Deb AckersonGrants Manager
Jaeden ChathamPlanning Grant Coordinator
Alix DavidsonDirector of Programs
Kira ElmerAmericorps VISTA Community Food Access Coordinator
Rebecca GrauAdvancement Manager
Carol GundersenExecutive Director
Layah HodgesAmeriCorps VISTA Communications and Technology Coordinator
Zac Jones-GómezCommunications and Advancement Associate
Grace MicanProgram Coordinator
Angelique PerezAssociate Executive Director
Casey SterrDirector of Finance and Administration
Ruby “Radish”Community Food Leader
Alan “Avocado”Community Food Leader
Bene “Jackfruit”Community Food Leader
Dalia “Garlic”Community Food Leader
Emily “Avocado”Community Food Leader
Jaeden “Jackfruit” Chatham was born and raised in Texas, but fell in love with the Bluegrass State while attending Berea College, where she studied Spanish and served as Program Coordinator for the school’s Hispanic Outreach Project. She holds a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and is passionate about working with youth and families to understand our relationships with food, sustainability, equity, and our environment. She is thrilled to be serving as the Planning Grant Coordinator, as the Food Literacy Project expands its programs to better serve Louisville.
Alix “Arugula” Davidson is enthusiastic about engaging youth in the work of justice and community-building through urban farming. She comes to FLP with a background of youth services and program leadership in a refugee resettlement context. She holds a Master of Divinity degree and enjoys time spent gardening, hiking, and traveling.
Kira “Kumquat” Elmer is passionate about all things food and is grateful to be a part of the urban agriculture community in Louisville. She is a Washington State native and graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Art History and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. After graduation, she acquired a certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages to pursue meaningful work supporting youth achievement. In her free time, Kira enjoys hiking, baking, and rollerskating.
Rebecca “Rhubarb” Grau brings with her a background in nonprofit management and a passion for local food. She holds a Master Public Administration degree from the University of Louisville and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University. Rebecca is an avid cook and outdoor enthusiast.
Carol “Cauliflower” Gundersen is a life-long picky eater whose life was changed by the work of farming. Prior to founding the Food Literacy Project in 2006, Carol’s work experience included community organizing and farm policy work, environmental and farm-based education, and two seasons growing vegetables at Oxmoor Farm.
Layah “Lychee” Hodges is a young woman on a mission! Relocating from Cleveland, OH to Louisville for her AmeriCorps service year will be the largest feat she has faced yet. She graduated from high school in 2019 but has taken time away from school to pursue her interests and earn some work experience before she reenrolls in university. Layah discovered the Food Literacy Project through the AmeriCorps family. Her roots lie in performing arts, dance, civic and social justice, and creating a more equitable world for all. Over the next year, Layah hopes to enroll at Jefferson Community and Technical College to earn her Associates of Arts before continuing at the University of Louisville. In her freedom, Layah loves exploring nature, kayaking, swimming and diving, reading, and building her two businesses. She lives by her mantra “Take Care, Live Well, and Prosper!”
Zac “Zucchini” Jones-Gómez graduated from the University of Kentucky with B.A.s in International Studies and Anthropology. Though it was a winding path, he is happy to have landed on a farm, learning about how to grow healthy and sustainable food. He is passionate about everything related to food, and when he isn’t tweeting or Instagramming about FLP’s great work, he can be found in the kitchen recreating his favorite bakes from The Great British Bake-Off.
Grace “Green Pepper” Mican gives life to her interest in sustainable and local food systems while working with the Food Literacy Project to make her hometown of Louisville a more sustainable and just city. She graduated from Bellarmine University in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and minor focuses in anthropology, Spanish, and international studies. Grace is a person of many passions and loves to share knowledge and learn from others when teaching and taking dance classes, trying new cooking projects, leading youth through the learning garden, speaking Spanish, making veggie burgers from scratch, and working alongside teens on the farm.
Associate Executive Director Angelique “Asparagus” Perez, MPH, has been a key driver of the Food Literacy Project’s impact and strategic direction since 2009, maximizing extensive experience with Farm-to-School support and obesity prevention programs. She has led several cross-sector projects, including FLP’s USDA Farm to School support services project and a recent Farm-to-School grant award with Metro Louisville Farm to Table; she was also the project director for a 2.5 year Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program project spearheading a new level of sophistication for FLP’s monitoring and evaluation processes. Perez holds a Master’s in Public Health, and worked with Community Farm Alliance to complete Louisville’s first community food assessment, bringing attention to urgent food security issue and helping to found the city’s first Food Security Task Force in 2007.
Casey “Kohlrabi” was born and raised in northern Illinois. He has worked with non-profits since 1986, both in the US and internationally. As Business Manager, he assists with administrative support. He is excited about FLP’s work in the community and the remarkable staff that is dedicated to service and justice.
Ruby is motivated and works hard so that she can work towards her goal of being a nurse. Ruby first joined the Food Literacy Project after seeing how much her sister enjoyed her work. One of the most valuable experiences she has had so far with the Food Literacy Project is getting to hear all of the guest speakers and working on individual projects. “The project that stood out to me was the petition,” she said. “We each chose a different topic dealing with food injustice and mine was about food insecurity in Louisville.” Ruby says the project broadened her knowledge of food insecurity. She is inspired by the change she knows she can make in the community!
Alan is currently a junior at Iroquois High School. He heard about the Food Literacy Project from a family member, and was excited to join the crew. In the future, he hopes to become a soccer player. We may see Alan on the Louisville City pitch one day!
Bene is a current sophomore at Iroquois High School. She learned about the Food Literacy Project from her sister, who suggested she apply as she loves the outdoors. She is excited to learn about life on the farm, and hopes to take her experiences along with her in her future goals of becoming a doctor!
Dalia is currently a junior at Iroquois High School. She heard about the Food Literacy Project through our partnership with the Backside Learning Center, a nonprofit working with families of Churchill Downs employees. She loves to play guitar, and hopes to become a musician in the future!
Emily is a senior at Atherton High School, who was drawn to the Food Literacy Project because she loves being outside and gardening. She will attend Centre College next year, majoring in neuroscience with the hope of going on to medical school. We are looking forward to a bright future for Emily!