Emily Soderberg is originally from Tucson, AZ, where she recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments and a minor in Sustainable Plant Systems. During her time at the U of A she gained a tangible perspective of food waste through her work with UA Compost Cats, a student-run, commercial-scale compost operation. This work inspired her to dedicate her career to creating a sustainable food system for both the planet and its people, and couldn't be more excited to begin that journey with Food Recovery Network. In her spare time, Emily enjoys going to art museums, cooking, hiking, and learning about plants.
Partner Liaison VISTA
A native West-Coast-ian, Gaby grew up in California and lived in Oregon for four years. She studied at Lewis & Clark College, graduating in 2016 with a B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology, and Environmental Studies. While in school Gaby spent a semester in Senegal, where she conducted research on ecotourism and helped implement a project to improve oyster farming methods among village women. Her experiences abroad and in Oregon influenced her beliefs about food, community, poverty and freedom. Gaby is so excited to help FRN reduce the nation's food waste footprint!
Program & Communications Fellow
Brandon is a 2016 graduate of Maryville College with a degree in biochemistry and a love for service. All four years of his undergraduate career were spent with the Bonner Scholars, a program dedicated to providing students with service opportunities within their respective communities. Through the Bonner scholarship, Brandon was able to connect with the Food Recovery Network in his senior year, founding Maryville College’s chapter of FRN in the summer of 2015. Today, Brandon is proud to be an FRN fellow and hopes to learn more about how art and science can contribute to reducing food waste. Outside of FRN, his hobbies include running, animation, and freestyle rapping.
Food Recovery Verified (FRV) VISTA
Kirby is new to the D.C. area from Fort Worth, Texas, and is recent graduate of a dual Master's program in Environmental Management & Sustainability from the University of Malta and Integrated Science & Technology from James Madison University. Last summer he completed his capstone project, Review of Agricultural Connections to Shenandoah River 2004-2007 Fish Kills. After completing internships in sustainability and completing a certification program to become a CDPM Level I - Advanced Certified Development Project Manager, he is beginning his career in food sustainability as an AmeriCorps Vista at Food Recovery Network.
His personal interests and areas of expertise are in fisheries, sustainable agriculture, water quality, ecotourism, and environmental policy. His favorite experience was having had the opportunity to study ecology in Ireland and complete his Master's degrees in Malta, one of the most water scarce nations in the world.
Research & Reports VISTA
Nedrea Destaney-Beyonce Scott, who goes by Beyonce, is a recent two time Graduate of Clark Atlanta University, culminating in her Bachelors of Arts in English and an MSW degree. She commenced May 2012 and May 2015 with honors and was among the top 1 percent of the University. Additionally, she authored Clinical and General Social Work Articles for "The Social Work Helper." Beyonce held positions as a Social Worker and University/Community Ambassador with several organizations - as a Career Center Outreach Coordinator at AMVETS National Headquarters in Lanham, Maryland, at Atlanta Coalition for LGBT Youth, A Community Service Families First of Atlanta, and Clark Atlanta University to name a few. Beyonce currently sits on several boards throughout Metro Atlanta: World AIDS Day Atlanta; Atlanta Coalition for LGBTQ Youth and is the current Chairwoman for the Subcommittee of Faith and Family; and the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition.
She is a Licensed Notary in the State of Maryland, a Co-Host Member of a Social Meetup Group for Leisurely Outings, and a General Body Member in the Smooth Ashlar Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star State of Georgia District 1. She enjoys reading in her spare time as well as working with children and at-risk youth and adolescents, and Children of Military Service Women. Assigned to the Food Recovery Network in College Park, Maryland, Beyonce serves as the Research and Reports VISTA - a thriving Student Movement against unnecessary Food Waste and Hunger! Beyonce has already begun making her mark in working with FRN to stomp out hunger!