it all started when...

 
 
 Ali dumpster diving in 2012, how it all started! 

Ali dumpster diving in 2012, how it all started! 

Ali Dunford moved to Jackson in 2012 and shortly thereafter found herself diving into local grocery dumpsters.

Day after day she returned to the dump, finding high quality, fresh-produce and other food items that had been discarded. After about eight months, Ali became fed up with the amount of waste she was encountering and set out to find a better use for all this food. Soon after, we formed our first partnership with the Jackson Whole Grocer to divert their excess product.

Hole Food Rescue officially launched, June 24, 2013 and now has eight daily food donors that set aside the food they can't sell because of blemishes, approaching expiration dates, general surplus, etc.

The food we rescue is distributed to local health & human service organizations serving the low-income and socio-economically disadvantaged communiy members. In Teton County around 3,000 residents are deemed food insecure (2015 Teton County Needs Assessment), of those 3,000 residents HFR reaches 1,000 community members each week with nutritious food. 

Learn more about the food rescue model and how to start one in your own community through the Food Rescue Alliance.

 

meet our team

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STAFF


 
 Ali Dunford

Ali Dunford

FOUNDER & Co-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ali grew up in Boulder, CO where she learned the art of dumpster diving. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Integrative Physiology, she decided to head north to Jackson, WY prior to heading off to Medical School. After discovering her passion for reducing food waste, she is happy to say Jackson is home and her career focus has shifted to food waste warrior.

In her free time you'll find Ali mountain biking Cache Creek, rafting desert rivers, talking trash with friends or cuddling up with a good book and her beloved cat, Captain.

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Jeske Gräve

Co-executive DIRECTOR

Jeske was born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She earned a BS in Biology from Utrecht University. After working as an interpretive guide in the Canadian Rockies she decided to continue her studies and complete a Masters of Education at the University of British Columbia.

In 2007, her love for the mountains and the great diversity of the Teton-Yellowstone area brought her to Jackson, WY. In her free time she is found recreating and  exploring the surrounding mountains by foot, by bike or on a horse usually accompanied by her two dogs Samson and Poncho. 

 Hannah Cooley

Hannah Cooley

Director of Operations

Hannah grew up in Vancouver, Washington where her parents instilled a sense of stewardship and sustainability from a very early age. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Hannah gained a great appreciation for the outdoors and an active lifestyle. With a degree in anthropology and sociology from Whittier College, Hannah focused her studies on food pathways and waste management.

 

Board of Directors


 
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Cynthia Hogan

Board President
Hogan Family Foundation, healthcare

"Our family enjoyed living and working in Switzerland for 5 years where we skied and hiked the Alps.  As Switzerland is a small, landlocked country, and labor is very costly, waste of any kind is frowned upon. We adapted to a minimal waste lifestyle.   As a board member of HFR, I can pursue my interests in resource conservation, local food and healthcare. In particular, the intersection of fresh, nutritious food and good health".

Cynthia worked in the healthcare industry for 30 years in the US and Europe. She designed services for patients with chronic diseases, including medical reimbursement support and disease education.  Cynthia built new businesses around diseases such as respiratory, dermatology and eye care, and grew them to achieve nearly $1 billion in sales.

 
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Len Purkis

Board Treasurer
retired CFO E*Trade 

"My reason for joining the Board is to raise awareness about food insecurity in this community. The redirecting of excess food is a unique solution to provide a nutritious meal to those that would otherwise go to bed hungry".

Len is a retired International Finance Executive who led three high tech companies, E*TRADE Financial, Iomega and Virtual Radiologic through their start up and high growth periods as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Len held senior financial positions at GE Plastics, GE Lighting and GE Capital in both Europe and the US.

 

Lori Roux

Board Secretary
Owner, Whole Story Productions 

“When I found out about HFR, it was one of those moments – ‘You had me at hello!’ I have now been a weekly HFR volunteer for nearly two years.  Seeing all the food we save and redistribute throughout our community is an amazing thing.” 

Lori worked as an associate producer and director for ESPN before finding herself in Jackson, WY in 2001. Her professional experience ranges from producing and directing to reporting and filming. Recently, Mrs. Roux has focused her attention on documentary style work for private clients and non-profits. She has been a contributor on several JenTen Productions including JenTen’s current production, Hearts of Glass. Her work is a three-time recipient of the Telly Award, and some of her projects are included in the Smithsonian Achieves.

 

Annie Fenn M.D.

Owner, Brain Health Kitchen, PHYSICIAN, 
FOOD WRITER (Jackson Hole Foodie)

“As a practicing physician in this community for over 20 years, I have seen many families who don’t have enough to eat. Food insecurity leads to a myriad of health problems — infections, poor healing after surgery, preterm labor — that are mostly preventable. I joined the board of HFR to help with the effort to feed the hungry in our community, to repurpose excess food, and to help us all learn how to stop wasting so much food.”

Growing up in a Sicilian-American family in upstate New York, Annie attributes her aversion to food waste to her frugal grandparents who never wasted a scrap of food. She moved to Jackson in 1994 to practice obstetrics and gynecology, which she did as a solo practitioner for 6 years before opening the Women’s Health Center of Jackson. She retired from medical practice and now writes about food, health and sustainability. Annie collaborates with St. John’s Medical Center on the Brain Works dementia prevention program, teaching participants how to cook with the brain-healthy foods proven to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 

 
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Sharon Schendel

Nutritionist

After graduate school at the University of Miami, Sharon spent most of her career on Wall Street in human resources, ending with a position as HR Director at Sanford C. Bernstein. Subsequently, she volunteered her time while raising her two children in Connecticut. She was a board member for Horizons, a preK-12 academic enrichment program for underserved youth where she developed and taught nutrition classes.  Sharon also volunteered for an organization called Share Our Strength, a Washington D.C.-based program working to end child hunger, where she taught nutrition and cooking classes to low-income families in Bridgeport, CT.  Her interest in food and nutrition also led her to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City where she was certified in holistic health.  

 

Emeritus Board Officers


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Shaun Andrikopoulos

Board President emeritus
Teton Sports & Spine Imaging

Former top-ranked Wall Street analyst and successful CEO who helped pioneer the Internet industry and was at the forefront of the shale oil drilling revolution. 

Shaun now provides high-level executive and strategic coaching to business owners, CEOs and boards through his company, Solitude Management. He works with businesses ranging from start-ups to mid-market organizations and non-profits.  

 
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Curtis Haderlie

Owner, Haderlie Farms organic produce

"As a farmer, I detest food waste. Our culture allows exorbitant quantities of useable food to go to landfills in the name of food freshness and ill advised safety concerns. Hole Food Rescue is filling a critical need by redistributing usable food and providing venues for awareness and education. I am honored to be involved in this timely and important endeavor".

Curtis Haderlie has been involved in agriculture, horticulture and organic growing for most of his life.He grew up on a dairy farm in Thayne, WY and as a teenager he built his first greenhouse where he raised various flowers and vegetables. He later graduated with a degree in Crop Science from the University of Wyoming. For the past 14 years Curtis, along with his wife Karen, has operated Haderlie Farms, Wind River Herbs and Wyoming Soaps on the family farm in Thayne. The farm produces organic vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, eggs, raw cow and goat milk, beef, pork, and lamb. Inedible food scraps from Hole Food Rescue are send to Haderlie Farms for livestock feed.