Backbone Team

Erin Hale

Erin has worked with the Food Alliance since 2013 as a network and research coordinator. Before joining the team, Erin completed a PhD in agriculture and science education from UC Davis focused on coalition building and collaborative research between farmers and conservation groups in California’s Central Valley. Erin also has a master’s degree from UC Davis in International Agricultural Development with an emphasis on small-scale post-harvest handling systems. In addition working on farms in Oregon and New Hampshire, she has extensive experience in agricultural training and education and has worked with farmers, farmworkers, and rural communities around the globe, from California and Kenya to Bolivia and Egypt. Erin is committed to finding ways that people and organizations can learn with and from one another to build healthy, just, viable food systems and support resilient ecosystems and communities throughout the world.

Jennifer Wilhelm 

Jennifer is a Research and Network Coordinator with the New Hampshire Food Alliance. She wears many hats in this role from grant writer to facilitator to researcher. She enjoys the diversity and challenge of tasks, and working with network partners from around the state. Jennifer is also a fruit and vegetable grower at Fat Peach Farm, a small-scale farm in Madbury, NH. Prior to the Food Alliance and farm work, Jennifer worked as the sustainability coordinator at Phillips Exeter Academy. In her free time she loves to travel, backpack, hike with her dogs, and read.

Samantha Cave

Sam started with the NH Food Alliance as a fellow in Fall 2017 while a junior at UNH, becoming their Communications Coordinator in Spring 2018. She graduated from UNH with a BA in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in December 2018, and began working with NH Farm to School as well. Before attending UNH, Sam went to American University to pursue a dual degree in Anthropology and International Relations, dreaming of completing food ethnographies around the world. She is excited to be at the start of her career and now hopes to pursue sustainability and justice-minded food policy, hoping to complete an MPP or MPA in the near future. 

Tom Kelly

The Sustainability Institute was established in July 1997 and Tom is the founding Executive Director. The Institute acts as a convener and champion of sustainability principles and practices across the curriculum, operations, research, and engagement actions of UNH in the areas of climate and energy, biodiversity and ecosystems, food systems, and culture. Throughout his three decades of national and international work in higher education, Dr. Kelly has focused on sustainability as a transformative cultural force, and the creative process of engaging its disruptive and inspirational dynamics in education, research, and practice.