Food Recovery Network is excited to launch the Regional Outreach Coordinators (ROCs) program to provide FRN student leaders with the opportunity to engage meaningfully with FRN National and FRN chapters in their geographic region. The Spring 2018 cohort will coordinate and host one-day summits aimed to bring FRNds within a two-hour radius together in nine cities across the country. Interfacing with one another allows student leaders to share skills, generate new ideas, and form long-lasting relationships. It can be easy to forget that there are others beyond one’s own chapter who are committed to food recovery; these gatherings allow students to take a step back and remember they are a part of a national movement.
Interested in becoming a ROC in a future semester? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
2018 Regional Outreach Coordinators
Courtney Christl is a junior studying Environmental and Sustainability Science at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She loves hiking, reading, and watching crime documentaries. Her favorite meal is teriyaki-glazed salmon with onions, mushrooms, and broccoli. Her journey in food activism began after her senior year of high school, when she assisted in starting a SNAP program at her local farmers' market in her hometown, Noblesville, Indiana. Courtney then spent her first two years of college serving as the Treasurer of Lipscomb's FRN chapter, Share Our Supper. She is now the President of Share Our Supper and is super excited to serve with Food Recovery Network as a Regional Outreach Coordinator this semester.
Frida Endinjok is a Nutrition and Dietetics major at California State University, Northridge. She is the president of FRN at CSUN and works as a research assistant and project coordinator at the Marilyn Magaram Center (MMC) for Food Science, Nutrition & Dietetics. She developed the “Let’s Grow Healthy” program that delivers hands-on garden enhanced nutrition education at local schools. At CSUN, she coordinates the MMC Wellness Garden that offers gardening workshops, produce, and projects for the CSUN community. Frida has also served the CSUN student community by coordinating peer education programs. She proudly serves as Associated Students Chair of Sustainability. Academically, she is a BUILD PODER and Presidential Scholar. From bringing nutrition education to children, helping feed those in need, to helping fellow students to eat healthy on a budget. Her goal is to provide the tools, education, and motivation for a good nutrition for all.
Elise Froebe was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and now attends Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She studies Business Administration and Sustainability and hopes to pursue a career in Corporate Social Responsibility or a similar field. In her free time, she loves to run, hike, bake cookies, and salsa dance. Elise is extremely passionate about the environment, which is part of the reason she loves FRN. She is excited to be a ROC because she truly believes in the mission of FRN and that getting the opportunity to meet with other FRN chapters is a great way to strengthen the program and learn from each other.
Alexandria Higgins is a senior medical Biology pre-physician assistant student with neuroscience and Latin American studies minors at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Currently, she works as a nurses aide in a brain and spinal injury care facility and as a biology tutor. She has been the UNE FRN Chapter President for two years and has big goals for the crew as recruitment and activity grows. Many try to tell her that her activities and interest do not correlate. However, her goal in life is to mitigate the suffering experienced by the human population. So in that way, medical practice and food recovery are like close cousins. She is looking forward to see what she can accomplish as an FRN Regional Outreach Coordinator.
Daisy Rodriguez is a sophomore at Cabrini University, where she is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Criminology. Daisy is a strong believer in giving to those in need and has worked to support her community since she was 11 years old, when she worked with her church to feed the homeless. Due to her experiences growing up, Daisy was very excited when she heard that an FRN chapter was being started at Cabrini. Daisy has been a member of FRN at Cabrini since the chapter’s founding, and she will soon take over as its co-Vice President. “Fighting waste and feeding people” has become Daisy’s life motto.
Allie Sklarew, a native of Rockville, Maryland, is the president of FRN at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Currently a junior, she is majoring in Public Policy, and is interested in politics and advocacy work. Having worked on several political campaigns for state and national elections, she has gained an appreciation for the legislative process in order to enact change. She was an intern for Senator Chris Van Hollen this past summer, working in his state office doing constituent services. She has worked at the U.S. Health and Human Services, assisting with the policy for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She has always had a love for food and community service, so being a Regional Outreach Coordinator (ROC) will allow her to expand her efforts. She is looking forward to this new position with work with other FRN chapters in her region.
Mara Stephan is a Junior at the University of Minnesota. She is majoring in Computer Science (with a focus on managing and analyzing data) and minoring in Sustainability Studies. She looks forward to combining these interests to make a positive difference in our food system and greatly enjoys her role as Co-Chair of Events for FRN at the U of M. Mara is also a part of the Sustainability Committee within student government and serves as treasurer for her Ultimate Frisbee team. Outside of classes and clubs, she loves making lists, listening to and learning about music, and frequenting garage and estate sales. Mara is excited to take on a position as a Regional Outreach Coordinator and make connections with other members of FRN from nearby and national chapters!
Lauren Twele is a junior at the University of Tampa. She is a Marine Science/Biology major with minors in Education and Leadership studies. Lauren was a founder of the University of Tampa's chapter of Food Recovery Network in the Fall of 2016, and continues to lead the chapter with Jennifer Campbell. In addition to her roles at FRN, she is the President of the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), conducts biological research on campus, and works with the non profit organization Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful conducting educational outreach about environmental topics.
Luke Vickrey is a recent graduate of the University of California-San Diego, where he studied Pharmacological Chemistry. Combining professional food service experience with a passion for food justice has given Luke a unique opportunity and lens within the food recovery movement. As a co-founder of the UC San Diego FRN chapter, he leverage his culinary network to ensure success for the new chapter by creating a detailed operating procedure with the university’s executive culinary team. Luke is truly ecstatic to be part of the ROC program and use his experience to help accelerate the FRN movement! In his free time, he enjoys backpacking with the Venture Scouts, reading, and playing the bass guitar.
Zeel Vora is a senior at the University of Houston. Some of her absolute favorite things are animals, tea, college football, and food recoveries. FRN has given her the chance to grow as a student, leader, and person, and thus she is so excited to be able to further her involvement in the movement! Zeel can't wait to meet and learn from other FRNds!