Introducing the FSLN Network Weavers!
Thank you to everyone who applied for the Network Weaver role with the FSLN! We were humbled by the number of thoughtful applications and the commitment to the growth and success of the FSLN that you all shared.
We’re excited to introduce to you five FSLN members who will be joining the FSLN support team as FSLN Network Weavers: Winona Bynum with Detroit Food Policy Council, Marcus Coleman with Louisiana State University, Rachael Reichenbach with Resist Reimagine, Lindsey Lunsford with Tuskegee University, and Shelley Dyer with Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.
Check out their bios below and feel free to Direct Message them on the FSLN platform to say hello!
Over the next several months, these FSLN members will be working closely with Wallace Center staff to deepen engagement and facilitate peer connection within the network and be key partners and contributors to guide the FSLN on its journey to becoming a collaborative network for systems change.
So, what might being a “Network Weaver” look like?
Network Weavers will have a range of activities that they’ll be involved in. Some activities might be more forward facing, like supporting and facilitating member calls, sharing ideas and posing questions to the network on the online platform, and getting to know members through 1-1 conversations, while others might take place behind the scenes, like making sense of emerging trends and challenges and proposing creative strategies to support member needs.
Learn more about the Network Weavers below, and keep your eyes out for their Featured Leader column throughout the summer!
Winona Bynum, Detroit Food Policy Council
Winona Bynum is currently the executive director of the Detroit Food Policy Council (DFPC) an education, advocacy and policy organization led by Detroiters committed to creating a sustainable, local food system that promotes food security, food justice and food sovereignty in the city of Detroit. Prior to joining DFPC, her work experience includes roles at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, and Fair Food Network. Winona is a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) and studied public health at Emory University. She is the Chair-Elect/Chair of the National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition (NOBIDAN) 2020-2022. Winona believes strong connections and the sharing of ideas are the social infrastructure needed to make the systemic changes needed to ensure that our food system promotes food security, is just and serves everyone equitably. The Food System Leaders Network has the potential to be a vital part of that social infrastructure.
Marcus A. Coleman, Louisiana State University
Marcus Coleman currently serves as Program Director for the Grow Louisiana Beginning Farmer Training Program and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Agriculture and Extension Education at Louisiana State University. Growing up in Louisiana’s rural delta region, Coleman understands the disproportionate nature of the economic and social offerings facing socially disadvantaged populations. Coleman promotes inclusion and equity in his work by following the core themes of leadership, integrity, unity and advocacy. As an educator, Coleman’s goal is to foster a healthy and sustainable food system that is economically and socially beneficial to all by focusing on the intersection of following areas related to local and regional food systems: producer business development, agricultural marketing and consumer behavior. For Coleman, the opportunity to collaborate in leading the charge for engagement and unity within the food system space is exciting and worthwhile in achieving sustainable food access for all.
Rachael Reichenbach, Resist Reimagine
Over the past five years Rachael has held various roles in the Florida food system, including farmers market manager, value chain coordinator, and coordinator of Fresh Access Bucks, Florida's statewide nutrition incentive program. Earlier this year Rachael launched Resist Reimagine, her current experiment in supporting changemakers to cultivate internally that which they seek to create externally. Through participatory processes & dynamic facilitation, Rachael supports groups of all shapes and sizes across the South (and beyond) to catalyze change in ways that center strategy, collaboration, and equity. A native Texan with ancestral roots throughout the South, Rachael is called to focus her energies within a region that is home to some of the United States’ most intractable and harmful systems as well as its deepest roots of creative healing and resistance. As a Network Weaver, Rachael welcomes the opportunity to connect more deeply with network members, learn from their experiences, weave their feedback into the evolution of the FSLN, and facilitate virtual spaces of collaboration, thought partnership, and systems thinking.
Lindsey Lunsford, Tuskegee University
Scholar activist and agriculture advocate, Dr. Lindsey Lunsford, inspired by her alma mater, Tuskegee University, is setting the tone for the upcoming generation of rural and urban agriculturalists. Dr. Lunsford currently works full-time as a Sustainable Food System Resource Specialist through Tuskegee University’s Carver Integrative Sustainability Center. She recently completed her doctorate via Tuskegee University’s Integrative Public Policy and Development (IPPD) PhD Program. Dr. Lunsford’s research focuses on the restorying of African American foodways and heritage cooking for the restoration and retention of food dignity and cultural justice.
Dr. Lunsford interests in being a FSLN Network Weaver lie in her desire and background in bridging between the various silos of society. Dr. Lunsford shares a passion for making lasting connections among people and organizations who were previously untethered and disconnected. Dr. Lunsford seeks to help FSLN better convene, create space, and connect people and organizations able to play a part in achieving a just and equitable food system.
Shelley Dyer, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Shelley Dyer is the Quality Assurance Manager at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC). She is responsible for managing relationships with third party social service providers, evaluation and monitoring for social work and health and wellness focus areas, and producing publications to highlight the work of the Tenant and Community Services Department. Prior to her current role, Shelley worked for over 2 years at TNDC as the Program Manager of the Healthy Corner Store Coalition. Shelley is also a home cook, avid gardener and yoga instructor. She graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Sociology, and received a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University. She also received her yoga teaching certification at Yogendra Ecoashram in Cali, Colombia. Shelley serves as a Steering Committee Member on both the Shape Up SF Coalition and HOPE Collaborative.