGruder community garden.

kia@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Kathleen Costello, Meals Coordinator - South Hall

Kathleen moved from Northern Virginia to attend Belmont University in 2007, and she loved Nashville so much she never left! She joined The Nashville Food Project as an Americorps Member leading nutrition education programs before joining the staff as a Meals Assistant. Kathleen has a Masters degree in Nutrition Education from American University, and loves that she continues to learn about the value of food, nutrition, and community as an employee at TNFP. Kathleen loves cooking, reading outside, wearing clothes with animals on them, animals wearing clothes, and teaching kids that it's cool to eat broccoli. 

kathleen@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Katie Duiven, Meals Manager - South Hall

From intern to full-time staff member, Katie Duiven is working what she calls her “dream job,” as it intersects her major and minor in college. She is a 2016 graduate from Belmont University, with a BA in Social Entrepreneurship and a minor in Nutrition. She loves that the nature of this work is all about how food is a powerful tool that brings people together, nourishing both bodies and communities. She is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, but is proud to have called Nashville home for the last 3 years. When she's not in the prep room or kitchen, you can find her spending time with friends, enjoying the outdoors, leading birthday parties at Climb Nashville, and soaking up the Nashville music scene. 

katie@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Malinda Hersh, Associate Director

Growing up on a farm in the small rural town of Red Boiling Springs, TN, Malinda experienced organic gardening before she knew the term for it. After graduating from Middle TN State University with a degree in Communications, she spent 18 years working for radio stations and ad agencies in Nashville and Los Angeles. A career transition led her to work in youth leadership and nonprofit program management, including seven years with Hands On Nashville. Malinda now finds herself returning to her organic roots, providing food that nourishes both body and soul. Malinda and her family live in west Nashville, where she enjoys hiking with her rescue dog, Faith, along Warner Park trails.

malinda@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Booth Jewett, Food Donations Coordinator

Booth moved to Nashville in 2012 to attend Trevecca Nazarene University, where he earned a degree in Social Justice. He also received his Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) from the University of Vermont in 2015. He is a committed and passionate worker in the local food movement with experience in sustainable farming, community engagement, and speaking and teaching on food justice issues. Booth was born in Atlanta,GA and is an avid fan of all Atlanta sports teams. He and his wife Brittany live in South Nashville. 

booth@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Kelli Johnson, Meals Manager - St. Luke's Community House

Kelli grew up outside of Nashville but moved to Chattanooga in 2006, where she lived for 9 years. Kelli earned a B.S. in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga before being accepted into Montana State's dietetic internship program where she completed 1300 hours of supervised practice to become a registered dietitian. Kelli worked in hospitals, in K-12 and University food service facilities, and on an Indian Reservation, among other places. She enjoys working at The Nashville Food Project because she's able to prepare nutritious, delicious meals for a wide variety of ages. Kelli loves cooking, traveling, and being outdoors.

kelli@thenashvillefoodproject.org


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Nick Johnson, Meals Assistant - St. Luke's Community House

Originally hailing from the rain-soaked hills of Seattle, Washington, Nick made his way to Nashville in 2013 to study songwriting and history at Belmont University. After bouncing between various food service jobs around the area, he landed at The Nashville Food Project in the summer of 2017, combining his passions for food and community building. When he’s not assisting the meals program at St. Luke’s Community House, you can catch him rocking out with his indie rock band The Pressure Kids and his solo outfit, Mr. Manager. Nick also delights in drinking gallons of coffee, reading, running, and writing, as well as spending time with his beloved beta fish Carol IV.

nick@thenashvillefoodproject.org


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Elizabeth Langgle-Martin, Office Coordinator

Elizabeth joins TNFP after years of homeless outreach in the Nashville community and holds a Master's degree in social work. Elizabeth enjoys tending to her Nigerian dwarf goats, her backyard flocks of chickens and ducks, and learning more and more about growing, preserving, and preparing food. She also loves nature walks with her partner, David, and her two rescue pups, Riley and Hadley. She is thankful for the work that TNFP does in making carefully prepared, nutritious meals available to vulnerable folks in our city through non profit partners. 

elizabeth@thenashvillefoodproject.org


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Emily Novak, Distribution Coordinator

Emily moved to Nashville in August of 2017. She grew up outside of Philadelphia and spent over 16 years in New York City working in the fashion industry. Realizing that she wanted something different, she navigated her way back into nature and the outdoors, moving to Wyoming to work with a nonprofit that offers experiential learning to youth and young adults living with the challenges of ADHD and LD. There she honored her passion for helping others, as well as her passion for a simpler life. She lives in East Nashville with her partner Lara, and loves spending her time with their four animals, taking walks, hiking, climbing, cooking, and hanging out at Home Depot. 

emily@thenashvillefoodproject.org


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David Price, Meals Coordinator - St. Luke's Community House

David has lived in Nashville for over thirty years. After studying art in high school and obtaining an associate degree in graphic design from Nossi College of Art, David spent much of his career working as a custom picture framer. After developing a self-described obsession with cooking ten years ago, David began volunteering with The Nashville Food Project in the summer of 2016 where his appreciation for the value of quality food and its communal properties grew even more. In 2017, he joined our staff as Meals Coordinator in our St. Luke's Community House Kitchen. There he loves working with what he calls "some of the brightest and creative minds of our time." In his free time, David enjoys cooking at home for his wife and daughter, connecting with friends and family, and when the rare occasion presents itself, hiking and photography.

david@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Tallu Schuyler Quinn, Executive Director

A native of Nashville, Tallu earned a B.F.A in Papermaking and Bookbinding from the Appalachian Center for Craft. She received a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University in New York, where she focused her studies on art, ritual and liberation theology. After seminary, Tallu moved to Nicaragua, where she lived and worked with poor farmers on food security projects using methods of agriculture that build communities and protect the land. In addition to her work as Executive Director of The Nashville Food Project, Tallu serves as a minister of Woodmont Christian Church. She and her husband Robbie have a daughter and a son and live on a small farm in Ashland City. In her spare time, Tallu loves to grow, cook and eat food. 

tallu@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Mariah Ragland, Volunteer Coordinator

Originally from Knoxville, TN, Mariah came to Nashville to attend Fisk University. After interning with The Nashville Food Project's Garden Program in the fall of 2015, Mariah completed her degree in business and art. She wasn't done with TNFP, though! Upon graduation, Mariah joined staff as Volunteer Coordinator. Mariah is a new mom and enjoys cooking vegan meals, exercising, painting, swimming, and socializing.  

mariah@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Sally Rausch, Growing Together Program Manager

Sally comes to The Nashville Food Project after working as an Urban Agriculture Education Coordinator, AmeriCorps Member with Hands On Nashville. She has previously worked and interned with a number of food justice nonprofits across the country after studying sustainable development at Washington University in St. Louis. Sally is a bike, beaver, and beet enthusiast with a love for goats and sub-novice (but passionate) knitting skills. She believes that food has the power to unite people and loves that the work of The Nashville Food Project is cultivating community in that way. 

sally@thenashvillefoodproject.org


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Julia Reynolds Thompson, Production Gardens Manager

Julia grew up on the flat prairie of Texas but has loved the southern woods since seeing the Appalachian mountains as a kid. She settled in Nashville 14 years ago after attending the University of the South. Julia started volunteering on local farms to escape an office job and was hooked. Since then she has had the privilege of working with two experienced local farmers, Tana Comer and Tallahassee May. She is delighted to be growing food now for The Nashville Food Project, making new community connections, sharing knowledge and welcoming folks into the gardens. When not growing food, Julia loves trying new recipes, eating well and heading down a hiking trail with her wife Ashley.

julia@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Christa Ross, Meals Director

A Nashville native, Christa received a degree in environmental policy from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She headed west after school and spent five years in Oregon and later Northern California working on several organic farms and catering -- developing a deep seeded love for food.  After moving back to Nashville Christa spent 6 months working on an organic farm south of town before joining the staff at TNFP! Outside of work, Christa spends as much time as possible outside, hiking, kayaking and growing good food!

christa@thenashvillefoodproject.org


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Anne Sale, Operations Manager

Anne grew up in South Carolina where she earned her degree in Financial Management from Clemson University. She enjoyed a career in banking while living in South Carolina, and later, in New Orleans. Calling Nashville home for the last 20 years, Anne's passion for food, community and nourishing Nashville's underserved shows in her work every day.  

anne@thenashvillefoodproject.org


Meg Schmalandt, Meals Assistant - South Hall

Originally from Chicago, Meg is a recent graduate from Belmont University with a BA in social entrepreneurship. You can find her in the prep kitchen as the meals assistant at the South Hall location. She loves gathering people around the table and how food, as a common denominator, can bring people together. When she's not in the South Hall prep room, you can find her spending time with friends, baking, making delicious coffee at Eighth & Roast Coffee Co., running, and watching Cubs games. 

meg@thenashvillefoodproject.org

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Teri Forsythe Sloan, Development Director

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Teri is a born-and-raised Middle Tennessean from Shelbyville. She earned a B.S. in Advertising from Middle TN State University and a M.Ed. in Nonprofit Leadership from Belmont University. Teri has spent most of her career working with Greek fraternal organizations as a consultant for Alpha Omicron Pi Women’s Fraternity followed by five years working with Chi Psi Fraternity, assisting the fraternity and its educational foundation with all marketing and development efforts. For The Nashville Food Project, she directs fundraising efforts, donor relations, marketing and the annual Nourish event. Teri and her husband Adam live in East Nashville with their dog Audrey. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

teri@thenashvillefoodproject.org