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Fernando Cardona

Procurement Coordinator and Culinary Specialist

In his role as the procurement coordinator and culinary specialist, Fernando brings his experience as a chef to help transform the food system and the way people eat in our state. Back in 2011, he started working for LiveWell’s School Food Initiative as a chef consultant and he did that for more than 6 years. Traveling all over Colorado, Fernando taught adults how to cook healthy food for children and for themselves.

LoProCO is an exciting new opportunity that Fernando is thrilled to be part of because the focus is not just in schools. It goes beyond that into institutions like hospitals, childcare centers, universities, etc., and it brings local farmers into the mix. His favorite thing about this new program is that, he can use his knowledge and experience about food to make sure people are not just nourished but healthy. Fernando loves watching people try new recipes and learn how to appreciate real food.

Fernando holds an associate’s degree in culinary arts and a double bachelor in hospitality administration and Spanish. In his free time he can be found at a yoga studio or outdoors hiking the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

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Amber Clemetson

Project & Operations Manager

In her role as project & operations  manager, Amber is responsible for meeting project and operational needs including program deliverables, organizational and office operations, project management, constituent services, event management, and funder engagement by supporting LiveWell’s programs, policy efforts, and partnerships in advancing LiveWell’s mission. Amber has worked in the development field for over five years and brings exceptional skills in event management, donor and database management, communications & digital marketing, and operational support.

Prior to joining LiveWell, Amber worked as account manager at RedBasket.org, a nonprofit crowdfunding website dedicated to helping individuals raise money for personal emergencies and community improvement projects. Before that she was the fund development coordinator for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska in Omaha. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Outside of work, Amber loves exploring the city and mountains, attending concerts and festivals, and volunteering for animal and health causes.

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David Hutabarat

Marketing & Engagement Manager

In his role as marketing & engagement manager, David works cross-functionally to provide project and operational support as well as help meet digital marketing needs for LiveWell Colorado’s various programs, initiatives and fundraising strategies. David brings a strong background in project and event management. He has worked in community mobilization and has a passion for diverse communities.

Prior to joining LiveWell, David was the community health coordinator at Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning in Denver, where he worked directly with refugee communities, coordinating various health-focused programs and mobilizing individuals to improve community. Before that he worked as special projects director for UReach in Loma Linda, CA, connecting partners and communities in the San Bernardino area.

David holds a master’s in management from the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, and a bachelor’s in psychobiology from La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. He lives in Denver and, outside of LiveWell, can be found exploring new places, trying out different food spots, or catching up on the latest comic book / TV show.

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Terri Livermore

Director of Operations & Policy

In her role as director of operations & policy, Terri provides critical leadership for LiveWell and advocacy and policy efforts to inspire and support elected officials, decision-makers, and other stakeholders to advance federal, state and local policies that increase access to healthy food in Colorado.

Prior to joining LiveWell, Terri worked at the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice developing and managing a statewide program to create locally coordinated community responses to sexual assault, increase local capacity regarding the provision of services to victims, and develop and implement statewide public policy. She also spent 13 years lobbying the Colorado state legislature on issues such as affordable housing, at-risk children, and crime victims. Terri received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. When not diligently working at LiveWell, Terri can most often be found cycling with her husband, walking with their dog, or reading books.

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Wendy Peters Moschetti

Director of Strategic Initiatives

As the director of strategic initiatives, Wendy leads the development and implementation of LiveWell Colorado’s strategies related to food systems, food access and food promotion.

After moving to Colorado in 2005, Wendy researched healthy food access initiatives for the National Convergence Partnership while also serving as project coordinator for the “Gardens for Growing Healthy Communities” research project with the University of Colorado-Denver and Denver Urban Gardens. She joined the consulting firm Civic Results in 2007 to help staff the healthy schools and food access teams of the Metro Denver Health & Wellness Commission.  Wendy launched her own firm, WPM Consulting, in May 2009. Since then, she has collaborated with numerous organizations—including LiveWell Colorado, LiveWell communities across the state, Colorado State University, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Hunger Free Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment—to work on a variety of projects aimed at leveraging our food systems to improve equitable access to healthy foods.

Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California-Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her three young kids, trail running, camping, and reading fiction.

View articles written by/featuring Wendy on our blog, and follow Wendy on Twitter @LiveWellWendyPM

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Amy Nelms

Food Access Manager

As food access manager, Amy implements programs to strengthen access to fresh, healthy food within diverse communities in Colorado. She works with LiveWell Colorado’s strategies related to food systems, food access, and food promotion.

Prior to joining LiveWell, Amy was a coordinator for a fresh food box distribution program designed for low income residents in Detroit, MI. She coordinated supportive programming highlighting cooking on a budget, storage of fresh food, and making the most of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars. Amy also has prior experience from roles implementing farmers’ market programming and strengthening food access through Double Up Food Bucks Michigan and local transportation initiatives.

Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from Graceland University in Lamoni, IA, and a master’s degree in social work with concentrations in community organizing, social policy, and evaluation from the University of Michigan. When not at LiveWell, Amy can be found hiking, reading, or enjoying one of Denver’s fantastic parks with friends.

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Susan Perrigo

Director of Finance and Administration

As the director of finance and administration, Susan manages all of the financial and administrative operations for LiveWell, including day to day accounting, cash management, reporting, budgeting, forecasting, contracting, audit and 990 preparations and review, human resources and benefit management, and information technology and facilities management. She plays a vital support role in organizational strategic planning providing valuable data necessary for revenue planning and decision making. Susan also works to ensure all reporting requirements are fulfilled and proper policies and procedures are maintained and followed.

Susan started her career as an auditor in public accounting, and has worked in nonprofit finance and administration in support and leadership roles since 2009. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is certified in Federal grants management.

Outside of work you will find Susan outdoors running, hiking, biking, skiing, and generally enjoying the abundant Colorado sunshine.

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Caronne Porter

Food Systems Specialist

In her role as Food Systems Specialist, Caronne supports and strengthens multiple programs and initiatives currently being advanced by LiveWell Colorado, with a specific focus on Double Up Food Bucks (Double Up) and related programs. As a key member of the food systems team, the Specialist will proactively provide partner outreach and engagement, coordinate program logistics, and develop new ways to expand and deepen existing programs.

Prior to joining LiveWell, Caronne active in the community fighting for wellness as owner of G.H.E.T.T.O. Phresh, LLC, a nutritionist at BCDI – Denver, and co-owner/operator of the local vegan restaurant Love, Peace, & Sol.

Caronne is an entrepreneur and visionary. In her free time she enjoys urban gardening, juicing, teaching cooking courses and nutrition education, and spending time with her three little ones at the movies or local parks.

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Jessica Wright

Procurement and Culinary Programs Manager

Jessica Wright began consulting for LiveWell Colorado as a Chef for the School Food Initiative back in 2011. Now in her current role as Procurement and Culinary Programs Manager, she provides key support to the Director of Food Systems and Local Procurement Colorado team. Jessica’s school food expertise allows her to introduce a “chef-mentality” to school food programs, training and supporting staff on culinary skills, kitchen operations, and community engagement. Her goal is to create sustainable farm-to-institution programs where nourishing, from-scratch meals become the standard, while creating a culture of health through whole foods.

Prior to joining LiveWell, Jessica worked for a few different restaurant corporations in Denver. She spent a majority of her time working for Modern Mexican Restaurants Inc., where she handled purchasing, inventory, and staff training for multiple restaurants across the nation. During this time, she also worked as the Sous Chef for La Sandia, a comfort food concept rooted in Central American flavors.

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management from the Art Institute of Colorado and sees a master’s degree in Public Health in her future. In her free time, she can be found enjoying many of Colorado’s outdoor activities with her husband (also a chef!) and pups, or testing out new recipes in her kitchen.

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Vanesha McGee

Communications Intern

As Communications Intern, Vanesha supports the coordination of LiveWell’s statewide communications projects. Collaborating with internal and external partners, she implements digital marketing strategies that advance LiveWell’s comprehensive work to remove barriers from healthy food access.

Outside of LiveWell, Vanesha is a freelance writer, photographer and doula with an educational teaching background. In her non-working hours, she can most often be found curled up with a good book or outside soaking up the Colorado sunshine.

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