Jim Hanna (he/him)
Jim has over 30 years of experience in food systems work. His projects include founding the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project in 2002. In partnership with recent immigrants and refugees, he established a program with a goal to build immigrant-owned farm enterprises in Maine. His publications include co-authoring “Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Values-Based Planning and Evaluation.” He was the original editor and writer for “Race and the Food System” located at the web-based USDA Food Security Learning Center hosted by WhyHunger. He is a co-founder of the Northeast Network of Immigrant Farming Projects among others. He has worked as a consultant assisting groups with organizational development and evaluation. His clients include Growing Power, USDA, Heifer International, Cultivating Community, Northeast Organic Farmers Association, Center for African Heritage, WhyHunger, Four Directions Development Corp. and Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Colleen Donlan (she/her)
Food Access Organizer
Colleen was born and raised in Portland and attended Portland Public Schools. Colleen graduated from Colgate University in NY where she studied Political Science and Environmental Studies, focusing on food systems through internships and research projects. After college, she moved back to Portland and work as the Local Foods Coordinator VISTA with CCFSC for two years until August 2020. She is now working as the Food Access Organizer and is also supporting a new organization, Maine Black Community Development, which CCFSC is the fiscal sponsor of.
Adele Wise (she/her)
Local Foods Coordinator VISTA
Adele has joined CCFSC as the Local Food Coordinator Vista. Growing up in Maine, she has learned to deeply appreciate and value local food systems. She recently graduated from College of the Atlantic where she received a degree in Human Ecology with a focus on food systems and sustainable agriculture. Throughout college, she worked on various organic farms, explored agricultural labor issues and food waste, and created a podcast surrounding how farming preserves cultures throughout Maine in collaboration with Maine Farmland Trust. Coming from a summer working with Preble Street’s food programs, Adele is excited to take these experiences to learn alongside CCFSC and the community.
Kristina Kalolo (she/her)
Farm to School Project Director
Kristina is passionate about working at the intersections of social change, sustainable food systems, and collective healing. She also serves as the Markets Manager for the Somali Bantu Community Association and is on the Steering Committee of Maine Food Strategy, the Leadership Teams for Maine Farm to School Network, Maine Farm to Institution, Maine Farmer Resource Network, Food Fuels Learning, and the Ending Hunger by 2030 Cumberland County Core Team. Previously, Kristina worked with, and within, food systems as a fishmonger, rural and urban farmer, artisan chocolatier, cafeteria worker, and farm to table caterer. She received her B.A. in Anthropology, Sociology, and International Studies from Elmira College, her M.A. in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, and participated in Food Solutions New England’s Network Leadership Institute.
Zoe Grodsky (she/her)
Food Fuels Learning VISTA
Originally from Massachusetts, Zoe moved to Portland after recently graduating from Middlebury College. At Middlebury Zoe studied Sociology and Education, with a focus in social movements and environmental justice. Before joining CCFSC, Zoe worked as a Farm School Educator, teaching elementary students about regenerative agriculture and food systems. Zoe is excited to join CCFSC as the Food Fuels Learning Coordinator VISTA to help create more equitable food systems in Portland.
Kenny Pollart (she/her)
Maine Meat Initiative VISTA
Kendall has joined CCFSC as a VISTA for the Maine Meat Initiative. She recently graduated from Providence College, where she received a BA in Global Studies with a focus on social injustices and human rights inequalities. During Kendall’s college career, she worked on projects that focused on food scarcity and health equity. She learned how these issues affected people on a global scale. Kendall also volunteered for various food kitchens in Western Massachusetts, where she grew up. Now she hopes to take her experience and knowledge learned in college and through volunteer work to assist in providing access to nutritious food on a local level.