Who We Are

The UM Sustainable Food Program provides support to organizations on campus dedicated to building a sustainable food system. We currently connect about a dozen Member Groups, seven campus gardens, and the Campus Farm.

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Some of the ways we support sustainable food systems efforts include showcasing Member Groups and their work on this website and the UMSFP Newsletter, facilitating transparency when working on projects to increase collaboration and resource sharing, hosting regular meetings to cross-pollinate groups with new ideas and creativity, and ensuring stability by using the UMSFP to keep groups active and engaged especially as students and leaders graduate from the university.

Contact us at umsfp.comm@umich.edu or find UMSFP on Facebook.

    Leadership Team

    The UMSFP Leadership Team is made up of UM student volunteers and is responsible for writing weekly newsletters, organizing classroom collaborations, supporting student food activities, maintaining our website and working to build a more sustainable food system at UM and in the community. Contact the UMSFP Leadership Team at umsfp.core@umich.edu. If you are interested in joining the Leadership Team, check for our election information each winter semester.

    2018-2019 Leadership Team 

    Arynne Wegryn-Jones
    LSA: Microbiology and Food and the Environment Minor (B.S. 2021)

    Arynne is a sophomore studying Microbiology and minoring in Food and the Environment, with a special interest in nutrition and food insecurity. Along with being Director of Member Relations for UMSFP, she is also the Director of Programming for Food Recovery Network and a member of Maize and Blue Cupboard. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking vegan food, and spending time with family and friends.  

     

     

    Alexandra Schweitzer
    Undecided, ‘21

    Alex is a sophomore studying business and public health, although she is unsure of what specific degree she is pursuing. She is very passionate about environmental issues and loves promoting plant-based living. This is her first year involved with UMSFP, and she will be Director of Operations. Alex also serves on the board of the Michigan Yoga Club and loves to explore Ann Arbor’s vegan foodie culture, study (yes, she actually enjoys it), and run. 

     

    Jackie Spryshak
    Ross School of Business (B.B.A. 2021)

    Jackie is a sophomore studying business administration with an emphasis on social impact and Spanish. This is her first year on the UMSFP leadership team, but she has been involved with member groups since last year and worked with the dining halls to support a more plant-powered menu. Outside of UMSFP, Jackie is also part of Spanish Club, Climate Blue, and the Field Hockey club. In her free time, she enjoys painting, swing dance, tennis, cooking, and hiking. 

     

    Connor Kippe

    Connor Kippe
    LSA: Program in the Environment; Political Science (B.A. 2019)

    Connor is a junior studying Political Science and Program in the Environment, with specific interests in food systems and global politics. Along with being a Co-President at UMSFP, he is also the Business & Projects Manager at the UM Campus Farm. Outside of these groups he is involved in several political groups on campus and helps manage some of the gardens on campus! In his free time, he enjoys reading, training for triathlons, and taking a stab at photography.

     

     

    Hannah Fuller
    LSA: Program in the Environment; Food and the Environment Minor (B.S. 2019)

    Hannah is a senior majoring in PitE and minoring in Food & the Environment. This is her second year in UMSFP and first year as a Director of Member Relations. She is very interested in nutrition and is the Events Chair for Student Advocates for Nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, biking, and following Massachusetts sports teams. She also enjoys getting breakfast with her twin sister who is in the School of Kinesiology.

     

     

    Ben IulianoGina Sellinger
    SPH: Nutritional Sciences; Dietetics (M.P.H. 2019)

    Gina is in her second year of graduate school at the School of Public Health. She is studying Nutritional Sciences with the goal of becoming a registered dietitian.  In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog Scoby and enjoying delicious food with friends and family.

     

    Emily VanHaitsma
    School of Education: Elementary Education (B.A. 2021)

    Emily VanHaitsma is a sophomore studying Elementary Education.  Emily will graduate in 2021 and hopes to teach math at the elementary or middle school level.  This is Emily's first year with UMSFP, and she is very passionate about food sustainability and creating easier accessibility to healthy food options, so she is optimistic about her future with UMSFP.  She is also involved with MCSP, SAN, MARS, and Kids' Kitchen, and hopes to spread the message of vegan living.  In her free time, Emily enjoys volunteering in the community, playing sports with friends, reading, going to the gym, and just being outside!

     

    Julia Reguera
    Ross School of Business (B.B.A. 2021)

    Julia Reguera is a sophomore studying business with specific interests in marketing and entrepreneurship. Aside from UMSFP Julia has volunteered with Student Food Co and is in multiple business groups on campus. On her free time, she enjoys hiking, soccer, tennis, photography, music and spending time with friends. 

     

     

    Helen Rhines
    LSA: Program in the Environment; Food and the Environment Minor (B.A. 2021)

    Helen is a sophomore studying PitE with an interest in food and environmental justice. Along with UMSFP, she is involved with the Michigan Community Scholars Program as a peer leader for intergroup relations. Helen is interested in agriculture and has spent a number of seasons working on an organic farm in her home state of Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, and drinking iced coffee.

     

     

    Madeleine Schmitter
    School of Public Health: Public Health Sciences, LSA: Environment Minor (B.S. 2019)

    Maddy is a senior in the undergraduate public health program with a minor in the environment. She is interested in how the food system intersects these two fields and can be used to create solutions to issues in both of them. This is her first year with UMSFP but she has been involved with Food Recovery Network in the past. She also is a member of other environmental and health-related organizations on campus. In her free time, she loves to cook, run, and spend time outdoors.

    Advisory Board

    The UMSFP Advisory Board is a group made up of students, professionals, and educators. Their role is to offer advice and support to the leadership team and member groups. Our current Advisory Board is:

    Program Managers

    UMSFP Manager Alex Bryan is a U-M graduate and has served on several nonprofit boards including Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) and the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). His most recent work was with the Greater Lansing Food Bank, where he was the director of agricultural programs. In his role with the Food Bank, Alex was responsible for resources and support for over 130 gardens and 800 gardeners, as well as community development, business development, and leadership training. Previous experience also includes co-owning an urban farm in Detroit, being a volunteer coordinator, serving as a member of Americorps, and working in a Tapas restaurant focusing on fresh and seasonal foods.

    Campus Farm Manager Jeremy Moghtader received his M.S. in Resource Ecology and Management from U-M’s School for Environment and Sustainability in 2004 and his B.S. in Economics, also from U-M. He recently served as the Director of Programs at the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm, where he worked in varying capacities since 2004. Jeremy has also provided leadership over the past decade in a number of non-profit food systems including the Food System Partnership (FSEP), The Agrarian Adventure, Tilian Farm Development Center, the SEEDS Residency Farm (Traverse City), and Slow Food Huron Valley. 

     

    2017-2018 Leadership Team 

    Lauren Hoff
    LSA: Program in the Environment; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Creative Writing Minor (B.S. 2018)

    Lauren is a senior majoring in EEB and PitE, specializing in Agroecology. Lauren served on the UMSFP Communications Team last year and is now one of the Co-Presidents. She is also President of Michigan Backpacking Club. In her free time, she enjoys WWOOF volunteering, backpacking just about anywhere, and writing lots of poetry. After graduation, Lauren hopes to study the effects of pesticides on human cancers and eventually go to medical school.  

     

    Ben IulianoBen Iuliano 
    LSA: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 

    Ben Iuliano is a senior majoring in EEB and minoring in Food & the Environment. He is especially interested in the effect of social factors on agroecological outcomes and researches insect pollinator diversity in urban food gardens. Before joining UMSFP, Ben worked with local food system non-profits including the Ecology Center and Fair Food Network. He is also a two-time Michigan Iron Chef Champion. In his free time, Ben enjoys arguing about politics, watching 30 Rock with friends, and experimenting in the kitchen. Ben's favorite food is a bowl of perfectly cooked spaghetti with tomato sauce.

     

    Sara Farooqui
    LSA: Microbiology; Asian Studies (B.S. 2020) 

    Sara is a sophomore studying Microbiology and Asian Studies with interests in food insecurity and health. She has a passion for all things food and has realized its many implications upon coming to the university. Aside from being a Director of Communications for UMSFP, Sara is involved with other food-related groups and enjoys volunteering with local community organizations. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, and napping.

     

    Kate Samra
    LSA: Plant Biology; Food and the Environment Minor (B.S. 2019)

    Kate Samra is a junior studying plant biology with a minor in food systems. This is her second year as a director of member relations with UMSFP. Kate has volunteered with the Permaculture Design Team, Student Food Co., and Friends of the Campus Farm. She is currently the lead student manager of the Campus Farm. In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with friends and family, dancing, baking, being outside, and thrift shopping.

     

    Connor Kippe

    Connor Kippe
    LSA: Program in the Environment; Political Science (B.A. 2019)

    Connor is a junior studying Political Science and Program in the Environment, with specific interests in food systems and global politics. Along with being a Director of Member Relations at UMSFP, he is also the Business & Projects Manager at the UM Campus Farm. Outside of these groups he is involved in several political groups on campus and helps manage some of the gardens on campus! In his free time, he enjoys reading, training for triathlons, and taking a stab at photography.

     

     

    Hannah Fuller
    LSA: Program in the Environment; Food and the Environment Minor (B.S. 2019)

    Hannah is a junior majoring in PitE and minoring in Food & the Environment. This is her first year in UMSFP as a Director of Communications. She is also involved with Student Advocates for Nutrition and other environmental student organizations. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, biking, and following Massachusetts sports teams. She also enjoys getting breakfast with her twin sister who is in the School of Kinesiology.

     

    Claire Grenchik 
    LSA: Psychology (B.A. 2020)

    Claire is in her second year here at the University of Michigan studying Psychology with a focus in nature-based therapy. She stood as the Director of Operations for the fall of 2017 and loved learning more about sustainable food, especially on campus. Claire also leads alternative spring break trips and is passionate about the environment and breaking down barriers around mental health care. In her free time, she loves to camp, sit in the woods, and play rugby. 

    Rebecca Simonov
    LSA: Communications; Food and the Environment Minor (B.A. 2019) 

    Adam Reichenberger
    Rackham: Sustainable Food Systems (2018) 

    Aaron Brodkey
    LSA: Program in the Environment (B.S. 2018)

    2016-2017 Leadership Team

    Jared Aslakson
    School for Environment and Sustainability: Landscape Architecture (M.L.A. 2017)

    Jacob Grochowski
    LSA: Program in the Environment (B.S. 2017)

    Bella Herold
    School of Public Health: Human Nutrition and Dietetics; Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems (M.P.H. 2017)

    Lauren Hoff
    LSA: Program in the Environment; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Creative Writing Minor (B.S. 2018)

    Haley Kerner
    LSA: Program in the Environment

    Christine Rickard
    School for Environment and Sustainability: Environmental Justice; Ross School of Business (M.S., M.B.A. 2018)

    Kate Samra
    LSA: Plant Biology; Food and the Environment minor (B.S. 2019)

    Alexandra Weber
    LSA: Political Science; Ross Business minor and Food and the Environment minor