IMG 0026Bonnie Buckingham, MSW, Executive Director:  Bonnie is CFAC's co-founder and Executive Director.  She has over 20 years experience with food security and hunger reduction issues as Program Operations Manager of Missoula Food Bank, and Director of Women's Opportunity & Resource Development.  Throughout CFAC's history, she has held primary responsibility for facilitating CFAC, ensuring that the work of the organization moves forward, and carrying out fiscal and administrative oversight.  Bonnie served on the steering committee of the original Community Food Assessment (2002-2004). She organized subsequent community meetings leading to the formation of CFAC in 2005, and worked to get a joint resolution passed by the City and County government sanctioning the formation of CFAC, as well as funding to start the coalition.  She has led CFAC through its strategic growth and the creation of new programs and initiatives since its inception.  Bonnie initiated the Farmers Market EBT Food Stamp program in Missoula and actively participates in several state-wide coalitions associated with food security and non-profit organization and collaboration.  A social worker by training, Bonnie has considerable experience with community development, strategic planning, Community-based Participatory Research, and group facilitation.  She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of MT in 2007.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Bonnie or call her at (406) 880-0543.


Kim GilchristKim Gilchrist, MS, Food Access Program Manager: Kim focuses her work at CFAC on promoting equal access to healthy, local food. She primarily coordinates the Double SNAP Dollars program in Missoula, which provides a dollar for dollar match when Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are used to purchase fresh local food from participating locations. Kim began her professional career working in retirement plan communications after receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration.  It didn’t take too long for her to realize she wanted to become more involved in local food initiatives, so she made her way out to Missoula and earned her Masters of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 2014. While in school, Kim focused on sustainable food system development. Her graduate portfolio addressed the need for greater economic viability within the alternative food movement and included research about improving food access in Missoula. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Kim or call her at (856) 912-1080.


Dave Renn photoDave Renn, Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program Manager: Dave's work focuses on development of resources, workshops, and trainings for new entrants into Montana agriculture. He manages the Farm Link Montana website, a centralized resource to connect beginning farmers and ranchers to land, jobs, mentors, and information. Dave received a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Oregon and spent the next decade working in education, on-farm and off-farm. He has pursued the dream of starting his own farm through apprenticeships and staff positions on vegetable, livestock, and research operations in Oregon, Washington, and Montana. Through this process, he has experienced a wide array of educational styles and farmer training programs and is excited to bring that knowledge to CFAC. He is focused on creating meaningful opportunities for aspiring farmers to pursue their dreams in Montana. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Dave or call him at (406) 926-1004.


Shay Farmer, Regional Food Access Coordinator: Shay’s work focuses on helping to implement the Double SNAP Dollars program and food sovereignty classes in the Mission Valley in conjunction with the Polson Farmers Market. She also provides regional technical assistance on implementing and fundraising for nutrition incentive programs at farmers markets. Shay received her bachelor's degree in International Political Science from Arcadia University in 2009. Prior to CFAC, Shay worked at Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center in Ronan as the Farm to Institution Program Manager, working to increase local food being served at schools, hospitals, and other public institutions through forward contracting and cooperative purchasing initiatives. She has also served many stints in various AmeriCorps programs, learning important skills in building social capital and community organizing. Shay hopes to bring her experiences to CFAC to help increase local and healthy food access to all demographics in western Montana.


kg photoKrystin Gehrich, Development and Communications Coordinator: Krystin's work focuses on telling CFAC's story and promoting its work through outreach and fund development. Krystin moved to Missoula in 2011 to attend graduate school at the University of Montana, where she graduated with an M.A. in Intercultural Youth and Family Development and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. After spending a year working with youth in the Andes mountains of Peru, she moved back to this similarly beautiful mountain town to continue her service to others. Krystin found rewarding service at Missoula Food Bank as the Volunteer Coordinator for three years, and in 2016 she decided to try something new and harness her passion for strong communities through storytelling, creating, and fund development at Ecology Project International (EPI). While at EPI, she was rewarded with a greater love of science and conservation. Krystin is proud to be a part of CFAC's enduring work and loves its focus on community engagement, mentorship, and hands-on education and advocacy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Krystin or call her at (406) 926-1004.


Annie Carlson photoAnnie Carlson, Americorps VISTA Service Member. Annie focuses on capacity building work at CFAC, particularly within the Beginner Farmer and Rancher Program. Her work as a VISTA helps to create sustainability within CFAC’s resources, programs and outreach. Annie received a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Food and Bio Energy Systems from Montana State University in 2015. Experience in community organization and passion for food production, sustainability and service have led her to a year as a VISTA, and to CFAC. Annie is focused on helping to develop long lasting programs and resources that will benefit Montana’s agricultural community into the future.