Katie Freedman

Katie is the Food Programs Director for Healthy Acadia. She provides leadership in areas related to community food security, public health nutrition, local foods procurement, community gardening, and supporting farms and farmers’ markets. Katie coordinates the Downeast Farm to School Program, providing leadership together with Washington County-based program staff to connect schools with farms across Hancock and Washington Counties, and Healthy Acadia’s Food for All initiatives, working to provide lower-income citizens of all ages with access to fresh and affordable food. Contact Katie by email at katie@healthyacadia.org.

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Emily Kain

Emily began her role as Program Manager with MaineHealth in the Center for Health Improvement in 2012 and works with Let’s Go! Coordinators based at MaineHealth member hospitals. Additionally, Emily leads the initiative to increase access to healthy foods and beverages across the MaineHealth system. She is passionate about healthy eating, active living and ensuring that both kids and adults have access to health-promoting opportunities, and she loves that her job reflects this and incorporates all of these interests. Contact Emily by email at ekain@mainehealth.org.


Lauren Kaskey

Lauren Kaskey is the Facilities and Procurement Coordinator for Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program. Healthy Food in Healthcare works with Food Service Directors nation-wide to increase local and sustainable purchasing. As the Northern New England coordinator, Lauren builds networks, facilitates programs and manages sustainable purchasing projects in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. She approaches her institutional procurement work through a food systems lens, working to find the connections between community health and wealth, equity, and food programming. Before Health Care Without Harm, Lauren managed the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in 31 schools in the Boston Public School system. She holds a dual-Masters degree in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and Public Health. Lauren is based in the Mad River Valley in Vermont but can be found traveling throughout New England (stopping often to take a hike). Contact Lauren by email at: lkaskey@hcwh.org.


Ken Morse

grew up and worked on a 60 acre family apple orchard in the foothills of Western Maine. For 40 years, he’s been involved in community organizing mostly focused on food. As a food co-op organizer, he helped start Fare Share Co-op in Norway, Maine, now celebrating its 40th year. He also worked at the Maine Federation of Cooperatives which operated Fedco Warehouse that delivered natural foods and produce across the state. His role there as newsletter publisher led to his opening Grassroots Graphics, a graphic design and print shop which he operated for 18 years. Following that, he became the director of Healthy Oxford Hills, one of 28 community health coalitions that cover the State of Maine. He’s been active in the Local Foods movement for years and most recently focused on Farm to Institution efforts. He helped coordinate the Maine Farm to School Work Group, and served as Maine’s rep on the Steering Committee of the Northeast Region of the National Farm to School Network and on the Leadership Team for Farm to Institution New England (FINE). For the last 7 years, he’s coordinated the Maine Network of Community Food Councils. Contact Ken by email at kenmorse@mac.com.


Riley Neugebauer

Riley has focused much of her working life on sustainability, community organizing, food systems, and youth engagement. She was the Farm & Sea to Campus Coordinator for Farm to Institution New England (FINE) for 4 years. She served previously at both American University and Skidmore College as a Sustainability Coordinator and has helped both of those campuses start successful CSA programs with local farmers, and spent significant time at Skidmore in partnerships with students, faculty, dining services, distributors, and the Real Food Challenge to assess and analyze the local food purchases of the college and collaborate on plans to increase these purchases. Riley also worked with Center for Whole Communities and Knoll Farm in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. Riley started her own farm business, the Wily Tomato, in midcoast Maine in 2017, but is now exploring other options for sustaining her livelihood in addition to her work with MEFTI. Contact Riley by email at rileyneugebauer@gmail.com.


Renee Page

Renee Page is the Assistant Director for Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, a local public health organization that serves southern Kennebec County, where she oversees nutrition, obesity prevention, and access to local foods projects. She coordinates the Maine Farm to Institution Network and implements a local gleaning and nutrition education program in partnership with the Kennebec Sheriff’s Office. Renee approaches farm to institution work with a public health lens and sees it as a way to combat obesity and improve health through increased access to fresh, local foods and helping local communities thrive. She holds a Masters degree in Public Health and did her undergraduate work in Food Science and Human Nutrition and Business Management and Accounting. Renee is a lifelong Mainer who loves the ocean and in her free time enjoys boating, fishing, cross-country skiing, camping (the tent kind), and restoring her 1860's farmhouse with her family. Contact Renee by email at r.page@hccame.org.