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Marjorie Hennessy, Food and Nutrition Department Director

mhennessy@thehrdc.org

I work with everyone at the Food and Nutrition facilities (GVFB, HAFB, BSCFB and Cafe) to manage budgets, develop programs and innovative solutions, seek funding and cultivate relationships in our community. I also work with other directors at the HRDC to integrate all of our programs and create awareness of the services we provide to the communities of SW Montana and Bozeman.

It’s great to be a Florida Gator… Go Gators!! Born and raised in Orlando, Florida

Place last lived: Sitka, Alaska

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, Roller Derby enthusiast. I also love movies; I am really adept at remembering useless pop culture

Fun fact: I once dressed up as rodents and primates at Disney (Chip, Dale, White Rabbit and King Louis)

Dream: Live in a house made of cheese and bread

Jill Holder, Operations Manager

jill@gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org

I oversee and track food inventory & safety, warehouse & staff management. Food drives and some media also fall within my responsibilities.

I love being outside and seek untrammeled places.

For most of my life I have worked for organizations that utilize volunteers. Volunteers add compassion and enthusiasm and volunteering is one of the few things that we know will truly make a difference in this world. I hope to always work with volunteers.

I enjoy searching for charismatic mega-fauna in my time off.

Some people knit, I cook. It is a creative outlet with immediate gratification. Food is very important to me.

I live in a place with my husband that I dreamed about since I was 12.

Alma mater: Go Horned Frogs!

Ben Denio, Warehouse Coordinator

ben@gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org

I focus on safety, process improvement, organization, and inventory for the warehouse. One of my favorite duties is coming up with the “Joke of the Week” for the dairy cooler white board.

Hobbies: Outdoor adventures and riding my motorcycle.

Weirdest Job: Being a dad. I find myself saying the most ridiculous things to my son.

Favorite food: Taco truck tacos

Interesting fact: I have a twin and we both skydive.

Graduated from Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES!), and originally from Rockville, MD.

Bethel Erickson-Bruce, Volunteer Coordinator

volunteer@gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org

I officially oversee the volunteers as well as the day-to-day functioning of the store – and am the staff member most likely to be present in the warehouse at any point in time. During the sunshiny summertime, I am commonly found outside digging in the dirt, planting flowers and veggies for the Food Bank.

Why Bozeman: Family + mountains + staggeringly beautiful sunrises/sunsets

Past Jobs: Social worker, farmer’s market manager, garden educator, dandelion picker

Spare Time: Whale hunting with my son Jasper Jack, knitting, growing things, consuming good books + local brews

On-the-Job Secret Superpower: Splitting my pants while lifting heavy things (using my legs and not my back, of course)

Favorite Food Bank Donation: A box of the incredibly high fiber cereal, Colon Blow

Jon Horn, Food Rescue Coordinator

jon@gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org

I am responsible for coordinating the perishable donation pickups from more than 20 businesses all over the valley; this includes: grocery stores; bakeries; bread, produce and dairy distributors; gas stations; restaurants; and anyone else who sells food!  Among other duties, I keep the fleet of vehicles running, deliver perishables to low-income housing around town daily, and work with family farmers to feed their animals the food that isn’t fit for our clients while reducing waste

Previous employment before the food bank: U.S. Forest Service Wilderness work in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, and Idaho

Passions: Defying gravity (with a paraglider); getting into the mountains on foot, bike, or ski; quality time with family; home brewing

Guilty pleasure: Old-fashioned glazed doughnuts from Rosauers

Favorite thing about working at the food bank: Helping to feed so many people in need while keeping millions of pounds of food out of the landfill! That, and the free doughnuts.

Laura Stonecipher, Programs Coordinator

lstonecipher@thehrdc.org

My primary responsibilities include administering our senior grocery program (CSFP), receipting financial donations for the food bank and Community Café, and working with interns.

Favorite time of year at the food bank is November because the holiday food drive season begins and I’m always encouraged by the generosity of our community.

College: Texas A&M… yep, I’m an Aggie

Hobbies: Hiking, hanging out with friends & playing with my granddaughter

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate…milk chocolate not the healthier dark kind

Originally from Texas…one of my favorite words to use is ‘y’all”

Mariah Smith, Administrative Officer

msmith@thehrdc.org

I process all of the intake forms for our clients, ensuring we have and accurate picture of the community we serve and how we can best meet their needs. I also help out at the front desk answering phones and helping the rest of the team with various projects.

Hobbies: Playing with my dog (Todd), gardening, crafting (DIY or die!)

Past Work: Soil-water physics researcher, community garden educator, rafting adventure consultant

Guilty Pleasure: Watching cartoons like Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, and Bob’s Burgers

I’m a University of Montana Grizzly…but I’m married to a Bobcat! We are high school sweethearts that moved here from Coeur d’Alene, ID (yes, I miss the lake!)

Monica Ruiz, Services Navigator and Special Projects

monica@gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org

I primarily help our clients navigate community resources, keep our website up-to-date and help tag team our social media networks. I also serve as co-coordinator of Huffing for Stuffing, a Thanksgiving Day (fundraiser) run.

A Montana native (from Billings), moved to Bozeman 14 years ago for college and ended up sticking around.

Hobbies: The outdoors and traveling. Some of my favorite activities include mountain biking, skiing, and camping.

Work Life: I came to the food bank as a student intern, served as a VISTA and then was hired full-time!

Food: Nothing beats homemade beans, homemade tortillas, and New Mexican green chile.

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