Michael is joining the FRN team as the Communications & Program Fellow. A recent graduate from Butler University, he is very excited to put his skills to work with an efficient and influential organization. Michael will focus on connecting and empowering FRN chapters across the country through comprehensive communication strategies. While at Butler, Michael was involved in nonprofit communication and development through the Arts Administration curriculum and extracurricular involvement. Social justice topics have always been close to Michael’s heart, especially those surrounding food insecurity and environmental conservation. He strongly believes in the power of young people creating impact, and is prepared to be a dynamic part of the FRN team. In his free time, Michael enjoys hiking, attending arts events, spending time with his friends, and exploring new places. As always, Go Dawgs!
Communications & Partner Engagement Fellow
Hayley Brundige is working to develop FRN’s communications strategy and support external partnerships as a Communications & Partner Engagement Fellow. Hayley is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee, where she studied Journalism and Public Policy through the College Scholars Program. During her time at UT, Hayley explored her passion for journalism by writing for outlets like Inverse and Scalawag Magazine, worked as a student leader with the Roosevelt Institute, and organized in her community around issues like reproductive justice and the privatization of public services. Hayley spends her days drinking copious amounts of iced coffee, arguing about TV shows, and planning her next adventure. She strongly believes in the power of young leaders to effect change and is so excited to add her voice to the FRN team!
Alumni Programs VISTA
Sarah Diamond is working to engage FRN alumni to create a network of food waste warriors that expands across the country as the Alumni Programs VISTA. Though originally from the Boston area, Sarah is a recent graduate of Lawrence University in Wisconsin where she studied International Relations and Music. She was the co-president of her school’s FRN chapter for two-and-a-half years and was part of the founding team. During her time at Lawrence, Sarah explored her passion for a healthier population and planet through working with five different environmental organizations around the world — in Boston, New Hampshire, India, Belgium, and Panama — that dealt with food and waste issues, equitable healthcare, and environmental sustainability. Sarah hopes to make an impact on the way people think about their relationship to their food and to the earth, and she believes that working with grassroots organizations is the way to do it. Sarah spends her days writing, reading, cooking, gardening, planning adventures, and looking for ways to improve the world. She is thrilled to be joining FRN and can’t wait for all that lies ahead!
Surveys & Program Evaluation VISTA
Robert Hopp is working to collect data for FRN through surveys, as well as analyze trends in that data. A native of Baltimore, MD, Robert attended University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he majored in Environmental Studies and played on the school’s baseball team. Upon graduating from UMBC, he earned his MA in Environmental Resource Policy from The George Washington University, which is where he became interested in food-related issues. In his spare time, Robert likes to cook, play sports, and attend Orioles and Ravens games.
Program and Resource Development Fellow
A midwesterner at heart, Paul Sherman grew up in the Chicago area and recently graduated from the University of Denver, with majors in Religious Studies and International Studies. After learning about FRN in a writing class his freshman year, he started his school’s chapter and quickly fell in love with the idea of redirecting would-be waste to those in need. This led Paul to a food waste reduction internship with Sodexo, his school’s dining provider, with whom he helped implement a food waste tracking system in the University’s dining halls. He is excited to bring that passion to the FRN headquarters, where he is helping strengthen connections among those in the network and developing new resources for chapters. Although he is still adjusting to DC’s humidity, Paul enjoys spending time outdoors, whether he is hiking, camping, or riding a bike around town.
Food Recovery Verified (FRV) VISTA
Paloma Sisneros-Lobato is excited to be joining the FRN National team after founding a chapter at Santa Clara University during her undergraduate career. In addition to a passion for alleviating food waste, she loves to travel to experience other cultures. She sees traveling as an opportunity to expand her understanding of the way the world interacts with food. At FRN National, she will be working as the Food Recovery Verified (FRV) VISTA. This role will entail building relationships with food businesses and event planners and engaging them with the FRV program. This means getting more businesses verified along with adding value and name recognition to Food Recovery Verified.
Maggie Switzer is a proud native of Dayton, Ohio. However, she completed her B.A. in Social Work and Spanish at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. During her time at Mercyhurst, she was an active member of the women's rowing team, which culminated in an NCAA Runner-Up championship title. During her undergraduate career she was also heavily involved in the Service Learning department. Upon completion of her degree at Mercyhurst, Maggie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a DC-area nonprofit called Crossroads Community Food Network, where her passion in food justice issues really sparked. Her passions/interests include hiking, traveling, rowing, and exploring farmers markets.
Research & Outreach VISTA
A native of West Virginia, Samantha Yates recently graduated from McDaniel College with a B.A. in English and minors in Writing and Economics. During her time as an undergraduate student, Samantha served as President of Green Terror Programs, the campus programming board, and worked to improve and expand student leadership opportunities in the Office of Student Engagement. In between jobs and academics, she channeled her passion for environmental issues and belief in the power of students to facilitate meaningful change into co-founding a composting initiative on her campus. She is delighted to be exploring a different side of food sustainability at FRN as the Research and Outreach VISTA. Samantha enjoys spending her free time reading, quoting movies, and singing along to musicals.