Lauren Bailey, Growing Together Program Manager
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.
Christina Bentrup, Garden Director
Christina grew up on Nashville's east side and attended Nashville public schools until she left for college in New Mexico. She studied a four-year great books program at St John's College in Santa Fe, and finished her MS in Plant Biology in 2009, at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She has traveled the world - studying plants and working in agriculture in Japan, Australia, France, Guatemala and northern New Mexico, but is pleased to find herself back home in Nashville. She even claims to love the sweltering heat of our southern summers! Trees, bikes, dogs, gardens, and her partner Becket are some of her favorite things - not necessarily in that order.
Grace Biggs, Partner Relations 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.
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.
Kathleen Costello, Meals Assistant - 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.
Katie Duiven, Meals Coordinator - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sally Rausch, Office & Development Coordinator
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.
Christa Ross, Meals Manager - South Hall
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!
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.
Teri Forsythe Sloan, Development Director
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.
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.