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Staff & Board


  • Susie Sutphin

    Founder/Executive Director

    Susie Sutphin is 15-year Truckee resident. Her varied careers have brought her from Couloir magazine to Patagonia Clothing and later the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival where she ran the national tour growing it from 10 cities to 110 cities in five years.

    The films inspired her to explore building a smarter and more equitable food system. She collected her discoveries about sustainable and regional food systems on her blog, foodchronicles.net. Over her 20 years of work experience, Susie has developed a keen set of marketing and communications skills. As indicated by her vision for the Tahoe Food Hub, Susie seeks projects or products for which she is passionate and can use her enthusiasm and organizational skills to build a story which will resonate with others and attract their interest. At Couloir magazine, she demonstrated the effectiveness of niche publications to reach a target audience. At Patagonia, she helped build the company’s brand by telling the story of their athletic ambassadors through various communication channels. At the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, she proved the ability of film to transform an audience and build capacity for small grassroots organizations. When not enjoying a good meal with friends, you’ll find Susie out exploring the Sierra Nevada backcountry either on snow, dirt or rock! Her passion for the outdoors has taken her on two wheels and two sticks to some interesting destinations around the world. In her position as co- Executive Director, Susie will oversee Marketing & PR as well as manage the Farm to Market and Dome Raising Project Programs. 
  • Kristin York

    Vice President

    Sierra Business Council – Director of Business Inovation

    Kristin leverages her twenty years of experience in strategic planning, finance, operations, marketing, training, and business transformation to create meaningful sustainable strategies that address economic, environmental and social challenges.
    Most recently through her work as Chief Development Officer for Cutting Edge Capital, where she is deeply engaged with creating Climate Action Plans and Sustainability Road Maps for local governments, businesses and private entities. Currently, she is researching a sustainable value chain model for the San Francisco Bay Area food system. In addition, Kristin is a Professor of Sustainable Urban Development and Implementation of Sustainable Business at Presidio Graduate School. She brings her current and past work experience into the classroom including seven years at a Big 4 Accounting and Consulting firm as a Senior Manager specializing in the hospitality, real estate, retail, food processing and manufacturing industries. She primarily focused on financial and operational restructuring, strategic business planning, crisis mitigation, and managing the return to financial viability. Kristin has a BS degree in Management and an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco and an EMBA in Sustainable Management at the Presidio Graduate School. She also dedicates herself to two of her passions, recreation and food by serving as Board Chair for the Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation District and on the Board of the Tahoe Food Hub.
  • Bill Kelly

    President, Co-founder

    Owner Kelly Brothers Painting

    Bill is the president of a family business, Kelly Brothers Painting in Truckee. For over 10 years he continues to expand his vision of what a quality business can be to customers, community, and the building industry.
     Bill has built a business on reliability, quality, attention to detail and customer satisfaction. Bringing a family-like relationship to the business is what makes people attracted to the Kelly Family. People trust the Kelly family brand and share this loyalty with others. Bill is co-founder of the Tahoe Food Hub and owner of the Growing Dome which is the home of the Sierra Agroecology Center. He built dome specifically for a community benefit where 50% of the produce grown could be donated to Project Mana and those families in need.
  • Billy McCullough

    Member At-Large

    Private Chef & Sustainable Food Consultant

    Chef Billy McCullough has over 25 years in the culinary arts. He is currently a private chef and consultants with restaurants on developing sustianable food menus. Prior to that he was the chef/owner of a Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Truckee and the chef/partner of Twenty Two Bistro in Squaw Valley.
    He founded the Best of Tahoe Chefs event with Gary Bulmer, which has raised money for local cancer causes for the last 14 years. A graduate of The Western Culinary Institute, Billy gained his chops training under two of the area’s top chefs- Douglas Dale of Wolfdale’s and Jean Pierre Doignon of Le Bistro. At Dragonfly, his unique blend of Asian Flavors with local, sustainable products was called “the first true Cal-Asian Restaurant’ by Mike Dunne of the Sacramento Bee and won “Restaurant of the Year” from the Sierra Sun. At Twenty Two Bistro, he has spread his culinary style into “comfort food with a global flare” and has continued his quest to support the “Slow Food” movement by using sustainable, seasonal products. A bleeding heart philanthropist, Billy was named “Volunteer of the Year” by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce, “Citizen of the Year” by the local Interact Club, and was awarded “Vocational Person of the Year” and the “Paul Harris Award” from the Truckee Noon Rotary Club, where he is an active member. Chef Billy is also a new Board Member of the Tahoe Food Hub. In September 2013 Billy, was awarded the “Spirit of Giving Award” at a special ceremony in his honor for all his generous philanthropic efforts supporting Best of Tahoe Chefs, our Tahoe Forest Health System and so many worthy causes in our region.


  • Dan Alvey

    Board Member
    Raised just on the other sides of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Dan’s love for wild areas started early with adventures on the Yuba River and overnight trips to high alpine lakes.  Since moving to Reno in 2014, Dan has fallen in love with the area’s balance of culture and nature.  
     Outside of work you’ll find him skiing in the Mt. Rose Wilderness, rock climbing at the Washoe Boulders, or mountain biking around Peavine Peak.    
  • Sarah Hoyle

    Board Secretary
    Sarah is an environmental advocate who focuses on sustainable agricultural policy. She currently works for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, evaluating the risks that pesticides pose to invertebrates and developing policies to reduce pesticide use. When she moved to Truckee, Sarah began volunteering with Tahoe Food Hub and joined the board in November 2016. She is glad to help support the food hub and continue to expand its impact in the region.

    Raised on the east coast, Sarah’s interest in local food and agriculture deepened while she was living in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and began learning more about growing food. She spent a few years working on federal organic policy and pesticide regulation in Washington, DC. After completing her masters, she moved to Truckee and began working for Xerces. Through her current position, she advances policies throughout the country that promote alternative pest management strategies. After hours, you can find her skiing, hiking, and camping in the area with her husband Sam and dog Rosie.

  • Jennifer Banid

    Warehouse, Operations
    Jenn started back when the food hub was just a thought. She and her husband, Bill Kelly, built a geodesic growing dome in hopes to farm.  Things moved smoothly and Susie Sutphin came into their lives to help them manage it. Together, they created a vision.
    Once the Tahoe Food Hub was up and running she volunteered in the evenings by sorting and prepping orders. Jenn also did some farm pick ups, deliveries and farm shop work. Now she is an employee of the Tahoe Food Hub and helps with a little of everything. Jenn and Bill have 3 girls, and as a family are very passionate about the planet and the food they eat.
  • Marissa Yakaitis

    Farm to Market Manager

    Marissa is a born-and-raised Vermonter and having just moved here in the spring, she is very excited to be a part of the Tahoe Food Hub team! When she isn’t working or wrapping up her degree in Agricultural Resource Economics from Colorado State University; she is running, skiing or getting creative in the kitchen, always with her dog, Lucy by her side. Supporting small family farms and sustainable agriculture is more than just eating fresh and seasonal, it is a way of life for her.


    Growing up in New England, her family has been working in food distribution for generations and because of those deep roots, she found a passion for agriculture at a very young age. Marissa immersed herself in the local food movement back in Vermont and has worked for the Vermont Foodbank in addition to managing both brick-and-mortar and online farmers markets. During her time at the Vermont Foodbank she focused not only on food aggregation and distribution but also spent time gleaning in the fields to reduce food waste and increase access of local food to Vermonters facing hunger. She is so ecstatic to share both her knowledge and experiences with the Tahoe Food Hub.

  • Sam Lanier

    Program Coordinator, Giving Box Program

    Sam grew up as a young kid in San Jose before moving to Mt. Shasta at the age of 10. His love for the mountains and all things outdoors was surely from his upbringing as a product of parents from the 60’s. Sam grew up working in his parents nurseries and flower shops over the years before heading away to college in Chico for graphic design and photography.


    Through his adult years, Sam became a Fire Captain, started a tech company, ran a kombucha distribution company, and went on to work for a large utility based in San Francisco. But his love for the mountains ran deep and every winter he would return to work 20 years in the Ski Resort industry. Sam is now a manager for Vail Resorts at Northstar. He came to Truckee in 2019, and reached out to Tahoe Food Hub. Sam helps out in the warehouse and runs the Giving Box membership program. Sam loves being part of the Food Hub and has spent several years helping grow and develop farm to table programs in the South African Provence of Kwa Zulu Natal. It is Sam’s goal to eventually own and operate a Organic Veggie and Hemp farm to continue to develop sustainable products and feed the community!

  • Brian Aquinto

    Warehouse, Operations
    Brian moved relocated to Tahoe in 2016 after living in San Diego and the Bay Area. He spends most of his time buried in mountains of paperwork and has learned to seek solace in working for the Tahoe Food Hub.
    Brian appreciates the pace of his mountain community and loves how accessible the outdoors are. Over the years, he’s been involved in delivery driving and restaurant jobs and recently found himself longing for the sense of community he lost in transitioning to a job that revolves around paperwork. Brian loves getting out and meeting folks via his Tahoe Food Hub delivery routes.
  • Tyler Rudder

    Warehouse, Operations
    Originally from New Jersey, Tyler feels most at home in the mountains. In the 9 years he’s lived in Truckee, Tyler has always prioritized his time outside, regardless of the season.
     You can find him snowboarding all winter long and mountain biking as soon as the snow begins to melt.
  • Karaline Griffin

    Communications Manager

    Karaline is a marketing professional turned food advocate. With over 12 years experience in digital marketing and advertising, Karaline has let her passion lead her to what matters most: food, and supporting a local food system!  Originally from Northern Michigan, Karaline has lived in Chicago, Oakland, and South Lake Tahoe and has over the years volunteered at multiple organizations that have a positive impact on the food industry.


    A huge proponent of small organic local farms, Karaline is also a seasonal farm hand at Prema Farm, just North of Reno, and you can find her selling veggies at the farmers market on Saturdays downtown Reno.  An animal lover and outdoor adventurer, she loves mountain biking, snowboarding, camping and just about anything you can experience in the mountains.

  • Dana Gunders

    Board Member
    Deemed “the woman who helped start the waste-free movement” by Consumer Reports, Dana is a national expert and strategic advisor for food waste reduction through her business Next Course.
    Some of her proudest achievements include authoring Waste Free Kitchen Handbook, testifying in Congress, advising Google, and helping to launch both ReFED and the now $100M Save the Food campaign. Her work has been featured by John Oliver, NPR, Bloomberg, Dr. Oz, and hundreds of other outlets.
  • Nadine Sniechowski

    Farm to Market Coordinator
    Raised in Ohio, I have been rambling around California for a decade.  In 2016 I decided to call Tahoe home. I love outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, live music, and paddle boarding.
    Really anything outdoors where my dog can come with me! I also love cooking at home and being involved in bringing local fresh food to Tahoe through farmers markets and the Food Hub.
  • Tara Larson

    Farm Shop Manager, Feed Your Neighbor Program Coordinator

    Tara grew up just down the hill in Nevada City, California and from an early age had the opportunity to get involved in a variety of local environmental groups that promoted and protected a healthy environment.

    After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies,Tara backpacked through various countries working at small organic farms along the way. Before moving up to Tahoe, Tara worked for the National Park Service in Point Reyes doing plant biology research – focusing on invasive species. After moving to Tahoe in the fall of this year, Tara has enjoyed being back in the mountains, hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, and is very excited to be apart of the Tahoe Food Hub! Come into the Farm Shop and talk to Tara about healthy eating, plants, gardening, yoga, pottery, and much more!
  • Kelsey Murphey

    Farm to Market Coordinator, Media Manager, Crop Planner
    Kelsey grew up in Sonoma County, California. She quickly learned the value of local produce and the beauty of gardening from her upbringing in such an agriculturally rich place. She grew up visiting Tahoe frequently and has always been lured back to the Sierras by the myriad of accessible outdoor activities.
    Kelsey studied Photography in school, and after taking a semester off to work on farms in New Zealand, finished her schooling with a portfolio exploring farm-to-table food culture, local business, and the beauty of creating food from whole ingredients to share with a community. After a 3 year hiatus in Portland, Oregon, she moved to Truckee after establishing a relationship with Susie and the Tahoe Food Hub. When she’s not working one of her several jobs, you can find Kelsey distance running, experimentally baking, rock climbing, playing with her dog, or reading a book in the sunshine.