Our leadership team (Advisors)

 Loretta Carrillo retired from Cornell University after 20 years as a senior lecturer in the Latino Studies Program and the department of Romance Studies. She now lives in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, and is involved in museum studies activities and serves a docent for the San Antonio Symphony's school programs.





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Cheryl Danley is a community food systems specialist in Detroit, Michigan. She served as a program manager at FoodCorps, working with service sites and state hosts for FoodCorps members involved in school nutrition, gardening, and food procurement initiatives. Previously, she was a Food and Community Fellow with the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University, and also provided technical assistance to the Kellogg Foundation's Food and Fitness initiative. At MSU she served as assistant director of the Partnerships for Food Industry Development—Fruits & Vegetables. Trained as an agricultural economist, Cheryl has broad international experience in community development, marketing, and policy. Her vision for the U.S. food system is one in which people of color participate as experts and resource people in formulating and implementing good food policy.


Ardyth M. H. Gillespie

 Ardyth M. H. Gillespie, Ph.D., recently retired after serving for 34 years on the faculty of the Community Nutrition Program in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. She currently holds the titles of visiting faculty member in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, collaborator faculty member in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, and co-founder and director of the Collaborative Research Institute, CoLead. She is currently consulting for visioning and strategic planning with groups interested in sustainable food systems for health and well-being. In her scholarly career she has bridged academic research, extension, and practice through her work in family and community food decision-making and community collaboration and engagement.



Amy Guptill

Amy Guptill is associate professor and chair of Sociology at The College at Brockport, SUNY. She teaches and conducts research on agriculture and food systems and social change. She is the co-author of Food & Society: Principles and Paradoxes (2nd edition, Polity, 2016) and has published research on alternative production and marketing in wine, grain, apples, and dairy as well as analyses of food retailing, direct marketing, and agricultural structure in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. She is currently developing analyses using geographic information systems (GIS) to better understand how spatial inequality relates to emerging food system initiatives.



Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman is a senior extension associate with the Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) in Cornell University’s Department of Development Sociology. Her work involves developing educational programs and tools, facilitating development initiatives, and conducting research designed to help elected officials, community and economic developers, and other local leaders collaboratively identify, pursue, and achieve their community's goals. Recently, Heidi has been heavily involved in supporting regional economic development initiatives in Pennsylvania and New York through the Stronger Economies Together Program, and building regional and national networks of land-grant university professionals working in the area of community development, with the goals of strengthening collaboration and, in turn, programming in this area for the benefit of communities.



Craig Chase leads the Marketing and Food Systems Initiative at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Iowa Food Systems Working Group for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Both programs work together to increase educational resources and technical assistance related to production, processing, distribution, marketing and consumption of Iowa-grown food. He also coordinates the state-funded Local Food and Farm program designed to increase access to local food and profitability for farmers, based on the Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan developed for the state by the Leopold Center. Prior to his appointment in 2011, Chase was an extension farm management field specialist. He has more than 30 years of experience helping producers with financial analysis and decision-making and is an author of Fearless Farm Finances, published by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service.



Gilbert W. Gillespie Jr.

Gilbert Gillespie (Ph.D., Sociology) retired in June 2009 from the department of development sociology at Cornell University. As a researcher, staff in the Cornell Community, Food, and Agriculture Program, and social movement participant, he has worked to support more civic forms of local food system social “infrastructure,” including farmers markets, small-scale food processors, start-up farms, and organizations supporting agriculture and food-based community development. His recent research projects have included a study on fostering community capacity through developing indicators of agricultural viability. Undergraduate courses that he taught include Agriculture, Food, and Society and Environment and Society.


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