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.
Matt and his wife Christine settled in Southern Oregon in 2016 after serving as overseas missionaries. Matt joined our team as the Warehouse Manager in 2021 after 2 years of being involved with local food pantries. The JCFB priveds an amazing opportunity to engage and impact our local communities and fulfill our greatest purpose, to love our neighbors and serve others.
During his free time you will usually find Matt, his wife and their dog in the woods camping, hiking and just enjoying the beauty of the PNW.
Vito Rene Santana
Vito saves hundreds 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.
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.
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.
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, and art that helps to foster a sense of community, gratitude, and communion with the earth.
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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.
My husband and I relocated to Grants Pass from Spokane, Washington in March 021. This opportunity with the Food Bank combines my experience and knowledge with my passion for gardening, and it allows me to share that passion with children. I enjoy encouraging their curiosity, making it fun for children to learn, and fulfilling to help the community. I'm looking forward to partnering with this great team at the Farm to expanding our community presence and positively impacting more of the community.
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