Billy Linstead GoldsmithDirector, Fair Trade Campaigns
Billy Linstead Goldsmith came to Fair Trade Campaigns from an eight year career in the grassroots environmental movement. He recruited, trained and developed hundreds of grassroots organizers and facilitated campaigns on national, statewide, and local levels. He has mobilized fence-line communities and organized public hearings and other local actions to hold polluters accountable. Upon traveling with his wife, Rachel to Venezuela, Billy was inspired to focus his career on international justice and has embraced the opportunity to contribute to the Fair Trade movement.
Suzi HizaNational Organizer, Fair Trade Communities
Suzi Hiza came to Fair Trade Campaigns with over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She most recently served as a program officer at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, where she managed events, developed conferences, and engaged in community outreach to local schools, consulates, NGOs, and other organizations. She previously interned at the Foundation for Sustainable Development, where she gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of the value of community driven, asset based development. Before landing in San Francisco in 2011, she spent four years in Washington, DC, where she completed her undergraduate degree and interned with Dreams for Kids and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Suzi graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in government and a minor in Italian. She is also an alumna of School Year Abroad (Italy) and Phillips Exeter Academy, a Fair Trade School.
Kylie NealisNational Organizer, Fair Trade Colleges & Universities
Kylie brings over seven years of community organizing and non-profit experience to Fair Trade Campaigns, previously working with Global Exchange and Sierra Club. At Global Exchange she took on a variety of roles including Community Rights Program Associate, Fair Trade Chocolate Campaign Coordinator, Fair Trade Store Sales Associate and Administrative Assistant. At Sierra Club, she worked in the Executive Office providing support to C-level staff and the Board of Directors. Kylie is knowledgeable and passionate about Fair Trade, climate and energy issues, human rights, and social and economic justice. Kylie graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Community Studies and Politics and received her Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in 2017. She also lived in Thailand for five years and speaks conversational Thai and Spanish.
Madeleine KhamneiMarketing and Outreach Intern
Madeleine Khamnei comes to Fair Trade to begin her career in international business and ethical trade. As a current first year at the University of California, Berkeley, Madeleine is completing a double major in International Business and Public Health, with a minor in Chinese. After spending four months in China through National Security, Madeleine developed an interest in promoting ethical trade abroad through language and communication. Today, she is an active participant in the Berkeley Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition in which she researches American consumerism, the impact of Fair Trade, and the impact of Direct Trade on a global scale.
National Steering Committee
Elliot SchoenbergAssociate Executive Director and International Director of Placement, Rabbinical Assembly
Rabbi Dr. Elliot Salo Schoenberg has served for 25 years as the Associate Executive Director and International Director of Placement for the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), the world wide professional association of Conservative Rabbis. He is the confidante, coach and career counselor for 1,700 rabbis. He’s the author of 7 books, 11 study guides and more than 30 scholarly articles. As the chief education officer of the RA he is responsible for creating, teaching and implementing continuing education programs in North America, South America, Europe and Israel that emphasize career navigation, professional skills and leadership development. A Brandeis graduate, he received his MA and Rabbinic ordination, Doctor of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Schoenberg loves golf and Boston sports teams. He came to Fair Trade through his passion for good coffee, which turned into passion for just coffee. His home synagogue Beth Shalom Teaneck New Jersey is the first Fair Trade synagogue.
Ann FergusonMembership Manager, Fair Trade Federation
Ann witnessed the direct impact of small business on marginalized slum communities in Bangkok, Thailand and became deeply interested in buying Fair Trade products. After returning to the US, she helped start a Fair Trade retail store in her Indiana hometown, serving as the education coordinator. In April 2014, she joined the Fair Trade Federation as Membership Manager. Ann earned a BS in Environmental Management and a minor in Religious Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Program Coordinator, Department of Environmental Studies and the Sustainability Program, Rollins College
Ann Francis has been at Rollins College for almost 18 years, receiving her Bachelors in Environmental Studies in 2001 at Rollins. Under the umbrella of the Sustainability Program, Ann works closely with student sustainability coordinators on campus recycling, environmental and sustainable events, sustainability housing and gardening, campus bicycle share program and fair trade! She is co-chair of the Committee on Environmental and Sustainable issues and chairs the Fair Trade Committee with faculty, staff and students. With her work in the department and the sustainability program, she promotes environmental and sustainable responsibility and awareness on the campus. Bringing Rollins to its Fair Trade designation in Spring 2013 fit right into her work and she encourages this cultural change throughout the campus.
Joe MichonFair Trade Ambassador, Catholic Relief Services; Claremont, Pomona and Our Lady of the Assumption Fair Trade Campaigns
Joe Michon is a physician from Boston. With children grown he and his wife left home to serve as medical missioners for 20 years in the Caribbean, Mexico and Bolivia. Looking to respond to the poverty he encountered, Joe became a Fair Trade activist and a Fair Trade Ambassador with Catholic Relief Services. While working at the US- Mexico border he educated numerous immersion groups arriving from colleges and faith communities across the nation and introduced a Fair Trade Resolution that was adopted as policy for the Catholic diocese in El Paso, Texas. Joe presently resides in Claremont, California and has been active in several campaigns. In 2012 Claremont became a Fair Trade Town and Pomona was declared a Fair Trade College. In 2014 Our Lady of the Assumption was recognized as a Fair Trade Congregation. Joe receives good advice and energy from his wife, four children and five grandchildren.
Mark Van WormerCommittee Member, Emma Willard School Fair Trade Schools Campaign
Mark Van Wormer is a photographer and educator at the all-girls Emma Willard School in upstate New York. He loves teaching art as a means of opening students’ eyes to a bigger, brighter world, one that they have the power to influence and shape. He mentored their campaign to make EW the first Fair Trade High School in the U.S. and is inspired daily by their passion and creativity as they continue to deepen and grow their commitment to Fair Trade on campus and beyond. He also serves on the board of Mayan Hands, a non-profit Fair Trade organization and founding member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Maisie GanzlerVice President of Strategy - Bon Appétit Management Company
Maisie Ganzler is Chief Strategy & Brand Officer for Bon Appétit Management Company, the food service pioneer that operates more than 1000 cafés in 33 states for universities, corporations, and museums. Maisie oversees Bon Appétit’s culinary development and purchasing policy efforts — including launching, back in 1999, Bon Appétit’s Farm to Fork program, a companywide initiative to buy locally from small farms. For the past several years she has been concentrating on food waste, the humane treatment of animals, and farmworkers’ rights. She worked with United Farm Workers and Oxfam America on the co-production of a report on the state of farmworker protections, has marched with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and is vice-chair of the Equitable Food Initiative.
Erin MackeyProgram Coordinator, Catholic Relief Services
Erin Mackey has been exploring economic and social justice issues since her first visit to the city food bank when she was a youth. While a student at St. Joseph’s University, she had the opportunity to study business and the global impact of US consumerism. It was during her time at St. Joe’s that she began to find intersections between faith and justice issues, particularly during her semester abroad in Central America. Erin now serves as a Program Coordinator for Catholic Relief Services working with US Programs, specifically CRS Fair Trade. In her free time she enjoys running, creating calligraphy and baking fair trade chocolate treats.
Joan HarperExecutive Director, FAIR TRADE LOS ANGELES
Joan co-founded Fair Trade LA (FTLA) in 2005. FTLA is committed to the growth of the fair trade movement in the greater Los Angeles area, with 4 current Fair Trade Towns’ campaigns. Joan was active with the Justice and Peace Office of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 16 years where she promoted domestic anti-poverty and global solidarity programs, including fair trade. Joan has an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and prior work experience in the corporate sector. She has travelled to India, Thailand, Ghana, El Salvador and Honduras with Catholic Relief Services, experiencing firsthand development programs in agriculture, micro-finance, and Fair Trade.
Kendra PenryFounder, Fair Trade Houston
Kendra Penry leads the Fair Trade Houston movement and serves on the National Steering Committee for Fair Trade Towns. She currently works with Heifer International as the Community Engagement Coordinator, where she promotes the same ideas of justice and poverty elimination that Fair Trade is designed to do. Heifer International is a nonprofit whose mission is to work with communities to end global hunger and poverty and care for the earth. To make this possible, Kendra works with faith communities, schools, and the community at large to educate about how we all can make a difference right where we are, and that includes supporting Fair Trade. Prior to Heifer International, Kendra worked as the Director of Programs with Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking. There she developed and delivered a variety of programs, including spearheading their Fair Trade initiatives as a way to educate community members about how they can impact human trafficking through conscious consumerism. Kendra holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Conflict Resolution from the George Washington University and a BA in International Studies from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Kendra also serves as a member of the board of directors with Ten Thousand Villages Houston.
Mary EmbryFounder, Fair Trade Bloomington
Mary Embry is founder of a Bloomington, Indiana based Fair Trade nonprofit advocacy group and Board member of Global Gifts, a nonprofit Fair Trade retailer with four stores. Bloomington became the 33rd Fair Trade Town in the US in 2013. Mary received a Master of Science, writing on Fair Trade and Service-Learning. She remains engaged in implementing pedagogical tools that immerse students in considerations of their role as global citizens. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design Department at Indiana University, instructing courses in international trade and sustainability in the fashion industry.
Nick van SantenAssistant Director, Justice Education & Immersions, St. Mary's College of California
Nick van Santen is a social justice educator and staff member of the Mission and Ministry Center at Saint Mary’s College of California—one of the first colleges to achieve Fair Trade status in the Bay Area. Nick is passionate and committed to food justice in the lives of his students. He oversees Fair Trade education for faculty, staff, and students with a variety of programs such as Fair Trade Fridays, the Fair Trade Bake-off, a Fair Trade Committee, and the annual Fair Trade Festival. In addition to Fair Trade, Nick develops an annual immersion to the Salinas Valley to explore issues of food safety and human rights issues. When Nick is not supporting his Fair Trade student leaders or working in the fields of Salinas, he spends his time riding his bicycle or working on his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership
National Student Leadership Committee
Alex Thomas2017-18 National Student Leadership Committee Chair
Alex Thomas is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he majored in Waste Management and Biology. While there he worked frequently with the Fair Trade campaign team, the Office of Sustainability, and the Student Government Association, serving with the later group as the student Environmental and Sustainability Affairs Director for two years. He currently is working as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Office of Sustainability at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He enjoys hiking, drinking Fair Trade coffee, playing volleyball, and tending to the office worm farm. Having joined the National Student Leadership Committee in August of 2017, he is looking forward to expanding his work with Fair Trade and meeting Fair Trade campaigners from around the nation.
Severine Mcelrath2017-18 NATIONAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBER
Severine first became passionate about Fair Trade while attending Manhattan College where she was a member of the Fair Trade committee. At the same time, she participated in a student run Fair Trade store on campus and worked for RUNA, a Fair Trade tea company. Severine pursued her work with RUNA in NYC, where she took part in a field marketing internship where she was able to meet customers and teach them about the their products and Fair Trade supply chain. After becoming inspired by her work with socially and environmentally responsible businesses, Severine now attends NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies where she is concentrating her education on how businesses can be advocates for social and environmental change. Severine is excited to start interning at Be Social Change, where she will work with socially conscious businesses and learn how networks of socially active individuals can teach and inspire one another to make their lives, careers, and businesses catalysts for positive impact. Severine will continue her work with Fair Trade on the National Student Leadership Committee while also working to bring Fair Trade to NYU.
Anastasia Zuniga2017-18 National Student Leadership Committee Member
Anastasia graduated from University of San Diego (USD) in spring 2017 with a BA in Economics and minors in Latin American Studies and Supply Chain Management. During her time at USD, she helped to reinstate the Fair Trade Committee as a freshman and continued to help lead the group throughout her college experience. Through the Fair Trade Committee, Anastasia enjoyed collaborating with the different fair trade coffee shops and stores around San Diego, bringing more and more fair trade options and education to her campus community. Anastasia is currently serving as a Jesuit Volunteer at the Community Food Bank in Tucson, AZ. She enjoys biking, finding cool coffee shops, eating strawberries, and baking/cooking new recipes. Anastasia joined the National Student Leadership Committee in August of 2017, and is ecstatic continue participating in the fair trade movement post-grad!
Bradley Petrella2017-18 NATIONAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBER
Bradley will graduate from the University of Dayton (UD) in spring 2018 with a double major in International Studies and Spanish, minors including Human Rights Studies, and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit and Community Leadership. He has been lead organizer of UD’s Fair Trade Campaign since his sophomore year, working with other students, staff, and administrators to build support for fair and ethical sourcing and purchasing at the university. Bradley has also volunteered at a Fair Trade retail store and while studying abroad in Costa Rica, had the opportunity to visit CoopeTarrazú, a coffee cooperative that’s Fair Trade Certified. Experiences like visiting CoopeTarrazú and hearing from Fair Trade advocates around the world keep him inspired to continue advocating for Fair Trade beyond graduation. In the meantime, Bradley joined the National Student Leadership Committee in January 2018 and is thrilled to contribute to Fair Trade advocacy across the nation. He also enjoys watching and playing sports, especially soccer, being engaged in his community, learning languages, and having good conversations.
Rosalie Plofchan2017-18 National Student Leadership Committee Member
Rosalie graduated from the University of San Diego in spring 2016 where she led the Students for Fair Trade campus group for 3 years. She was the 2015-2016 Southern California Colleges and Universities Fellow and enjoyed working with campaigners throughout Southern CA as a Fair Trade advocate. She now lives in Colorado and enjoys hiking, running, climbing, volunteering, yoga… anything in the sun. She’s excited to continue her Fair Trade journey as a part of the National Student Leadership Committee. Rosalie joined the National Student Leadership Committee March 2017.
Great Lakes Leadership Team
Aleah Erenberger2017-18 Great Lakes Regional Fellow
Aleah is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, IA and is currently living in Dubuque. She graduated with a BS in Biology. While at Loras she spent 2 years as the Fair Trade Student Worker in the Peace and Justice Department on campus. She graduated hoping to continue her work in the non-profit realm and work for global solidarity and social justice. Her heart still holds the sciences fondly and has found her passion to also be in public health. She currently works at Hillcrest Family Services as the Tobacco Use Prevention Lead and see this job as an excellent opportunity to get experience in public health before continuing on to graduate school. Born and raised in Colorado, she hopes to return to her home state within the next two years. With that, her favorite activities include hiking with her two dogs, biking, kayaking and simply spending time outdoors.
Sarah King2017-18 Great Lakes Regional Fellow
Sarah King has spent the last five years dedicated to the fair trade movement. After exploring fair trade in Indianapolis, she decided to make her college choice based on fair trade universities. Social and economic justice for all became her personal slogan as she worked with Chicago Fair Trade, and Mata Traders. Her work at DePaul University as the President of their fair trade committee has brought new fair trade prospects onto the campus through fair trade products and policy. Fair trade integrated into her family, spread to her friends, and now takes the forefront of her personal and professional life. Sarah endeavors to include the promotion of equal pay and safe working conditions for all producers by partnering with community leaders, businesses, and organizations. Her passion for the mission has led to increasing knowledge in her community and awareness on campus.
Margo Druschel2017-18 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
Margo moved to Mankato in 2009 from the Boston-area, where she was active in fair trade through her faith-community. She was welcomed on to MAFTTI’s Steering Committee, where she collaborates with others who share her vision of faith and social justice. Margo’s energy and presentation skills help get the word out to educate youth and community groups. Mankato became the first fair trade town in Minnesota in October of 2011 and has continued to expand their efforts in retail, education, local government and communities of faith. Margo traveled to the Dominican Republic in 2012 with other activists, where she visited fair trade producers of coffee, bananas and cacao. She has worked on the Gustavus Adolphus College Fair Trade Campaign and with many local faith groups in Mankato. Margo’s current work is with Refugee Services for the Minnesota Council of Churches.
Yessenia Balcazar2017-18 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
Yessenia is a fourth year undergraduate Sustainability Studies student at Roosevelt University. She holds a strong devotion to environmental and social justice as her studies in Sustainability encompasses the values of both realms. Yessenia took leadership over the university’s environmental student organization, Roosevelt University (RU) Green, in May, 2016, where she was first introduced to fair trade. She has since taken on the leadership role of Roosevelt University’s Fair Trade campaign, as RU Green doubles as the campaign’s team members. Yessenia also carries a passion for environmental science, as she is currently pursing the study as a minor, and has recently completed an internship at the Field Museum. She plans on finishing her undergraduate studies in May, 2018.
Jessica Blue2017-18 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
Jessica Blue moved to Milwaukee from Southern California to study Operations & Supply Chain Management at Marquette University. She is a senior at Marquette and is currently working at Johnson Controls as a Procurement Intern. Passionate about ethical sourcing and sustainable supply chains, Jessica is looking to become more involved in the Fair Trade Campaign in order to educate others and positively influence the business she works for. In her free time, Jessica enjoys cooking for friends and spending time outdoors. She excited to start her first term with the Leadership Team and looks forward to all of the work she will be doing.
Hasan Tahsin Özgüç2017-18 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
Hasan was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and arrived to the United States in 2011. After finishing high school here, he studied International Studies at Loyola University Chicago with a minor in Marketing where he participated in Loyola University’s Fair Trade campaign. He is currently working in the United States after graduation, and is hoping to expand his knowledge in communication and journalism, and pursuing his passions in reading, writing, and keep learning more languages besides the five that he currently speaks.
Katherine Bissell Cordova2017-18 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
Katherine Bissell Cordova serves as Executive Director of Chicago Fair Trade. She has worked for over 20 years for human rights, immigrant rights, and worker rights organizations. Katherine opened a fair trade store, Greenheart Shop, in Chicago. Prior to that, Katherine served as the Executive Director of ARISE Chicago, an organization that partners with low-wage immigrant workers as they organize for improvements in the workplace. Katherine served as field director of GreenWood Alliance, opening their office in Honduras. She served as a member of Peace Brigades International in Guatemala, defending human rights activists. Prior to that, she worked at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors for Torture. She is the recipient of Casa Guatemala’s Human Rights Award and is fluent in Spanish. Katherine lives in Chicago with her two children, Sofia, a budding artist, and Mateo who is showing telltale signs of being a future organizer.
Scott Tess2017-18 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
Scott R. Tess is the Environmental Sustainability Manager for the City of Urbana, IL. He supervises the Recycling and Environmental Compliance programs and is responsible for working with the Sustainability Advisory Commission to implement the City’s Climate Action Plan and Sustainable Water Management Plan. Scott earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Masters of Planning from Rollins College.
Mid Atlantic Leadership Team
Breanne Kroehler2017-18 Mid Atlantic Regional Fellow
Breanne is a senior at George Mason University (GMU) achieving her B.A in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Conflict analysis of international human rights. Along with minoring in Korean studies and Social Justice. Her passion for fair trade started as a member of her university’s anti-human trafficking organization and it took off from there after doing research on the school’s involvement with companies that utilize unjust workers’ rights ethics. From there she has continued her research while studying abroad in Cambodia and in the Philippines on the garment industry, banana plantations, and pineapple plantations. Breanne has also taught about fair trade impact for helping human trafficking victims overseas. Breanne is originally from Chicago, Il and moved to Virginia in 2001. She is currently the president of the GMU anti-human trafficking organization and heading the on campus fair trade committee.
Jacquie Martin2017-18 Mid Atlantic Regional Fellow
Jacquie Martin is pursuing her Masters degree in Organizational Leadership at Manhattan College. Jacquie was first introduced to Fair Trade as an undergraduate student at Saint Mary’s College of California. There she was part of the Fair Trade certification committee for the college and helped to organize Fair Trade education events on campus. While attending Saint Mary’s she participated in a social justice immersion, “The Human Cost of Food” in Salinas, California where she learned more about food justice issues going on here in the US. She spent the last two years as a Lasallian Volunteer, serving low income senior citizens at Serviam Gardens in the Bronx, NY. Jacquie is looking forward to growing and sharing the Fair Trade movement in the Mid Atlantic Region.
Tori Curbelo2017-18 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
After learning how everyday products can be connected to forced and child labor, Tori became committed to supporting the Fair Trade movement. She served as the 2015-2016 Mid Atlantic Colleges & Universities Fellow. During this period, she created UNICEF USA’s Ending Human Trafficking Locally and Globally Podcast, which has boasted thousands of downloads. Tori currently works as a Global Citizenship Fellow at UNICEF USA, engaging and mobilizing hundreds of individuals on issues affecting children. Her passion for human rights has led her everywhere from delivering briefings at the United Nations to publishing an article for the peace building publication Insight on Conflict. She sits on the Coalition for Global Citizenship and was recognized as a Grove Scholar during her graduate degree. She recently received her Master’s from the CUNY School of Public Health. She previously earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Italian at College of the Holy Cross, and completed a year of her university coursework in Italian at the Università di Bologna.
Sean Murray2017-18 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Sean Murray (First-Year Writing Professor) has been an active member of the St. John’s University Fair Trade campaign since its inception. His Fair Trade journey started in 2009, when he and his English Composition students participated in academic service-learning projects with HandCrafting Justice, a Fair Trade organization based in Queens, NY focusing on empowering women in developing nations. Since then, Sean has been collaborating with other faculty, students, staff, administrators, and vendors to make Fair Trade an integral part of the university’s mission.
Andrea Reyes2017-18 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Andrea Reyes is the Chair of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition. She currently works as an adjunct professor at LIM and Berkeley College teaching a variety of classes within the fashion industry. Andrea is also a small business owner. A. Bernadette was created in collaboration with her sister, Amberle, after living in Uganda. A. Bernadette works with artisans in Uganda creating accessories, home goods, and more from recycled/up-cycled materials. She has received multiple degrees from various programs at F.I.T. including pattern making, International Trade and Marketing, as well as a masters in Global Fashion Management.
Melody Salerno2017-18 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Melody Salerno is a native New Yorker who found her passion for environmental work up in the mountains at the University of Vermont. During her senior year, she was the Fair Trade intern for the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, Vermont. Researching child slave labor in the cocoa industry, she found herself devoted to the cause of bringing the Fair Trade movement to the forefront of the role we play as consumers. She was involved with public outreach through tabling events and gave presentations about the values of Fair Trade and distinguishing between the various labels and certifications. Since graduation, she has been looking for jobs which integrate social justice and environmental work. She hopes to get involved with certification organizations that incorporate Fair Trade principles and sustainability into their mission.
Zoe Sheppard2017-18 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Zoe Sheppard, originally from Maryland, is currently a sophomore at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Social Justice. Her passion is human rights and how issues of the environment affect certain communities. She is excited to be involved with Fair Trade in order to be a better steward of society and to inspire others to do so as well. She looks forward to implementing more Fair Trade initiatives at St. John’s University.
Emily Zacharczyk2017-18 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Emily began her Fair Trade journey when she moved outside of Media, PA – America’s First Fair Trade Town. She held a volunteer position at the local Ten Thousand Villages that then became a position with the organization for several years. She is an active member of Media’s Fair Trade Committee, heading up various projects like the newsletter and their Fair Trade banana fundraising table at the weekly Farmer’s Market. Emily is a graduate of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where she majored in Communications Studies.
Southwest Leadership Team
Chase Manar-Spears2017-18 Southwest Regional Fellow
Chase is a sophomore at San Diego State University, pursuing a BA in Sociology with a minor in Leadership. She came to Fair Trade Campaigns initially as an intern during summer 2017, with previous professional experience in social media management, children’s literacy and community organizing. Over the summer, she worked with the campaigns team and learned about advocacy, conscious consumerism, and worker’s rights. As a 2017-18 Southwest Regional Fellow, she will be able to put her newfound Fair Trade knowledge to action to help generate positive impact.
Celina Lima2017-18 Southwest Regional Fellow
Celina Lima is a master’s student at the Middlebury Institute of International studies at Monterey, California. Before that, she owned her own baking business and was a freelance translator and business consultant in Europe and South America. She has lived abroad in Brazil and Berlin and was the sales manager for a Fair Trade clothing company, Marquet, for 5 years, where she discovered the benefits of Fair Trade. She is passionate for social change and impact accounting, and is studying ethical supply chains and how to measure impact to learn how to improve conditions and wages for farmers.
Isabel Havens2017-18 SOUTHWEST LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBER
Isabel is pursuing a double major in Human Biology & Society and International Development Studies at UCLA. Growing up in Berkeley, Isabel was introduced to Fair Trade from a young age. After hearing the CEO of Fair Trade, Paul Rice, speak at her high school, she and a few other students embarked on the journey to become one of the first Fair Trade high schools in the US. Wishing to continue her involvement with Fair Trade and further her knowledge of social justice and human rights, Isabel joined Fair Trade Campaigns as the 2016-17 Southwest Colleges & Universities Fellow and now continues to be involved as a member on the Southwest Regional Leadership Team. Aside from her hours attempting to study in the library, Isabel enjoys long-distance running, reading, traveling, and exploring all of LA’s trendy food spots.
Lauren Haberstock2017-18 Southwest Leadership Team Member
Lauren recently returned to Arizona after a year abroad in Germany teaching English as a Fulbright Scholar. She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Pepperdine University. While at Pepperdine, Lauren was involved with the campus chapter of International Justice Mission. The chapter organized several fundraisers throughout the course of her time there to raise awareness about modern slavery and international human rights through the sale of Fair Trade products. Lauren’s interest in the Fair Trade movement began when she visited a Thousand Villages store in Ann Arbor during a summer holiday. Since that inaugural introduction to the movement, she has sought to educate herself, her friends, and her family about the importance of Fair Trade products that ensure farmers and artisans across the globe receive a fair price for their goods and labor. She is excited to join the Southwest Regional Leadership Team with a base in Arizona.
Kaitlin Whelan2017-18 Southwest Leadership Team Member
Kaitlin Whelan is currently in her Senior year at California Lutheran University (CLU) majoring in Environmental Science. She works at the County of Ventura Water and Sanitation Department and the Sustainable Edible Education/SEED Project Garden on campus. Kaitlin is also currently the Co-President of the Green Club at CLU and hopes to grow their numbers to promote environmentally friendly practices throughout campus. In her free time, Kaitlin likes to garden, hike, camp, and cook. In the future, she would like to promote better farming practices for both farmers and the environment.
Rachel Lapp2017-18 Southwest Leadership Team Member
Rachel Lapp is currently in her junior year at California Lutheran University, studying Environmental Science and Art. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA, she loves to spend time in the outdoors, hiking, biking, and surfing. Rachel works for Cal Lutheran’s Community Service Center as the Sustainability and Global Justice Intern. She also works in the school garden cultivating crops and stimulating plant growth. In the future, Rachel hopes to work towards mitigating environmental degradation and poverty. In the meantime, she spends her time volunteering and traveling, broadening her horizons and experiencing different walks of life.
Teresa Baxter2017-18 Southwest Leadership Team Member
In her 40s, Teresa Baxter returned to school and earned her A.A. degree in 2009 at Pasadena City College, with an emphasis on journalism and public relations. She then moved to New York City after being accepted to Columbia University to study political science and then transferred to State University of New York to complete her B.A., with a concentration on international relations, graduating in 2016. She has been involved with Fair Trade since 2006, when she began volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages Pasadena. When she moved to New York City, she became the publicity coordinator for HandCrafting Justice (from 2010 until 2014), a Fair Trade global non-profit, with a focus on the empowerment of women internationally. She also volunteered at Ten Thousand Villages in Alexandria for one year, while serving on the steering committee that earned Alexandria, VA, Fair Trade Town status in 2014. Happy to be back in Southern California, Teresa is on the committee of the Long Beach Fair Trade Town campaign and is actively involved with Fair Trade LA.
Emily Pasnak-Lapchick2017-18 Southwest Leadership Team Member
Emily Pasnak-Lapchick is currently a graduate student at the University of San Diego, pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Innovation. Previously, Emily was the End Trafficking Manager at UNICEF USA where she led a national awareness and advocacy campaign about child trafficking, reaching over 55,000 constituents each year. Emily was honored as a New Abolitionist in 2016. Through her work, she has spoken on CNN International, at the United Nations and international conferences, and has worked with dozens of groups on how they can take action against human trafficking. She was recently nominated for the “Nonprofiteer of the Year” Award by the Young Nonprofit Network. Emily is also an honors graduate from Eckerd College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
Northeast Leadership Team
Travis Brodbeck2017-18 Northeast Regional Fellow,
Travis Brodbeck came to Fair Trade Campaigns as a National Steering Committee member and member of the National Student Leadership Committee during his sophomore year at Siena College in 2014. He is currently a graduate student studying accounting at Siena College where he previously served as co-organizer of Fair Trade Siena since his first year. In addition, he helped organize Fair Trade Colonie and Albany campaigns. He studied abroad in Berlin during his junior year where the abundance of Fair Trade products and awareness furthered his commitment to advocacy with Fair Trade Campaigns.
Morgan Parr2017-18 Northeast Regional Fellow
Morgan Parr is a recent graduate of Rollins College with dual majors in Environmental Studies and Critical Media and Cultural Studies. Having spent the past four years in Florida, Morgan has now returned to her native state of Maine, where she now serves as a Northeast Fair Trade Campaigns Fellow. While at Rollins College she served as a Student Sustainability Coordinator, focusing on redesigning the on-campus Recycling Program, as well as helping to initiate a plastic bag ban on campus. In addition, Morgan also served as the work study for the Department of Environmental Studies, where she worked hand-in-hand with Ann Francis planning Fair Trade events on campus. Through this campus involvement and her education, Morgan has developed a passion for Fair Trade and sustainability, and hopes to use this passion to educate her local communities.
Katherine Chen2017-18 Northeast Leadership Team Member
Katherine, from Shanghai, China, is a sophomore at Emma Willard School in Troy, New York. Although she came from a metropolitan city, she lived with her grandparents in the more rural areas of China. She noticed that her grandparents and many other Chinese farmers were barely able to support themselves because their income lies far below the needs. When she joined the Fair Trade club at Emma, she saw that the Fair Trade movement could greatly improve living conditions of her grandparents and producers all over the world. She will travel to Guatemala in March to visit Mayan artisans and coffee growers and learn about Fair Trade in action!
Kristina Kaiser2017-18 Northeast Leadership Team Member
Kristina learned about Fair Trade Campaigns as part of a collaborative effort to help end human trafficking both around the world and in the Greater Boston Area. She has pastored The River Church South in Quincy, Massachusetts for seven years and also founded The River South Center, which frequently hosts events like an annual 5K that helps to both increase awareness and also raises funds that help support a local safe house for trafficking survivors. Recent endeavors include a pop-up cafe that raises money for other non-profits working to end human trafficking and a new campaign to see Quincy become a Fair Trade city. Kristina occasionally gets the opportunity to work with additional non-profits like Fair Share in Boston and has been a part of an Abolitionist Cohort for several years. Kristina graduated with a master of music from New England Conservatory and is also a parent of four children.
Ryan Knipple2017-18 Northeast Leadership Team Member
Ryan Knipple is a political science and French double major with a minor in gender and sexuality studies at Siena College (a Fair Trade college!). They first became involved in Fair Trade after seeing the work that students on campus were doing to support the initiative. As Executive Coordinator of Siena’s Fair Trade movement for the past two years, Ryan has helped sponsor regional conferences, educate students, and build partnerships within the local community. In February 2016, they had the opportunity to visit Guatemala to learn more about Fair Trade cooperatives. After college, they hope to find a job in the nonprofit sector, continuing to promote values of equality and justice.
Lily Mason2017-18 Northeast Leadership Team Member
Lily Mason is a fourth year environmental policy major and the outreach coordinator for the Eco-rep program at Champlain College. Her dedication to raising awareness about the impermanence of social and environmental injustices encourages individuals to be the change they wish to see in the world. By raising awareness about the merits of supporting Fair Trade, she has helped fellow students accept the responsibility and recognition for the demands they create within the globalized market place. Through working closely with the Sustain Champlain program in Burlington, VT, she has been reminding consumers about the power connected to having the privilege to purchase goods and services for the past two years. She also works at the farmer’s market to strengthen to local food system and regularly speaks to people about purchasing power as a representative of the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative. Reminding folks to buy the change is essential to her, as it is one of the most effective behaviors for consumers who are not pursuing a career improving international trade policies in support of a more equitable world. She strongly desires to unify communities in the name of giving back to the people and planet that sustain us.