MEET THE TEAM
Josephine joined the Food Bank in June 2020. Originally from Asheville, NC she has lived in Southern Oregon for the last six years and has loved making this her new home.
Joining the staff at the Josephine County Food Bank has allowed her to continue her passion for food justice and food security.
In her spare time, she can be found with her pup hiking, kayaking, gardening, and exploring the PNW and beyond.
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Farm Assistant / YIP Coordinator
Jeff Meier volunteered on the farm for four years prior to being hired as Farm Assistant in 2020.
Jeff graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He worked with the Northwest Youth Corps for eight seasons, which allowed him extensive time in the backcountry leading crews of teenage and young adult participants in completing Forest Service-sponsored conservation projects.
He also brings 10 years of native and invasive plant ecological restoration in the Rogue Valley.
HR & Administrative Coordinator
Christina has been with us since September 2020. She earned her Bachelor's in Psychology from Colorado Technical University and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She recently moved back to Grants Pass from Washington to be with family.
Christina is the wife of Justin and mother of two beautiful children, Robyn and Elora. She also has a passion for art, theatre and travel.
Vito Rene Santana
Vito has saved thousands of lbs of food from sitting at a landfill! He's worked as a wildland firefighter, salesman, and has worn many more hats. His positive life philosophy and knowledge help us in all aspects of food banking.
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In 2017, Kristin Smith joined Raptor Creek Farm as the Farm Manager. She graduated from Rogue Farm Corps, an agriculture internship program, in 2015. She draws on both her social work experience and agriculture background to develop Raptor Creek Farm’s programs.
When she isn't farming she is backpacking with her two black labs and 6 goats.
Patrice has been immersed in the non-profit world for over 30 years. Before moving to Oregon in 2019, she managed numerous public gardens in the bay area.
Her favorite part of her position was and still is, working with volunteers, developing a curriculum with a focus on plant-based activities, walks in nature, meditation, art that helps to foster a sense of community, gratitude, and communion with the earth.
Partnerships and Agency Coordinator
Shelby was born and raised in Texas and moved to Oregon three years ago with her fiancé and four dogs. She has her master’s degree in conservation biology and her bachelor’s degree in marine biology and psychology.
Growing up, she had a passion for photography and was constantly involved with anything related to water by being a competitive swimmer, a collegiate water polo player, and a divemaster.
Shelby hopes to help expand the food bank’s distribution sites and service areas with an eye towards equity and underserved populations.
BOARD of DIRECTORS