Category Archives: Meet the Team!

Meet shayla!

Shayla Hubbard, Volunteer Management Intern

Shayla Hubbard, Volunteer Management Intern

Hello everyone! I am Shayla Hubbard, FlashFood’s new Volunteer Management Intern. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Biology and Society with a minor in Nonprofit Administration at ASU. What am I going to do with such a focused degree? Honest answer, I haven’t quite decided yet. I do know, however, that I love biology and I find it interesting how much of our world is impacted by it. Currently I am exploring the options of working in healthcare administration, but have found myself falling in love with nonprofit organizations more and more each day! Nonetheless I have two years to figure it all out and for now when I am not at school or working I spend my time reading, shopping, or stimulating the economy as I like to call it, and volunteering. Thanks for reading!

Meet Katelyn!

Hello fellow FlashFood fans, I’m Katelyn Keberle, Community Outreach Director.

I’ve been with FlashFood since the very beginning, back when we were just five students in an Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) class dreaming up ways to improve the life of individuals in Arizona’s food deserts.

When I’m not FlashFooding, I’m usually at ASU.  I’m currently a junior studying Materials Science and Engineering. A fascinating field that works to engineer the stuff we make stuff out of.

I also enjoy baking, reading, swings,  heights, friends, and making things.

I’m a big fan of Tempe, Arizona. I  grew up here, in this medium-sized college town and spent a noticeable percentage of my teenage years volunteering in the Tempe community.

Fun FlashFood related facts include: I helped Steven with the coding once, so he can’t take all the credit, and this summer I skyped  into a FlashFood meeting from a park bench in front of the Smithsonian castle in DC.

FlashFood is an amazing venture, and we’d be nowhere without the amazing people who support us. Thanks for reading!

Meet Loni

Hi Everyone!

Loni here, Director of Operations for FlashFood, and wife of team member Eric.  Glad you stopped by!

I joined the FlashFood team soon after its inception, as kind of a Jack-of-most-trades (except programming) and sustainability consultant, since I was a student in the School of Sustainability.  Since then, I have pivoted toward a focus on food safety and distribution logistics, drawing on experience with urban food systems, volunteer management, and vulnerable populations to manage our efforts in the field.  My unofficial roles include keeping our programmer fed and helping host late-night team meetings.

Besides recovering food, I also enjoy making food, eating food, feeding people, camping and traveling – above you see Eric and me avoiding moose on a visit to a friend in Anchorage.  As a Minnesota native, I am fascinated by desert ecology, and often hang out just down the road from our Skysong office at the Desert Botanical Garden, where I teach (and learn!) and help run various youth & family programs.

I am excited to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile venture as FlashFood, and can’t wait to see what the coming year will bring for us.  Thanks for checking out our blog, and I hope you’ll come back soon!

Loni

Meet Steven!

Ahoy-hoy! I’m Steven, the lovable scamp and IT director of the FlashFood team.

Above you can see me working very hard with computers. I recently graduated from ASU with a Computer Science degree, I do all of the programming and technical work for the team. I also am the most recent addition joining only in February just when we started to become successful. Coincidence?  Draw your own conclusions.
I joined the team after being ambushed by Eric, who was my former roommate while at his then girlfriend and future wife Loni’s home for dinner. He asked me to join because he knew of my incredible programming abilities and that team team would need additional IT support. I accepted because Loni is an excellent cook and it really is amazing to think that I just might be able to help an uncountable number of people, and inspire others to do the same.
When I’m not working on FlashFood I enjoy travel, board games, solving puzzles, learning more about programming and technology and generally being awesome.
Thanks for your interest in us and your support in completing our mission. It’s because of the support of people like you that I think we have a very good chance of continuing to succeed.

Meet Eric!

Hello! My name is Eric, and I am the Executive Director of FlashFood. It is a pleasure to meet you!

 

The smiling couple above is my wife, Loni, and I at our wedding in August of 2012 (we were married one month Monday!). Loni is also a FlashFood team member, but we didn’t meet in FlashFood – it was Spanish class, in fact – though she was an unofficial consultant to the team before we had even decided to focus on food recovery.

In May, I graduated from ASU with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, and I am currently getting a Master of Science in the same, also from ASU. How did an engineer like me end up on a project like FlashFood? Short answer: an (incredible, perhaps life-changing) elective class. Long answer: a course that asks engineers to use their creative skills to address social problems, coupled with a love for working on teams with sharp, driven people, and a desire to serve others, founded in an upbringing in a home and church environment of community service (and good food!).

When I’m not at the FlashFood office or working on my Master’s thesis, I enjoy hiking, eating Loni’s cuisine, sampling craft microbrews, playing strategy boardgames, and traveling (see my Spain study abroad blog here).

I want to say thank you to everyone who supports our mission. I think FlashFood is a great idea. I believe that, together, we will have a measurable impact on the lives of those living in our communities.

My best regards,

Eric

Meet Mary Hannah

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Hi there! My name is Mary Hannah Smith, and I’m the Director of Sustainability initiatives for FlashFood!

I’ve been travelling the world for the past eight months and recently returned to Tempe, only to be amazed at all of the incredible accomplishments that the rest of the FlashFood team have been able to achieve while I was gone. More specifically, I spent last spring semester in Dakar, Senegal, studying French and learning Wolof. Here I am in the back of a pickup truck (I’m the one in the huge and sunglasses, holding a camera), preparing for a very uncomfortable 70km drive through the Sahel, to reach the Great Green Wall. Senegal was a great experience, except for the malaria, which I know is not incredibly descriptive but it would be impossible to describe all of my feelings about that trip in one blog post. Unfortunately, I had to leave Dakar in late May, so I could attend a summer program in Bangkok, Thailand (which meant that I only spent 36 hours in Phoenix). In Thailand, I studied urban planning and sustainability, and was fortunate enough to earn an internship at DASTA, which stands for Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism. I loved my work and my co-workers, and was very sad to have to go home. If you are still curious about my experiences in Thailand and Senegal, please visit my travel blog.

I am happy to be back in Phoenix, but not so happy to be back in school. I have two more semesters left at ASU before I earn a B.S. in Sustainability, and a B.A. in Global Studies. Graduating should be pretty neat, but I’m not sure if I’ll survive writing my senior thesis!

Anyways, I’m so excited to be back with the FlashFood team and am hoping to help out as much as I can this semester. Since our project is still getting off the ground, we’d love to get your feedback (comments, criticisms, suggestions, ramblings, etc) on FlashFood and on food waste in general, so please send us your thoughts either here, through email, or via any of our social media outlets.

Thanks for reading,

–MH

Meet Jake

Hello fellow FlashFoodies (that is the awesome nickname we call people who like food recovery), my name is Jake Irvin (my close friends call me Guapo), and I am the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for FlashFood. Nice to meet you!

I just graduated last May from Arizona State University with a BS in Marketing from the WP Carey School of Business and a BS in Sustainability from the School of Sustainability. I loved my time at ASU, and I will definitely miss it, especially being a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, reading, listening to music, rock climbing, and playing guitar. I’m pretty good at guitar. Below is a video of me and some friends playing a benefit concert for the Restavek Foundation from about a year ago (you can’t see me, I’m behind the speaker on the left). My little brother is playing the drums in this video – isn’t that cool? We are kind of like the Partridge Family. I’m hoping this blog post helps get us more Youtube views.

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little better. If you like my guitar playing, love FlashFood, or want to critique my grammar/writing, leave a comment!

Oh, and sorry ladies, I’m taken 😉

All the best,

Jake “Guapo” Irvin