October 10-11, 2012, Elon University, Elon, NC
Dr. Chris Brawley, Central Piedmont Community College
Rod Brooks, Stop Hunger Now
Ray Buchanan, Stop Hunger Now
Eva Clayton, Independent Consultant
Dr. Nancy Creamer, NC State University
Dr. Molly DeMarco, UNC
Dr. Michelle Eley, NC A & T
Mike Giancola, NC State University
Margaret Gifford, Farmer Foodshare
Dr. Harriet Giles, Auburn University
Phil Gordon, Single Stop USA
Dr. June Henton, Auburn University
Paula Gray Hunker, Auburn University
Emma Hunt, Auburn University
Terri Hutter, Interfaith Food Shuttle
Norma-May Isakow, Wake Forest University
David Lambert, Lambert Associates
David LaMotte, Musician
Lauren Little, Auburn University
Steve Moore, Elon University
Allie Treske, Nourish International
Dr. Kate Thornton, Auburn University
Melody Wiggins, Wake Technical Community College
Charlotte Williams, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Dr. George Wilson, NC State
Dr. Chris Brawley, Professor, Central Piedmont Community College
Dr. Chris Brawley has earned bachelors and masters degrees in English and Religious Studies from UNC-Charlotte. He earned a doctorate in Humanities from Florida State University with a concentration in Literature and Religion. Since 1993 he has been teaching at both Community Colleges and Universities. For 14 years he has taught at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, where he is the Chair of the Humanities, Philosophy and Religion Department.
Rod Brooks began serving in July 2006 as CEO of Stop Hunger Now. In this capacity, he provides leadership and direction toward the achievement of the organization’s mission to end world hunger, focusing on service programs, fundraising, financial and administrative management. Rod has spent nearly twenty years working in the non-profit sector. Prior to directing Stop Hunger Now, Rod worked for sixteen years creating Exploris (now titled Marbles Kid’s Museum), an interactive museum about the world, ultimately serving as Vice President for Administration.
Rod is active in the community as a member of the Cary Rotary Club, Fairmont United Methodist Church, and NC Partners of the Americas. He has been recognized for his leadership of Kids Voting Wake County and received the James S. Bramham Humanitarian Award from NC Partners of the Americas. He received a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. He speaks Spanish fluently. Rod lives in Raleigh with his wife, Terry Jasper Brooks, and daughter, Vivian.
Ray Buchanan, Founder and International President
Stop Hunger Now
A native of Texas, Ray Buchanan earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Divinity from Shenandoah University and Conservatory. He co-founded Stop Hunger Now in 1998, following an 18-year career as the founder and co-director of the Society of St. Andrew, a Virginia based domestic food relief organization. Ray also served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.
An ordained United Methodist minister, he is fueled by the vision of ending hunger in his lifetime and, to that end, has dedicated himself to helping those in the greatest need. Stop Hunger Now was created by Ray as an entrepreneurial model for providing rapid, cost-effective responses to international crisis situations. Ray is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his humanitarian effort. His awards include the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Alumnus of the Year Award, the Caring Institute National Caring Award, the National Association of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award and the Maxwell House “Real American Hero Award,” the North Carolina International Human Rights Award, and the International Affairs Council’s Citizen of the World award.
Articles on Ray and his work have appeared in the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the San Francisco Examiner, the Houston Post, the Dallas Morning News, the Arizona Republic, the Raleigh News and Observer and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, the CBS Weekend News and the 700 Club.
Eva Clayton, Independent Consultant
Former Congresswoman Eva Clayton (N.C. 1st District, Dem.) and Former Assistant Director General of the United Nations Food Agriculture Organization is organized as an independent consultant focusing in global agriculture / food security, rural and business development. Prior to the formation of Eva Clayton ECAI; Clayton served for three years as Assistant Director-General and Special Adviser to the Director-General with Ambassadorial status with the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome Italy. She was responsible for encouraging the establishment of alliances and partnerships in over 25 different countries around the world including the United States to fight hunger and poverty. Clayton is a strong advocate for the hungry, the poor, sustainable agriculture and equality in this country and around the world
During her ten years (1993-2003) of distinguished service Clayton served on the Agriculture Committee and as Ranking Member of the Department’s Operations Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittee. She was active engaged in the legislative development of Department’s Operation policy. Her other Committees were Small Businesses, and Budget. She was a conferee on the 2002 Farm Bill and is credited for providing essential leadership and garnering support for nutritional programs, civil rights and support for minority farmers in the final version of the Farm Bill.
She was elected President of her freshmen class by her fellow freshmen colleagues and served as co-chair of the Rural Caucus (bi-partisan) and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Congresswoman Clayton made history in November 1992 when she became the first woman to be elected to Congress from the State of North Carolina and the first African American since 1901.
Before going to Congress, Eva Clayton was a member of the Warren County Board of Commissioners, serving as Chairperson from 1982 to 1990. During her tenure, she was named “Outstanding North Carolina County Commissioner” by her fellow North Carolina Commissioners. Her professional career has included that of business woman, state governmental department head, and university administrator.
She remains an active member of Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church, Henderson, North Carolina, where she serves as an Elder. She was chosen by the Presbyterian Church (USA) as a recipient of the “Woman of Faith in Public Service” award at their 2003 General Assembly.
Clayton received her Bachelor of Science Degree for Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina and a Masters of Science Degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She also attended law school.
She is the recipient of eight (8) honorary doctorate degrees from various American universities for her leadership and service. She is also an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Clayton serves on several boards that address hunger and health issues, including, the U.S. Alliance to End Hunger, the Global Food Banking Network and the NC Foundation for Advanced Health Programs.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Clayton is the mother of four adult children, Joanne, Theaoseus Jr., Martin and Reuben. She is married to Attorney Theaoseus T. Clayton, Sr. and they are the proud grandparents of six wonderful grandchildren.
Dr. Nancy Creamer, Director, Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Nancy Creamer is a Distinguished Professor of Sustainable and Community Based Food Systems at NC State University and the Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) which includes a 2000 acre sustainable agriculture research, outreach, and teaching facility. Dr. Creamer’s area of specialization includes farming systems research, organic production systems, and community-based sustainable local food systems. She provided leadership for a statewide North Carolina initiative engaging many diverse sectors and partners resulting in a statewide action guide: From Farm to Fork, a Guide to Building North Carolina’s Sustainable Local Food Economy, and has spearheaded the development of many of the strategic initiatives identified in the report. Dr. Creamer received the Earthwise Award at the 2006 Earth Day celebration at NC State University for outstanding faculty commitment to campus environmental sustainability. She was recently appointed by the Governor to the legislated NC Sustainable Local Foods Advisory Council, and is Vice Chair of the Council. The CEFS team recently was awarded the Opan Mann Green award at NC State University.
Dr. Molly DeMarco, Research Fellow and Project Director, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Dr. DeMarco is a Research Fellow and Project Director with the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She conducts research on determinants of health disparities and food insecurity, in particular, and focuses on community-based research that engages low-income and historically marginalized populations. She currently leads projects to (1) provide nutrition and cooking education to low-income rural residents using locally grown produce and meat, (2) provide rural, African American youth with professional development skills through a focus on improving their community food security, (3) link WIC clients to healthy, locally grown produce while providing a new market for small farmers, and (4) help link and improve partnerships between communities and academics.
Dr. Michelle Eley, Community and Economic Development Specialist, Cooperative Extension Program, North Carolina A&T State University
Michelle Eley serves as the Co-Interim Program Leader for the ANR/CRD Program Unit and Community and Economic Development Specialist for The Cooperative Extension Program for NC A&T State University. Much of her programming responsibility is in the areas of rural agricultural development, community planning, leadership and organizational development and emergency preparedness. Eley possesses a BS in Agricultural Economics from North Carolina A&T State University, a Masters in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Community and Rural Studies from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Eley has experience providing leadership and organizational development assistance to socially-disadvantaged farmers and various underserved groups across the state. She oversees two of Cooperative Extension Program’s signature programs – Community Voices (a leadership development program on community decision making) and Voices Reaching Visions program (a training series that focus on the management and leadership of nonprofit organizations and community-based corporations).
Since 2005, Dr. Eley has managed a multiple agricultural and community-based grants. In area of community planning, Dr. Eley was a partner on a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant with NC State and Virginia Tech to examine the factors that make community food systems sustainable across Virginia and North Carolina. As a result of this project, the project team created an in-depth Community-Based Food System Assessment and Planning Guide for Extension agents to use to help communities develop and prioritize strategies for enhancing their local food system. In the area of food access and food security, Dr. Eley works with NC Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) grant program, which is geared to establishing model community gardens in three low-income communities. In addition to programming oversight for the NC CYFAR program, Dr. Eley is developing a series of modules that provide information for how garden organizers can build local participation and support for the community garden activity. Since 2007, Dr. Eley has provided leadership and oversight for Immigrant Farmer Training Program, which is an educational program in that address the agricultural and community needs of Southeast Asian immigrant families, residing in the southern Piedmont region of our state. Using classroom training along with hands-on growing experiences, the program integrates food production along with farm management and business planning, give new farmers an opportunity to refine growing techniques, and help them access local farmers’ markets in the greater Hickory metropolitan area.
Eley is a member of several professional organizations, namely, National Association of Community Economic Development Association, Community Development Society, Rural Sociological Society, and Gamma Sigma Delta.
Mike Giancola, Associate Vice Provost, NC State University
Mike Giancola currently serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Student Leadership and Engagement and Director for the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, & Public Service at North Carolina State University. The center has been providing unique learning experiences that embody the value of leadership, service, responsible citizenship and ethics since 1998 and works to develop leaders with wisdom, compassion and integrity who will promote a lasting commitment to the betterment of society. CSLEPS has service-learning partnerships in 14 countries focused on hunger and hunger policy, health and healthcare, education, substandard housing, water quality and sanitation, interfaith dialogue, gender and environmental issues, rainforest conservation and civil rights.
In addition to his work at the Center, Mike is responsible for Student Media (2 campus newspapers, 25,000 watt radio station, literary magazine, and yearbook), Student Government, Student Legal Services, Student Organization Resource Center, Union Activities Board (including a campus cinema), and the Chaplains’ Cooperative Ministry. Mike has also served as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Adult and Community College Education in the College of Education at NC State University and teaches undergraduate courses on leadership and social responsibility.
He has dedicated his professional career to working with college students, having worked and taught at Kent State University and Ball State University prior to coming to NC State in 1998.
Mike graduated cum laude from John Carroll University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and earned his Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University.
He is on the national faculty for the LeaderShape Institute (www.leadershape.org), serves as the chair of the board for Together We Can, Inc., and serves on the board of directors for Outreach 360, who vision is for all children in the world to lead a life of choice that begins with access to a quality education. Mike has been an active volunteer with Stop Hunger Now and the American Red Cross, having served as the chair of Blood Services for the Triangle Area Chapter. He is an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of West Raleigh.
Mike has led multiple service-learning teams to the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Guatemala as part of Habitat for Humanity’s, Global Village program, as well as other service initiatives in Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka and the Dominican Republic and has traveled to over 20 countries.
Mike has received the Global Engagement Award, Outstanding Extension Service Award and was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension at NC State University. He was recognized as the Tarheel of the Week in the North Carolina newspaper, the News and Observer (http://www.newsobserver.com/2009/10/04/125762/hes-always-thinking-big.html#storylink=misearch) and received the Don Roberts Award for his commitment to diversity and inclusion.
He cites his most important leadership roles as being a husband to his wife Jennifer and a father to his two children Megan and Sam.
Margaret Gifford, Executive Director, Farmer Foodshare
Margaret is the founder and executive director of Farmer Foodshare, a nonprofit social enterprise connecting people who grow food with people who need food. Farmer Foodshare Donation Stations collect top quality food for organizations that serve food-insecure people in over six North Carolina counties and provide thousands of dollars in new funds for limited resource farmers. Farmer Foodshare programs include farmers’ market Donation Stations, FreshKids! Farm to Children and the POP Food Market.
Margaret moved to Chapel Hill from San Francisco, where she was senior vice president and group director at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, leading the firm’s West Coast Corporate Practice. Prior to San Francisco, Margaret was senior vice president at Ogilvy New York handling the firm’s global professional services clients. Margaret joined Ogilvy in 2002 from the mobile Internet software manufacturer, Openwave. Prior to Openwave, she served as a manager of corporate communications at HP in Palo Alto, California.
Margaret serves on the board of the North Carolina Conservation Network and is a member of Sustainable Food NC. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Furman University and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Farmer Foodshare website is at www.farmerfoodshare.org.
Dr. Harriet W. Giles, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University
Harriet W. Giles serves as Director of External Relations for the Auburn University College of Human Sciences (CHS) and as Managing Director of the Auburn University International Hunger Institute (IHI). In her external relations role, she is chief communications liaison for the College and provides leadership for a range of CHS outreach and programmatic initiatives, including the International Quality of Life Awards held annually at the United Nations.
As managing director of the newly established IHI, she oversees all of the programmatic initiatives for the Auburn War on Hunger, a unique partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that began in 2004; provides leadership and coordinates efforts for Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH), a network of approximately 300 higher education institutions worldwide that she co-founded with Dean June Henton of Auburn University in 2006; and works with the executive director of the IHI to build key public and private partnerships that will leverage the necessary resources required for the IHI to meet its strategic goals and to achieve global prominence.
Before the inception of the IHI, Giles was active in all phases of the Auburn University War on Hunger and Universities Fighting World Hunger, including a seven year term as principal advisor to the Committee of 19 (the student leadership team for the War on Hunger); a member of the academic initiatives committee that developed an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in hunger studies; and a member of the strategic planning team working to accelerate the UFWH movement.
Prior to assuming her current administrative positions within the College of Human Sciences and the IHI, Giles was a faculty member in the Auburn University Department of Human Development for 18 years where she served as internship director and taught a range of courses that included child development theory, lifespan human development, hospitalized children and families, and professional development. She has conducted research and is published in the areas of mentoring and career development, child abuse, and hospitalization of children.
Giles began her professional career as an early childhood educator in the Alabama public school system in 1972. She was named a Rotary International Graduate Fellow in 1977, spending an academic year in London, England examining the British infant school educational model. She holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and the Master of Science degree in Family and Child Development from Auburn University and the Doctor of Philosophy in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia.
Phil Gordon, Senior Program Officer for Strategy, Single Stop USA
Phil Gordon is responsible for implementation of Single Stop’s new community college partnerships and has been a key participant in their strategic planning process. Before joining Single Stop, Phil was Deputy Project Manager for a longitudinal impact evaluation of the AmeriCorps program at Abt Associates. Phil holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Economics from Tufts University.
Dr. June M. Henton, Human Sciences, Auburn University
Dr. June Henton is Professor and Dean of the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University. Since 1985, Dean Henton has provided leadership for teaching, research, and outreach programming in subject areas that include nutrition/dietetics, food/ hunger, and wellness; sustainable human development; relationships and health; consumer behavior/technology; and the science of design. The commitment of the College is to produce graduates who are not only professionally competent, but globally aware and socially engaged.
In 2004, under Dean Henton’s leadership, Auburn was invited to partner with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in a higher education war on hunger campaign. The widely regarded Auburn/WFP educational model addresses both short-term and long-term solutions to alleviating hunger through an action agenda that encompasses (1) hunger awareness, consciousness-raising, and fundraising; (2) advocacy; and (3) academic initiatives including teaching, research, and outreach.
One of the most significant outgrowths of the Auburn/WFP partnership has been the establishment of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) which was founded by Dean Henton in 2006 at the inaugural University Hunger Summit sponsored by Auburn University.
UFWH works with the World Food Programme to engage students directly in hunger-reduction strategies and to create and/or adapt curricula that will educate students about issues of human sustainability and social justice. At Dean Henton’s invitation, since 2008 WFP has assigned a senior advisor to serve as distinguished visiting professor at Auburn to help accelerate the UFWH movement.
Dr. Henton has been integrally involved in the planning and execution of all subsequent UFWH summits that have been held annually since 2006 including four in the US, one in Canada, and the 2012 summit in Honduras. In addition, Dr. Henton gave leadership to the first European University Hunger Summit in Rome in 2009. These annual conferences bring together students, academicians, government officials, and leaders in the profit and not-for profits worlds with visionaries in the social, political, and religious arenas who are committed to positive social change. Currently, UFWH has approximately 250 participating college and university campuses around the globe with a positive trajectory for continued growth.
Building on Dr. Henton’s sound track record of successful partnership activities with the World Food Programme and her role as founder of UFWH, the Auburn University Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the International Hunger Institute (IHI) in February 2012 and named Dr. Henton as its first Executive Director. The IHI provides the infrastructure for UFWH and seeks to leverage the strengths of the public and private sectors to engage current and future generations in a sustainable approach to ending hunger.
Dr. Henton earned her B.S. from Oklahoma State University, her M.S. from the University of Nebraska, and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She was also conferred the Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa by the University of Guelph for her “drive to foster an international effort to create a more sustainable world, free of hunger and full of an active youth.”
Paula Gray Hunker, World Food Programme Senior Policy Advisor, Auburn University
Paula Gray Hunker had held senior leadership positions in government, international organizations, the private sector, media and non-profit organizations. She brings that multi-sector experience to her current post at Auburn University, representing the United Nation’s World Food Programme in their joint fight against the scourge of hunger. As WFP’s Senior Policy Advisor at Auburn, she is working closely with Dean June Henton and her team in supporting Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) and also building the International Hunger Institute as a global knowledge portal to highlight lessons learned and innovative solutions that can be used to fight hunger at home and abroad.
Prior to her recent posting at Auburn, Hunker working for WFP in Rome, serving as Chief of Executive Affairs for the former Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, helping to move WFP from a food aid to a food aid agency. She focused on communication and outreach to build awareness for a number of strategic initiatives in areas such as nutrition, global food security and small farmer empowerment.
Prior to WFP, Hunker was Policy and Communications Director for the Rodale Institute, the world’s oldest sustainable agriculture non-profit and research organization, helping them reposition and rebrand the organization. She also worked at the US State Department, serving as Chief of Staff and Senior Strategy Advisor to the Under Secretary of Economics, Business and Agricultural Affairs. There she worked on a number of initiatives, including innovative work on a UN High Level Panel on UN Reform and Coherence, which designed the ONE UN pilot programs and also recommended consolidating the UN’s gender work, which resulted in what is now UN Women. She also helped to create the Global Partnership Initiative, a new office at the State Department to build and multi=sector partnerships as a critical component of development and diplomacy.
Hunker has also worked as a strategic business consultant, working with clients such as Rutgers University on a project to strengthen small family farmers and Oxfam America on a project to raise awareness for water poverty, a crippling cause of poverty and hunger.
Emma Hunt, International Hunger Institute, Auburn University
Emma Jane Hunt is a 2010 graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies concentrating in Public Policy and Legislation. During her time at Auburn, Emma was very involved with Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) and its efforts on campus. Emma served as the College of Human Sciences Representative, Vice President, andPresident of the Committee of 19. Upon graduation Emma moved to Rome, Italy to work for the UN World Food Programme where she served as Youth Outreach Coordinator for 18 months. In March 2012, Emma began a position at Auburn University as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the International HungerInstitute where she is working to improve communications between the nearly 300 institutions affiliated with UFWH, in addition to managing the website and social media communications for both UFWH and the International Hunger Institute.
Terri Hutter, COO Culinary Job Training Program/Food Service
Terri Hutter came to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in 1999 from the renowned Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC, where she was Executive Banquet Chef. Ms. Hutter is Executive Chef and Director of the Culinary Job Training Program, which since 1998 has successfully prepared 339 individuals with employment barriers for careers in the food service industry. Ms. Hutter is a widely-recognized leader in her field, receiving the 1998 Triangle Chefs Association Chef of the Year Award and the 2002 Women’s Chefs and Restaurateurs Community Service Award, and honored as Tarheel of the Week by the Raleigh News and Observer in December, 2003. Ms. Hutter has been President of the ACF-Triangle Chefs Association and sits on the Advisory Board of the Alamance Community College Culinary Department.
Norma-May Isakow, Wake Forest University
Norma-May Isakow is the Associate Director of the Institute for Public Engagement at Wake Forest University. She graduated from law school in South Africa where she practiced law, taught at the University of Cape Town, and supervised student legal aid clinics. She received an LLM degree from the London School of Economics and is admitted to the California and Colorado Bars. As Senior Research Assistant to a U.S. federal judge, she created a judicial internship program for law students. Norma-May was Director of Public Interest and adjunct faculty at the University of Denver College of Law where she created, taught and coordinated a Public Interest Practicum program.
Prior to coming to Wake Forest University, she served as the Director of the Office of Service Learning at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, merging her experience in community-based education with her enthusiasm for working with students. She started a campus-wide Hunger and Food Security Initiative that brought World Food Laureate David Beckman to campus, made UAB part of Universities Fighting World Hunger, and led to a focus in service-learning courses on local food insecurity and food deserts. Since coming to Wake Forest University, Norma-May was jointly responsible for bringing Douglass Coutts of the World Food Programme to campus, leading to the formation of a WFU Hunger Board of which she is now part.
David Lambert, Lambert Associates
David Lambert is principal, Lambert Associates, a Washington, DC, public affairs firm providing strategic policy advice to the US private sector, Land-grant universities, governments, and United Nations agencies, on issues related to global food security, child nutrition, food safety, and agricultural biotechnology. He also serves as Distinguished Fellow, Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center, and as Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Catholic University of America.
As an internationally recognized advocate for global food security, Lambert speaks widely on related issues. Recent addresses have included the World Food Prize lecture, “Global Food Security: In Our National Interest”, and the Clinton School of Public Service Lecture, “The Quest to End Hunger in Our Time”, both published in the Journal of Food Law & Policy.
In 1999, with US Senate confirmation, President Clinton appointed Lambert to Rome as FAS Counselor to the US Mission to the UN Agencies. Serving until 2003, he promoted USDA’s food security policies with the UN and other government agencies, and served on Ambassador McGovern’s humanitarian missions throughout Asia and Africa. He is a regular member of the US Delegation to the UN’s Codex Food Safety Commission in Rome and Geneva.
Prior to his diplomatic appointment, Lambert was Senior Vice President, New York Stock Exchange, directing all public affairs programs, both US and international, with responsibility for the Executive branch and Washington Diplomatic Corps. He was principal negotiator for and a delegate to NYSE’s historic US-China Symposium on Financial Markets in Beijing and private meeting with Deng Xiaoping. He earlier served as Legislative Assistant to US Senator J. William Fulbright.
Lambert has served in numerous Advisory Roles, notably with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Obama Ag Policy Committee, Center for Global Development, Clinton School of Public Service, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Winrock International, Alliance to End Hunger, Auburn’s College of Human Sciences, Howard University’s World Food Law Institute, Food Industry Codex Coalition, and the Economic Club of Washington.
Lambert has a BSBA from the University of Arkansas, a law degree from The George Washington University Law School, and an award from the JFK School’s Senior Managers in Government. Lambert is a member of the DC Bar, and is active in civic and charitable activities furthering the goal of ending hunger.
David LaMotte, Musician
David LaMotte is an award-winning song writer and performer and the veteran of ten CDs and 2000 concerts on four continents. The Washington Times writes that "His lyrics range from insightful image-driven stories to equally insightful humor." He has co-billed with Pete Seeger and Desmond Tutu. LaMotte is also a public speaker on peace issues and citizen engagement. He is a recipient of the prestigious Rotary World Peace Fellowship, which funded his master degree in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. As part of that study, he also spent three months in rural India working with a Gandhian sustainable development organization. Because of his work as a co-founder and director of PEG Partners, a non-profit organization supporting education in Guatemala, he was nominated as a "Hero of Humanity" in World Ark, a publication of Heifer International, and named a "Madison World Changer" by his alma mater, James Madison University. His new illustrated book, White Flour, tells the true story of a whimsical anti-racist protest.
Lauren Little, Student, Auburn University
Lauren is a senior at Auburn University majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, and minoring in International Studies and Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies. She has served on the Committee of 19, Auburn's student-led War on Hunger initiative, as a representative of her college and currently as the president. Lauren is passionate about fighting hunger and poverty both locally and globally, and hopes to one day have a career in poverty alleviation and community development.
Steve Moore, AgroEcology Department of Environmental Studies, Elon University
Steve is currently teaching AgroEcolgy within the Environmental Studies Department at Elon University, Elon, NC. Previously he was the Small Farm Unit Manager and Agriculture Energy Specialist at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina State University. He was the past Director of the Center for Sustainable Living at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA, and founder of the Robyn Van En Center for Community Supported Agriculture Resources. He is co-founder (with his wife, Carol) of Harmony Essentials, a company dedicated to the vision and practices of a sustaining food system. Steve was appointed to the Pennsylvania Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Board, served two terms on the board of directors for PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) and currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Ecology Action, Willits, CA.
He has done extensive consulting and provides presentations and workshops worldwide. He was part of the National Cooperative Extension team to develop E-extension education and information on sustainable energy production and utilization in agriculture. He is an associate editor of the peer review journal, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (formerly the American journal of Sustainable Agriculture).
Steve and family have farmed and gardened organically for over 35 years. He has used Biointensive techniques for 20 years in market production of fruits and vegetables. He has a diversified farm background including small fruits, vegetables, bees, dairy cows, draft horses and other livestock. Steve has also been a pioneer in solar greenhouse and high tunnel production for over 25 years. He is an intermediate certified GROW BIOINTENSIVEsm instructor and is design certified in permaculture.
Dr. John M. O'Sullivan, Professor, North Carolina A & T State University
O'Sullivan is a Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, Local and Community Food Systems at North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, NC. He is also the Director at CEFS in Goldsboro, NC. He has been at NCA&TSU since 1983. Most of that time, he has served as a farm management and marketing specialist with the Cooperative Extension Program at NCA&TSU, one of the two land grant universities here in North Carolina. He has served as part of the team working in the entire Southern Region with the USDA SARE PDP program (1994-2002). John took a sabbatical in 2008 and went around the world with the Semester at Sea Program teaching courses on the ship on Food Systems and Human Society. He is married with three children and lives in Chapel Hill. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ivory Coast 1968-70. He has a doctorate from UCLA and a masters from Auburn. He taught another Semester at Sea course on food issues in the local and global systems in May 2012 on a voyage to Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama and Belize.
Allie Treske, Chief Operating Officer, Nourish International
A graduate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Allie is passionate about supporting and enabling student-led action. Allie holds a B.A. in political science and international studies with a focus in social movements, nation states, and international politics. Allie’s international experiences include studying at the Australian National University, the School for International Training in Geneva and training with CHOICE Humanitarian in central Mexico. A member of the Nourish team since 2009, Allie lead the Chapter Founders 2009-10 team, the Chapter Support 2010-11 team and currently dedicates her time as the Chief Operating Officer. A proud Boston 2011 Starting Bloc Fellow, Allie holds the Local Coordinator Position for the Triangle. In her spare time, Allie can be found planning her next travels, cooking, or playing tennis.
Dr. Kate Thornton, Director of Hunger and Sustainability Initiatives, Auburn University
Dr. Kate Thornton currently serves as the Director of Hunger and Sustainability Initiatives in the International Hunger Institute at Auburn University. She has served in this capacity since January 2012 following a Hunger Post Doctoral program also at Auburn. She has a varied background ranging from business to biochemistry and is interested in utilizing her diverse knowledge base to bring sustainable solutions to help solve the global challenges of our world. Dr. Thornton earned her doctorate, as well as an MBA, and MS in Consumer Affairs from Auburn University. She also holds a BS in Biochemistry and a BFA in Painting from Clemson University. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Thornton worked as a defense contractor in Washington, DC. Aside from her professional endeavors, Dr. Thornton is an avid traveler who has recently expanded her family by adopting her sons, Ephraim and Caleb, from Ethiopia as well as marrying her best friend Zach. P.s. You can just call her Kate.
Melody C. Wiggins, Coordinator, O.V.A.L., Wake Technical Community College
Melody C. Wiggins is a graduate of St. Peter’s College (Jersey City, NJ). She is a dedicated student development professional with over nine years of experience. Currently, Melody serves as Coordinator for the Office of Volunteerism & Student Leadership (O.V.A.L) at Wake Technical Community College. In this role she has established relationships with over 25 community partners and coordinated over 8,000 volunteer hours. Melody has also developed and implemented a student leadership program and been instrumental in chartering a chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) student honor society at Wake Tech.
Charlotte C. Williams, Associate Dean for Engaged and Global Learning & Program Coordinator for the Human & Community Services Major, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Charlotte Williams is committed to helping people and improving the quality of their lives through her professional and community service work. Originally from the Chicago area, she graduated from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana and went on for her graduate degree at the University of Chicago. She worked in mental health and medical social work and later took a position with the Mayor’s Office for the City of Chicago, working in Health and Human Services. She was subsequently appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Chicago Planning Department.
Shortly after Professor Williams and her family moved to Hickory in the mid-’90’s, she began teaching at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She is now an Associate Dean of Engaged and Global Learning as well as the Program Coordinator for the interdisciplinary Human and Community Services major.
In 2008, Professor Williams was elected to the Hickory City School Board, and has also served in leadership roles for numerous community boards and organizations—The Women’s Resource Center, Project Potential, Council on Adolescence, the Catawba County Medical Society Alliance. Her civic and philanthropic involvement has resulted in the creation of numerous programs, securing grants, and raising funds for the Hickory City Schools, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the community at large. Last fall, she was re-elected to her second 4-year term on the Hickory City School Board.
Professor Williams and her husband Reg, an ophthalmologist, have four sons ranging in age from 16 to 25.
Dr. L. George Wilson, Professor of Horticultural Science, NC State University
L. George Wilson joined the Horticultural Science faculty at North Carolina State University in March 1975 -- with statewide Extension responsibilities for Sweetpotato and Potato programs.
A native of Niagara County, NY, George earned his B.S. in Pomology/Agricultural Economics at Cornell University, his M.S. in Horticulture at Washington State University, and his Ph.D. in Postharvest Horticulture at Michigan State University.
Prior to NC State, Wilson worked for nine years as Research Postharvest Physiologist and Technology Transfer Specialist (bananas and other tropical fruits) for the Division of Tropical Research of United Fruit Company (Chiquita International, LLP) in La Lima, Cortes, Honduras. He learned Spanish here and as he worked in other banana divisions in Middle America.
At NC State Wilson has served as Assistant Dean for International Agriculture (1997-2002) and Vice Provost for International Affairs (2002-2005). During 2006-08 he was Senior Advisor for University Relations and Agricultural Research, Training and Outreach for the Office of Agriculture of the US Agency for International Development (USAID)/Washington -- through a two year Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement (IPA) between NC State and USAID.
Since 2009 Wilson has represented NC State on the Program Council of the USAID Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) http://hortcrsp.ucdavis.edu/ and served as chair (2010-2012) of the Hort CRSP International Advisory Board.
During his tenure at NC State, Wilson twice served as Chief of Party of NC State Univ./USAID agricultural development projects in Peru (1982-83 & 1991-92). In 1993 he was Team Leader of the USDA/FAS (Foreign Agricultural Service) Bulgarian American Extension Project in Bulgaria.
Wilson served as president of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) during its 2003 Centennial Year, is a Fellow of The Society, 2008 recipient of the ASHS Outstanding International Horticulturist Award, and was the first AAAS/ASHS Congressional Science Fellow (1990-91) – serving as Science Legislative Assistant in the office of NC Senator Terry Sanford.
July 2012 Dr. Wilson began his three year NC State Phased Retirement Program. His current responsibilities include teaching graduate and undergraduate Postharvest Physiology of Horticultural Crops and engagement in multiple College and University International Programs.
George and his wife of 50 years, Claudia (Cochrane) Wilson, have three children and five grandchildren.