Karen Bolduc is the Director at Food Joy. Karen is very passionate about healing the planet and the human condition, and specifically the healing that occurs through food – both in larger agricultural and community settings, and at the dinner table. Besides her work at Food Joy, Karen also serves on the Good Food Council of Lewiston Auburn, and has recently completed coursework for a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Food Systems, graduating in spring 2018. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, all things food, being outdoors, snowboarding, meditating, eating, the dictionary, learning about wine regions, dreaming up solutions to problems, spending time with family and friends, fixing mechanical things, and dirt. She and her husband John live with their two beautiful babies, Elovie, 2 and Rhiordan, 1, on the farm in Auburn.
Julia Harper is an Androscoggin County native that has become increasingly fascinated by the root-cause connection between the health of the food system and the health of the individual and community, and is committed to working toward solutions, such as those offered by Food Joy. She has a background in different food system sectors such as farming, food service, education, and waste management. In addition to Food Joy, she also is employed as the Coordinator of the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn. She is a member-owner in the RAISE-Op Housing Cooperative and lives there with her husband, Craig, and two cats named after Lewiston streets: Maple & Blake.
Katie Lawson began farming in 2011 as a volunteer through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Originally thinking that it would be a cheap way to travel the West Coast, she quickly fell in love with the agricultural lifestyle. After farming in Oregon, Georgia, Maine, and Utah, she has settled back in Maine for the foreseeable future. In addition to Food Joy, she works at a farmers’ cooperative in Auburn, where she cultivates several varieties of culinary mushrooms, tends to the fruit trees, and assists with vegetable production.
Ellen Shrader, MS, RD, LD, is a Clinical Dietitian for Sodexo at Central Maine Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a Master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition, and also completed the Dietetic Internship program. Ellen grew up in Lewiston-Auburn, and is a dedicated community servant in the twin cities. She has volunteered at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, working with Lewiston Farmers’ Markets and the Lots to Gardens youth program, as well as serving on the Good Food Council of Lewiston Auburn. Ellen lends her dietetic expertise to Food Joy as a consulting dietician, reviewing the weekly menus for nutrition and balance.
Donovan Wilson trained at the Orlando campus of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts before working his way up to sous chef at several esteemed Nantucket restaurants. Donovan has a passion for locally grown food and his career focus centers around advancing and sustaining local food systems. He is currently a butcher at Farmer’s Gate Market in Wales, Maine, and lends Food Joy his expert culinary insights as a consulting chef reviewing Food Joy’s weekly menus for flavor and feasibility.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Bolduc, General Contractor, Ultimate Builders, Lewiston, ME. Caring deeply about both good food and sustainability, John Bolduc is a founding board member of Food Joy and is committed to the mission of bringing good food to the people of Maine. In particular he finds a need for families to have an awareness of what good food is, and how to prepare it, as a strong foundation to life. John also pitches in around South Auburn Organic wherever he can, loading compost, building chicken coops, and never letting one tomato get left on the vine!
Sarah DeBlock, Chemical Engineer, ExxonMobil Houston TX. Sarah DeBlock grew up in the small northern New Jersey town of Sparta. She went to Northwestern University where she majored in Chemical Engineering and participated in the Institute for Sustainability and Energy classes. While at school she obtained experience working at Ford Motor Company, GE Energy (in Auburn, ME, where she became acquainted with Food Joy,) and ExxonMobil. Sarah is very passionate about how energy sources as well as agriculture can become more sustainable through technology and process changes to better serve the needs of people. She currently works at ExxonMobil as a flare specialist engineer where she is helping to optimize the flare systems and reduce plant emissions. Sarah’s hobbies include yoga, tennis, painting, cooking, and baking.
Chris Martel, Brewing assistant, Baxter Brewing Company, Lewiston, ME. As a local food advocate and former Food Joy culinary CSA shareholder, Chris has unique insight into what works best to get shareholders cooking and eating together around the dinner table. He is passionate about craft beer and brewing, is committed to home composting, and lives in Auburn with his wife Erikka and 2 daughters, Aurora and Lilyanna.
Meghan Quinn, Event Coordinator, Maine Farmland Trust, Belfast, ME; MS in Sustainable Food Systems, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT. Meghan’s passion for food and local sourcing mirrors what she perceives to be a pervasive trend statewide in Maine, and this theme has become a strong part of the direction in which Meghan hopes to move her career. With a background as a teacher as well as many years in the restaurant industry, she hopes to be able to contribute to Maine’s sustainable food culture by taking classroom teaching experience to a less traditional setting and developing educational programs for children and their families based in sustainable food systems. Meghan believes that creating and maintaining a symbiotic relationship between farms, schools and the communities they serve is an important element of keeping Maine sustainable for generations to come. Meghan is also Chair of the Portland Food Council in Portland, ME.