Kristen Suokko, Executive Director
In 1998 she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to work in environmental philanthropy for the W. Alton Jones Foundation and the Blue Moon Fund. After a six-month trip to Asia with her family in 2012, Kristen returned to Charlottesville to first chair the board and then become Executive Director of Local Food Hub.
Kristen holds a degree in Russian from Middlebury College, and has served on a number of boards and civic organizations in and around Charlottesville.
Alan Moore, Director of Distribution & Business Development
Alan moved back to central Virginia in the spring of 2009 to help launch the Local Food Hub. He understands the many pressures faced by our local growers and has expertise in cultivating new markets for local food. Alan lives in western Albemarle County and enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Erin and two children, Olivia and Henry, gardening, cooking, playing soccer, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Emily Manley, Director of Marketing & Communications
After college, Emily moved to New York City and joined a leading conservation organization. As part of The Nature Conservancy’s vibrant marketing and communications team, Emily spent long hours traveling the mountains and beaches of New York State and translating scientist-speak into personal, engaging stories for print and web sources. In 2009, she returned to her hometown of Charlottesville and joined Local Food Hub in an effort to reconnect with the food and farms of central Virginia (and also in order to wear sneakers to work). As Director of Marketing & Communications, Emily manages marketing and community outreach for Local Food Hub, and together with her colleagues works to support the mission and the movement here in Charlottesville and throughout the country.
Adrianna Vargo, Director of Grower Services
Having children underscored the importance of producing fresh, wholesome food, and vegetable production became her primary mission. In 2010 the family moved to Maple Hill to work for the Local Food Hub full-time. While she appreciates living a life close to the land and influenced by the changing seasons, she also loves the constant challenges farming provides and the broad knowledge and skill-base needed to be a successful farmer.
Luke Kidwell, Warehouse Manager
Luke is married to a pastry chef and has one son. Together they love to spend as much time outside as possible, camping, swimming, or grilling some of Luke’s famous “beer can chicken.” Luke’s favorite part about working for Local Food Hub? Seeing the food come from the fields right to the people.
Lisa Reeder, Value Chain Coordinator
Since then, she continues to move closer to her food, working now in Farm Services and Operations for Local Food Hub; she also writes and educates on the seasonality and provenance of local food. Recent food adventures include mustard in a mortar and pestle, pickled shiitake mushrooms with turnips, sweet potato and cranberry (festive, but ya still gotta like mushrooms!), and the passive but pleasant art of making apple cider vinegar.
Steve Vargo, Educational Farm Manager