Meet the NEGA F2S Staff

Megan Connolly

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Childhood Nutrition/Farm to School Coordinator, Mountain Area

kidsmeals.mtn@foodbanknega.org

Megan holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Food, Land and Community from the University of Vermont. She studied hunger and food insecurity during a trip to Belize which focused on food access, availability and utilization in Central America. This sent Megan home with a desire to act. Since then, Megan has worked for Salvation Farms in Morrisville, Vermont, an organization which makes Vermont’s agricultural surplus available to individuals in need. She’s also worked on farms in her home state of Illinois as well as in California, Vermont and Georgia.   Megan was a 2015-2016 FoodCorps Service Member in Rabun County.  She taught farm to school lessons and managed school gardens. She is happy to be continuing her work in Rabun as the Childhood Nutrition Coordinator.  In her free time, Megan enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, swimming in the Chattooga River, making herbal concoctions, playing guitar, and practicing plant identification.

 

 

Martha DeHart

Childhood Nutrition/Farm to School Coordinator, Athens Area

kidsmeals.athens@foodbanknega.org

 

 

 

Susie Burton

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FoodCorps Service Member, Mountain Area

susie.burton@foodcorps.org

Susie is from St. Louis, Missouri and graduated in 2015 from Hendrix College in Arkansas, with degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish Literature.  She believes investing in local food systems is an essential, holistic approach to promoting rural economic development, improving public health, and protecting the environment.  Thankful to FoodCorps, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and Georgia Organics for the opportunity teach, garden, and organize in service of her beliefs, Susie hopes to pursue a career in which she can help shape policy to support the development of local food systems.

 

Katie Sanders

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FoodCorps Service Member, Athens Area

katie.sanders@foodcorps.org

Katie grew up in Oconee County, Georgia and followed in her family’s tradition by attending the University of Georgia. She graduated with a degree in Biological Science from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science and minored in Ecology. Agriculture and public service played a large role in her time in college as she interned at the UGArden, an organic garden on campus, taught science based education to elementary students in a program called Project FOCUS, and served as a Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar. Through the last program, Katie was able to learn about to impact the public in meaningful ways as well as secure an internship at the State Botanical Garden where she gained valuable experience in greenhouse management and cultivating methods. In the future, Katie is looking to attend graduate school in environmental conservation and/or sustainable agriculture in order to continue her efforts in these fields.

Beegee Elder

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Childhood Nutrition/Farm to School Manager

kidsmeals@foodbanknega.org

Beegee Elder serves as the Childhood Nutrition Manager for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. She began working at the Food Bank in the spring of 2014. Previously, Beegee was an English teacher, school counselor, and gifted program coordinator for the Clarke County School District. She also served as a Physical Fitness instructor for the Governor’s Honors Program at Valdosta State University for 4 years.

Her passion is service to others and more directly service to children. Beegee has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in English as well as a Specialist Degree and hours towards a PhD in Counseling and Human Development from The University of Georgia. She is also devoted to service to her church and has served as Eucharistic Minister, Nursery Caretaker, and Sunday School assistant. She has three children, Quinn (13), Isaiah (10), and London (8).